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Singapore-based dry bulk shipping company Berge Bulk has reported a 25 per cent increase in team productivity since digitalising its procurement process by integrating the Moscord Marketplace into its SERTICA solution.  

DNV GL and ABB have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate digitalisation in the maritime industry. The agreement was signed remotely by DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen and ABB Marine & Ports managing director Juha Koskela in an online ceremony.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS) have announced the launch of Smart Port Challenge (SPC) 2020 under Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined @ BLOCK71 (PIER71). Start-ups participating in this year’s challenge will now have direct access to PIER71’s Venture Capital (VC) partner network for investment advice and opportunities.

Provider of vessel performance software and services Tres Solutions has teamed up with Danelec Marine, the provider of ship-to-shore data solutions, to accelerate the use of high-resolution data in delivering insights to shipping companies.

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.

KNL Networks and FLICQ have announced a partnership to help maritime customers digitalise their operations to reduce costs, and ensure their fleets are in optimal condition.

Alexander Buchmann

With almost two million confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, the pandemic is having a substantial impact on society, but out of adversity also comes opportunity, says Alexander Buchmann, managing director of Hanseaticsoft.

 

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Tanker vessel Ternvag approaching the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port. The practices around vessel calls have been adjusted to avoid the effects of the virus. Imahe courtesy of the Gothenburg Port Authority.

As a result of the Corona outbreak, the majority of ports throughout the world have been forced to re-examine their routines. Greater use of digital tools has been part of the solution in an effort to maintain an efficient workflow. At the Port of Gothenburg there are clear indications of how the Corona pandemic could accelerate digitalisation in what is an otherwise conservative shipping industry.

By Mikael Lind, associate professor and senior strategic research advisor at Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) and Chalmers, and Juan Carlos Croston, VP marketing & corporate affairs with Manzanillo International Terminal (Panama). 

Traditionally, a ship agent (as a representative of the owner, the charterer -or both- of a visiting ship), ensures that the essential requirements for a ship visit are arranged and met. Therefore, they have an important monitoring role, before and during a port call, taking the necessary actions to avoid or minimise disruptions. Ship agents also guarantee that involved port actors are paid at the right level of compensation.

K Line RoRo Bulk Ship Management (KRBS) has partnered with NAVTOR to develop a digital manoeuvring assistant to enable safer, more accurate and optimally efficient vessel operations.

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