The Maritime industry? What??? I’m sure that’s the first thought you have. Let’s explore what that is and what technology means for whatever industry this is. Then we can see how technology has improved and may continue to improve this industry. Virtually every industry can be improved with technology.
What is the Maritime Industry?
Well, according to a reliable Google search, the Maritime Industry is any business that is involved in designing, constructing, acquiring, supplying, repairing or maintaining vessels. So, to put it simply, it is any business that deals in building, repairing or maintaining ships. So what technology is available for the ship industry? Let’s find out.
Yes, robots can be used on ships, despite being electronic. I mean they tell you all the time to not mix robots and water. However, if they are careful, they can actually be on ships. One of the biggest and most dangerous threat to a ship is fire. Unfortunately, some cargo or ships that are out in stormy weather can have a fire start on board. A humanoid robot can prove useful in suppressing and putting out ship fires. Improved sensors and other things that are improved in the robot can help fight fires. The idea behind this though is not to replace anyone that is fighting fires on the ship, but to have backup and have an ‘extra set of hands’ as it were.
Yes, even boats have to be cleaned. One of the most difficult parts of the boat to clean is called the hull. This is the part that can ‘cut through’ the water or smooth so it can glide through the water. They have special robots that can help clean the hull, which can slow a ship down a little bit. Even though it’s a little bit, it can matter a whole lot. If the ship is cleaned then it can save on gas and increase fuel efficiency.
Inspections are most well known in the military, the housing industry and maybe you’ve heard of vehicle inspections. Well, those all need to be done, and that includes boat inspections. There are now robotic inspectors of boats so that they know that the boat is safe. Human inspectors can miss things and make mistakes. A robotic inspector is precise and can see some things that us humans can’t. If something is even slightly off, then the robot can sense it and bring it to someone’s attention.
You bet! These are unmanned vessels that can transport goods and supplies and they are working on this technology. These could operate like remote controlled cars and are navigated from the shoreline. These also could be outfitted with GPS tracking and so the person who is guiding the vessel will know that the item or cargo got to where it needed to go, much like a car or a tracked package in the mail.
Lots of stuff ahead!
In the maritime industry, there is a lot of technology being used and designed all the time. However, in this particular industry, like many others, technology cannot take the entire industry over. The ship industry still needs the experience of people being able to guide remote controlled vessels, fix boats, clean boats and build them too. So there is little chance that people would lose their jobs to some robots. Much of the time, they help us in ways we may not be able to see yet. We aren’t able to completely automate any real industry that I can think of, nor is this the time to start thinking we can. The maritime industry sounds fascinating.
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