A sector where individuals or small teams can have unusually strong decision-making power, which also acknowledges its own IIoT ‘laggard’ tendencies, is likely to benefit from not only enhancing, but importing and sharing new skills.

From the 1970s onwards, elements of the maritime sector have bemoaned skills erosion at sea, identifying a widening gap between advancing technology and the skillsets available to handle it. Nor have the efforts of regulators to harmonise technology standards been universally welcomed: the phase in of mandatory electronic chart data information systems is only one example of how well-meaning regulation ‘freezes’ technical progression before the full consequences for safety at sea have been established.

DOES THE MARITIME SECTOR HAVE THE SKILLS IT NEEDS FOR IIOT? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders

DOES THE MARITIME SECTOR HAVE THE SKILLS IT NEEDS FOR IIOT? (%)

Laggards
Starters
Progressives
Leaders
42%

believe their organisations would benefit from additional IoT skills

IIoT-based solutions can be deployed to improve safety, environmental performance and efficiency at sea, whether through capturing seafarer activities in real time, fuel use monitoring, or the analysis of shipboard data for diagnostics purposes. However, the most frequently cited shortcoming identified when it comes to delivering IIoT-based solutions (in 56 per cent of cases) relates to decision-making skills.

Maritime also identifies itself as behind the curve when it comes to planning skills, where 42 per cent of respondents believe their organisations would benefit from additional skills against 37 per cent across all respondents surveyed.

TO WHAT EXTENT DOES YOUR ORGANISATION HAVE THE SKILLS TO MAKE THE MOST FROM IIOT-BASED SOLUTIONS? (%)

Strategic


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Management


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Delivery


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We have all the skills we need
We would benefit from additional skills to augment those we have
We are lacking the skills we need
I don't know

Suppliers – rather than owners – are making the running on connectivity and big data analytics

In all other areas, the maritime industry does not mark itself out as ‘behind’ comparable sectors in terms of the skills necessary to implement IIoT-based solutions. However, it should be noted that 53 per cent of respondents suggest additional security skills would be useful – a high number in absolute terms only diminished in relative terms by the extraordinary weight given to this indicator by mining respondents.

In maritime, individuals or small teams within an owner company can have unusually strong decision-making power when it comes to committing to IIoT-based solutions, but the maritime sector also self-selects itself for its IIoT ‘laggard’ tendencies: lack of in-house skills is its most frequently cited barrier to adoption. Respondents attribute a lack of skill in management (41 per cent), in strategy (42 per cent) and in implementation itself (50 per cent) as reasons why maritime organisations are not making the most of IIoT-based solutions.

WHAT ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC SKILLS DOES YOUR ORGANISATION NEED TO DELIVER IIOT SOLUTIONS?

56%

Decision-making skills

53%

Security skills

42%

Technical skills

42%

Planning skills

39%

Data analysis skills

34%

Management skills

The truth is that much of the technical expertise formerly held by owners has been outsourced to ship managers and equipment suppliers.  When it comes to skills, a fuller picture emerges after considering that marine equipment can contribute 70 per cent of the value in a new ship.

In reality, it has been suppliers – rather than owners – who have made much of the running on connectivity, big data analytics and application triggered bandwidth to support remote equipment monitoring, diagnostics and preventive maintenance. In the current study, 68 per cent of maritime respondents said that they would use an external partner to facilitate ‘some’ or ‘as much as possible’ of their efforts to develop IIoT-based solutions.

68%

will work with partners to develop their IIoT solutions

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