The most recent World Maritime Day theme, ‘New Technologies for Greener Shipping,’ highlighted the pivotal role of emerging technologies in steering the shipping sector towards a sustainable future.
Emphasizing the importance of a sustainable maritime sector, the theme called for building back better and greener in a post-pandemic world.
The festivities featured compelling maritime and shipping innovations, breakthroughs in research and development, and the practical demonstration of new technologies. Here, we highlight some of the most exciting advancements in sustainable shipping presented during the event.
1. Solar-powered fishing boat
The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) in the Pacific has supplied fisherwomen in Nakalawaca village, Fiji, with a fibreglass boat fitted with a solar-powered outboard electric engine – the first such boat in the Pacific.
2. Solar power for cargo ships
The MTCC in the Pacific supported the trial of marine solar power systems on two ships to power electricity needs, especially when in port. This resulted in overall greenhouse gases reduction of more than 50%.
3. AI for ship trim optimisation
The MTCC in Asia is using artificial intelligence to analyse data on ship trim and optimisation – leading to more efficient and greener ship operation after analysis of the figures.
4. International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations drive innovation
IMO regulation is helping to drive innovation in ship design, propulsion and energy-efficient technologies. The mandatory requirements in the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) stimulate research and investment to cut emissions from ships. A wide variety of design, economic and operational solutions help to achieve the goals set in the regulations.
5. Improving biofouling prevention and management
IMO’s GloFouling project is promoting the development of new technologies to prevent and/or manage marine biofouling, with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and to protect biodiversity by preventing the spread of invasive aquatic species. Examples include in-water cleaning systems, new anti-fouling components and the use of robotics for monitoring and inspecting surfaces.
6. Testing novel technologies for biofouling
The TEST Biofouling Project will support testing novel technologies and new sustainable methods for biofouling management through demonstration projects. These demonstrations will showcase the environmental and energy efficiency benefits that can be achieved. Demonstration of technologies will be conducted in selected ports and shipyards around the world, with regional exchanges on technological solutions and best practices.
7. Tablets for data collection
The MTCC in Africa has supplied tablets so that data on fuel and ship operation can be recorded – leading to more efficient and greener ship operation after analysis of the figures.
8. Propeller Boss Cap Fins
The MTCC in the Pacific is funding the installation of a propulsion improvement device known as Propeller Boss Cap Fins (PBCF) on a Fijian government ship. PBCF can enhance propeller efficiency, thus resulting in reduced fuel consumption and associated GHG emissions.
In the realm of maritime innovation showcased during the recent World Maritime Day event, sustainable advancements are reshaping the industry’s future. From solar-powered fishing boats to AI-driven ship trim optimization, the event highlighted transformative technologies fostering environmental responsibility and efficiency.
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