As part of its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations has defined 17 goals to improve life on earth and tackle climate change. The IMO works to support these Sustainable Development Goals in the maritime industry and to protect our oceans.
The marine industry faces a number of challenges: legislative, economic, and environmental. Overcoming many of these hurdles will require systemic change, especially when it comes to manufacturing and supply chain processes. A workable model is already in place. It’s called the circular economy.
The IMO has set a high bar in their strategy to lower greenhouse gases (GHG) by 70% in the shipping industry over the next thirty years. Advanced hull coatings play a large part in reaching these goals and the EU is supporting some interesting research in this area. Several of the new approaches use biomimetics, imitating structures found in nature, to improve hydrodynamics and resist biofouling.
The global health emergency has demanded new flexibility and agility from companies around the world. At SKF, we also had to find solutions to challenges that none of us expected. This flexibility has helped our customers confront the ongoing difficulties facing the maritime industry.
The global health emergency has changed how the world does business – ports, mariners, and shipping companies included. Here’s a look at how things have unfolded so far, as well as a look at what may lie ahead.