This short lecture uses historical analysis of past shipping revolutions like containerisation, to provide a framework for describing the changes in managing sea transport which have been made viable by the ICT revolution. Autonomous ships will play a part in this revolution but Dr Stopford argues that exploiting the ICT revolution will call for a new and very different business model.
Combining the new technical "toolbox" with a new business model built around integrated logistics provides the basis for a vision of how the industry might look in 2056. The timescale to 2056 fits with the timescale of the steam revolution in the 19th century and container technology in the 20th century (the period from the first viable service to a mature industry-wide system).
The two introductory videos provide an overview of the whole lecture, and the other videos develop the theme. In addition to the videos there is a full-length paper of approximately 15,000 words which sets out Martin Stopford's thoughts in more detail, and provides references and glossaries etc. There is also a set of 30 slides which Dr Stopford uses in his Smart Shipping lecture.
Unit 1: Shipping's three revolutions 1496-2016The lecture starts with a historical perspective on the three shipping revolutions over the last 500 years. … More
Unit 2: The sea transport industry's performance problemEvery revolution needs a driving force, and this unit looks at the problems the sea transport industry faces … More
Unit 3: The next sea transport revolutionThis unit focuses on why recent developments in digital technology offer a revolutionary new way of … More
Unit 4: The Smart Shipping "Toolbox"Next we look in more detail at the ICT technology and the ways it might be used to improve performance. The … More
Unit 5: The Smart Ship (possibly autonomous)The starting point for the ship is to define the operating systems and to use this as a framework for … More
Unit 6: Smart fleet management strategiesSmart shipping is not just about ships. An important focus is on how a fleet of ships can be made more … More
Unit 7: Smart global logisticsWe must not overlook a vital part of the ICT revolution: the opportunity this will offer to integrate … More
Unit 8: Managing the transition to smart shippingFinally we have to think about how to manage this dramatic change. Anyone who has been involved with IT knows … More
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