SAFETY4SEA Log Issue 62 - September 2021

62 I SAFETY4SEA Log I September 2021 I ISSUE 62 BOOK REVIEW MARITIME INFORMATICS: Additional Perspectives and Applications Editors: Lind, M., Michaelides, M., Ward, R., Watson, R.Th. Publisher: Springer International Publishing Pages: 184 Website: Maritime Informatics: A practical handbook for safe and sustainable shipping In light of the situation, the “Maritime Informatics” published by Springer, ad- dresses some of the most recent practi- cal developments and experiences, particularly from a global perspective. In fact, the purpose of this book is to pro- vide further background and insights into the current status and future directions of maritime informatics from the per- spective of recent practical experiences, looking at such things as the supply chain in support of global emergencies, recycling resources, and the circular economy, ports acting as multidimen- sional hubs, the standardization of data, and the emergence of data sharing plat- forms in the global container trade. In addition, what makes this book a worth-read is that it marks contemporary movements in order to tackle global concerns, complementing in this way the original book on Maritime Informat- ics, released in November last year.. As informed, the book contains six chapters on maritime technology and supply chain data exchange, which are the fol- lowing: 1. Responding to Humanitarian and Global Concerns with Digitally Ena- bled Supply Chain Visibility 2. Digitalisation in a Maritime Circular Economy 3. Ports as Multidimensional Hubs 4. The IMO Reference Data Model: One Solution Fits Most! 5. The Role of Industry-Based Stand- ards Organizations in Digital Trans- formation 6. Boosting the Effectiveness of Containerized Supply Chains: A Case Study of TradeLens For the records, Maritime Infor- matics – Additional Perspectives and Applications aims to complement the ideas presented in the original Maritime Informatics book from last November. Overall, the book is all about enabling understanding, predicting, advising, and improving maritime activity by digital means. It is known that shipping is the world’s oldest sharing economy and is conducted in a self-organizing manner. Namely, shipping is capital, energy, and information intensive, and with the growing impact of digitalization and climate change, there is a need to rethink the management and operations of this critical global industry - assisted in no small way by maritime informatics. Editor’s quote “As a result of the very positive feedback to our first book, we are now adding several additional and im- portant foundational topics. The additional six chapters, like those in our first book, are intended to significantly advance knowledge of Mari- time Informatics and send a strong signal to all in the industry that Maritime Infor- matics is a collaborative and much needed mechanism that will accelerate the digital transformation and efficiency of the industry.”