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The maritime industry is sailing into brand new seas of technologies. An industry that operated solely using traditional techniques is now being graced by the winds of technology. The emergence of new technologies took place due to the tremendous demand for smarter, faster, and economical processes in the industry. With more than 90% of the world’s economy driven by maritime activities, we need to optimize and improve our constant & therefore, embracing digitalization and advancement in technology is the ultimate solution for the industry to thrive.
The scale of improvements happening due to the emergence of new technologies in maritime engineering is limitless. Ranging from the very shipbuilding techniques, propulsion technologies to smart ports, smart shipping, robotics, artificial intelligence, smart sensors, big data, and analytics, the list is endless. It’s a whole new chapter in the book of maritime shipping. These technological enhancements are going to contribute greatly to commercial gains, and hence, embracing technology is the key to the future for the current seafarers. Today, we are listing down some of the major emerging technology trends and their impact on the current maritime landscape –
Modernization of shipbuilding techniques has unlocked multiple benefits like creative freedom for designing, better ways for waste management, simplicity to build custom units, efficient inventory management, automation, cost-savings, and much more is achieved. Shipbuilding innovations have also proved to be a friend to the environment as for their abilities to calculate precise amounts of raw materials required and effective waste management procedures.
Technological escalations in ship propulsion and powering techniques are one of the major trends in the maritime industry. Efficient, energy-saving engines, better propulsion techniques, use of alternative fuels, switching to renewable sources of energy are some of the highlights of the changes happening in propulsion engineering. The environment is abundantly benefited by this innovation in engineering, suppressing harmful emissions, and reducing fuel costs by up to 20%.
One of the major shifts in maritime technologies is smart shipping. For as long as the traditional means of shipping are concerned, they are soon to be outdated. The sophistication of digital technologies is allowing seafarers to perform shipping in more efficient, economical, smarter, and faster ways. Leveraging systematic data-tracking, machine learning, and AI, tons of factors including vessel performance, fuel efficiencies, cost-cutting, safety compliances, vessel routing, operational capabilities can be improved. Not to mention, smart data-tracking will help gain better ways to protect the environment.
Replacing the very building blocks of the ship engineering has its own perks. The traditional materials used today are rapidly getting replaced by smarter, and highly advanced materials. These advanced materials will give better vessel performance, and mainly the possibilities to upload newer features. This advancement in machinery will adopt compatibility for software innovations of the future.
With ships travelling across the world and crossing oceans, sharp communication equipment is a must. Radio communications, Very High Frequency (VHF) signals are capable of transmitting large amounts of data across long distances. With installations of technologies like 5G, the maritime industry will be able to communicate effectively and efficiently. Live tracking, cargo monitoring, distress calls, HD video conference calls, and much more would be possible with upgrades in communication technologies.
Maritime industry is booming and the wings of technology are bound to make it soar. With the emergence of the latest trends, embracing the technological progress to harness a brighter future is the need of the hour for today’s seafarers. Big industry is calling you for bigger possibilities, it’s time you head out for a better tomorrow.