Last Call for Hotel Conference Rate

hotelIf you haven’t yet booked your rooms at the Stamford Marriott for SHIPPINGInsight 2017, there’s still time.  The special conference room rate of $184 expires at midnight Friday Sept 29.  After that the regular published room rate will apply.  Use the convenient online booking portal or phone the hotel reservation desk and ask for the SHIPPINGInsight rate.


Profiting from Data

art1August 25, 2017 — The method most shipowners use to monitor a vessel’s performance hasn’t changed much in decades. The captain sends his ship’s status to the home office every day in a Noon Report, which contains the distance traveled, the propeller slip, the fuel remaining on board and other key metrics. Continue Reading…

The Maritime ExecutiveMAN marks first conversion of boxship to LNG

art2September 21, 2017 — (HAMBURG, Germany) — At a recent event at the Hamburg offices of MAN Diesel & Turbo, Dr. Uwe Lauber, company CEO, presented Gerd Wessels, managing owner of Wessels Reederei, with a takeover certificate marking the formal conclusion of the Wes Amelie liquefied natural gas (LNG) conversion project. Continue Reading…

professional-mariner-logoCMA CGM agrees digital transformation partnership with Infosys

art3September 19, 2017 — Container shipping giant CMA CGM has signed a strategic partnership with technology consulting firm Infosys, with the goal of transforming CMA CGM’s IT applications and processes over a seven-year period.
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DigitalShipEuropean Shipowners Discuss Emissions Reductions

art4September 21, 2017 — “In our seminar this week, we discussed with our stakeholders and European decision-makers different measures that enable to minimise the environmental impact of the shipping sector. In one analysis, the measures were divided in categories including the Technical and operational measures, Alternative fuels and Logistics related to the speed management of a vessel”, explained Tor Christian Sletner, the Chairman of European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA)’s Air Emissions Working Group and Director, Head of Environment of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. Continue Reading…

MarineLinkRolls-Royce and Inmarsat in LOI on energy management system

art5September 21, 2017 — Satellite communications provider Inmarsat and Rolls-Royce have signed a Letter of Intent to make the Rolls-Royce Energy Management system optionally available via Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress high speed broadband service, to reduce energy consumption and support environmental compliance. Continue Reading…



wartsilaWärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2012, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion with approximately 18,900 employees. The company has operations in nearly 170 locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX, Helsinki, Finland.


Last Call for Award Nominations!

art9There’s still time to submit your application for the 2017 SHIPPINGInsight Award, which will be presented Tuesday October 10. Online nomination forms at


Autonomous Ships Before Autonomous Cars?

art1September 12, 2017 — Given the media focus on autonomous cars, it might be expected that self-driving vehicles will be in use before autonomous ships. The reality is quite the reverse, according to a report on the future of autonomous maritime systems produced by Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton. Continue Reading…

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USCG Releases Draft Cyber Guide for Maritime Facilities

art2September 13, 2017 — Cyber risk has hit a critical peak within the maritime industry, and the significant impact of the Petya ransomware attack on scores of maritime entities only amplifies it. The attack effectively shut down major ocean carriers, including shipping conglomerate Maersk, and impacted marine terminal operations across the globe. Every maritime company, no matter the size or business function, is a potential target. Continue Reading…


Koch brings first cargo of ultra-low sulfur diesel into Mexico

art3September 15, 2017 — In what will be the first waterborne delivery of motor vehicle fuel to Mexico by a private party since the Mexican petroleum industry was nationalized in 1938, Koch Supply & Trading Mexico (Koch Mexico), is importing its first cargo of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) into Mexico through the Port of Veracruz. Continue Reading…


Ocean Guardian: Simplifying Environmental Compliance

art4September 18, 2017 — Environmental compliance challenges are nothing new to the cruise industry. Initiatives to enhance environmental compliance, from clean technologies to improved processes and procedures, have significantly reduced the impact cruise vessels have on the environment and improved the quality of discharge. These onboard initiatives address what is in the vessel’s control, but cannot simplify the increasingly complex regulatory environment in which cruise lines operate. Continue Reading…


Marcura Group acquires software and data companies

art5September 19, 2017 — The Dubai-based Marcura Group has announced the acquisition of the UK-based companies G-Ports (UK) Ltd and Falmor Ltd, with the aim of expanding its digital services for chartering customers. Continue Reading…


Transas CEO Frank Coles wins Golden Bridge Award

SYSPRO Golden Bridge Award 2017September 11, 2017 — (SAN FRANCISCO) — Transas Chief Executive Frank Coles has won “gold” in the Most Influential People of the Year category of the 2017 Golden Bridge Business and Innovations Awards. The award acknowledges his ability to communicate his vision for the maritime industry in the digital age.
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Autonomous Shipping: Don’t Miss the Boat

art7August 30, 2017 — The Norwegian company Yara is currently building a full-electrical containership fitted with an autonomous control system: the Yara Birkeland. During a recent visit to a major maritime conference, imagine my surprise when most attendees – some 200 executives from the maritime sector – discussed autonomous shipping in terms of its risks. The room seemed full of objections and doubts. What if the computer malfunctions? Somewhat understandable in view of the pressure put on the sector by strong international competition and slim margins. Continue Reading…

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KVH Introduces breakthrough solution for maritime training

art8September 15, 2017 — To help maritime operators ensure that crew are training and performing at their peak, KVH Industries has introduced Videotel Performance Manager, a breakthrough solution for maritime training. Continue Reading…



MacGregor LogoMacGregor shapes the offshore and marine industries by offering world-leading engineering solutions and services with a strong portfolio of MacGregor, Hatlapa, Porsgrunn, Pusnes and Triplex brands. Shipbuilders, owners and operators are able to optimise the lifetime profitability, safety, reliability and environmental sustainability of their operations by working in close cooperation with MacGregor. MacGregor solutions and services for handling marine cargoes, vessel operations, offshore loads, crude/LNG transfer and offshore mooring are all designed to perform with the sea. Once our system is in service, we provide lifetime support in the form of maintenance and service solutions that take care of the full lifetime of your equipment.

Deadline for SHIPPINGInsight Award Nominations Extended

Entries Must Be Received by Sept. 25

NORFOLK, Va. – Sept. 15, 2017 – The deadline for SHIPPINGInsight Award nominations has been extended to Sept. 25, to give companies extra time to submit entries.

The SHIPPINGInsight Award is given annually to a shipping company and its technology partners for the successful implementation of an innovative technology or initiative that advances the state of the art in ship and fleet optimization. The award will be presented at a luncheon on the opening day of the sixth SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 10, in Stamford, Connecticut at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. The winners will receive a binnacled captain’s clock in a polished wooden case with an engraved plaque.

Nominations should be in the form of a case study describing the project and results. A panel of independent judges will review nominations and select the winner. Entry forms are available for download here.

Recipients of the 2016 SHIPPINGInsight Award were Eagle Bulk Shipping and its technology partners Veson Nautical and Accuritas Global Solutions for a performance profile modeling project that provided an optimal way to determine the speeds and consumptions guaranteed in the company’s time charter parties. A certificate of merit was given to Neda Maritime Agency for becoming the world’s first shipowner to be awarded carbon credits through an initiative of its partner, AkzoNobel.

About SHIPPINGInsight

Now in its sixth year, SHIPPINGInsight is the premier North American technology conference and trade show for the international commercial maritime industry. It brings together shipowners, ship managers and technology companies to discuss solutions to improve ship and fleet efficiency. The event is co-produced by Soccoli Associates LLC, a maritime consultancy; Rhodes Communications, Inc., an international communications firm specializing in the maritime industry; and Morgan Events LLC, a conference and event planning firm.

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Last Call for SHIPPINGInsight 2017 Early-Bird Registration

$200 Discount Expires Friday, Sept. 15

NORFOLK, Va. – Sept. 13, 2017 – The Early-Bird $200 discount for registration to the sixth annual SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition will expire at midnight, Friday, Sept. 15. The deadline will not be extended.

The annual maritime technology symposium is now just a month away. It takes place Oct. 10-12 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Connecticut. The event brings together executives from shipping companies, technology partners and industry experts to address technical solutions to reduce operating costs, meet regulatory requirements, and optimize ship and fleet operations.

“Excitement is building as the opening date for SHIPPINGInsight 2017 draws nearer,” said conference co-director Jim Rhodes. “We have a tremendous lineup of keynote speakers, panels, roundtables, educational seminars, exhibitors and – most important – more than 19 hours of scheduled networking events.”

You can register and book hotel rooms at the special conference rate using the convenient online portal here.

Highlights for SHIPPINGInsight 2017:

•    Two and a half-day conference and exhibition
•    250+ delegates from more than 10 countries
•    30+ shipping company executives participating
•    50+ expert industry speakers
•    10 keynote and guest speakers
•    Five panel sessions
•    Six roundtables
•    50 exhibit booths
•    Two pre-conference sponsored educational seminars
•    Lunch-and-Learn discussions
•    More than 19 hours of scheduled networking events

The exhibition hall is nearly sold out, but there are a few booth spaces still available. Contact Frank Soccoli at +1.434.295.6642, or, for pricing and availability.

About SHIPPINGInsight
Now in its sixth year, SHIPPINGInsight is the premier North American technology conference and trade show for the international commercial maritime industry. It brings together shipowners, ship managers and technology companies to discuss solutions to improve ship and fleet efficiency. The event is co-produced by Soccoli Associates LLC, a maritime consultancy; Rhodes Communications, Inc., an international communications firm specializing in the maritime industry; and Morgan Events LLC, a conference and event planning firm.



The Early Bird discount for SHIPPINGInsight 2017 registration expires at midnight Friday, Sept. 15.  Don’t wait. The deadline will not be extended. Register now and save $200.

registerGlobal eNav – Great Benefits Awaiting a Resilient System

art1September 6, 2017 — The next great leaps for international maritime productivity are poised to be the introduction of autonomous/remotely operated vessels, and the multitude of maritime and supply chain efficiencies brought about by the promised but long-delayed implementation of IMO’s eNavigation concept. Continue Reading…

The Maritime ExecutiveUSCG issues guidance on compliance with IMO BWM Convention

art2September 8, 2017 — The IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention entered force today and the U.S. Coast Guard yesterday released a policy letter (17-05) entitled “Guidelines for Voluntary Compliance with the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.” Continue Reading…

MarineLogFuel efficiency system completes TOTAL proof of concept

art3September 5, 2017 — France-based company Opsealog has announced the completion of Proof of Concept (POC) testing of its maritime fuel efficiency analytics platform in partnership with TOTAL E&P Angola, reporting an 11.5 per cent reduction in fuel consumed over a 6-month period across the fleet of 15 vessels included in the trial. Continue Reading…

DigitalShipGlobal LNG Bunkering Market to Reach USD 8.19bln by 2023

art4September 7, 2017 — Global LNG Bunkering market is expected to grow from $248.64 million in 2016 to reach $8187.35 million by 2023 with a CAGR of 64.7%. Continue Reading…

MarineLinkFirst Marine Type Approval for Cyber Enabled Components

art5September 11, 2017 — As the marine industry moves towards the incorporation of digital, connected solutions onboard ships, Lloyd’s Register (LR) released Type Approval Requirements for components within Cyber Enabled Systems on board Ships. According to LR, introduction of this type approval procedure is important, as it defines a critical point in the evolution of smart technology implementation within the marine and offshore industry – delivering an assurance system that provides confidence in the market for the supply of cyber enabled components. Continue Reading…

Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 3.21.25 PMKVH launches cloud-based Videotel Performance Manager for maritime training

art6September 11, 2017 — (MIDDLETOWN, R.I. and LONDON) — To help maritime operators ensure that crew are training and performing at their peak, KVH Industries Inc. has introduced Videotel Performance Manager. Videotel Performance Manager combines the extensive range of training content from Videotel with the power of Web-based data analytics. Continue Reading…



LR_BlueRGB_PositiveboxSLloyd’s Register – (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with over 9,000 employees based in 78 countries. We have a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Our compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through our global technology centres and research network, we are at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof our clients’ businesses. Our solutions provide clients with the assurance that assets and components are running to their optimal performance. Drawing on our in-depth understanding of risk management and asset performance in various industries, we support clients in their efforts to identify and manage risk up front within a complex operational environment.