QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH GUIDO JOURET AND SELECTED MARITIME JOURNALISTS AND EDITORS
ABB is ready for digital shipping – but is shipping ready for ABB?
I think regulations will restrict moves in the industry more than the players themselves. That means in some cases we would have to implement incrementally, but much of what we can offer is compliant today.
Will the kind of data sharing you have been talking about require more standardisation?
The cloud will enable adaptation of common platforms, exchanging data to enable interoperable solutions. Also we are seeing that Blockchain technology can ensure trustworthy interactions between players.
Wouldn’t it be better to have an industry-wide standard to ensure interoperability?
We will have to start with manageable partnerships and move up the stack. Technology moves faster than regulations, and I don’t think any industry wants to wait for a single uniform standard before taking advantage of today’s technology.
Regarding the human element in shipping, how can you involve more traditional crew that have practically no relation to the digital world?
Of course not all jobs will be affected, but many people will move into new kinds of jobs. There will be more jobs on shore, involving varying degrees of human-machine interaction.
Are there limitations on sensor technology that is imbedded in ships with a lifetime of 30 years?
The usefulness of such sensors at the lowest level will become limited over time. It’s easier to upgrade further up the hierarchy. The cloud will compensate for some of these problems, and then we have to address sensor and lower level problems as they arise.
How will digitalisation change the workplace?
More collaboration and more complex problem solving require new insight, and that will require a higher level of training, and higher skill levels. Previous industrial revolutions displaced muscle power. The 4th industrial revolution is displacing brainpower, and it is moving much faster. We will have one generation to adapt, not one century.