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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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Frank About the Future

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) CEO Frank Olsen opens up on the challenges of COVID-19, the benefits of a global network, and a fundamental shift in the established ships agency marketplace. Change, he says, is coming.“I haven’t spent this much time in Norway, without international travel, since I was at school,” laughs ISS CEO Frank Olsen over a call on Microsoft Teams.With a career that’s taken in seven years at sea, mostly on RoRos with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, living in Costa Rica (where he briefly captained a dive vessel)…

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Jeff Bezos Invests in Digital Freight Forwarder Beacon

Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has picked British startup Beacon, a digital freight forwarder, for his latest investment.Beacon said on Sunday it raised over $15 million in Series A fundraising, from investors including Bezos and venture capital firm 8VC.The startup, formed by two former Uber Technologies Inc executives two years ago, is already backed by Uber founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, along with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.Beacon is also a supply chain finance firm that provides real-time data of cargo delivery and a marketplace view of global shipping costs and

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Training Tips for Ships #12: Training in COVID-19 Times - A “How to Guide”

COVID-19 is requiring all operators to reconsider how they train. In-person traditional training is essentially prohibited by this pandemic. So how do operators adapt quickly to maintain compliance and train for safe operations, yet do so in a COVID-safe way? Fortunately, it can be done, and it is not difficult. Furthermore, by taking the steps necessary to deliver training during the pandemic, you will be putting in place systems, tools and content to improve both the outcomes and cost-efficiency of your future training…

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Remote Working: Tips for Shipping Companies to Sustain Business During the Coronavirus Pandemic

As companies globally are increasingly shifting to remote working to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, Hanseaticsoft has put together a series of tips to help shipping companies keep their business and workforce agile.Some of the biggest companies in the world including Oracle, Apple, Google and Amazon have already restricted travel and asked employees to work remotely[i]. With the situation changing daily shipping companies need to prepare as much as they can to minimize business disruption.

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Alphabet Winds Down Makani

Alphabet, Google's parent company, announced that it is calling it quits on its efforts to build and monetize its Makani wind energy kites.Google acquired Makani, which developed airborne wind turbines and aimed to make wind energy more accessible and affordable, in 2013. Last year, the company spun it out of X and made it a standalone Alphabet unit.Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has reportedly been under pressure to cut losses from the company's 'Other Bets' category, which includes projects such as X, self-driving car service Waymo and wireless broadband project Loon.

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Inspection Gaming App for Seafarers

The latest offering Anglo-Eastern, from the Hong Kong-based ship manager, is an educational gaming app aimed at reducing shipboard deficiencies.Launched during Hong Kong Maritime Week, “Vessel Inspector” is a gaming app that encourages players to compete against their peers towards achieving zero deficiencies. The objective is to enhance situational awareness skills in a competitive gaming environment to complement learning and amplify learning outcomes.Vessel Inspector is intended for seafarers, as well as vessel managers, marine managers and port state inspectors.

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

At CMRE, it’s not just about the science. It’s about building trust and confidence in resilient systems. An interview with Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, ItalyTell us a little about yourself and CMRE. What does CMRE do, and how do you see your mission evolving?I came here from the Pentagon, where I was the science advisor for the director of operational test and evaluation. My experience has been working with operators on systems that they’re getting ready to field.

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IIMS Launches Marine Surveyor Search App

The International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) has launched a new free App for iOS and Android devices that makes finding a commercial, or yacht and small craft marine surveyor by area, or specialization, fast and simple. Not only a key benefit for members of IIMS, it will make the search for a surveyor easier for the boating and yachting public, brokers, P&I Clubs, marine insurers - in fact anyone needing the services of a marine surveyor on an occasional or ongoing basis.The content is drawn from the current IIMS practicing surveyor membership…

Stena Line is in the process of launching the smartest chatbot into the ferry market, "Stina".

Tech: Stena Debuts Chatbot "Stina"

Stena Line is in the process of launching the smartest chatbot -- "Stina" -- into the ferry market. The tech, which relies on IBM Watson as the technicla platform, is designed to make the customer experience better by providing assistance in booking a trip as well as answering questions 24/7. “This is one of many great examples of how we are using artificial intelligence to increase our efficiency and improve the customer experience. With Stina we are taking another step towards becoming the world’s first cognitive ferry company," says Jari Virtanen, Chief Transformation Officer at Stena Line.

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Port of Rotterdam Activates AI Vessel Platform

Significant efficiency steps can also be taken in the maritime sector regarding big data and artificial intelligence, said Port of Rotterdam.For instance, this technology is enabling the arrival times of vessels in sea and inland ports to be predicted earlier and with increased precision."Computers use the sea of data that we produce these days for self-training. The Port of Rotterdam is also investing in this development with Pronto, an application for standardised data exchange on port calls…

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Hapag-Lloyd Launches Optimised Mobile App

Beginning immediately, all Hapag-Lloyd customers can make use of the advantages offered by the carrier’s optimised app, says a press release from the company.The app’s functionality has been expanded to include Quick Quotes and online booking. Quick Quotes makes the quotation process for container shipments faster, easier and more convenient – across the world and around the clock.In just a few seconds and no matter where they are, customers can request a binding offer and then…

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What Can Beijing Do if China-US Trade Row Worsens?

China and the United States sank into a deepening trade conflict that roiled financial markets Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese products, prompting Beijing to accuse Washington of starting a trade war.Trump said Monday his threat was retaliation for China's decision to raise tariffs on $50 billion of U.S. goods over the weekend, a move that itself was in response to additional U.S. tariffs on Chinese…

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XPO Logistics Unveils Voice Tracking

XPO Logistics Inc, the largest provider of last-mile deliveries for heavy and bulky items in North America, unveiled on Wednesday voice-enabled delivery tracking through Amazon.com Inc's Echo or Alphabet Inc's Google Home speakers.XPO believes it is the first large delivery and warehousing company in the world to offer consumers the ability to get delivery tracking updates, or schedule and reschedule deliveries, using smart speakers, the company said at a conference in Atlanta.The voice-enabled technology…

New Bureau Veritas App, PSC Ready, helps ship managers and crews prepare for Port State Control inspections. - Photo BV

BV Adds ‘PSC Ready’ to its Digital Portfolio

‘PSC Ready’ assists ship managers and their crews in planning and ensuring readiness for port state control inspections. ‘PSC Ready’ is a cloud-based and secure application, downloadable for both IOS and Android. The application helps ensure that ship owners are able to focus on all the requirements needed to be ready for PSC inspections. The benefits of ‘PSC Ready’ include:   * Helping ensure compliance with applicable requirements  * Enhancing ship maintenance by developing crews’ awareness of safety…

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Ferry Safety and Technology Conference 2017

There is a convergence of new advances in technology for ferries AND quantum leaps in ferry operations in Asia, Africa and North America. Can operating a ferry be made better safer and cheaper? Yes, says technology. What’s exciting about this year’s Ferry Safety and Technology conference, the Third Annual, is the promise of technology – how telematics, affordable sensors, and graphic visualization – enhance safety, and vastly benefit the quality and cost of operations. This isn’t a conference for nerds and geeks – it’s for those of who need to use technology to understand it.

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Why Attend the Ferry Safety & Technology Conference?

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) will host its upcoming Ferry Safety and Technology Conference May 11 and 12 in downtown New York. Besides the awards to winners of the Ferry Design Competition, there are many reasons to attend the conference. Below are a dozen. 1 - Learn about innovative new ferry systems in Africa, Asia and North America – ferry systems from which we can learn and that will need safety, communications, IT, training – equipment and services. 2- Listen to ferry operators from Bangkok, Manila and Abidjan as they speak about their challenges and successes.

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Flexport & the Changing Face of Shipping Logistics

Ryan Petersen and his Flexport team are seeking the help re-write the global logistics playbook. Ryan Petersen is the founder and CEO of Flexport. He is also the founder and ex-CEO of ImportGenius.com, the largest provider of business intelligence to the import-export industry. Armed with an MBA from Columbia and a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley, he is also a licensed customs broker and freight forwarder, with his built company squarely around an online dashboard backed by leading venture capital firms like Founders Fund, Google Ventures and Bloomberg BETA.

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Wärtsilä introduces its Eniram SkyLight 2.0

Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, has introduced a major update to its performance monitoring system targeted at commercial shipping operators. The Eniram SkyLight 2.0 adds nautical maps, weather layers, and route importation to make predictive analysis and proactive planning more available. The updated system can visualise a vessel’s route from economic, environmental, and safety perspectives. Together with the weather and route information, SkyLight 2.0 includes the possibility to switch between updated nautical maps and Google maps as a background within SkyLight’s ‘fleet’…

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Rotterdam Port to Focus on Sustainability

The Port of Rotterdam Authority recently launched a new campaign: ‘Building a Sustainable Port’. “Sustainability involves more than just the environment. We have committed to a large number of initiatives and we will gladly present them,” says Port Authority CEO Allard Castelein. The Port Authority works hard to ensure that Rotterdam’s port and the surrounding area are safe, healthy and attractive. Castelein: “Building a sustainable port means working to create economic and social value. In this context, focus is on matters like water safety, solar power and the Port Welfare Committee.

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ClassNK Launches NK-SHIPS App

Classification society ClassNK has launched the NK-SHIPS app, a mobile version of the free, web-based information service NK-SHIPS for owners, operators and managers of NK-classed vessels or vessels whose ISM/ISPS/MLC are registered with ClassNK. Clients can now access information to manage their fleet on-the-go using the app via their smartphone or tablet. Developed for an optimized viewing experience, the NK-SHIPS app allows for quick and easy navigation. Users can browse and manage ship particulars…

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Rolls-Royce, Google Cloud Sign Landmark Deal

The maritime industry's exhaustive push toward autonomy just received a boost in the form of a deal signed between Rolls-Royce and Google to develop further its intelligent awareness systems. The agreement was signed at the Google Cloud Summit in Sweden, and it allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea.

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APL Launches Container Tracking Mobile App

APL has launched a mobile application to help shippers track containers from place of loading to delivery destinations. APL Box Track, available for download from both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, is designed to offer convenience and visibility, allowing APL shippers to trace and track their containers while on the go. Its intuitive interface enables users to bookmark their queried container number for a one-touch access after an initial search. Additionally, search results on the APL Box Track application can be shared over emails…

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New Apps Aim to Save Fuel, Accelerate Cargo Flow

The Northwest Seaport Alliance said it is set to launch two new mobile applications in early November aiming to help speed the flow of containers through port facilities and along local freight corridors, reduce idling-related air emissions and save fuel at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. DrayQ aims to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around marine cargo terminals, and DrayLink will interconnect the drayage community to better dispatch, track and record container moves from pickup to delivery.

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Deurganck Dock Gets Smart

With an annual freight volume of nearly 9 million TEU the Deurganck dock is by far the main centre of container handling in the port of Antwerp. But this tidal dock on the left bank of the Scheldt is also well on the way to becoming a hotspot for innovation. Thanks to a “smart quay” and an automatic sounding boat, shipping operations and berth maintenance in Antwerp’s largest dock will become a good deal more efficient. “The smart quay will enable us to make more efficient use of the berths available in the dock.

ClassNK Releases Mobile App for PSC Inspection

Classification society ClassNK has released the Arrival Checklist  for PSC, the preparatory checklist mobile app for PSC inspections. Arrival Checklist  for PSC digitalizes the updated contents of ClassNK’s Port State Inspections Pocket Checklist and is now available for smartphones and tablets. Arrival Checklist  for PSC allows users to access the checklist with greater ease and efficiency during preparatory checks of onboard equipment and others prior to arrival into port. The app was developed as a ship management solution to help minimize the risk of PSC detentions and deficiencies.

Capt. Ted Bernhard

Master & Commander: Capt. Ted Bernhard

From a boy who wanted to be a swashbuckler like Errol Flynn to a Maine Maritime graduate to hopping aboard a grain ship bound for Egypt, Captain Theodore “Ted” Bernhard has led a quintessential maritime life. A ship driver with 37 years of maritime experience, Bernhard has spent half of his adult life at sea, the last 20 years on containerships with Matson, the ubiquitous U.S. commercial maritime presence in the Pacific Ocean. Life at sea in 1979 – with no cell phones, no internet and no email – was fairly different than it is today, but was it better? Was it worse?