Even though Maersk has significantly reduced crew sizes to promote automation, a complete lack of humans onboard ships is not feasible right now, Mr. Skou said, according to Bloomberg. He specifically noted that, the operation of 400-meter long container ships, weighing 200,000 tonnes can not be operated without humans.
According to Maersk, containerships are not expected to be much bigger. In this aspect, not using crews will not be beneficial. However, the company does not exclude this possibility, as it developed an autonomous tug boat.
However, Mr. Skou highlighted that a turn in automation shipping is not one of Maersk's priorities at this point.