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Fleet Optimization and Innovation Headlines of the Week May 22, 2019

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right – Henry Ford . . .  Headlines of the Week- May 22, 2019          View this email in your browser

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The Little Engine that Could

Well, last week’s MEPC meeting is behind us and we can once again focus on the business of shipping instead of getting distracted by the positioning of interest groups and their various tactics (how did an “environmental” group get mobilized around slow steaming???  Did they really understand that what they were lobbying for would actually INCREASE emissions???).

As we head into the summer, I’m reminded of the children’s book about the little engine that had to climb a tall, formidable, mountain.  He chugged and chugged (I wonder what those coal emissions looked like??) gaining ground steadily reciting the mantra:  “I think I can, I think I can”.  As he labored over the top and was whizzing down the other side, he jubilantly shouted “I thought I could! I thought I could!”

Shipping needs confidence in its ability to meet IMO 2020 regulations coming up, and GHG reductions which follow close behind.  We need to understand that not only is this the right thing to do for the environment, but it is the right thing to do for our industry.  With the court of public opinion in session, we cannot afford to have the public attempt to tell us HOW to run our business—we need to demonstrate daily that we can do it responsibly, professionally, transparently and expertly!

I have every confidence that the world’s second oldest industry can reach the top, and shout “I thought I could! I thought I could!!”

Keep optimizing,


     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
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News of the Week
May 22, 2019 
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Shipping to Halve Carbon Footprint by 2050

2019-05-17 – The world’s principal shipping organisation, representing around 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)  remains confident that shipping will improve its carbon efficiency by at least 40% by 2030 compared to 2008, in line with the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. . . READ MORE


Norway and IMO Launch GHG Reductions Project

2019-05-14 – An international project has been launched to support the IMO’s initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.  GreenVoyage-2050 is a collaboration between IMO and the Government of Norway to demonstrate and test technical solutions for reducing GHG emissions in shipping, and it will run for an initial two-year period. . . READ MORE

Anglo American offsets carbon emissions on iron ore shipment

2019-05-17 – Global mining company Anglo American has teamed up with RightShip and South Pole to offset the carbon emissions for a shipment of iron ore from South Africa to Europe on a baby cape vessel.  Anglo American, who has set a goal for a 30% reduction in net GHG emissions by 2030, was offered to offset the emissions by the shipowner as part of the charter party agreement. . . READ MORE

Workforce Diversity

Kaptanoglu and Chao become first women to head BIMCO

2019-05-15 – One of the world’s most influential shipping organisations finally has a women in charge. Şadan Kaptanoğlu, managing director of Istanbul-based HI Kaptanoglu Shipping, was elected president of BIMCO, the world’s largest shipping association, at its general meeting in Athens yesterday. Moreover, Sabrina Chao from Hong Kong shipping line Wah Kwong was voted to become president-designate of the 114-year-old association whose members account for approximately two-thirds of the world’s merchant tonnage. . . READ MORE


Survey: Internet Use Widespread and Not Affecting Performance

2019-05-15 – A new survey from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) reveals that not only is internet access for seafarers for personal use on board ships more widespread and available than previously imagined but also that the positive benefits associated with this access outweigh the feared safety concerns around the technology. . . READ MORE


CSA 2020 replies to NGOs’ letter on scrubbers

2019-05-16 – Ian Adams, Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 Executive Director published a statement, answering to the NGOs and the environmental groups that called the IMO to re-evaluate scrubbers as alternative tool for 2020 fuel standards. . . READ MORE


Is disruption finally underway in the freight brokerage industry?

2019-05-08 – On April 25, Amazon announced that it was making an investment of $800 million to reduce delivery times, from two days to one, for members of Amazon Prime. The next day FreightWaves was the first to report that, without any fanfare, Amazon had also launched a digital freight brokerage website at Before that, on February 5, Convoy, a Seattle-based startup that operates a digital freight marketplace, announced that it can now automatically match 100 percent of loads to carriers, without human intervention. . . READ MORE

Cyber Security

Singapore’s Port Authority Opens New Cybersecurity Center

2019-05-16 – The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has opened a new cybersecurity operations center, which will be housed and operated by private contractor ST Engineering.  The objective of the new center is to strengthen Singapore’s cybersecurity readiness through early detection, monitoring, analysis and response. . . READ MORE


What can maritime learn from the Boeing 737 Max disaster?

2019-05-17 – Wallem Group CEO Frank Coles compared the Boeing 737 Max disasters to maritime last month at the Maritime CEO Forum, a theme he came back to when speaking at the Nautical Institute’s Singapore conference this week. Writing exclusively for Splash today, Coles expands on the topic, maintaining the current maritime industry model is not designed to provide the technology oversight required for the next level of technological solutions. . . READ MORE

New Technology

Maritime Startups Accelerate With New Support And Funding

2019-05-16 – PSA unboXed, the Singapore-based venture capital arm of PSA International, and Israeli-based theDOCK Innovation Hub have entered into an agreement to jumpstart innovative technologies that will benefit the port, maritime and supply chain sector. . . READ MORE

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