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Fleet Optimization and Innovation Headlines of the Week April 24, 2019

Protection against complacency. . .  Headlines of the Week- April 24, 2019          View this email in your browser

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It All Began 50 Years Ago. . . 

“HAL 9000 is the on -board supercomputer of the spaceship Discovery in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick and the book of the same name by Arthur C. Clarke . Its name is the acronym for Heuristic ALgorithmic “(” algorithmic heuristic “). HAL 9000 is equipped with an advanced artificial intelligence that allows it to reproduce all the activities of the human mind and to govern the “Discovery 1” spaceship; to lead it during the space mission, dialoguing with the astronauts (he would be able to govern the ship even without a human crew) and keeping under his control every single aspect of the mission, from the smallest to the most important.”- Wikipedia

50 years ago, the notion of a computer taking command was considered “science fiction”.  But, much like Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, yesterday’s fiction is today’s reality.

Our world is experiencing change at an accelerated pace which is going to impact the way we do business forever.  We are on a trajectory that carries with it both opportunity and responsibility.  The opportunities will enable us to run ships and offices more efficiently and effectively, resulting in lowered impacts on the environment and savings of time and money.

The responsibility comes with the need to provide safety and security.  Currently, the IMO is exploring the regulatory framework for ensuring this happens; it needs the intentionality of the industry to develop technology and protocols that provide and protect.

And we cannot make the mistake of becoming complacent with these systems—remember the lesson of hubris HAL taught us:

HAL:  “The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error.”

Keep optimizing,


     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
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News of the Week
April 24, 2019 
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ZIM Joins Maersk’s Blockchain Shipping Platform TradeLens

2019-04-17 – Israeli shipping company ZIM Integrated Shipping Services has signed on as a member of Maersk and IBM’s blockchain-enabled TradeLens platform.  Launched in 2018, TradeLens uses blockchain technology to drive transparency throughout the shipping process by digitizing documentation and making it available in real-time to all trading partners – from carriers to freight forwarders, customs officials, port authorities and more. . . READ MORE


U.S. Coast Guard Deploys Drones to Inspect Aids to Navigation

2019-04-17 – In a first, U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Providence, Rhode Island, is using a drone to inspect the construction of new fixed Aids to Navigation (ATON) structures.  Lt. Kieron D. McCarthy conducted the inspections by piloting the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from a small boat assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bollard. . . READ MORE

Watch: MOL to Install Augmented Reality Navigation on VLCCs

2019-04-22 – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) will install a navigation system using augmented reality (AR) on 21 very large crude carriers (VLCCs).  The technology was jointly developed by Furuno Electric and MOL Techno-Trade, and it displays information on other vessels sailing on a vessel’s planned route and surrounding sea areas as well as other ocean conditions, such as shallow waters. . . READ MORE

The Top Ten Capabilities That Marine Autonomy Adds to Vessels

2019-04-22 – Marine autonomy is no longer a prediction for the future. The technology exists today for installation aboard commercial surface vessels. Autonomous marine technologies, such as those offered by industry leader Sea Machines, are already in use in North America and Europe, and are proven to increase the productivity, predictability, performance and safety of operations. . . READ MORE

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