Findings

ABI Research’s the Digital Transformation of Maritime Freight report finds:

  • Over the next five years, maritime suppliers across the value chain will increasingly adopt solutions to address security, overcapacity and accurate cost models. Susan Beardslee, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, says:

Along with consolidation and pressures on profits, long-standing players must adapt and work with partners within and outside the industry, from startups to technology leaders in connectivity, AI, and more, including the competition, to align on much-needed standardization.

Recent examples include Wärtsilä’ s acquisition of Transas to support an intelligent maritime ecosystem and Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as Orange Business Service's deal with Cargotec for smart cargo handling.

  • Global maritime freight transportation revenue is expected to grow from US$166 billion last year to over US$205 billion in 2023.
  • Enhanced revenues and profits will be driven by technologies best poised to disrupt the maritime shipping industry including big data and analytics, blockchain, electrification, assisted and automated operations, drones and robotics, Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR).
  • Maritime cyber security, also necessary to address current and emerging threats, will have a global spend expected to rise to US$1.7 billion in 2023.

IBM partnered with Maersk Line on blockchain as well as with Cisco on smart connected ports. Microsoft is partnering with OOCL on AI for maritime. Electrification is growing including efforts by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company, Port Liner, and Torqueedo.