In most circumstances, enacting an effective strategy for remote work takes time. In fact, it takes 6 to 12 weeks on average for a company to transition from on-site to remote work in a less tumultuous time.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, millions found themselves in an extended remote work scenario overnight. While this immediate and unanticipated shift negatively impacted businesses across industries, its effects were even more severe in maritime shipping, an industry that requires unwavering continuity, reliability, agility, and efficiency.

While the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually dissipate, experts anticipate it will have a lasting effect on how businesses work and make decisions long into the future—from new telecommuting policies to novel approaches to communication and collaboration, and a greater reliance on cloud solutions. In maritime shipping, specifically, this scenario will result in the emergence of a virtual maritime workflow that empowers organizations and their teams to embrace the benefits of remote work and thrive in the industry’s new normal. Technology plays a vital role in enabling this virtual workflow to come to life. In fact, 67% of shipping and freight professionals plan to invest in technology following the COVID-19 crisis as part of the industry’s recovery.

During these unprecedented times, our interactions with clients and partners have surfaced key insights on how the extended remote work scenario has impacted the maritime shipping industry, what organizations can do to adapt, and how this situation is likely to shape workflows long into the future. Let’s take a closer look.

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