Cutting-Edge Technologies Transforming the Shipbuilding Sector
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Cutting-Edge Technologies Transforming the Shipbuilding Sector

By CIOReview | Thursday, September 16, 2021

The shipbuilding industry is gradually adopting automated technology to make it more efficient in shipyards.

FREMONT, CA: Technological advancements have fueled many recent innovations in a variety of sectors. The rise of technology has aided man in every facet of his life. Shipbuilding and the technology that supports it has been progressing in lockstep with technological advancements. With recent strides in technology made possible by continuous research and development, modern shipbuilding and the maritime sector as a whole are in for a makeover. From better construction techniques enhanced by 3D printing, modern robotics, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality to making better ships while keeping environmental regulations and sustainability in mind, modern shipbuilding and the maritime industry as a whole are in for a makeover.

This article discusses the most cutting-edge technologies that are helping to alter current shipbuilding.

The Intelligence of Shipbuilding Robotics

For a long time, robotics and robots have been evolving as human aids. The employment of robotics in shipbuilding has aided workers in moving away from dangerous heavy-duty duties in this chain. One of the reasons to consider robotics is the scarcity of skilled workers. Robots are used for high-effort tasks such as lifting and moving heavy machines. Robots can also do specialized tasks such as welding and assembly. The usage of robots in shipbuilding and technology like sensor systems and artificial intelligence has increased in complexity. The shipbuilding industry is gradually adopting automated technology to make it more efficient in shipyards.

The growth of global robotics technology also results in design and interface advancements, allowing automated systems to be controlled safely with little to no knowledge, thus boosting the spread of robots to shipyards of all sizes and levels. Shipbuilding may trend toward large industrial systems, but industry research also pushes for more miniature, smarter robots to access hazardous, hard-to-reach locations, making human workers' duties easier and safer.

The Energy Efficiency of LNG–Fueled Ships

Because of its environmental sustainability, condensed natural gas (LNG) is becoming increasingly popular as a ship fuel substitute. LNG or compressed liquified natural gas, which may be used as a fuel and can be utilized as ship fuel in many types, has high energy efficiency. LNG is being investigated as an alternative fuel because of its heating value and image as a greener fuel. As a result, the market for LNG-powered boat motors is growing, and the opportunities are also expanding.

Compared to diesel motors, CO2 emissions are reduced by 20-25 percent in LNG motors, NOx (Nitrogen Oxide) emissions are reduced by about 92 percent, and Sox (Sulfur Oxide) and particle emissions are nearly eliminated. Furthermore, new-generation transport motors are unquestionably required to meet TIER 3 requirements. LNG is not only environmentally friendly, but it is also less expensive than diesel, allowing the boat to save a significant amount of money over time.