Shipping in 2030; a look ahead

A look at what shipping may look like in 2030. Not only when it comes to emission, but equipment and efficiency-wise:


Those who are going to man ships, manage them, or control them from a control room somewhere in the world, will have to have followed up the development and upgrade their skills accordingly.

Shipping companies are slow in taking up these new technologies because they are faced with realities that are not shared with the poster child of transportation- the airline industry.
Right now there is a vessel in port in a developing country that has had a hoist wire damaged on a cargo crane. The vessel is now at anchor with the crew breaking out a 2.72 tonne 380 metre long hoist wire and removing the damaged one. The mate is getting on with it. Emails have been sent but an army of white shirt clad highly skilled robotics engineers sitting in a remote air conditioned office could do absolutely nothing to help. No one from the office can fly there with the present restrictions to supervise.
You fly different types of aircraft to primitive airports and they don’t involve a lot of sophisticated engineering.