From maritime internet usage to improving maritime training we’ve been keeping an eye on the industry’s most interesting stories from the past week. Here’s a quick selection:

Maritime internet usage increasing - Maritime companies are continuing to increase their use of the internet in their business activities, according to survey results published by ShipServ this week. Digital Ship reported that the findings of ShipServ’s 2012 Internet and Social Media Use in Shipping Survey indicate that now over 25% of the companies surveyed do all of their sourcing and buying over the internet – an increase of 10% since 2011. The results also show that the popularity of social media platforms in the industry is increasing with LinkedIn being the most popular.

Competition to drive marine innovation – A competition to promote marine innovation and technologies for marine ICT, carbon reduction and green propulsion is likely to start in January 2013, the Maritime Journal reported. Open to marine companies throughout the UK, the competition will develop a number of top priority themes for the industry which were identified by the industry roadmap put into place by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s Government body, in 2011. Competition themes are expected to include advanced navigation, lightweight materials and structures, emission reduction systems and many more.

Plan to improve maritime training - President of Marine Learning Systems Murray Goldberg has posted some useful insights into how a maritime company, no matter how big or wealthy, can stimulate motivation and improve training with simple planning and reviewing. Murray’s useful tips posted on Maritime Professional stem from time he spent with a maritime organisation. The two most important lessons taken from this experience are that setting out a plan for the future should not be put off in order to wait for more information, on which to create a formal plan. Secondly and vitally the plan should be fluid so that improvements from feedback and reviews can be made.

If you have read anything interesting this week that you’d like to share, please let us know.


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