Drewry’s Davidson Analyzes Container Shipping in 2018

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Neil Davidson, Senior Analyst, Ports and Terminals, Drewry, has answered questions about the biggest challenges facing the container shipping industry during an interview at Port Technology's Container Terminal Automation Conference (#CTAC2018).

The one-on-one interview with the independent maritime and shipping research and consulting firm, part of a series filmed at Port Technology's Container Terminal Automation Conference, has covered many fundamental factors (timestamped below) which will affect the industry throughout 2018 and beyond.

Davidson, whose interview provided a taste of what his analysis covered in ‘The Industry Today: A Macro Perspective’ — the first session of the CTAC conference, has explained that commercial maritime stakeholders should be wary of slower growth.

Learn more about what happened at CTAC by reading CTAC 2018: An Event Review

Key video moments:

  • 0:13 – Key developments for port operators in 2018
  • 0:41 – The global state of automation
  • 1:13 – What divides port development
  • 1:46 – How port operators should prepare for change
  • 2:14 – Advice for greenfield ports
  • 2:57 – Advice for brownfield ports
  • 3:50 – The development of exclusive supply chains

He also made a positive note about the “vast potential” of port automation but added that the industry would need to find a way through the “myriad of opportunities and possibilities” presented by automation, digitization and artificial intelligence.

During the interview, Davidson said: “Port operators have to keep informed … intelligence and understanding are very important, and I think they have to find the right partners in technology.”

Read more: The outlook for the container shipping market in 2018 and 2019 is a combination of healthy demand growth that will outpace the fleet 

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