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Come into the Shark Tank – if you dare!!

What is the Shark Tank?

Shark Tank is an American business reality television series on ABC that premiered on August 9, 2009. The show is the American franchise of the international format Dragons’ Den, which originated in Japan as the Tigers of Money show in 2001. It shows entrepreneurs making business presentations to a panel of five investors or “sharks,” who decide whether to invest in their company. (Wikipedia)

How does it work?

At SHIPPINGInsight, a panel of judges (NYMIC, SeaAhead, Washington Maritime Blue and The Maritime Alliance) selects 7 contestants (“chum”, as in fish bait) to pitch their ideas to a panel of shipowners and investors for funding. The winner of the Shark Tank will be the recipient of the 2019 SHIPPINGInsight Innovation Award.

Who are the Sharks?

SharkJack Noonan, President, Binnacle Maritime LLC
Shark: James Thomas, Managing Partner, Thomas Maritime
Shark: Antonios Backos, Director and Advisor, Bluewater Acquisition Corp
Shark: Kevin Humphreys, General Manager – Merchant & Gas Carrier Segment Sales, Wärtsilä
Shark: Rich Pruitt, Vice President Environmental Operations, Carnival Cruise Lines
Shark: Marina Hadjipateras, Co-Founder & General Partner, Trail Mix Ventures

Who are the chum?

That remains to be seen. 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 “chum”—6 out of the 7 were picked up by companies. It’s an opportunity to hear from the innovators who are changing the face of the shipping industry with creative new technologies.

Join us at SHIPPINGInsight for SHARK TANK!!

Keep optimizing,

     Carleen Lyden Walker
     Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
+1 203 255 4686 (o)
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News of the Week
August 21, 2019 
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SHIPPINGInsight Updates

 Gold Partner – Viswa

We are pleased to be welcoming The Viswa Group
as a Gold Partner

They will be joining us as we provide cutting edge
and topical insights for the marine industry.

 Silver Partner – NAVTOR

We are pleased to be welcoming NAVTOR
as a Silver Partner

They will be joining us as we provide cutting edge
and topical insights for the marine industry.


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SHIPPINGInsight 2019

October 15-17, 2019

The 8th Annual Fleet Optimization & Innovation
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Stamford Hilton
Stamford, Connecticut, USA

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