Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
It was announced from Abu Dhabi, UAE, early in July that Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy (ADMA), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, had signed an MoU with Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) for the development of training programmes, as well as the provision of consultancy services focused on the applications of alternative fuels, efficiency enhancement and artificial intelligence (AI) within maritime operations.
Abu Dhabi Ports’ maritime education facility will work closely with CSM, a world-leading in ship management and maritime services, to devise, market, and conduct courses and programmes for trainers and students.
Captain Maktoum Al Houqani, Head of Maritime Cluster, commented: ‘The advent of digitalisation has permeated virtually every industry across the world and is rapidly transforming how we both operate and conduct present-day business — and this is no more evident than within the maritime sector.
‘In addition to conventional training, our collaboration with Columbia Shipmanagement aims to educate the next generation of seafarers and port operators on the immense benefits associated with Artificial Intelligence and impress upon them how innovation will become the essential facilitator in enabling global trade in an ever-evolving digitally-powered future.’
Mark O’Neil, CEO of CSM, added: ‘We look forward to working with ADMA in developing AI and digital solutions in the important area of seafarers training. The UAE is one of the world’s best strategic locations for crew changes but is also a key centre for innovation in crew training.
‘We have been impressed with ADMA’s advanced simulator facilities and we are confident that together with ADMA, we will introduce more innovative and high-tech training solutions.
‘Our advanced eLearning platform coupled with the work of our Performance Optimisation Control Room and software development teams will help to achieve these goals for the benefit of our partners and the seafarers in the region and globally.’
In addition to assisting ADMA with the development of the new curriculum, CSM will provide resources for the creation of eLearning and interactive courses, introduce innovative technologies such as AI and holographic telepresence*, as well as consultancy services in collaboration with ADMA.
Under the directives of the MoU agreement, ADMA and CSM are also expected to collaborate on joint research projects dedicated to the development of innovative and advanced maritime technologies of the future.
About Columbia Shipmanagement
With over 40 years of tradition, commitment and professionalism, Columbia (founded in Cyprus) has established its position as a world-class ship manager and maritime service provider.
Abu Dhabi Ports
Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports serves as a major facilitator of logistics, industry, and trade, as well as a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. Part of ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies with a broad portfolio of major enterprises spanning key sectors of Abu Dhabi’s diversified economy, Abu Dhabi Ports’ vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in driving the emirate’s economic development over the past decade.
Operating several clusters covering ports, industrial cities & free zone, maritime, logistics, and digital, Abu Dhabi Ports’ portfolio comprises eleven ports and terminals in the UAE and Guinea, and more than 550 square kilometres of industrial zones within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and ZonesCorp, the largest integrated trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping in the Middle East.
For more information readers are invited to visit: www.adports.ae
* An evolving technology for full-motion, 3D video conferencing. This can project realistic, full-motion, real-time 3D images of distant people and objects into a room. With real-time audio communication there is a high level of realism not far removed from physical presence.
Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy and Columbia Shipmanagement have signed an MOU to develop training programmes and collaborate in alternative fuels, efficiency enhancement, and Artificial Intelligence for the global maritime industry.
Photo: ADMA ©.
Professor Adam Weintrit, Chairman of the TransNav Conference, Rector of Gdynia Maritime University and Editor-in-Chief of TransNav Journal has informed us of the above event.
The Conference is jointly organized by the Faculty of Navigation of the Gdynia Maritime University and The Nautical Institute.
Sanmar Shipyards has joined forces with IGUS, the world’s largest energy chain systems manufacturer, to develop and build a new compact ‘electric bunkering’ system that can supply various vessel types with onshore power.
By joining forces and expertise, the two companies have designed and built a simple to operate compact quayside Shore Power Dispenser System, which can be operated by just one crew member.
The modular design allows an extension of the dispenser system to provide higher charging power capacities easily. Each cable dispenser module can handle 500A current capacity (up to 1000V AC).