The drive to build a sustainable ocean economy is spurring unprecedented innovation. Autonomous shipping is fast becoming a reality, with initiatives such as the Mayflower Autonomous Ship literally testing the waters for the potential of unmanned vessels to cross the high seas. In the growing aquaculture industry, sensor technology and machine learning are enabling core tasks such as feeding and water-quality control to be automated.
And the global coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has only served to accelerate the pace of technological advance: this year, fish farms have been commissioned remotely from the other side of the world using smart glasses, while ship classification organisations have deployed drone technology to carry out ship inspections.
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