The future of shipping July 6, 2020

from World Business Report· ·

Shipping has evolved a great deal over the years, so is the next move towards autonomy? Antoon Van Coillie is founder of Blue Line logistics, and tells us about his firm's Zulu barges, which have the potential to be remote controlled and are already cruising. An Magritt Ryste is programme director for next generation shipping at Kongsberg, and explains why her organisation is backing a cluster of European organisations developing an Autoship programme. And shipping expert Lori Ann LaRocco considers whether the public are ready for self-driving ships. Also in the programme, following a string of accounting scandals the UK's …



Shipping has evolved a great deal over the years, so is the next move towards autonomy? Antoon Van Coillie is founder of Blue Line logistics, and tells us about his firm's Zulu barges, which have the potential to be remote controlled and are already cruising. An Magritt Ryste is programme director for next generation shipping at Kongsberg, and explains why her organisation is backing a cluster of European organisations developing an Autoship programme. And shipping expert Lori Ann LaRocco considers whether the public are ready for self-driving ships. Also in the programme, following a string of accounting scandals the UK's Financial Reporting Council has ordered the big four accounting firms to ringfence their audit divisions from the rest of their businesses by 2024. We get the background from Tabby Kinder, tax and accountancy correspondent for the Financial Times, and Prem Sikka, emeritus professor of accounting at Essex University discusses the implications. Plus, as the UK government unveils a coronavirus rescue package for arts institutions across the country, Lisa Burger, joint chief executive of the National Theatre in London, tells us how much the financial lifeline means for theatres like hers.