Shipping in the post-coronavirus era
The only thing clear in a world free from the coronavirus pandemic is that things will never be the same. For shipping it is no different. But while there will many negative factors surrounding the impact of the virus, there too will be positives as the industry acclimatises to this global shock. In this special report, Lloyd’s List sheds light on how shipping’s evolution may pan out in the post-coronavirus era.
Coronavirus is the ‘everything shock’ for years to come
The industry’s working assumptions of recent decades are no longer givens
Changing trade lanes will not be plain sailing
Politics and economics clash over the benefits and practicalities of near-shoring manufacturing
Virus will slow innovation, but collaboration holds key to success
The financial hit on the industry will likely slow progress in the short term, but the conviction in the long-term trajectory remains
The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Coronavirus is catalysing innovation in shipping
Shipping’s new normal of remote working may turn out to be more efficient than the air-mile eating customs of old. Could coronavirus spark a renaissance in shipping, turbo charging digital developments and cultivating collaboration and data standardisation along the way? This week the podcast focuses on maritime innovation and entrepreneurship, featuring insights from Roger Holm, president of Wärtsilä’s marine power business and Matt Heider, chief executive of Nautilus Labs, one of the industry’s new wave of technology firms that specialises in ocean commerce artificial intelligence
Seafarers face uncertain future amid crew-change crisis
Green shoots are emerging, with some countries allowing crew changes and others easing restrictions. However, with more than 150,000 seafarers still stranded at sea and ashore, the crisis is far from over
Post-crisis consolidation targets are not where you think
The place to look for consolidation targets is among the asset-light, knowledge-rich, innovation-driven businesses seeking to expand their reach by linking their capabilities together
Automation remains (quietly) on the US agenda
In the US, where opposition by unions is intense, automation is way behind compared to most terminals in Asia, Europe and the Middle East
From the home front: How one shipping leader is adapting to the new normal
There was plenty of scepticism among suppliers, clients and even staff initially about whether Wrist’s rapid and robust response to coronavirus was too extreme, but no one is grumbling any more as they recognise that seafarers are key workers who must receive the provisions they need in order to ensure that global supply chains remain intact
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