On the January 21st, Cyprus Marine Club held the first presentation of 2020 by Mr. Giamperio Soncini, CEO at IB Marine.
Mr. Soncini from Italy but currently lives in Limassol, Cyprus.
His main areas of competence include: Information Technology and Communication in shipping; Computerized Planned Maintenance Systems for Ships, plants and oil rigs noise and vibration control management of offices and companies; ship building and ship management sales and marketing. Giampiero finds the world to be his home; he travels for work up to 9 months – taking Approx. 160 flights a year which is something that particularly enjoys giving him a unique experience and vision of the whole world at the same time.
He yesterday landed in Cyprus just to make a courtesy to our Club giving his extraordinary speech on benefits, challenges and future scenarios of fleet performance monitoring systems. The approachable way he presented the technical aspects was extremely interesting to all 80 guests filling Epsilon – even to those not related to shipping industry.
Mr. Soncini argued that his 30 year-old experience has shown that having a computerized Fleet Management system onboard will be of value. Yet, the lesson is clear: sooner or later, those who have not embraced technology will disappear.
He explained that currently the idea of crewless vessels has become a serious one, from a laughable topic, with large companies and Classification Societies looking deeply and really into it. On the other hand, technology is moving fast and at times it is somewhat pitiful to look into the world of shipping, compared to other similar transportation sectors. However, there are still so many companies reluctant to embrace technology or they show sheer ignorance of the advantages.
Mr. Soncini also pointed that in shipping the resistance to change is very big and in general the resistance to change is a human attitude. Essentially, innovation was not something we created; it was something has always existed. The problem is how to make use of it and how to continue to make use of it. If you stop using it, if you think it’s normal to have a mobile phone for your own personal use but not for a professional use you are basically failing to innovate.
The President as always welcomed warmly all gathered members and took an opportunity to shortly update them on CMC progress / membership numbers.
The Cyprus Marine Club embraces and encourages a plethora of maritime industry stakeholders for friendly membership. Ship Owners, Ship Managers, Crew Managers, Service Providers & Suppliers, Agents, Terminal Operators, Legal and Financial and more, come together with a focused effort to promote and celebrate the Cyprus maritime industry and share experiences.