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Contestants Now Being Accepted for 2019 SHIPPINGInsight SHARK TANK

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 8, 2019 – Contestants for SHIPPINGInsight’s 2019 SHARK TANK are now being accepted for start-ups and new technologies and services to compete for the SHIPPINGInsight Innovation Award, to be presented at an Awards luncheon on the second day of the eighth SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization and Innovation Conference and Exhibition being held Oct. 15-17th, in Stamford, Connecticut.

Contestants (“chum”) in the SHARK TANK will face a battery of shipowners and investors who will examine their thesis, evaluate their value proposition, and decide whether to “invest” in their concepts.  The winner of the SHARK TANK will be the recipient of SHIPPINGInsight’s Innovation Award.  There will be a total of 7 participants selected from the pool of entries.  Interested participants should submit their pitch in the form of a PowerPoint (in pdf format for security) complete with project outline, prospective market, financial parameters and short-medium-long term goals. Submissions should be sent to

“SHIPPINGInsight’s SHARK TANK was the hit of last year’s conference, and successful for the innovators—6 out of the 7 were picked up by companies” said Carleen Lyden Walker, SHIPPINGInsight Chief Evolution Officer. “It’s an opportunity to hear from the innovators who are changing the face of the shipping industry with creative new technologies.”

This year, SHIPPINGInsight will also feature a New Tech Corridor for start-ups and new technologies to showcase their concepts.  For more information, contact Dave Weidner.

Recipients of the 2018 SHIPPINGInsight Award went to CMA CGM and Shone for their artificial intelligence bridge program; 2017 SHIPPINGInsight Award winners were ShipNet and Maersk Tankers for their collaborative development of an intuitive, tablet-based user interface, connecting seafarers with the ship’s computer.

SHARK TANK submissions must be received no later than August 30, 2019.  Contestants who are accepted into the SHARK TANK will be notified by September 6th.

The 2019 SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition will take place at the Stamford Hilton Executive Conference Center. Themed “2020:  A Shipping Odyssey”, this year’s event will cover topical issues as we face the next decade of change and disruption. top-level content providers and a combination of plenary and breakout sessions to foster more involvement, open discussion and interaction between shipping companies and solution providers. For information and to register online, visit

About SHIPPINGInsight
Originally established in 2012, SHIPPINGInsight has grown steadily each year. Focusing on fleet optimization and innovation, the event provides a forum for shipowners and solution providers to exchange ideas and discuss challenges in facing the transformation of the industry.  More than 250 delegates from 17 countries attended the 2018 event, including 45 shipping company executives. For more information, please visit

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