Safety when you’re out on the water is paramount. There’s not always someone nearby with special training on how to bail you out of every situation. As a captain of any size vessel, you have to know how to thoroughly manage your boat.
The safety of everyone aboard depends on the quality of the equipment on hand. Technology has done a lot to excel the efficiency of maritime equipment, and it helps to know what’s out there. Check out a few new pieces of maritime technology on the water in 2019, and consider your next move towards safety.
Remote operated vessels
The implications for ROVs are pretty groundbreaking for the maritime industry overall. Large vessels can now use remote-operated vessels to maintain and monitor areas of the ship which are underwater and unsafe for humans to explore.
Federal, state, and even private organizations are using ROVs for scouting and scanning purposes. Maritime law is clear on safety and shipping stipulations, and the technology of remote-operated vessels grants authorities a more capable eye.
It’s much harder to pass a large shipment of illegal materials through customs when they have ROVs to explore every inch of the vessel.
Artificial Intelligence in the maritime industry will eventually shift the foundation of the whole sector. Maritime shipping is one of the areas most affected by the integration of AI, and new algorithms expand the boundaries of business on the water.
The day has come where autonomous sailing ships are a thing. Unmanned giants cruising along the massive waters of the Earth make human safety a non-issue aboard the vessel.
Once the technology takes its full role in the industry, everything will change. Adding an autonomous waterway route system will change the way in which manned vessels navigate and explore the open ocean.
IoT is changing the landscape
The maritime industry will spend an estimated $2.5 billion through the year 2021 to fully connect on-board data to the shore. The IoT (internet of things) gives the industry an invaluable platform from which to enhance communication, compliance, and navigational safety.
With non-stop access to the IoT while out on the water, nautical masters will have the ability to further develop and hone their skills. It will be a good show, watching the integration of the IoT change the maritime sector.
Fighting cyber pirates
The increased digitization of so many different elements means that maritime professionals have to learn how to protect against digital piracy of information and control.
Being linked to the IoT gives hackers and spyware a vulnerable access point to some very intimate details. Cybersecurity is the key to making digital integration work.