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Application of Technology in International Ocean Shipping

Technology has infiltrated into our various sectors: from agriculture, industrialization to the transport sector. We have become so dependent on the various aspects of technology in fulfilling our day to day activities. Introduction of technological features in international ocean shipping has brought about great significance regarding efficiency in service delivery. Ocean shipping has always been practiced since the ancient days, and it has grown even more important due to globalization, like the massive uptrend in first world economies sourcing products and shipping them from China and other low cost of labor centers.

and it has also evolved to what we have at present thanks to technology. Various companies come up in this industry to showcase how efficient their systems are, compared to others and this has been realized due to the presence of technology. Container tracking using GPS, container booking, and more activities can now be done quickly.

The introduction of GPS in the ocean shipping industry has been a game changer regarding tracking of goods and products across the ocean. With the available tracking services, you can track the movement of your container all the way to the destination. The FleetMon tracking Enterprise is an example of GPS application. You can gain access to real-time AIS position data, technical information and images regarding shipping vessels in the vast ocean. Already over 1170000 vessels use this system to keep track of their goods.

To save on costs incurred during shipping and to make sure you are getting healthy returns for your investment, among the options to consider is maximizing the shipping capacity or the available space in each container.Use of pallets is one of the significant steps to maximizing your container space and your shipping capacity. The pallet type and container size help determine the number of pallets you can fit into a container. Before carrying out the actual loading, you can do it manually using virtual systems that enable you to maximize the available ship capacity on paper. Unless you are shipping a vast capacity load that you’ll have to ship as loose cargo.

Although technology is applied in almost all the aspects of the shipping industry, in the shipping warehouse is where its significant impact can be seen. Warehouse robots are proof of the shipping revolution we are experiencing. Even though there is that constant argument that robotics are replacing humans in the warehouse when we look at the advantages they certainly outweigh the negative impact. At present, product movement including, sorting, picking, and packaging is carried out by robots. The tedious activities in the warehouse are now handled by robots and humans are involved in the maintenance of the system hence when you look at it, it is a win-win situation.

With the advancement in technology the shipping industry also keeps revolutionizing. Shortly robotics will not only be applied in the shipping warehouse but also in other sectors. The downside of technology is that it can lead to humans being taken out of the equation by being replaced by machines, but this is also an opportunity for the replaced individuals to work in the other sectors of the shipping industry. As change is inevitable so is technology.

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