Odfjell chairman Laurence Odfjell believes shipping should spend its energy on saving the planet rather than developing unmanned, autonomous ships.

Speaking at a webinar organised by the Norwegian Business Association in Singapore (NBAS), the chemical tanker owner said there were far more important matters the industry needed to address.

Reducing its carbon footprint and improving fuel efficiency were at the top of the list.

“So many things that we need to focus on are far more important than autonomous ships,” Odfjell said on Wednesday.