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Technological developments: An overview of future autonomous crane operations

During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Athena Kanellatou, Regional Director Mediterranean, Macgregor, and Stefanos Spiriounis, Sales Engineer, Global Lifecycle Support, Macgregor shared the company’s experience on intelligent cargo handling for bulk ships, which are already available to enable safer working conditions and smoother operations.

Infographic: Blockchain participants; data offer and value proposition

Partnerships and collaborations among players in the T&L value chain, including competitors, are needed to provide the foundation for the ecosystem. Many collaborations, such as Ocean Alliance and Yang Ming or Modern Terminals and TradeLens highlight the importance of partnership in order to achieve efficient operations.

Infographic: The advantages blockchain provides

Although blockchain poses challenges in the transportation and logistics sector, it also provides benefits. Since 2013, venture capital investors have poured approximately $300 million into startup companies offering blockchain solutions relevant to T&L. 

Infographic: 9 challenges blockchain faces

In September and October 2018, BCG conducted an online survey of global companies in the T&L industry in  order to assess their understanding of blockchain and their progress in adopting the technology. In order to acknowledge the promise of blockchain, T&L stakeholders must collaborate to develop an ecosystem that forges trust and creates mutual benefits across the value chain.

METIS Virtual Agents: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Action

During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Mike Konstantinidis, CEO, METIS Cyberspace Technology, described how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can apply in shipping and improve operations. As such, he talked about the METIS Virtual Agents, the first cyber personal assistant for vessel monitoring & management, interacting with its colleagues in the maritime company via natural language processing.

Port of Colombo to upgrade into ‘Smart Port’

The Port of Colombo announced that it will upgrade its entire IT infrastructure as part of its smart port transformation. The Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka commented on the port’s goal to be Sri Lanka’s busiest port, ‘Smart Port’.

Smart Maritime Council to focus on technology application in shipping

Representatives from maritime technology companies and industry stakeholders met in London for the first meeting of the Smart Maritime Council. This is a new initiative created by the Smart Maritime Network to drive collaboration and standardisation for the development of IT systems in the shipping industry. Smart Maritime Network was created in January 2019 to boost the benefits of improved integration and data sharing within the maritime sector.

How IoT can write a success story in shipping

The new wave of technologies that are in high demand at the moment? IoT, AI, Big Data, security, new programming paradigms. Using data and digitalization to make assets and shipping operations more efficient is the challenge that IoT undertakes for the years to come.

5G smart harbor to be developed at Port of Qingdao

Ericsson and China Unicom, a mobile service provider, are developing a 5G smart harbor at the Port of Qingdao in China. This comes after a successful technical solution verification at the port of Qingdao, which found that up to 70% of labor costs can be saved when a harbor uses the 5G automation upgrade. The 5G connection included data traffic from over 30 high-definition cameras as well as control data for a programmable logic controller.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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