In today’s shipping, there are no gains in digitalization

Dec 16 NUC alert: 12700 TEU container ship, off southern Kuril islands, destination Vancouver, ETA Jan 10. Dec 17: Still adrift: considering ETA she’s most probably, waiting, but area isn’t safe from storms, and there’s little hope the ship will find a window or gap in a chain of cyclones and anti cyclones raging in North Pacific, to slip through. Dec 18: Made a leg in Hokkaido direction, apparently trying to shelter from NW storm, and went adrift again.
Dec 29 UPDATE: Under way, resumed voyage. It was clear from the beginning that the ship is waiting out, to fit to schedule most likely, but isn’t it rather strange way to wait out to arrive on time – 2 weeks sailing back and forth in one of most tumultuous parts of winter Northern Pacific? This corner of the Pacific, Hokkaido – southern Kuril islands, became one of favorite areas for mostly, container ships bound for North America, to wait for window in ports bottlenecks.

Such practices are becoming common, so the logical question to ask will be – where are the enormous gains and benefits from total digitalization? How exactly can AI or cloud chain benefit the shipowner, when his ships have to hang out in high seas for days and weeks, waiting for this or that port window or voyage change?

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