Driven by environmental regulations and the coronavirus pandemic, the maritime transport industry has made leaps and bounds towards digitalisation in the last year.

Shipping professionals tell TradeWinds the industry is much more willing to adopt digital technologies, though they admit there is huge potential for further progress.

Ronald Spithout is president of Inmarsat Maritime. Photo: Inmarsat

“That is a movement that started earlier in the year, and [has been] amplified and accelerated by the pandemic,” said Ronald Spithout, president of satellite operator Inmarsat’s maritime business.