For all the talk of pace and accelerated digital change, technology development and integration is taking place alongside behavioural change towards digitalisation
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
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
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
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 Weston Hecker detailed the increasing risk to ships’ operational technology and how basic carelessness leaves many companies vulnerable
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
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
Greek market is ‘potentially the biggest and most important’ for the International Shipping Register of Madeira, according to regional executive director Carla Olival
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
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
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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