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The shipping industry is undergoing a technological revolution. From autonomous systems, integrated ships and collision avoidance technologies; there are good reasons for embracing these innovations. But despite the increased safety and environmental friendliness of such advances, they are not without risks. 

In this episode we will look at whether the maritime industry is prepared for these technological advances both at sea and ashore and is this a disaster waiting to happen, or can the maritime industry step-up to the challenges that cyber-security brings?

Marine Casualties


International shipping transports 90% of world trade, but the very nature of shipping, and the environments in which the industry operates, makes seafaring one of the most dangerous professions in the world.

In this episode we will look at what more can be done to continue to reduce the number of marine casualties and whether shipping companies, insurers, law makers etc. will need to adapt to the challenges threatening the future of maritime safety.

Autonomous Ships


Science-Fact or Science-Fiction? Love them or loath them, autonomous ships are coming. In what capacity remains unclear but, according to Rolls-Royce, “autonomous shipping is the future of the maritime industry. As disruptive as the smartphone, the smart ship will revolutionise the landscape of ship design and operations”

In this episode we will look at what value, if any, autonomous shipping can provide to the industry, whether the benefits really outweigh the costs, how does the industry plan on deploying autonomous vessels, and is the maritime industry ready for autonomous vessels? 



The UK port industry is the second largest in Europe, handling roughly 500 million tonnes of freight each year, as well as over 60 million international and domestic passenger journeys. 

Following the Brexit Referendum, uncertainty over the UK’s future trade relationship with the EU has led to predictions of long queues at harbours on both sides of the Channel after Britain leaves the bloc next March.

In this episode we will look at what the possible impacts are of a ‘No-Deal Brexit’, whether Theresa May's proposal goes far enough to ensure frictionless trade with Europe or should shipping companies seek alternatives to Dover post-Brexit?

Mental Health at Sea


A recent report on mental health stated that two-thirds of people will experience some form of mental health issue at some point in their lives but for those working offshore, that figure is significantly higher. 

There are an estimated 1.6 million seafarers worldwide, and it is a devastating reality that many of these hardworking men and women are suffering from mental health issues. 

In this episode we will look at what more could and should be done to support seafarers, should maritime legislation be updated to address mental health and how can we better prepare seafarers for life at sea? 

Piracy & Corruption


Maritime piracy affects major shipping lanes and puts the lives of seafarers from all over the world at risk. 

In recent years the total number of incidents has continued to fall however the economic cost of piracy is shifting away from East Africa and moving to new, dangerous areas including West Africa and Asia. 

In this episode we will look at what is driving the shift in piracy, what can be done to reduce corruption in the industry and what is the impact of both piracy and corruption on the industry? 

Gender Balance


According to recent figures from the International Transport Workers’ Federation, women currently make up fewer than 2% of the global maritime workforce. This statistic reflects how, historically, seafaring has been viewed as a male-dominated industry. 

In this episode we discuss why women may be less likely to pursue a career at sea and what more can be done to support women in the maritime industry.

Careers at Sea


The UK Merchant Navy attracts individuals from all walks of life, and this fast moving and technologically advanced industry requires highly trained seafarers working across navigation, engineering and electro-technical disciplines at both officer and rating levels. 

In this episode we will look at what it takes to become an officer in the Merchant Navy, what is being done to promote careers at sea and whether the red ensign is still regarded as one of the most reputable flags in the world.

Training & Opportunities


According to some experts there is a skills shortage in the maritime industry. Research conducted by Maritime UK found that the UK maritime market was fairing worse than its global counterparts, with proportionately fewer professional engineers than other industries.

In this episode we will look at why some claim there is a skills shortage, is the increase in SMarT funding a step forward or will we just have more unemployed officers, and what more should be done to support newly qualified officers in getting their first stamp?