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Digitalisation of the maritime sector may be progressing at a slower rate than in certain other sectors, but new technologies are gradually being integrated. Innovations such as artificial intelligence, the ‘internet of things’ and ‘smart’ ports are all on the horizon. However, challenges and concerns remain in regard to regulation, training, liabilities and costs

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Inmarsat sets tone for shipping’s digital decade

Interest in digitalisation has grown so fast over the past year that adding a few more satellites will not satisfy demand for long. Inmarsat’s newly unveiled Orchestra, an integrated capability, will avoid the need to continually reinvent the wheel

Inmarsat transforms connectivity to bring in the digital age

Chief executive Rajeev Suri says the network will integrate GEO, LEO and terrestrial 5G into one solution, enabling close-shore navigation for autonomous vessels and other benefits for maritime

Cosco-backed platform launches first application in China

The product has already been deployed by Cosco Shipping Lines, Orient Overseas Container Line and Shanghai International Port Group, while Hapag-Lloyd will embark on a trial run in the third quarter of 2021

Seafaring in 2050 will be a nightmare, unless…

Forecasting the role of the seafarer in 2050 follows similar predictions for the evolution of world trade and the development of shipping to carry that trade. A new study reveals tension at the heart of that forecast

Eastern Pacific turns to VR for LNG bunkering training

The benefit of virtual reality training is that it is not limited to narrow simulations but can reflect the most up-to-date equipment and vessel configurations and can accommodate as many trainees as needed

Simulating new ship designs could be a decarbonisation strategy

Multi-physics simulation is a technique that integrates multiple engineering strands to open the door to the next generation of ships. The technology sits at the intersection of data, digitalisation and decarbonisation

Why technology training is best preparation for digital shipping

There are two schools of thought: one suggests technology aids mariners, the other argues that mariners aid technology. Best performance comes as mariners and technology complement each other

Would a master stop his ship if the crew are fatigued?

Masters must occasionally feel tempted to give a crew adequate rest, but dare not for fear of being disciplined. This fear is the reason why fatigue is ignored and will continue to be under-reported

Logistics and airfreight underpin CMA CGM’s transition to integrated transport group

CMA CGM executive officer Tanya Saadé Zeenny tells Lloyd's List that the business founded by her father and uncle has reached a milestone and that “it is our belief that better ways of doing business are possible”, as the group sets out five strategic pillars that will shape its future

Future seafarer training ‘must focus on digital literacy’

An industry webinar heard that colleges are still teaching digital evolution from 15 years ago. A more holistic approach is needed that shows shipping’s impact on society

Shanker Pillai, Hafnia

For all the talk of pace and accelerated digital change, technology development and integration is taking place alongside behavioural change towards digitalisation

Mi Chuanjin, Sailor’s e-home

The "seafarer scalper-like" model in China's traditional crewing business has led Mr Mi to create his start-up, aiming to digitalise the service and reduce job-hunting and training costs for seafarers. And he is seeing the latent opportunities, with growing users and data on his digital platform