Communications are central to shipping and to ShipInsight’s conference

Paul Gunton

Paul Gunton · 17 December 2019


Every few days, it seems, ShipInsight carries news of another communications-led initiative that could influence key operational policies and practices.

From retaining crew to improving safety, via data collection and getting that data off the ship, there is no area of ship management and operation that is immune from the impact of communications technology and the practical possibilities that it opens up.

It is therefore now critical that companies understand the potential and the pitfalls that can result from investment decisions they are currently making, or will be in the near future, to benefit from the opportunities that improved communications and the whole revolution in data management can bring.

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In response, ShipInsight’s annual conference on 26-27 February 2020, titled A Global Transition, will include a panel session during Day 2 of the event specifically focused on this area of technology.

A panel of experts will consider these developments and what they mean across the industry – both for crews at sea and for executives ashore. In a discussion-led format, they will be guided by points made and questions asked by delegates during the session.

The conference will take place just a few weeks after IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 7) which is scheduled to have a busy and wide-ranging agenda.

Its provisional agenda includes items relating to Indian and Japanese satellite systems. What new services will they offer? GMDSS will also be up for discussion, with one item referring to its updating, another to its modernisation and a third to developments in GMDSS satellite services. That agenda and many more of the meeting’s papers are available in advance in the public area of IMODOCS.

Its decisions are likely to be among the topics raised during the ShipInsight conference so register now, by following the links below, to be part of that debate and to benefit from the networking and knowledge of other delegates.

• The second ShipInsight annual conference will be held in London on 26-27 February 2020 in a venue close to IMO’s headquarters. Programme details will be updated as panellists are confirmed. Day 1 will focus on fuel choices and other technical topics; Day 2 on communications, navigation, digitalisation and future technologies.

To make the conference particularly relevant, it will be possible to book for either or both days. Bookings are being taken now and ShipInsight readers should reserve their places online to be sure of taking part in the second ShipInsight annual conference.

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