The 3D of maritime transport (shipping) in 2023 Seafarers News

As the world faces unprecedented challenges from climate change, technological disruption and social inequality, the shipping industry must adapt to remain relevant for generations to come. Decarbonization, digitization and diversity, the “3Ds” of shipping, are not just buzzwords.

They represent critical priorities for the industry as it navigates a rapidly changing world. What role do these three elements play for the industry to ensure sustainability?


Maritime transport contributes around 2.5% to global emissions. As the world strives to limit global warming to below 2°C and strives to limit it to 1.5°C under the Paris Agreement, the shipping industry has a crucial role to play in reducing emissions.

Decarbonization efforts include improving energy efficiency, adopting low-carbon fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia, and exploring alternative technologies such as wind, solar and nuclear power, among others.

Decarbonizing maritime transport: three recent advances

· Costa Group, part of Carnival Corporation, and methanol producer Proman have teamed up to further advance the use of methanol as a marine fuel for the cruise industry.

Earlier this month, the IMO announced the new Future Fuels and Technology Project, aiming to provide a readiness and readiness assessment of low-carbon and zero-carbon marine fuels and technologies to inform member states in their efforts to revise the IMO GHG Strategy.

· The green transition of global shipping could create new jobs and skills for hundreds of thousands of seafarers around the world, the World Economic Forum said recently. This means that coordinated policy making will be key to matching supply and demand and that countries can capitalize on green job opportunities.

“The environmental challenges are not limited to decarbonization. We should not forget that. We also need to remember that safety will remain high on the agenda and must not be compromised,” said Stefan Bülow, Chair of BIMCO’s Marine Environment Committee, in early 2023.


Digitization is changing the shipping industry by enabling greater efficiency, transparency and sustainability. Digital technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things can improve ship tracking and navigation, optimize cargo handling and logistics, and improve safety.

These technologies can also reduce the environmental impact of shipping by enabling more efficient use of resources and reducing emissions. For example, digital technologies can be used to improve energy efficiency by optimizing ship speeds, reducing fuel consumption and thus emissions.

By using digital technologies, shipping companies can adapt to changing market conditions and remain competitive in a rapidly evolving industry.

3 examples of digitization in maritime transport

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI): In shipping, EDI enables the seamless exchange of important documents such as bills of lading, invoices and customs declarations. This streamlines the shipping process by reducing the need to transport physical documents and helps eliminate errors that can result from manual data entry. As such, EDI can reduce paperwork, save time, and improve accuracy in the shipping process. Earlier this month, the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) announced that its nine member shipping companies, including MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and others, have committed to 100 percent adoption of an Electronic Waybill (eBL). ) by 2030.

Internet of Things (IoT) devices – In shipping, IoT devices can be used to monitor cargo conditions such as temperature or humidity and track cargo location in real-time. This information can be used to optimize shipping routes, prevent cargo damage and provide customers with real-time updates on the status of their shipments. In this way, IoT devices can help shipping companies reduce costs and provide better services.

Blockchain Technology: Blockchain is a decentralized digital ledger that securely and transparently records transactions. In shipping, blockchain can be used to provide a tamper-proof record of every step of the shipping process, from the origin of cargo to its final destination. This can increase confidence in the shipping process by preventing fraud. Therefore, blockchain is important because it can provide security, reduce the risk of error, and provide a more reliable way to track shipments.


Diversity discussions in shipping started a long time ago. A diverse team brings together people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. In a work environment, this can lead to increased creativity and problem-solving as team members can offer unique insights based on their diverse experiences. For this reason, the use of more women both onboard and in leadership positions ashore is seen as essential to improve efficiency.

As awareness of the importance of gender diversity in business increases, diversity is also seen as a key pillar of an organization’s reputation and legitimacy. A diverse workforce demonstrates its commitment to equal opportunity and fair employment practices. This can attract a broader pool of talent and help retain employees.

Diversity in shipping: 3 latest developments

By the end of 2022, more than 100 female executives had registered as speakers on the Maritime Speakers Bureau’s new platform. The platform was launched last October by IMO and WISTA International as part of their efforts to promote more diversity and inclusion in shipping.

· A recent ETF and ECSA report recommended that shipping should agree on a minimum percentage of women in maritime leadership positions within 20 years. Once the baseline data has been collected, percentages for the interval years starting in 2026 must be specified upon submission.

Maritime UK has secured £100,000 in grants to run a girls maritime roadshow in 2023. The roadshow aims to encourage Key Level 3 girls to choose STEM subjects and give students greater awareness of the opportunities for professionals in the maritime industry.

Source: Safety4Sea

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