Smart ships, which just two years ago were considered a mere R&D concept, have become the main direction for development in every major shipbuilding country, according to a Marintec China 2017 press briefing.
Wärtsilä has successfully tested operating a vessel by remote control as the drive towards autonomous shipping continues.
The trend towards digitalisation is inexorable but what this entails is as diverse as the number of its proponents.
The digitising of processes in container shipping and logistics has been a slow process, but INTTRA president and coo Inna Kuznetsova believes it is now becoming the industry standard over traditional paper methods.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group is to invest $1.8bn in shipbuilding related R&D including the development of smart ships and setting up a smart shipyard.
CMA CGM has joined Maersk Line in teaming up with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to provide online booking for shipments.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and classification society DNV GL have renewed and expanded on the scope a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on promoting R&D and innovation in the maritime industry.
Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has announced the establishment of a Smart Shipping Office, effective 1 December 2016.