Development of Maritime Technology
Manual load recording process (2022). Photo: Pranala Digital Transmaritim
Every facet of the progress of time serves as a benchmark for the development of civilization. From the past to the future, the progress of an era will align with the development of every aspect within it, one of which is technological advancement. The sea has been a part of life for thousands of years, and ships have become the oldest means of transportation that has persisted in use until today. The sea and its ecosystem are unavoidable objects of technological development. Moreover, ships, which are crucial to the logistics cycle of humanity, make them an integral part of technological development from the past to the future in the maritime ecosystem.
Has Maritime Technology Developed?
Development of technology in the maritime world has experienced significant progress over time. Some tangible evidence includes navigation tools that once relied on stars, magnetic compasses, and navigation maps, which now use electronic devices such as GPS (Global Positioning System). Additionally, ships that originally relied on human power and wind now use engines, emphasizing efficiency and environmental friendliness. In detail, activities taking place on ships now use highly advanced technology. Communication activities now rely on satellites, security and surveillance activities are carried out using radar and sonar, and almost all activities are automated.
Looking at the technological development from the past to the present, rapid improvements have occurred. What about the future?
The answer is that all activities in the maritime sector, especially on ships, will undoubtedly depend on the technology being researched and created today. Research and development are crucial aspects in preparing for future technology.
Planning and cargo handling, initially based solely on regulations and guidelines, were then developed through research based on the experience and knowledge of practitioners. The results of this research were communicated to relevant parties such as shipowners, policymakers, cargo owners, eventually reaching a more technical level with manual formula-based calculations.
Is it sufficient to remain at that level? What about the loading process in the future?
Currently, humanity is entering the digital era, where all their activities are carried out with a system called digitization. This includes ship planning and cargo. Based on the results of research and development from each historical process, ship planning and loading have been facilitated with a digital system in the form of software.
iStow, as cargo planning software, becomes a solution in harnessing the digital era by providing efficiency and accuracy. iStow continually conducts research and development to meet the needs of users of this technology. In the near future, iStow will demonstrate its latest appearance, representing the result of maritime technological development ready for use in the present and continuing to provide benefits in the future.
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