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80% of ports do not reap the benefits of digitalization according to Innovez-One (Forum)

  Innovez One, one of the world’s leading providers of port management software for the world’s busiest ports and towage operators, stated that of the 4,900 ports in the world, the majority are not yet using digital technology for even the most basic processes; Eighty percent of ports continue to rely on manual, legacy solutions …

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Five percent zero emission fuels by 2030 needed for Paris-aligned shipping decarbonization (Forum)

  The ambition of the Getting to Zero Coalition is to have commercially viable zero emission vessels operating along deep sea trade routes by 2030. But at what degree of adoption do zero emission fuels become “commercially viable”? An S-curve based analysis suggests that zero emission fuels need to make up 5 percent of the …

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Provincial government investments should give priority to Made in Canada ships (FORUM)

Ottawa – The Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association (CMISA) has expressed concern over provincial governments ordering vessels overseas rather than giving such business to Canadian shipyards. In a bluntly-worded statement released by Colin Cooke, President and CEO, the CMISA noted: “During the last week of January when new US President Joe Biden re-issued a Buy American …

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The Poseidon Principles Disclosure Report is good, but the disclosure could have been better (Forum)

In December 2020, the signatories of the Poseidon Principles—currently twenty large banks—released their first Annual Disclosure Report. As the first paragraph of the report says: “This report represents the first time signatories of the Poseidon Principles disclose the climate alignment of their ship finance portfolios. It marks a significant milestone in the joint efforts of …

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World Shipping Council pleads for more collaboration to mitigate Covid-19 challenges (Forum)

Ocean carriers are taking all available measures to improve the speed and efficiency of cargo movement including employing all available vessel tonnage says the World Shipping Council.  When demand dropped some 20-30% in Q2 2020, carriers curtailed services and idled vessels. However, as cargo volume rose, carriers redeployed those assets as quickly as possible. Alphaliner …

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The ongoing seafarer crisis: do charterers have hearts? (FORUM)

Widely regarded as the senior statesman of world shipping journalism, Michael Grey* offers in our FORUM section, another impassioned commentary and an urgent suggestion for the intervention of BIMCO on seafarers so inhumanly treated during the mounting COVID crisis. Do seafarers have souls? Are they sentient human beings, with natural rights, or, as the last …

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Tailwinds of 2020 (Forum)

  Shipping has faced some historically significant challenges this year, we opened the year with IMO 2020, the greatest change in fuel regulation in this century and we end the year still trying to come to grips with crew changes in such a time of crisis. How has the maritime technology sector fared? Well, here …

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Collaborative technologies for maritime transport at economies of scale (Forum)

by Mikael Lind, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Adam Roark, AWS Transportation & Logistics, Amazon, Michele Sancricca, AWS Transportation & Logistics, Amazon, Almir Zerem, RISE, Hanane Becha, UN/CEFACT, Erminio Di Paola, HERE Technologies, Henk Mulder, IATA Never has the need for digital data sharing and processing at scale been more apparent than now. The growth …

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Melting sea ice makes Canada more, not less dependent on Icebreakers (Forum)

Climate change leads to more sea ice and higher risks for commercial marine shipping For more than ten months of the year, Canada’s Arctic is gripped by sub zero temperatures and its waters remain covered by ice. The sea ice found in these waters falls into two categories – fast ice and pack ice. While …

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