How the evolving port industry affects the port labour and what will be the challenges for port workers in the near future? Should we focus on a “second” life for port workers or should we provide the tools for a second career chance in the port industry?
These were the major questions of a presentation delivered by PortEconomics member George Vaggelas during the final event of the “SECOND LIFE – Seafarers work and live better having alternatives of a future job ashore” project, organised by Centro Italiano di Eccellenza sulla Logistica i Trasporti e le Infrastrutture-University of Genova, on January 18, 2019.
The project has been financed by International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) – Seafarers Trust and developed by PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Giovanni Satta.
With digitalization and automation of port processes along with the introduction of robotization, advancing in the port industry, new challenges are born for port labour. George’s presentation deals with the new working environment that technologies can form in the port industry and focus on the discussion taking place the last few years, if the new technologies pose a threat (job security) or creates opportunities (new jobs dealing with new technologies) for port workers.