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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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Digital focus turns to data access

ABB Marine & Ports believes the industry needs to see the bigger picture — the focus on public health and protection of the environment. That will show which digital solutions should be prioritised

Rainmaking to expand maritime start-up platform

Rainmaking aims to achieve greater collaboration between clients and industry decision makers through its open innovation platform

Shipping must prepare for post-pandemic risks

Shipping should anticipate significant risks in its recovery from the pandemic, including the challenges of digitalisation and uneven technological competence of the workforce. Successful companies will invest in digital skills

Smarter shipping will benefit decarbonisation and safety

By reducing manual data recording and the analysis of data from sources on the vessel and external to the ship, a significant stride will be made towards greener and safer shipping

Alibaba logistics arm launches container booking service

This is part of a wider trend of end users taking things into their own hands as container carriers are increasingly being seen as unable to meet their needs. Chinese courier company SF Express launched an ocean freight route from China to the US in July 2019

Port of Felixstowe to join UK 5G technology trial

THE Port of Felixstowe will host a 5G trial to help find new uses for the technology. It is hoped the project will demonstrate efficiency gains from the technology and reduce unplanned outages

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Containers cashing in and carbon clarity

On the podcast this week we examine whether shippers’ complaints that box lines are profiteering hold any water. We then turn to the results of the Lloyd’s List Decarbonisation Survey that we conducted late last year in search of some much-needed clarity regarding carbon reduction

Singapore gets first fully digitalised bunker trade

The system is anchored on Singapore’s TradeTrust standards and frameworks to increase transparency and visibility of a bunker transaction. Elements such as digital life cycle management, digital twin asset management capabilities, risk management and fraud prevention have become more important to bunker industry players in the wake of recent events such as the Hin Leong scandal

Will carriers control shipping's digitalisation?

The Federal Maritime Commission will examine a joint venture on IT standards for the issuance of an electronic bill of lading. The outcome will be decisive in determining whether it raises antitrust issues or jeopardises the system of an open and competitive market for container shipping stakeholders

Digitalisation push making large difference at smaller ports

The marineM platform automates maritime operations for ports, towage and workboat operators. The port network of major Indonesian port operator Pelindo II is on the platform and the company hopes to make inroads into other markets too

From the News Desk: What’s in store for shipping in 2021?

Time will tell what lessons shipping has learnt from the pandemic-led disruption of this year, but 2021 will bring issues such as the transition to decarbonisation and digital integration closer to the fore

March to digitalisation will enhance safety, sustainability and financing

The Lloyd’s List/Inmarsat joint publication Digitalisation Uncovered – What’s Next for Shipping? shows primary drivers for digitalisation are cost reduction and operational efficiencies, followed by regulatory compliance