A half-baked approach to digitalisation would lead to heightened maritime risks by creating potential conflicts between different operating systems, according to Wallem Group chief executive Frank Coles.

As the shipping industry starts to grasp the concept of digitisation, many vessel operators are adopting various technological systems in different parts of their operations while leaving the rest to be handled manually.

Coles, who headed technological outfits Transas and Inmarsat Maritime before taking the helm at Wallem last year, warned this approach could lead to more exposure to cyber security risks while failing to realise the potential benefits of digitalisation.