The world is constantly evolving, and the maritime sector is also changing. To prepare you for changes in 2023, we discuss key trends for the new year in this blog.
Energy transition in the marine industry
It is no secret that fossil fuels are anything but sustainable. Many ships still run on fossil fuel, but this is expected to change soon, and more ships will run on electricity or other cleaner alternatives. Indeed, port companies and governments are tightening fuel regulations through international partnerships. When inspecting and maintaining existing ships, shipbuilders must look at an alternative to fossil fuels. When building a new ship, propulsion must be via an alternative. Moreover, there are other ways to save energy, such as through durable and isolated floors.
Digital transformation on ships
Digital transformation has been underway for years, but these days cloud connectivity is also being established on many ships. Through this connection, maintenance can be controlled, or sailing speed can be better coordinated based on available port locations and weather conditions. Moreover, digital techniques can provide more profitable operations. Ships can navigate more effectively through cloud connectivity, reducing fuel consumption and making arrival times more predictable and accurate. In the ideal scenario, transport planning can seamlessly connect to the rail network or truck traffic, for example, optimising the entire transport chain. Experts expect more and more ships to switch to cloud connectivity by 2023.
Supply chain problems
The current world situation is creating stock problems in many sectors. Z This is also true for the maritime sector, which causes ship maintenance to become more difficult to perform because of unavailable parts. These ongoing problems are causing changes throughout the logistics chain. If you plan to tackle your boat’s flooring in the coming year, it is wise to order the necessary materials in time.
Experts expect that by 2030 the captain of a ship will be on shore instead of on board. That seems far away now, but we’re already seeing the first developments in this direction. Freight transportation will be up to 40 percent cheaper with autonomous shipping, so that more people will choose ship transportation over trucking. This is a lot more sustainable and a great social benefit. It is smart to look at autonomous shipping now. Until then, you can make your crew as comfortable as possible by installing carpet flooring, for example.
Getting started with the 2023 trends
So, how do you deal with all these developments in the maritime sector? We are happy to collaborate with you on your project’s possibilities and solutions. Get in touch with our experts!
Source: Rittal – The System