These years, there is a strong focus on the development of new shipping technologies and especially the utilization of digital opportunities.
There seems to be three key drivers for going digital. First is the competitive pressure for cost efficiency. This is often combined with the second driver, which are environmental factors and regulatory compliance requirements. Fact is (and this is the third key driver) that stakeholders in the shipping value chain are increasingly requiring digital operations from their business partners. How these elements are combined into a business case may vary among ship type, trade patterns and operating or trading region.
BIMCO focuses on two segments of the maritime digitalisation: Ship-shore interface and Autonomous ships.
Millions of dollars are invested into the research and trials of systems needed to expand autonomous shipping. The question is: will it pay off?
Digitalisation has taken on a new urgency in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular when it comes to digital data exchange in ports, and for facilitating trade and logistics in general. BIMCO and other maritime NGOs are inviting public and private players to help create global digital ISO standards to facilitate the digital exchange of data.
BIMCO's position on "autonomous ships" has been approved by the BIMCO Board of Directors.
Standardising and harmonising electronic ship/shore communication for reporting purposes is high on the agenda at the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) virtual Facilitation Committee (FAL) meeting next week (FAL 44).
The Covid-19 crisis has painfully demonstrated the heterogeneous landscape that currently exists across ports worldwide. With the world’s attention now focused on exiting from lockdowns and preparing for a ‘new normal’, there is an urgent need to co-operate and accelerate the pace of digitalisation, according to a number of leading maritime associations, including BIMCO.
The BIMCO Shipping KPI System is a global shipping industry tool for defining, measuring and reporting information on operational performance and is used by shipping companies to: