Bhupesh Gandhi, managing director of brand new Group Nautical, a Singapore maritime tech consultancy, urges readers today in the first Maritime CEO interview of the new year to freshen up their minds and attitudes when it comes to shipping and technology.
Gandhi, whose past career includes stints at maritime tech firms Transas, Maris and Navico, is hosting an inaugural seminar at the Keppel Club in Singapore on January 26 looking at emerging technologies.
“Entrenched attitudes and traditional ways of working, these habits are difficult to change and do not match the pace of change of the technology adoption itself,” Gandhi tells Maritime CEO.
People need to also learn new skills- “learning how to learn,” Gandhi says – which he maintains is not traditionally given the highest priority within shipping.
“Top it up,” he continues, “with the commonly heard excuse of reluctance to adapt as the industry is not doing well. It won’t until we learn to accept and adapt to the reality that is now and be ready for the future.”
Employees who have been for decades working and developing their expertise on a particular set of tasks can suddenly become redundant, Gandhi observes. The technologies often also reduce the workforce in a particular industry. Gandhi says it’s important that people recognise this challenge and prepare themselves adequately for these changes.
“Learning agility amongst people is a key trait, rather than specific technology expertise as the technology itself can get outdated very fast,” he concludes.