Interview

Digitalization and greening are the next key industry’s challenges

On the sidelines of EUROPORT, we were pleased to host an interview with Dr-Ing Orestis Schinas Professor of Shipping and Ship Finance, Head of Department of Maritime and Logistics of Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) which was the winner for a 2019 CAREER4SEA- EUROPORT award alongside a number of other distinguished nominees.

Data sharing vital for a digital culture in shipping

Andreas Chrysostomou, CEO, Marine Fields explains how shipping may effectively use data, which is rightly characterized as the ‘Gold of the digital age’ and refers to his company data sharing platform, Perseus, that aims to enhance the predictability of port call operations. Concluding, Mr. Chrysostomou calls industry to follow the evolution timely, stressing that we are to witness more digital developments in future and that there is need to build a ‘shipping digital culture’ to embrace transparency, collaboration and efficiency.

Crowley Maritime: Taking navigation to the next level

While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Captain Bren Wade, Manager, Marine Compliance, Crowley Maritime Corp. explains how leading- edge technology can make a difference in navigation and refers to Crowley’s Navigation Assessment program that offers a computerized simulation environment for which the company has been shortlisted for the Technology Award. Furthermore, Capt. Wade reveals that in the future there are plans to add more functions for a more holistic approach to Navigation Assessments, i.e. to assess an entire bridge team together in the simulator, from the helmsman to the Master.

HiLo: Sharing data for enhanced safety

While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Manit Chander, CEO, HiLo Maritime Risk Management, talks about HiLo data platform – which has been shortlisted for an Initiative Award- and informs about the new add-on that will broaden its knowledge-sharing functionality. Based on HiLo’s success, Mr Chander highlights that sharing data for improving safety does not harm business, it can only help to save ships and lives.

Veritas Training Group: Embracing digitalization and automation vital for today’s seafarers

While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Dr. Joanna-Eugenia Bakouni, Training Supervisor of Epsilon Group, explains how Veritas Training Center – which has been shortlisted for the Training Award – has invested in improving the training of seafarers, calling for a change in the approach of existing training institutions. As she explained, these need to focus on improving performance and productivity by embracing e-learning and virtual reality (VR) training.

ABB: Shipping industry needs to stay ‘Electric, Digital and Connected’

While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Ed Schwarz, ABB Marine & Ports Vice President Sales, New Build reveals how ABB – which has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Award – prepares for a more sustainable future, highlighting that the next generation of ships will be electric digital and connected, as the industry moves towards new energy sources.

Digitalisation a key enabler in progressing to a sustainable future

Maritime still needs a better understanding of sustainability benefits and impacts, says Lloyd’s Register Global Sustainability Manager Katharine Palmer who acknowledges transparency and decarbonisation in connection with digitalisation as the defining trends toward 2050.

Inmarsat: Innovative digital solutions can increase transparency

Mr. Alberto Perez, Inmarsat Maritime, notes that the maritime industry has realized the benefits of digitalization. Among many, digital technologies offer transparency which is very important; In this regard, Mr. Perez cites the example of Inmarsat’s Fleet Data which can virtually connect to any sensor, giving full transparency on bills as connectivity costs are included in the service.

Disruption ahead: Technology’s impact on shipping industry

In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mr. Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of Indian Register of Shipping, who will be assuming his role as Chair of IACS for 2019, refers to the latest cyber security and digitalization initiatives that IRClass has taken as well as to the global trends concerning shipping market.

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