5 Maritime Shipping Trends That Are the Wave of the Future
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5 Maritime Shipping Trends That Are the Wave of the Future

By CIOReview | Saturday, December 17, 2022

The shipping industry is shifting from its traditional forms to innovative vessels with the advancements of new technological trends.

FREMONT, CA: Sunstones were once the ancient people's primary power source. Sea captains have used celestial navigation during trade expeditions for centuries, even more recently.

Blackbeard, Aristotle Onassis, and Ferdinand Magellan would all be amazed at how technology is transforming the shipping sector today.

Here are some of the most significant trends in maritime shipping right now.

Automated Ships

The Pentagon's ghost fleet system, which investigated the employment of crewless ships in its warfare squadron, was taken over by the U.S. Navy at the beginning of 2022. According to the Navy, the Ghost Fleet Overload software ran autonomously for 98 percent of a prior test, during which it traveled 4,000 miles and passed through the Panama Canal.

According to the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2021, the age of crewless ships has already begun. Autonomous shipping is moving in the direction of the business.


Even though the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) is frequently linked to manufacturing, maritime shipping will increasingly benefit from its use. Analytics in real-time depends on IIOT. The IIOT uses smart sensors and other technology to improve industrial processes, with a market value predicted to reach $216 billion by 2025.

These sensors provide information on wind speed, shaft torque and RPM, pollution, and positioning for the maritime sector. It can facilitate communication between ships and port managers, assistance facilities, fleet partners, and maintenance service providers.


Unfortunately, counterfeit documents constitute a significant problem in the shipping sector. For instance, three cargo vessels were held in December 2021 by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and the Customs division for allegedly faking documentation.

Blockchain is being considered as a potential remedy. Its benefit is that it is a distributed, secure digital database that a single individual can't alter due to the computer network.

Automated Ports

Due to COVID-19's disruption of supply networks, there were around 100 container ships backlogged in Southern California by mid-January alone. To reduce port congestion, automation at ports is essential.

Efficiency gains are automation's most evident benefit. According to a 2015 research, the Rotterdam port was 80 percent more productive than the Oakland port, which was not automated because most TEU processing there was done by gantry cranes.

Digital twins

The infrastructure of America received a C- grade in a report published in 2021 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). During that time, the focus was on capacity and effectiveness. Ports got a better score, a B-, but there's still space for growth.

Digital twins can accelerate infrastructure planning. The system may assess a structure's functionality and offer insightful operational projections by building a virtual simulation of a port complex. This involves anticipating peak times and arrivals, which is essential for managing crowded ports.