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28 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 14:55 GMT+2

September 14, 2020

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Pandemic pushes shipping to more advanced naval automation technologies

The impulse, BlueMonitorLab notes, is not so much autonomous ships, as well as those with remote control

One of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on transport maritime aircraft is to have caused an acceleration towards shipping's adoption of more advanced technologies marine automation and the progressive reduction in crews aboard the ships. This is noted by the study centre BlueMonitorLab specifying that the drive towards automation is not addressed as much to the design of the unmanned vessels as building ground control rooms that are capable of to define and "order" the ship to adopt the cheaper, safer and more sustainable, in its navigational management. This is done with particularly significant effects in terms of fuel consumption, adoption of the safest and least impactful routes on the ship, also through a constant analysis of the weather-sea conditions and "remotely" adaptation of the routes.

BlueMonitorLab recalled that, as pointed out in a recent research by Nautix, while the use of low-cost staff at ship board, with all the consequences derived in terms of standard, generated a saving on the cost of labour 60%, push automation could reduce by 90% the cost of direct work on board, but generating other supply chains. The ship market is expected to high automation is expected to grow from 5.5 billion euros 2018 to 12.5 billion in 2030 and then record a real soaring, impacting on safety, ability to monitor load conditions, implement load measures energy savings, ensure the best performance of the engines, reduce human error and increase load capacity ships thanks to very small crews.

Also recalling that, according to a report by the World Maritime University relaunched by the ITF trade union, the introduction of ships to strong automation could produce a 22% reduction traditional maritime labour by 2040, BlueMonitorLab noted that however, the ITF does not take into account indirect market growth effect, for example, represented by the task forces, led by maritime directors and machine, which at each port of call will have to be able to carry out checks on automation systems and plants propulsion and navigation on board the units Automated.

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