The maritime transport industry is already transitioning into a new operations paradigm, often termed as “shipping in the era of digitalization”. Shipping companies promote digitalization as the future of the maritime industry and their efforts to set up strategies are already in progress.
Examining those visions and strategies in relation to digitalization would be beneficial to better understand the way in which the maritime industry is heading.
AI can be used to understand a ship’s environment and assist with a variety of navigation-related activities, including steering and collision avoidance as well as the recognition of nearby obstructions or other vessels.
IoT enables condition monitoring and remote monitoring of critical equipment onboard, which improves system reliability and safety. Aside from ship monitoring, it also allows for cargo tracking and monitoring.
Big Data Analytics can evaluate weather and sea condition data, ship location, speed, and electronic sea charts, which will improve safe navigation. BDA also helps with better fleet planning, fleet allocation, and chartering, as well as ship operation optimization.
Before performing physical changeover, operators, engineers, and managers can accurately test on the virtual environment using Advanced Simulation, which can increase quality and reduce machine downtime and setup time.
All these innovations are revolutionary, and it is exhilarating to witness one of the world’s oldest industries go through a sea of change right before our eyes.