The world’s major maritime and energy companies are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious

Increasing energy needs, the relentless effect of global warming, and increasingly stringent environmental laws to combat pollution are influencing a change of direction in the shipping sector. New trends such as the new growing economies of the world, new business models largely supported by new technologies, huge energy storage capacities, and new “green” energy sources are forcing large companies to change direction. These trends represent obstacles but new opportunities for progress. In her study “Visions of the Future of Maritime Affairs”, Wärtsilä presented various ideas that could change the way shipping companies and maritime affairs function in the future. Different ideas are elaborated in the Study, they follow in the text. Convoy – Fuel could be saved by tracking ships as the energy required to sail is reduced after the first ship in the convoy has “cleared” the route. Likewise, other ships could have smaller crews because the system could be automated with artificial intelligence and advanced communication technologies. ZERO – traveling distribution centers – It would work on “green” energy, windmill and solar energy. Exergo – the ultimate energy storage – By developing batteries and increasing their capacity, it would allow ships to operate quietly and without harmful gases in some sensitive areas. LIITOS – Working together – Efficient navigation requires the exchange of information so that no ship would sail without cargo, and this would be very easily achieved using digital tools. BEAN to CUP – Production on the route – Factory ships could produce goods or, such as the automotive industry, already complete final product inspections and final details during delivery. They cited as an example coffee that could be processed on ships and delivered as a finished product until it arrives.