Metropolitan College’s participation in the Navigator-The Shipping Decision Makers Forum 2023

Represented by our Faculty of Shipping & Maritime studies Business Development Executive, Metropolitan College attended one of the largest events in the maritime industry.

Having in-depth knowledge of the Shipping sector, Metropolitan College participated in the 22nd “Navigator- The Shipping Decision Makers Forum” which focused on subjects related to the opportunities and benefits that have been unlocked by the new era and new technology applications of the industry.

As one of the largest educational institutions for maritime and shipping studies in Southern Europe, Metropolitan College took part in panels related to the effectiveness of new technologies in shipping. Ms. Vicky Apostolopoulou, Business Development Executive of the Faculty of Shipping & Maritime Academy at Metropolitan College was one of the panels’ coordinators. Specifically, she moderated the speeches and discussions of the 3rd panel, titled “Smart Shipping.” 





Participating in all major events, the Faculty of Shipping & Maritime studies of Metropolitan College remains aligned with the industry and its needs.

The panel discussed the benefits and challenges of implementing Smart Shipping technologies, along with its effect on human factor. The panel agreed that Smart Shipping-if implemented wisely- can increase competitiveness, enhance operational efficiency and improve safety. These benefits though do not come without challenges and barriers in the digitalisation process. Moreover, whereas Smart Shipping causes significant change to the way we operate our vessels and industry stakeholders have high expectations of new technologies, there is relatively low experience of how to implement the kind of changes new technologies require. As the sophistication and feasibility of implementing smart technologies increases, the role of the Human Element is transformed. Training, skills and competencies required from current and future professionals in the maritime sector are continuously reshaped by technological advancements, and the industry needs to both redefine the role of the seafarer and achieve the reskiling and upskilling of current professionals. In conclusion, smart shipping unlocks opportunities and leads the shipping industry to a new era of operations and, it goes without saying, that the industry needs to embrace the change it brings and navigate it successfully.

Given that multiple challenges are expected to show up in the forthcoming years, this year’s event aimed to gather ideas and perspectives for the current landscape of the maritime and shipping industry. Thus, this year’s forum included discussions that aimed to examine the economic aspects of the sector, technological trends, and innovations.

The event, which took place at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), was attended by Manolis Koutoulakis, Secretary General of the Aegean and Island Policy, and George J. Tsunis, the Ambassador of the United States to Greece who both addressed short greeting speeches.




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