Ships that don’t need a captain and are able to sail by a computer system? A few years ago it sounded unreliable, but not anymore. The development of self-driving cars and drones made this topic interesting for the maritime branch and not without a reason. Read this blog to find out more about the benefits and how the seals of Lagersmit contribute.
Smart shipping can be divided in two categories: unmanned ships and autonomous ships. The difference between these two categories is that unmanned vessels are driven by an operator from a control center onshore. On autonomous ships a computer on board takes decisions about the route, speed, fuel consumption, maintenance and mooring in the harbor. To make sure everything is under control, an autonomous ship is always connected with a control center onshore.
Several developments in the marine branch contributed to the increased interest in smart shipping, such as stricter environmental regulations, technological developments and fuel diversity.