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Humans not machines will run containerships - Maersk chief

23 February 2018

Human crews, rather than machines, will continue to run the world’s containerships, according to Soren Skou, chief executive office of the Danish firm Maersk, the world’s biggest shipping company. In a recent interview, Mr Skou said it was unlikely that containerships would operate without humans in his lifetime.

He said that his company had already reduced crew sizes sufficiently to respond to automation. Maersk now runs its containerships with less than half as many seafarers as it did 20 years ago. Although the ships have gotten bigger, technological advances mean they can run with smaller crews. However, Mr Skou said his company was not planning to introduce self-sailing container vessels.


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