As the world and technology evolve, business and innovation must evolve as well. The past few years have been especially interesting for the transportation industry as globalization and containerisation have reshaped the way we trade and do business. New ways of predicting weather patterns, and mapping transport routes, earning money, and separating yourself from competitors continue to guide us into this new and exciting age of shipping.
Every year, larger and larger container vessels are built, now dubbed, "Megaships." The idea behind this new boom in technologically advanced ships is that they'll allow for quicker transit times and enable quicker loading and discharging, allowing your cargo to arrive sooner. This is especially important to the heavy machinery and hazardous chemical industries, which rely on special ships to house the materials, but now, these Megaships are retro-fitted to adequately handle all sorts of cargo.
Innovation not only helps businesses prosper but also helps to alleviate our carbon footprint. With global warming a real and scary reality, it is becoming increasingly important to make improvements to ensure the sustainability and longevity of our planet. Things like: Decreased dependence on fossil fuels, high-tech, anti-toxic coatings, and skysails are the next steps to an environmentally friendly global shipping industry.