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Fleet Optimization and Innovation Headlines of the Week November 8, 2018

Connect to the Global Network. . . Headlines the Week- November 8, 2018          View this email in your browser

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Connecting to the Connectors

We all know that shipping connects the globe.  From goods, to people, to energy, shipping is truly the engine of global trade.

But we can’t afford to be complacent.  We need to make sure that we are even more efficient as part of the logistics chain.  Charterers are examining every aspect of this area for both environmental impacts and for efficiency- both time and money.  If we aren’t performing to the highest levels, someone—perhaps an Amazon or an Alibaba—will.

We often describe our industry as being fragmented.  This isn’t efficient.  How about this for an idea:  connecting our maritime transportation network to gain greater success?

In the future, the best companies won’t act like single organizations, unconnected from one another. Instead, they’ll work as interconnected, agile business networks that operate far more efficiently and responsively than companies today. These networked companies will be the new leaders in the global economy. And they’ll do it all on the strength of their information systems.

For the past thirty-five years, enterprise software applications focused on basically one thing: automating processes within a single enterprise.  They weren’t designed to work across constellations of companies operating together as global trading communities.

Then, the cloud changed everything. The superior economics of cloud computing were already abundantly clear. But when it came to supply chain, cloud went a step further by creating entirely new methods to share information between organizations that simply were not possible with traditional “license and install” software. The economic reality is that the supply chain is not a chain—it’s a network. And business networks must be flexible and global. Cloud gives companies the power to automate processes and share data across multiple enterprises in real-time, allowing them to take their operations to the next level.

So maybe the outcome of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is greater success for the first global industry!

Keep optimizing,


     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
+1 203 255 4686 (o)
+1 203 260 0480 (m)
News of the Week
November 8, 2018 
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Alternative Energy

DSIC and China Merchants test landmark sail propulsion system on VLCC

2018-10-30 – Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (DSIC) and China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) have completed a test run of a sail propulsion system on CMES’s newbuild VLCC New Vitality. . . READ MORE


Rio Tinto: Autonomous Ships “Not Far Off”

2018-10-29 – Mining companies must forge new ties with partners from customers to governments as they pursue innovation and compete for talent with technology giants, Rio Tinto’s chief executive said in a speech to be delivered on Tuesday. . . READ MORE


UPDATE 1-U.S. seeks ‘pragmatic’ approach to new marine fuel standards

2018-10-25 – The United States is looking for a “pragmatic” approach to the implementation of new marine fuel emission rules that go into effect in 2020, a U.S. Coast Guard official said on Thursday. . . READ MORE

IMO focuses on technologies to reduce GHG from ships

2018-11-02 – Experts from the five Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) in the GMN network met for their second annual meeting, on 22-26 October, in London, UK, to promote ship energy-efficiency measures and technology transfer. . . READ MORE

Fuel Cells

Important next step taken in the development of hydrogen fuel cells for ships

2018-11-06 – Swiss manufacturer ABB and Norwegian research outfit SINTEF Ocean have provided an update on groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion. . . READ MORE


Blockchain in the Marine Bunker Market

2018-11-05 – What is Blockchain?  What are Blockchain Bunkers?  Why Blockchain Bunkers?  All good questions around the astonishing new technology transforming how business will be done across the marine industry. . . READ MORE

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