This is the last instalment in my articles sparked by the McKinsey report about 50,000 TEU vessels being the norm in 50 years. I've explored the practical and technical issues of putting this idea into practice but now I want to focus on whether we should head down this path.
It's entirely practical to build an autonomous vessel but I seriously question the logic of doing this. Developing and the deployment of such technology is going to be enormous. The only thing you actually...
So far, we have explored the possible design and operational challenges that would come with vessels upwards of 50,000 TEU. The next challenge to be addressed is the terminal aspect of this theoretical scenario.
Current terminal infrastructure would be completely incapable of supporting such vessels. Here is what a typical terminal setup looks like today:
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This setup has worked fine for many years. Over that time, vessels have gotten bigger, terminals have invested...