About the 2018 Conference

The scope of e-navigation has broadened from its initial emphasis on navigational safety to embrace implementation of a maritime information and connectivity environment serving needs afloat and ashore. This parallels advancement of what’s being termed The Information Age, introducing changes affecting the maritime industry now and in the future. The rate of change is accelerating and the effects on maritime operations and the work force will be significant.

In order to examine future requirements the conference will focus on a spectrum of likely developments, from those on the calendar for 2019 to ones perhaps 20+ years in the future. The range of possible topics is illustrated by things like S-Mode at one end, scheduled for decision soon, to those like “Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA)”. Presentation topics have been selected to provide a clear indication of what lies ahead, and these will lead to a panel discussion by selected experts tasked with identifying the core competencies which in their view will be needed to support the advances discussed. Conclusions and recommendations generated by the delegates will provide useful input to regulators, educators and maritime training establishments. These, submitted as part of the Conference Final Report to IALA, will be disseminated by IALA to the appropriate international and national authorities for consideration.

The goal of the conference is thus to provide a snapshot of significant e-navigation developments, and do so in sufficient detail to stimulate thought and planning about the future maritime work force and the educational and training base needed to support it. The conference will be of particular importance to those charged with the management and operation of marine facilities and vessels, providing insights into future competency and training requirements, and the potential effect upon recruitment and retention of qualified staff. Given the percentage of operating cost represented by training early consideration of those needs is particularly important.

Delegates will take a number of things away from the conference, including: