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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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Digitalising shipping: What’s the hold-up?

Few doubt digital technology will change the industry, but there are more pragmatic questions now being asked by company boards looking at shipping’s woeful track record in yielding a return on invested capital. The latest Lloyd’s List live event gathers industry leaders to discuss a more hard-headed approach to the digital revolution

VSAT and dedicated IoT connectivity keys to digitalisation

There has been a more urgent push to connect every device and machine; digitalisation is helping the entire maritime industry evolve

Adding value to port agency in the digital age

Inchcape's World of Ports digital portal has evolved into a platform that should prove as essential to owners, operators and charterers as the services of port agents have been

New hull forms and training must be factored into future designs

A Mare Forum webinar has heard that shipbuilders’ reluctance to discuss new designs that would not fit production processes has left shipowners having to tweak existing vessels to meet emission targets

OrbitMI teams up with Kongsberg Digital to analyse data

Kongsberg’s partnership with OrbitMI comes after agreement was reached with Lloyd’s List Intelligence to provide shipping and maritime intelligence to the Kognifai Marketplace

Transparency vital for charterers’ low-carbon shift

The drive towards transparency of emissions data from shipowners is a journey that still has a long way to go before it becomes a reality. The Sea Cargo Charter is a start, but just 19 companies have signed up so far

Ports viewed as the model hub for shipping’s digital future

The onus is on ports to build digital infrastructure that is safe, scalable and secure, but which provides ease of access, says Thetius founder and managing director Nick Chubb

Shipping’s future requires 20/20 vision

Transparency creates an opportunity to improve the efficiency of shipping via digitalisation and decarbonisation. But those projects alone do not create value — the next phase of shipping’s evolution requires innovation and new business models to drive value and that could be truly revolutionary

ESG survey confirms broad industry support for decarbonisation

The survey report concludes that the cost of upgrading fleets to clean technology is likely to overwhelm small, independent family shipowners. They will consolidate, go public or die

Greek data analyst launches Poseidon Principles emissions index

METIS also claims its Poseidon Principles Emissions Index could even help owners whose ships are outperforming AER to seek lower borrowing costs because there is a quantified benefit to the environment.

It’s time to bring some humanity to shipping

It’s all very well investing in digital technologies and decarbonisation initiatives. But what about the men and women who work at sea and on shore? We must not allow them to be pushed into third place

Maersk Tankers steps up calls for regional carbon levies

The shipping industry needs to engage with Brussels as the European Union takes a closer interest in green shipping and clean fuel initiatives, says Mr Ingerslev, rather than insist that the International Maritime Organization should be the only body responsible for rule-making on urgent matters such as decarbonisation