Shipping can no longer afford to be conservative, the head of one of the most progressive Scandinavian shipowners has argued.
Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO of the eponymous family run shipping group, claimed at a conference hosted by Norwegian bank DNB that those in maritime who remain conservative will simply go out of business.
“With the amount of data available now, combined with technology providing new opportunities, our options and possibilities to create value for our customers are different today than just one year ago,” Wilhemsen said in comments relayed via the company’s internal newsletter.
Wilhelmsen discussed projects his company is currently working on including drone deliveries to ships, 3D printing in port and smart ropes with sensors now running a live pilot.
“It is more fun to be in in the forefront of developing the maritime industry, than to be just someone who comes in later and adopts what everyone else are doing,” Wilhelmsen said.