The “Global Marine Technology Trends 2030” report launched today recognising that the future is becoming increasingly focused on automation.
Speaking at London International Shipping Week, Luis Benito, global maritime marketing director at Lloyd’s Register said, “The marine world in 2030 will be more connected, bringing close integration between people, software, and hardware in a way that could transform the way we interact.”
By 2030 the fastest and most radical impacts are likely to be felt in the development of naval ships and systems where maritime autonomous systems are driving the biggest revolution in maritime security in over a century.
“We know technology is changing our world and there is a great deal of overlap between technologies and how they combine,” said Benito.
Compiled by Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton, the report examines the transformative impact of 18 technologies in ship design, naval power and on the use of ocean space, aiming to help marine stakeholders understand the long-term challenges that come with technological changes.
It identifies two groups of technology drivers – those that will transform the ship design and build space – leading to advancement in ship building, propulsion and powering and the development of smart ships; and the technologies that drive safety, commercial and operational performance – advanced materials, big data analytics, communications, sensors and robotics.
The report presents ‘Technomax’ scenarios for bulk carriers, tankers, containerships and gas carriers, which give of the potential maximum technology uptake relevant to the four ship market sectors.
Professor Ajit Shenoi, director at Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute said, “Understanding the world’s oceans is more essential now than ever to secure the future of our planet.”
On energy transformation, Shenoi said that the need to minimise dependence on oil and gas and increase the focus on renewables is increasingly possible. “We can create sustainable energy generation. The ocean has an abundance of waves, currents, tides and we have the sun,” we need to make use of that,” he told IHS Maritime.
“If we can capture it in a sustainable way and use for example water to generate hydrogen and use it as a fuel, which when burns produces water again, it is energy we can use in a sustainable way in the future,” he said.
Deep ocean minerals will also be increasingly used. “This is something we see being tapped into more and more. “Minerals are currently expensive to harvest, but we will start to see new technology to handle this cost effectively,” he said.