Lloyd’s Register (LR), Qinetiq and the University of Southampton jointly unveiled their vision for technological change in the global shipping, naval and ocean activities for 2030. Together they reviewed 56 technologies that have potential application in maritime industries, and chose 18 that were the most likely to be developed, based on their commercial feasibility, potential marketability and transformational impact. These technologies are outlined in the Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report.
From these 18 transformational technologies, LR chose eight that it considered would impact shipping the most. These were robotics, advanced materials, satellite communications, smart ships, data analytics, sensors, hybrid propulsion, and integrated shipbuilding. LR’s global strategic marketing manager Luis Benito outlined LR’s vision for 2030. “Commercial shipping will be better connected, while the digital world will closely integrate people, software and hardware. This will change the way we operate and interact,” he said.
Qinetiq was responsible for choosing eight transformational technologies for naval ships. Strategy director for maritime Iain Kennedy said these technologies included autonomous systems, human-computer interaction, energy management, human augmentation, cyber and electronic warfare, advanced manufacturing, data analysis and advanced materials. He envisioned that more naval vessels would be designed for littoral conflicts and for enforcing maritime security.
The University of Southampton chose eight technologies that it considered would transform ocean industries. Professor Ajit Shenoi said these were data analysis, advanced materials, sensors and communications, sustainable energy generation, marine biotechnology, autonomous systems, carbon capture and storage, and deep ocean mining.