This study presents an overview of the challenges and technological solutions for the digital transformation of the maritime freight industry.

It presents the main challenges facing the industry, along with the main use cases, their state of development and prospects of adoption.

The study covers a broad range of emerging solutions: IoT-based tracking and monitoring solutions, blockchain-based initiatives for the digitalisation of international trade documents and shipping events, as well as AI and automation solutions that will push maritime towards the autonomous ship.

Table of contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Maritime Sector Overview
2.1. Maritime sector overview
2.2. Maritime sector challenges

3. Maritime Connectivity
3.1. 5G Maritime

4. Tracking and Services
4.1. Ship tracking
4.2. Connected containers

5. Maritime Blockchains
5.1. Digitalisation of the supply chain
5.2. Blockchain for maritime insurance

6. AI and Automation
6.1. Towards the autonomous ship
6.2. Optimising the logistics track

List of tables and figures

List of tables and figures

1. Executive Summary
• Transition towards digitalisation of global trade
• Connectivity Challenges for Autonomous Ship

4. Tracking and Services
• AIS services and potential customers
• Real-time ‘snapshot’ of all containers in transit

5. Maritime Blockchains
• Blockchain to the rescue, by Insurwave

Geographic area



  • A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group
  • IBM
  • International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)
  • International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Mærsk Group
  • nCentric
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Traxens
  • Turkish Straits Vessel Traffic Services
  • Van Oord

Other details

  • Reference: M19692MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: AI, automation, autonomous ship, blockchain, connectivity, digital transformation, digitalisation, iot, maritime 4.0, maritime freight, monitoring, tracking

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