The next decade will see more innovation in ocean-bound technologies than possibly the past 100 years combined.
Advances in low cost private satellites, artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, cloud data storage and communication, are opening up new frontiers in ocean bound transportation. However, a surprising propulsion technology is also making an appearance that could re-disrupt the global shipping industry: wind.
Wind is about to make a big comeback in shipping. New ship designs being experimented with that include a combination of hard sails, rotating cylinders, kites and bubbles underneath the hull show just how radically different large, ocean bound ships could look by 2030.
Wind powered vessels are significantly lower polluting than the heavy fuel oils currently being used in shipping around the world.