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According to specialists, digitalization of the maritime industry will become a key factor of an increased productivity of this industry. Digital solutions are supposed to help with the production of ships, fleet management and their main objective is to integrate the entire supply logistics.
“Digital transformation will change the shipping industry for ever and pave the way for new business models. Detailed information on both the load and route received in real time as well as data concerning operation and condition of a ship and its components will make future supply chains easier to operate and more effective”, emphasizes Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime at DNV GL and Vice-Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Additionally, due to the development and spread of so called cloud computing, computing power will not only change the manner of data management, but also the manner of designing and building ships.
Apart from increase in efficiency, digitalization is supposed to improve safety on board. A new level of support for decision-making will ensure better control over human resources and systems, thus decreasing the number of incidents. All the more so that digital tools – as Kjersti Kleven, Member of the Management Board of Norwegian shipyard group Kleven Maritime AS and CEO of SEA Europe says – are already more common in maritime economy, including shipbuilding. Although 2-3 years ago such solutions were deemed science-fiction, currently they are becoming natural work environment. Kjersti Kleven also emphasized i.a. an ever broader application of 3D printing and the opportunities of using this technology in production.
“Shipbuilding is already able to take advantage of such enormous development in robotics industry. Moreover, in the era of digitalization investments in research and development
are of the utmost importance to the industry”, Kleven concluded.
Wayne Jones, Member of the Management Board of MAN Diesel & Turbo, on the other hand, sees the benefits of digitalization in simplification and larger transparency, e.g. by means of collecting all data necessary to operate supply chain for shipbuilding on a common platform for the entire developing industry.
However, it is necessary to protect data collected on digital platforms or in clouds. Consequently, cybersecurity is the subject matter of a common project carried out by classification societies belonging to the IACS.
Digital solutions in the maritime economy are to be one of the topics of the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia 2018.
Article developed in cooperation with "Namiary na Morze i Handel" magazine.
Photo: The Baltic Port of New Technologies in Gdynia