TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
COLLABORATING TOWARDS GREENER SHIPPING
TRANSITION TO A NEW "GREENER ERA"
As one of the most carbon-efficient modes of commercial transport, shipping respects international and regional environmental targets and also the urgency of protecting the marine environment. However, serious issues hinder the shipping industry’s decarbonization efforts, as the targets are nearing. The shipping industry should focus on marine technology research and innovation to address the knowledge gap and global challenges, including climate change and sustainable development, as well as reduce its carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency. Developing alternative fuels and intelligent digital solutions is essential to shipping’s green transition. To transform the shipping industry and enhance business processes, new technologies will be developed through automation and digitization, utilizing shipping big data from ship operations. As a result of these new technologies, shipping operations can be more efficient and safer, ship designs can be improved in the future, and environmental performance can be increased. The above complexities involving shipping’s successful and safe transition to a “greener era” calls for a mixture of synergies among the public and private sectors, academia, and a call for private and public funding, to facilitate investment in developing the required green shipping technologies. Shipping’s green transition also requires a unified industry “voice” among shipping stakeholders such as shipowners, fuel producers, engine manufacturers, shipyards, and port operators, to meet the new regulations and improve operating efficiencies.