“The energy transition will be at the forefront of shipowner’s minds in the coming years, as they navigate evolving environmental regulations. In the Mediterranean, this means leaning into operational efficiency measures – e.g. trim and draft optimization, weather routing, speed reduction – until alternative fuels options are more clearly determined and widely available.
Another major trend for the 2020s will be the increased digitalization of assets. Shipowners are interested in cyber safety and security, and I expect to see more traceability and chain management technology. More long-term, there should be further progress in the development of unmanned vessels. Several pilot programs have already been launched for small autonomous vessels. By 2030, sea-going ships may be next in line!”
Vice President of the Hellenic, Black Sea and Adriatic Zone
Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore