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This month, global headlines were made off northern Scotland, as Green Marine’s 55-meter gantry barge, GM700, pulled into the calm waters of Stromness Harbour, Orkney Isle. Hanging by the slings from its double A-frame crane was the final phase of a project five years in the making, the results of which could launch a new […]
By providing a secure, verifiable way to manage data, blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionise the way contracts are executed in the maritime industry. Unfortunately, maritime law hasn’t quite caught up. Blockchain is a decentralised trustless ledger. “Decentralised” means the data in the blockchain isn’t stored in a central location. Like BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer file-sharing […]
In March 1803 on the Forth and Clyde Canal, the steamboat Charlotte Dundas made history. She towed two seventy-ton barges nineteen miles upwind to Glasgow in just nine hours and twenty-five minutes, ushering in a new era of steam-powered boats. SS Savanna made the first steam-assisted transatlantic crossing in 1819 and the world of powered […]
Ships emit less carbon dioxide (CO2) per ton per mile than other means of transport, but there’s still considerable room for improvement on both emissions and costs. Even disregarding environmental factors, fuel accounts for about 60% of ship operating expenses, giving ship managers financial motivation to improve fuel efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Design Index and […]
When discussing seafarer wellness, don’t overlook the critical factor: seafarers are human. They have the same wants and needs as humans everywhere. However, because of the unique nature of the shipping industry, seafarers often can’t meet those needs in the same way as people ashore. So, what do humans need? In 1943, Maslow proposed a […]
According to The Swedish Club, navigational accidents made up 30% of claims by type and 33% of claims by cost between 2014 and 2018. Between 2013 and 2017, lack of situational awareness was cited as the most common cause of collisions (45%), and the second most common cause of the most expensive claims (27%). But […]
A 2011 study by MIT and the University of Pennsylvania found that data-driven firms performed 5-6% better each year than similar non-data-driven firms. Ship management has always relied on data, but data alone has never been enough: it’s useless unless we can understand it and use it to support decision making. Recently, big data has […]
Extended reality technologies are growing fast across all industries, even the maritime industry. But what is extended reality? Is it just a fad? And will extended reality really make a difference in the maritime industry? What is extended reality? While many people use extended reality (XR), mixed reality (MR), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality […]
Welfare 2.0: How can the next generation of technology enable better crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea?
This 30-page report, published in partnership with Inmarsat explores the role technology can play in improving the welfare of the 1.6 million men and women who work at sea. This groundbreaking report includes: A breakdown of the role that data and analytics can play in preventing critical safety incidents on board. An in depth look […]
On June 5th, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a Call to Action to its Member States, the UN, and associated organizations. The letter urgently appeals to all levels of government and industry stakeholders for collaborative action hastening the digitization of the maritime industry and its logistics. A world in the throes of a viral […]