Not everybody is happy with the development of remote control, even at today's level: http://insurancemarinenews.com/insurance-marine-news/remote-monitoring-not-always-popular-with-crew-says-marorka/
We who are already "too old for this shit" can be happy we only have to watch the development from the rocking chair.
For those who are young and just starting out,I believe it is important to stay ahead of the game and ensure you are up to speed on the technology to remain relevant in the bright new world.
I believe that the more automated the process become the less danger there will be from fatigued operators making mistakes. I would have thought that boredom would be more of a problem when you sit and watch a ferry sailing itself back and forward, back and forward all day and most of the night.
in Norway the regulated working hours are; 7.5 hrs./day, 5 days/week = 37.5 hrs./week.
But with compulsory 5 weeks holidays/year, public holidays etc, the average work week becomes only 33 hrs.: http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/economy/2013/07/10/worlds-shortest-work-weeks/3.html
As to the future ferries they will probably work the same schedules as now, i.e. the time on board and time off regulates the total hours over the year to equal that of a worker on shore.
In the offshore industry, with 12/12 shift this is done by "2 weeks on/4 weeks off" rotation.
I'm not sure if there are such a set system for ferries, as they operate in different pattern in different parts of the country, but this being Norway, it is probably well organized to where nobody work too much.
Here is an article in Norwegian about life on board a typical ferry in traffic on the Norwegian fjords: https://www.tk.no/aure/kristiansund/samferdsel/fra-lem-til-lem-med-minst-mulig-ubehag/s/5-51-17125
Hopefully Google Translate handle this gently, for those who have the time and inclination to read it.
PS> Norwegians are more preoccupied with short work hours and long leisure time for a better quality of life then they are with pay. Since everybody is generally well paid and taken care of "from cradle to grave", there is less to worry about. (I'm still struggling to come to terms with this attitude, having lived in Singapore, where long working hours is a "batch of honour")