A vital and innovative shipping sector is necessary to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
More than 80% of the transport of goods takes place on ships, and without shipping the world would come to an abrupt halt. Shipping is like a nervous system connecting the most remote coastal communities to the world. Shipping also provides vital transport through an elaborate in-land waterway system
Going big and its consequences
Ships are getting bigger, and thus ports have to adapt to the new standards if they want to stay competitive.
Extending quays, extending space for cargo, constant dredging, investing in massive cranes and the strengthening of quay floors, more powerful tugs, and improving the infrastructure to get the cargo in and out of the port area to manage the additional cargo.
Ports are also required to offer cold ironing, LNG, different distillates and to handle more waste. Many ports experience increased acid levels when raining, thus all concrete and steel structures require comprehensive maintenance.
Compliance and still on wrong course
Even when ship owners and ports comply with all regulations, the environment still pays. Few ports can accommodate the big ships, which lead to an increase of pre- and on-carriage often by truck.
The depth requirement excludes many smaller harbors/communities from global trade, which I leading to an increased urbanization, which again will make it difficult to feed the needs of the bigger cities.
The ambition of Blue Technology is to develop solutions, which eliminate many of todays challenges and helps the maritime industry on to a truly sustainable path.
The ambition of Blue Technology is to develop solutions which eliminate many of today’s challenges and help the maritime industry on to a truly sustainable path.
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