What a difference two years makes!! The gloomy skies seem to be clearing over Greece, and Posidonia is abuzz with energy and action!
The shipowners are sharing strategies openly for addressing many of our environmental and regulatory challenges. Slow steaming has been suggested by the dry bulk owners as a strategy for the impending Global Sulphur Cap with its attendant low Sulphur/higher priced fuel. At the same time, the floodgates seem to have been opened on scrubber orders. Many of the manufacturers are announcing major orders, and the sales representatives are smiling for the first time in a long while.
At the same time, life seems to be leveling out for Ballast Water Management Treatment Systems. The manufacturers seem attuned to the need for reliability, training and aftermarket support on a global scale. This has certainly been a sector where Darwin has played a strong role with his “Survival of the Fittest” moniker!
An area that seems to be blocked are the implications of blockchain on the marine industry. In both a Baltic Exchange event, and again at the Tradewind’s Shipowners forum, there is a sense of “business as usual”, with one delegate actually asking: “What is blockchain??”.
The time for denial is at an end. Whether you are talking about Sulphur 2020 deadlines or the fundamental changes digitalization will visit upon shipping, the runway before us is for change—of nearly everything.
Make sure SHIPPINGInsight is on your agenda for the fall (October 16-18th). You certainly want to be part of the discussion, and not on a path to extinction!!!