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How can blockchain technology be applied to maritime law?

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 […]

Brief guide to sail-assisted cargo ships

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 […]

Understanding alternative marine fuels

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 […]

How can technology aid seafarer wellness?

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 […]

How will big data impact ship management?

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 […]

Ship Management Technology Market Map

This 6,000 word report contains an introduction to ship management technology, a market overview and details of the 140+ companies currently developing the technologies worldwide, details of funding and investments into the space, an analysis of patent registrations, and a market size and opportunities forecast.

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 […]

Building alternatives to GPS

The incident below details the eerie circumstances exposing the vulnerability of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Initially developed in 1973 by the US Department of Defense, GPS has become the technological bedrock that guides modern industry across continents and oceans. Vessel Report to US Coast Guard Navigation Center, June 22, 2017: “GPS equipment unable to […]

Are standards the roadblock to blockchain in maritime?

For years now, the hype around blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been endlessly stoked. With everything from accurately tracking cargo, to expediting ships registry and customs paperwork, we have been inundated with a seemingly endless list of solutions for logistics and shipping. Integrating with these highly secure and verifiable platforms could offer significant […]

How is data transforming marine insurance?

Few industries have stood the tests of time like insurance. Its origins can be traced back to the 3rd millennium BC when merchants were known to manage risk by dividing cargo between multiple boats. Circa 1750 BC, the Code of Hammurabi scribed to law the legal relationship between financier and merchant, clarifying the exchange of […]

Maritime technology initiatives supporting the industry Covid-19 response

Coronavirus is causing significant problems for the maritime industry, with volatile supply and demand, port closures, and difficulties with crew changes. Despite the difficulties, the maritime technology community is fighting back against the virus, with a number of startups, tech companies, and other businesses launching services or providing data to help the industry cope with […]

Cyber security principles for seafarers

Disciplined in their craft and highly capable, the professional seafarer is a unique individual. Employed in an ancient trade, they embody the collective knowledge of generations. Where once seafarers voyaged oceans relying solely upon their native skills and analogue tools, today the waters have evolved into an interconnected technological ecosystem. From integrated navigational bridge systems […]

How will 5G enable smart ports?

From wired broadband to 4G, WiFi to VHF radio, communication technology in ports has made it exponentially easier for people to communicate with each other. The same is true for 5G but more importantly, for the first time, 5G will make it exponentially easier for objects to communicate with each other. This new communication technology […]

Shiptech 2020: The state of venture investment activity in the maritime industry.

From navigation to chartering, bunkers to freight forwarding, digitalisation has touched every facet of the shipping industry in the last decade. As the industry’s transformation from analogue to digital steps into higher gear, it is increasingly catching the attention of entrepreneurs and investors looking for big problems to solve. In the 27 page report we […]

Brief guide to blockchain in shipping

Blockchain is one of the most hyped technologies of this decade. To many people, it is synonymous with Bitcoin. But if you look beneath the surface, blockchain has a limitless number of potential applications beyond the volatile world of cryptocurrencies. In maritime, the applications for the technology span right across the industry from trade facilitation […]

Will chatbots transform maritime services?

Conversational artificial intelligence has been rapidly growing in popularity lately. Since Facebook opened up its chat API, chatbots have exploded in popularity and are being used for everything from fielding customer services enquiries, to managing transactions. But will these tools gain any traction in maritime? In the wider B2B space, SaaS scaleups like Drift are […]

Brief guide to big data in shipping

Big data has become the tech buzzword of the decade, not just in maritime, but in every major industry. Despite the hype, many people don’t fully understand exactly what big data is, how it works, or how it can be implemented to help organisations reach their goals. To help, we have prepared a jargon free […]

How are aerial drones being used in maritime?

Though still seen by many as a toy for hobbyists, aerial drones are transforming industries including defence, logistics, agriculture and construction. There are a number of groundbreaking projects and proofs of concept using drone technology currently being undertaken in the maritime sector. Though there are some regulatory hurdles yet to be overcome, the rapidly decreasing […]

Flexport is attempting to transform the container stuffing process

Flexport, the recent recipient of the world’s largest trade technology funding round has recently begun making moves to optimise the process of stuffing containers and storing packages in warehouses. In a patent filing published in October 2019 for a “Cargo Management System”, the silicon valley based freight forwarder outlined plans for a system that automatically […]

What does the acquisition of INLT tell us about Amazon’s logistics strategy?

Amazon has acquired cloud-based customs startup INLT in a move to strengthen their offering to importers to the United States. What does this tell us about Amazon’s broader logistics strategy? INLT is a small team made up of customs brokers, developers, freight forwarders, and attorneys. Their cloud-based solution provides clients with full visibility to the […]

Five autonomous shipping startups to watch

While most of the traditional maritime industry has been debating the pros, cons, morals and legalities of autonomous vessels, a number of technology startups around the world have been quietly working on building them. Here are five autonomous ship startups to watch in 2019. Sea Machines Robotics Sea Machines Robotics builds advanced autonomous technology for […]

Trade 2.0: How Startups are Driving the Next Generation of Maritime Trade

Summary: The shipping industry is at the beginning of a fundamental transformation. The combination of the rise of connectivity and digitisation, and the need to move away from fossil fuels, means that every aspect of the industry’s operating model will change over the next three decades. This report: Identifies the key technologies transforming the maritime […]