Drewry’s Davidson Analyzes Container Shipping in 2018


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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