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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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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

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

Expert Focus: Overcoming the barriers to digitalisation

Digitalisation in shipping is happening, but true innovation that benefits the industry as a whole, rather than just siloed subsystems, is still being hampered. The maritime sector should look to the explosion of Fintech innovation that was catalysed by free-flowing data and the breakdown of siloes that existed in individual financial institutions

Alfa Laval acquires weather specialist StormGeo

StormGeo has been owned by private equity firm EQT for the past seven years, during which time investments in six add-on acquisitions have doubled its customer base.

Data utility aspiration for liner shipping

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It’s high time shipping listened to entrepreneurs

The next Lloyd’s List special report asks what entrepreneurs need to succeed in shipping and where the barriers to success lie. Future progress depends on our support for gazelles rather than unicorns

Shipping ignores the human element at its peril

The Covid pandemic has shifted the emphasis back onto people working at sea and on shore. There has been a paradigm shift in the balance of power between employers and employees. Shipping must recognise this

Red tape holding back evolution of supply chain

A McKinsey study found that the US experienced 10 years of e-commerce growth in just three months at the peak of the pandemic, while digitalisation of the supply chain advanced by less than four years

Skilled crews are key to shipping’s decarbonisation aims, says Synergy chief

The shipping industry will be reliant on skilled crews to safely manage emerging fuels and technologies, said Mr Unni

Bank of China joins shipping blockchain platform

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Container tracking services are nothing new. But the granular nature of the container supply chain has made it difficult for them to be interoperable before now, limiting their usefulness