Design flexibility, waste reduction, efficient customization, and maintaining virtual inventory would drive the development of future shipbuilding technologies.
Fremont, CA: The technology revolution has changed the landscape of maritime is shifting with the rising tides of technology. The emerging trends are the need of the hour. Advances in shipbuilding, smart shipping, propulsion, advanced materials, big data and analytics, robotics, sensors, and communications, in addition to an increasingly skilled workforce, are all having significant shifts in how the maritime industry are approaching new opportunities and challenges.
The drivers for these technologies have resulted from both environmental and commercial necessity. As a catalyst, environmental policies are tracking faster some of the developments to drive sustainability, and as a consequence, have pushed for better R&D as well as the adoption of tech to decrease GHG emissions, and the advantages are clear. For instance, hybrid propulsion has the capability to save 20-30 percent on vessel operating costs while decreasing GHG emissions.
Design flexibility, waste reduction, efficient customization, and maintaining virtual inventory would drive the development for future shipbuilding technologies. Aside from the breakthrough in products’ operational efficiency, environmental impact plays a major role in adopting new shipbuilding technologies. For instance, 90 percent of raw materials might be in traditional subtractive manufacturing methods. Contrastingly, the introduction of additive manufacturing deposits materials only where they are needed.
Power generation and ship propulsion would be quite a significant area of technological development. It is not only the realm of applicable technology, which includes future engines, hybrid power generation, alternative fuels, renewable sources of energy, propulsion energy-saving devices, and emissions abatement technology. It is also the extent of future environmental challenges for commercial shipping that makes powering and propulsion a key technological theme.