As the world is changing, so is the shipping industry. New megaships keep outsizing older models, while emerging technologies boost efficiency and the green image of shipping. Are you interested in what this future looks like?
The maritime industry is constantly evolving and striving for increased innovation. The past few years have been exceptionally interesting. Major trends like globalisation and containerisation have reshaped the industry and continue to present us with challenging changes even today. This dynamic environment creates a very interesting work setting, pushing the abilities of the employees to the limit and setting a high standard for future co-workers. When looking towards the future of maritime shipping, a few emerging trends can be observed. New ways of doing business, earning money and distinguishing yourself from the competition are created on a daily basis.
Bigger and better
What is blue, a quarter of a mile long and taller than London's Olympic stadium? The answer is: the Triple E vessel of Maersk. If you are interested in shipping and the maritime industry, you will know all of the classic examples of large ships. The Berge Stahl, the Allure of the Sea and the Emma Maersk are all true behemoths, with lengths longer than the Eiffel tower and cargos for which you would need over 10.000 trucks to transport. Ships have been getting bigger and better over the past few years and this seems to be a continuing trend. Every year new plans are created to outsize the currently available megaships and apparently the sky is the limit. This trend is largely a result of containerisation and automation which enables the faster loading and discharging of vessels.
Specialisation is good
A couple of years ago everyone was targeting containers and container trade. It seemed to be the only acceptable way of transporting cargo. What we see today is that slowly but surely shipping companies are once again reinvesting in specialised ship types. This trend is mostly visible in the heavy lifting industry and transportation of chemicals. Extremely specialised ships that are only able to transport parts of offshore windmills have been constructed, pushing the crew to new levels of specialised knowledge about their ships and trade.
Green is the future
Like every aspect of modern life, shipping is focussing increasingly on a green image. Innovations are made each day that reduce the environmental footprint of ships. Improvements to the engines, better propeller performance and high-tech coatings, as well as friction-reducing air cushions and even skysails are reducing carbon and sulphur emissions. All of these advancements are only the start, as further specialised methods are pushing the maritime industry towards a green and environmentally friendly era.
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