Unmanned ship debate mirrors earlier ecoship marketing

The conversation on unmanned ships is being driven by equipment vendors rather than owner demand, Splash readers overwhelmingly believe.

With just over a month of voting to go, the latest quarterly survey, MarPoll, carried on this site has been drawing some interesting early results and comments.

84% of the 400-plus voters to date believe the unmanned ship debate is being led by equipment vendors rather than owners. One reader commented that the unmanned vessel debate was akin to the ecoship marketing deployed by South Korean yards at the start of the decade.

MarPoll results will be unveiled in the next issue of Maritime CEO magazine. Other topics for debate include the average lifespan of ships, the role of the IMO, financing retrofits and the future of the VLOC trades.

There is no registration and voting takes as little as just two minutes – although we do also value comments left by each question posed. To vote, click here.

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