Marine Internet of Things Market Research Report—Global Forecast till 2027

Global Marine Internet of Things Market Research Report: Information by Component (Sensing Devices, Network Connectivity, IoT Platforms, and IT Solutions & Services), Application (Route & Operation Optimization, Asset Tracking, and Equipment Monitoring), Ship Type (Commercial and Defense), and Region—Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/A&D/9110-HCR | June 2021 | Region: Global | 172 pages

Marine Internet Of Things (IoT) Market Scenario

global marine internet of things (IoT) market is projected to register a CAGR of 6.2% from 2020 to 2027. The marine internet of things market is growing significantly due to the continuous digitization and automation of the maritime supply chain. Globally ships are being equipped with technologically advanced systems, sensors, and solutions to boost cost-efficiency and increase operational efficiency.

The global marine internet of thingsmarket has witnessed high growth in recent years due to increased seaborne trade and increasing defense expenditure. Moreover, the growing maritime tourism industry is driving the growth of the market. Furthermore, factors such as the use of renewable sources of energy and advancements in hybrid propulsion technology are expected to offer lucrative opportunities for market growth.

COVID-19 Analysis

According to MRFR, the current projections of global marine internet of things market growth till 2027 are expected to be lower than pre-COVID-19 estimates. The pandemic has had a devastating negative impact on the defense industry across the world. In the defense industry, due to a decrease in tax revenues with a decrease in GDP, it is also expected to decrease the demand for new military aircraft, naval vessels, ground vehicles, related systems, and soldier equipment in the next few years. This is also expected to decrease the demand for marine internet of things.

Many governments across the globe are focused on controlling COVID-19 outbreaks in their countries. Hence, they are investing more in healthcare equipment and the development of vaccines. Therefore, the defense expenditures on new products are expected to be lower in the next few years. The defense expenditure is expected to increase gradually during the forecast period after the pandemic ends.

Likewise, due to the decrease in global trade, the maritime transport industry is also growing at a low pace. Therefore, the demand for new technologies by commercial ship operators is also expected to be low in the upcoming years.

Thus, it is expected that the global marine internet of things market will grow at a slower rate in 2021 and 2022; from 2023, it will grow gradually.

Market Drivers

Increase in Seaborne Trade

Maritime transport is considered the backbone of global trade and economy; shipping carried more than 85% of the world’s goods, by volume, in 2019. Seaborne trade continues to expand, bringing benefits to consumers across the world through competitive freight costs. This is also expected to drive the growth of the global marine internet of things market during the forecast period.

Growing Maritime Tourism Industry

Increasing Adoption of IoT Globally


Use of Renewable Energy

The use of renewable energy sources for power generation on board ships is expected to boost the demand for marine IoT solutions. Recently, the increase in investment for the development of electric vessels with advanced electronics is also expected to drive the demand for marine IoT during the forecast period. The use of renewable energy can save the overall operating cost of the vessel to a large extent. Thus, the increasing use of renewable energy is expected to drive global market growth.

Advancements in Hybrid Propulsion Technology


Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

Military vessels that rely on satellite communication in remote areas are vulnerable to cyberattacks. For instance, the cyber intelligence company IntelCrawler found that of the 3 million VSATs installed on military and commercial vessels, around 10,000 could be easily accessed due to configuration weaknesses. The terminals with data transmission rates between 4 Kbps to 16 Mbps used in narrowband and broadband data transmission were more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Cumulative Growth Analysis

Demand for Improving the Efficiency of Vessels Requires Advanced IoT Devices is Expected to Bolster the Market’s Growth Rate

The global marine internet of things market growth is expected to be at a rate of 6.2% over the analysis period (between 2021 and 2027), on account of increasing demand for improved efficiency of vessels with advanced IoT devices.

Segment Overview

By Application

Route & Operation Optimization: The route & operation optimization segment accounted for the largest market share in 2019. This can be attributed to the rising use of IoT in route mapping and operation optimization.

Asset Tracking: The asset tracking segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The use of IoT in asset tracking is increasing over the last few years, which helps handle all the assets efficiently.

Equipment Monitoring: The equipment monitoring segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. IoT equipment are connected through the Internet network, which helps monitor all the equipment efficiently, driving the growth of this segment.

By Ship Type

Commercial: This segment dominated the marine internet of things market in 2019. The commercial segment comprises cargo vessels such as container vessels, bulk carriers, tankers, and general cargo ships, passenger vessels such as yachts, cruise ships, and ferries, and other vessels such as fishing vessels, tugs &workboats, dredgers,research vessels, and submarines.Due to factors such as increasing seaborne trade, growingmaritime tourism industry, rising adoption of IoT, and implementation of theIMO Sulfur 2020 Regulation, the demand for IoT systems and solutions for commercial applications is anticipated to increase during the study period.

Defense: The segment is expected to register the higher growth rate during the study period. The defense segment includes destroyers, corvettes, frigates, offshore support vessels, aircraft carriers, and submarines.Increasing military spending on the development of new and advanced combat vessels is expected to increase the demand for IoT solutions.

Regional Analysis

North America Accounted for the Largest Market Share

North America comprises two major countries, namely, the US and Canada. North America dominated in terms of military expenditure and technological advancements and generates a very high demand for marine internet of things. Although Canada makes some investments in developing such advanced weapons, the country’s market is primarily dependent on the US. The region accounted for the largest share in the global market in 2020, primarily due to the increasing adoption of advanced naval vessels by the US Navy for tactical missions. This is expected to drive the growth of the market during the review period. Moreover, the presence of major marine internet of things solution providers such as Cisco Systems, Inc. is fueling the market's growth in North America.

Additionally, the increasing military expenses by the US Department of Defense (DOD) on marine internet of things, in recent years, have resulted in the market witnessing a significant surge in demand in this region.

APAC Races Ahead at the Fastest Rate as China and India Take the Lead

Asia-Pacific accounted for the largest market share in 2019. The market in the region is also projected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period, primarily due to theincreasing defense expenditure in India and China and the rising demand for new and advanced naval vessels. Moreover, high seaborne trade is driving the regional market growth.In Asia-Pacific, the market growth is significantly driven by major countries, such as China, Japan, India, and Australia, due to the rising investments in marine IoT. Increasing military expenditure and rising territorial conflicts between neighboring countries such as China, South Korea, and North Korea are driving the regional market. According to SIPRI, China’s military spending increased from approximately USD 215 billion in 2016 to USD 250 billion in 2018. Additionally, military expenditure in India grew by around 9% from 2017 to 2019. Furthermore, military modernization activities and increasing development of soldier equipment by China, India, and other Asian countries are further driving the market's growth.

Competitive Landscape

Significant Investments by Players to Intensify Competition

The global marine internet of things market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years due to increasing defense expenditure and a rise in seaborne trade globally. The global marine internet of things market is characterized by the presence of several global and regional vendors. The global market is highly competitive, with all the players trying to gain maximum market share. Frequent changes in government policies, intense competition, and government regulations are the key factors that impact global market growth. The vendors compete based on cost, product quality, and reliability.

Key Players Operating in the Global Marine Internet of ThingsMarket:

  • Cisco Systems, Inc. (US)

  • Marine Digital GmbH (Germany)

  • Vodafone Group Plc (UK)

  • Ericsson AB (Sweden)

  • Orange Business Services (France)

  • Wartsila Oyj Abp (Finland)

  • Accenture Plc (Ireland)

  • Dualog AS (Norway)

  • Wilhelmsen Holding ASA (Norway)

  • NTT Group (Japan)

Recent Developments

  • December 2020 – Ericsson launched Mesh Networks, which it claims makes next-generation mobile connectivity the go-to choose for enterprise connectivity across the sea.

  • June 2020 – The China Navigation Company (CNCo) has partnered with Dualog to test its maritime-optimized file and folder replication service designed to simplify the collection and distribution of large data volumes between ship and shore.

Report Overview

Scope of the Report

The scope of the report highlights drivers, opportunities, restraints, and challenges surrounding the global market. With easy-to-comprehend segmentation that includes component, application, ship type, and region, MRFR projections are based on historical and expected trends. Major firms active in the global market have been profiled and paired with the top strategies employed by them to remain competitive in the industry.

Segmentation Table


  • Sensing Devices

  • Network Connectivity

  • IoT Platforms

  • IT Solutions & Services


  • Route & Operation Optimization

  • Asset Tracking

  • Equipment Monitoring

Ship Type

  • Commercial

  • Defense

Report Scope:
Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   
  CAGR   6.2% (2021–2027)
  Base Year   2020
  Forecast Period   2021-2027
  Historical Data   2019
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Component, Application, and Ship Type
  Geographies Covered   
  Key Vendors   Cisco Systems, Inc., Marine Digital GmbH, Vodafone Group Plc, Ericsson AB, Orange Business Services, Wartsila Oyj Abp, Accenture Plc, Dualog AS, Wilhelmsen Holding ASA, and NTT Group.
  Key Market Opportunities   
  Key Market Drivers   

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