Industry 4.0 in The Maritime Sector – Potentials and challenges

Equinox Bahari Utama Crew Management Services

Consortium of Indonesian Manning Agency (CIMA) was having one day seminar and Forum Group Discussion among the others 43 Manning Agencies, including EBU, on July 17th at Jakarta International Equestrian Park, where Industry 4.0 was the key subject which being discussed.

Industry 4.0 describes the trend toward increasing automation and connectivity, including shipping technologies such as internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous and unmanned technology, and data analytics. Technology such as AI, virtual reality, IoT, machine learning and others are man-made, and their usefulness still depends on the people who design (Human Resource), produce and operate them.

Key notes which had been summarized:

1. Development of Industry 4.0 in Maritime Sector need full support from 4 important elements – Government, Private Sector as representative of Ship Owner, Training Institute and the Seafarers themselves in order to improve the quality of the Human Resources, since qualified Human Resource is the KEY of this Industry

2. Direct employment of any Seafarer as per PM 84 2013, human right vs Seafarer protection. Manning Agency license (SIUPPAK) is used mainly to have better protection for the Seafarer, however currently being contradictive with direct employment of any Seafarer which is still happened. In Industry 4.0, Stakeholder, in collaboration with Government (Sea Comm) must establish and increase collaboration in creating Seafarer database to boost adoption of Industry 4.0 technology.

3. Seafarer Certification issuance time, which founded inconsistent recently. With the development of Industry 4.0, Stakeholder is demanding the consistency of the issuance time, since the digitalization era would require integrating customers and business partners in a value adding process in high level services

4. Seaman Book (Sea Comm), Passport (Ministry of Immigration) which related to Seafarer Documentation details. Synchronization in between both Ministries, in the development of Industry 4.0, need to be implemented as collaborative value chains, as soon as practicable for the good of the Seafarers who working abroad

5. Seafarer Income Tax as an unclear regulation. Collaboration in between Sea Comm and Ministry of Finance need to be developed, same as the point 4, for the good of the Seafarer.

Director EBU

Angga Luthfi Eldrianto