Covid-19 has changed the way many ­companies think about the digital world, but will it lead to substantive change in ­shipping?

Despite endless conferences on glamorous-sounding topics such as automated vessels and artificial intelligence, the maritime industry has been slow on the uptake of new information technology (IT).

Shipping remains a conservative industry that is happy — as far as possible — to stick to traditional tried and trusted ways.

And given the relatively low-profit margins avail­able outside of asset play around freight fluctuations, few owners are willing to take gambles.