The technical transformation of the maritime industry


Chargers are transformed by new technologies. Until the last decade, this long-established industry was reluctant to embrace new technologies, but it has now fully embraced comprehensive modernization. A wide range of advanced technologies are used to create a safer, more efficient and more sustainable shipping atmosphere for export and import trade, including robotics and artificial intelligence.

New technologies are being implemented in all aspects of maritime and adjacent industries. As the industry works towards digitization, startups that specialize in developing tech solutions for it are getting in on the process

Almost every industry has been impacted by robots in one form or another. When it comes to the shipping industry, they have turned to technology. Robots that can help in the management, safety, maintenance and inspection of ships are being developed by research institutes and companies in the automotive, transport and telecommunications sectors.

These include SAFFiR – Shipboard Automated Fire Fighting Robot, created by the US Navy Research Lab and Virginia Tech, which has received the most attention. And it’s for a good cause.

To some extent, loss of life and cargo can be mitigated by specially developed fire robots for such scenarios from Russian ships. Conversely, vessels carrying cargo and passengers would greatly benefit from the SAFFiR technology being developed for US Navy ships.

LNG, or pressurized liquefied natural gas, is a fuel that can be used in several ship models. LNG is being studied as an alternative fuel due to its high calorific value and low emissions.

Compressed natural gas (LNG) is becoming increasingly popular as a fuel for ships due to its environmental friendliness. This is why the market for LNG-powered boat engines is growing exponentially.

Compared to diesel engines, LNG engines emit less CO2, less NOX, less SOX and less particulates. Additionally, new transport engines must meet TIER 3 requirements. As well as being more environmentally friendly, LNG is also more economical than diesel, saving the yacht money over time.

So why should ships be left adrift when we have smartphones, homes and cities? Ships will soon be smart, state-of-the-art and autonomous. It is expected to launch the first Yara Birkeland smart ship this year. Various ship developers, including Russian shipbuilders, have said they will produce smart ships that will be completely autonomous in the coming years.

Automated ships will improve efficiency, profitability and transportation capacity in the maritime industry. Being able to operate these ships remotely removes the risk of crew members dying at sea and kind of changes the job.

Another technology that has the potential to be hugely beneficial to the transportation industry is augmented reality (AR). Freight planning, maintenance, navigation, and connecting global teams can all benefit from using AR technology. For example, a non-industry person rarely has the opportunity to see a freighter or the port. It is possible to give a foreigner insight into the industry through the use of AR.

Using virtual tours like Port360, a virtual journey of the Port of Rotterdam, traders and non-shippers alike can learn about the inner workings of the port and engage with each other.

These technological breakthroughs are just the tip of the iceberg. The shipping industry is changing and given the speed with which technological solutions are being developed for the company, it would not be wrong to describe this moment as the resurrection of one of the oldest industries in the world.


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