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Digitalisation

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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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

Dita Bruijn, PortXchange

Innovation is gaining pace, though the challenges of changing a conservative industry are still great. There is room in the market for those with the right idea and the patience to see it through 

What every entrepreneur should know — but is afraid to ask

Being agile and talented are not enough for an entrepreneur in maritime. A degree of commercial shrewdness is vital, plus an ability to see the long-term vision. A two-year time horizon will not cut it

Is this the golden age for shipping entrepreneurs?

A post-Covid surge in start-ups is expected, fuelled by abundant tech funding and targeting an ample supply of industry problems with their innovative solutions. But is the shipping industry ready to open the door to new ideas and provide the collaboration needed to scale these entrepreneurial talents beyond the quickly burned seed capital stages? 

Ethical hacker says ships are wide open to cyber attack

Ethical hacker Weston Hecker detailed the increasing risk to ships’ operational technology and how basic carelessness leaves many companies vulnerable

Call for seafarer mental health database

An academic has proposed an anonymous ‘seafarer mental health data alliance’ to help universities and companies measure and help crews’ mental health during the pandemic

Reporting of cyber crime against shipping is ‘virtually non-existent’

Cyber crime is one of the biggest threats to shipping’s security, but incidents are seldom reported. It is often unclear who to report to and lack of good data hampers incident responses

Portuguese flag aims to continue rise with opening of new Greek branch

Greek market is ‘potentially the biggest and most important’ for the International Shipping Register of Madeira, according to regional executive director Carla Olival

Why Alfa Laval paid over the odds for StormGeo

Alfa Laval considered recruiting digital natives but found they don’t stay long. It also considered investing in a start-up but saw the risks involved of employing ambitious but commercially naïve techies

Shipping's digitalisation requires trust and collaboration to succeed

Ship agents could find a new responsibility in making transformation accessible to all the port community. Companies with a global perspective and local insight are well placed to drive transformation

From the News Desk: Crew changes, climate and a rising China

Shipping frustrated at unpredictable crew-change rules, intensifying debate over emissions regulations, and why the US-China trade war still matters

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