In 2020, global maritime trade plunged by 4.1%, due to the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19. This year, however, maritime trade growth is expected to return and expand by 4.8% — provided that the industry can equip itself to meet the demands of a post-pandemic world.
Two technology landscapes are expected to emerge, with the first area related to how other sectors can improve ship system design and operation. For example, the growth of well-equipped international logistics hubs can boost maritime progress by enabling seamless sea/air and air/sea transfers.
Telenor's Maritime Connectivity Platform
As a response to this plight, KNL Networks, which itself is owned by one of the world’s top mobile operators Telenor ASA, introduced the Telenor Maritime Connectivity Platform (TMCP). This completely scalable solution marries multiple back-haul servers onto a single unified hub. This is meant to address the aforementioned outdated communication issues, while still referencing older solutions that mariners are more familiar with. For instance, TMCP makes use of a radio frequency design for PCBs to eliminate interference and lower latency. Notably, KNL can use their routing processes to integrate even 3rd party equipment and enable them to receive IoT data using high frequency radio software with an extended range of almost 10,000 km so travelling vessels can communicate and share data in real-time.
Orca AI is a deep-learning navigation tool and vessel tracking system that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to identify and classify vessels on water, regardless of the light and weather conditions. Although most cargo ships carry security cameras, many marine incidents can be caused by human error. Retrofitting vessels with computer-vision cameras can support ships in difficult-to-navigate situations and congested waterways.
Aquarius MRE System
Instead of trying to cut down on a ship’s energy consumption — which may vary depending on ship design, the number of energy consumers, and highly variable conditions like wave resistance — the Aquarius MRE can simply harness renewable energy from the wind and sun to power ships. Marine-grade solar panels and frames, energy-storage modules, and automated alarm monitoring systems allow ships to generate their own energy through different sensors and photovoltaic panels. By equipping vessels with the hardware needed to harvest renewable energy, Aquarius MRE can also simplify navigation concerns.