Shipping 1.0 was sail. 2.0 was steam, radio & containerisation, and shipping 3.0 will be digital. Its icon is the autonomous, unmanned vessel, but shipping 3.0 is about far more than that. Volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, it will require all our ingenuity, nerve and resilience. This issue gives a glimpse of what it might look like.
No one speculates on trucks, so why ships? It’s choking the life out of a dysfunctional industry.
Unmanned ships aren’t a silly idea being floated. We must make way for the technology and the mindset that’s creating them.
Founded in the family basement, KVH Industries has grown into a heavyweight.
Going to sea isn’t a game, but to make it safer we have to start failing. On an industrial scale.