The European Commission announced partnership with the European Investment Fund, part of the European Investment Bank (EIB), to launch the BlueInvest Fund, a €75 million equity investment fund for the blue economy.
According to a recent statement, the corporate innovation and venture development firm, Rainmaking, matched five maritime giants with eight startups as part of its Trade & Transport Impact Program. Namely, Cargotec, HHLA, Inmarsat, Shell, and Wärtsilä will all work together with startup teams from eight different countries, on 13 separate projects with the aim of “accelerating innovation that delivers genuine business results.”
Hidrovias do Brasil, the logistics provider has partnered up with naval architect firm Robert Allan Ltd for the development of a two-stage inland navigation project in South America which “forecasts the development of LNG river convoys and the intention on deployment of the first fully electric pushboat in the world.”
Following years of hard work to revolutionize and digitalize the crew competence management in the maritime industry, Safebridge has its strong efforts recognized after being awarded three very prestigious awards at this year’s high caliber events around the globe.
British engineering company Anemoi Marine Technologies, the Flettner Rotor innovator, has appointed Kim Diederichsen as CEO with the aim to take the company’s wind assisted propulsion systems to the global market.
IAPH has added maritime accelerator PortXL as partner onto its World Ports Sustainability Program. An agreement was signed last week to develop a worldwide innovation platform, where ports can engage in pilots and partnerships with start-ups and scale-ups.
Port of Zeebrugge is going to invest in a superfast 5G network. The network may begin operations this year, but according to the authority of the port, it will be the accelerator and a major factor for innovation in and around the port.
During a green inland shipping event that took place on 16 October, five innovative vessels called at the Port of Brussels to show technological solutions for cutting CO2 and air emissions to a minimum. These included zero-emission technologies, such as battery-electric, gas-electric, ultra clean biofuel power drive-trains and hydrogen.
Technology giant IBM issued a new video explaining how new technology trends, like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Blockchain, are expected to transform the consumer goods industry in a current landscape, where consumer demand pushes for more and more innovations in the industry.
In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA at Nor-Shipping, Mr. Nawfal Al Jourani, Director of Dubai Maritime Cluster Office at DMCA, shared Dubai’s priorities as a major maritime hub of the Middle East. Mr. Jourani noted that innovation is the cornerstone of Dubai’s strategy to be attractive to the shipping community.
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