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Marine: Innovation Abounds In Shipping [Video]

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Not many industries can trace their roots to ancient Egypt, but history tells us it was the Pharaohs who oversaw the creation of some of the world’s first ships. Since then, the ocean-related shipping industry has grown into a massive multi-trillion-dollar global market, responsible for moving 90% of world trade. According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the shipping industry contributed $5.4 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2018.

While ships may still have the same function as they did back in 3000 BCE – bringing people and goods from one place to another over sea – they’ve undergone a massive evolution, says Tom Molenda, director of marine coatings at PPG. “It is an industry that’s been around for a long time,” he says. “But ships are getting larger and larger and more efficient.”

Molenda, who says he was drawn to the shipping industry because of its global reach, has been directly involved in a myriad …