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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.

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.

“One size doesn’t always fit all, especially when it comes to the digitalisation of a ship. Digitalisation can, and should, be customised to meet the needs of individual companies and vessels,” says Dominique Audion, COO, IEC Telecom Group.

Digitisation has been paramount in propelling the logistics and shipping industry forward in 2019, and will continue to do so in 2020, says managing director of Maersk South Asia, Steve Felder. Here, Mr Felder outlines the company’s progress throughout 2019 and its plans for 2020.

Singapore’s largest shipping company, Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), has partnered with global early stage investor and accelerator, Techstars to launch the first dedicated global maritime accelerator called the Eastern Pacific Accelerator powered by Techstars.

Japanese shipping company NYK has signed a long-term Industrial Research & Development project agreement with Tromsø-based Dualog that will see the development of digitised products and services across a tested of 50 vessels with the potential to roll out across NYK’s fleet of 250 ships.

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