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International ship manager Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI) have signed an MoU to launch a game-changing initiative named “True North 72” aiming to encourage innovation across the maritime supply chain and logistics industries.

India is digitalising its bills of lading and other trade documentation workflows as one of the last missing elements within the country’s electronic Port Community System (PCS).

Tideworks Technology, a provider of comprehensive terminal operating systems (TOS) solutions, has announced a joint venture with Brenock Technology, provider of software applications and consulting services for multiple industries, including the cruise and marine sectors. The two companies will collaborate by leveraging complementary strengths to deliver enhanced management tools and solutions to their customers.

Nautilus Labs and OCEANKING have announced a partnership to jointly expand access to the Nautilus Platform in the Greek and Cypriot market to support shipowners and operators in decision making and voyage profitability.

The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has announced a push for the use of electronic bills of lading (eBL) and made a call for collaboration as it estimates a potential $4bn could be saved per annum at a 50 per cent adoption rate by the container shipping industry.

Met-ocean data provider for the marine sector Theyr has signed up to the national SPRINT business support programme. Theyr will collaborate with SPRINT partner, the University of Southampton on the development of a marine vessel routing application that will enable a cleaner future for commercial shipping.

StratumFive has launched Podium, a collaborative workspace that connects applications, data, and people, across the maritime community.

Podium connects any data source or third party application and integrates them within its timeline architecture. Users can quickly visualise correlated data streams in an agile dashboard environment, transforming operational decision-making, in a flexible and collaborative workspace.

Powerful features and configurability allow users across an enterprise to easily build their own dashboards, customised data mapping, interactive displays and alerts, from any location. This enables owners, operators and managers to streamline and standardise the data they use, whilst reducing costs by discarding duplicate data sets.

Podium ingests, unifies and visualises billions of data points and scales to accommodate user demands and data volumes, whilst maintaining complete consistency in terms of output for all users.

In addition, the Podium partnership program will enable start-ups and existing digital providers to expand their maritime presence easily by accessing StratumFive’s global client base, data holdings and technical infrastructure.

Podium launches with a series of in-house options including voyage monitoring, weather routing and StratumFive’s next generation compliance and tracking applications.

“With many years spent in operations around the world, I have been frustrated by the inefficiencies and costs caused by poor data acquisition, processing and communication across applications and stakeholders,” said Mike Powell, strategy director, StratumFive.

“Until now, digitalisation has often made things worse for people working on ships and at shore, as increasing enterprise-wide data and information demands require too much manual intervention and effort. Currently, high levels of activity do not always equal productivity.

“Podium is designed to be the workspace for the whole enterprise, linking data and applications, ensuring all stakeholders not only start from the same page, but also have the tools they need to maximise the efficiency and value of their part of the voyage.”

Ross Martin, COO, StratumFive, added: “It is true that shipping businesses globally are currently not reaping the promised rewards of digitalisation - but Podium provides the solution that our industry desperately needs to realise cost savings and other operational efficiencies.

“A growing number of operators are laboriously gathering data from a number of silos and trying to make sense of it using generic ‘business intelligence’ tools. These tools do not offer the maritime domain specific functionality, nor the degree of automation required to make smarter operational decisions faster.”

StratumFive consulted closely with the industry in the development of Podium. Major owners and operators are already using the platform across their daily operations, with reportedly more preparing to adopt the technology in the near future. 

FrontM and global satellite communications provider Station Satcom headquartered in India have signed an agreement to help maritime businesses bring their ship to shore teams closer together in real time.

Tototheo Maritime and CAIM have entered into an agreement enabling Tototheo Maritime to promote and distribute CAIM’s range of products and services.

Wärtsilä and DNV GL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to contribute to the marine industry’s ongoing digital transformation. In particular, the two companies wish to further explore the potential use of digital technologies, collaborative data sharing, and standardisation to enhance existing products and services, and to develop new ones.

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