Knowledge management computer systems are steadily finding their way into the maritime industry assisting companies to reduce their costs and minimize risks associated with day to day operations. For the first time, on May 7, a one-day conference organized by Digital Ship in London will be exploring these exciting new technologies. Discussions will help to understand where the main business benefits are, and whether the benefit justifies the cost of the software. This event is for all those who are interested in finding out how this technology might benefit their businesses.
Seafarers can be trained maritime skills onboard vessels, keeping in constant contact with an instructor over a ship-shore data link. Onboard ships they can learn ship and engine handling using simulators; they can be taught how to use new equipment; they can be trained to keep up to date with the latest regulatory requirements.
Expert systems are also being used in procurement, to help marine companies improve the quality of their purchasing decisions and assist in successful systems integration. Knowledge management systems are being developed which gather together useful knowledge and experience from all aspects of a shipping company, on shore and ship, and make the right information quickly accessible to everybody.