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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…

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“Actions not Words”

Kitack Lim opened the MEPC meeting in London with a call for “actions not words”.  This refrain is being echoed throughout the world as society demands the shipping industry work to reduce its contribution to climate change by reducing first…

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The Wizard of Oz?

Some of you may remember the command in The Wizard of Oz about ignoring the “man behind the curtain”.  By pulling back the curtain, Dorothy revealed that the “Wizard” wasn’t magical at all—in fact he was a charlatan. I feel…

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Looking Ahead with SeaAhead

It was my distinct honor yesterday to attend a Maritime Innovation Summit hosted in Boston by SHIPPINGInsight Partner, SeaAhead.  This was a gathering in an area they term the “Innovation Cluster” and, judging from the range of technologies and innovations…

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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…

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Shipping on the Radar

Our industry has sailed “under the radar” for most of its recent existence.  While romantic notions of old are gone, where the entire town would come to the waterfront to greet the latest ship bringing exotic goods, shipping has operated…

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Why SHIPPINGInsight 2019?

At the end of last’s year’s event, over 60% of the delegates responded to a survey about SHIPPINGInsight 2018.  Here is what they said: Usefulness- 97% Value- 96% Quality of exhibitors- 87% Networking experience- 95% Roundtable discussions-98% Better than other…

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Making Waves

It is my honor to sit on the Board of a naval architecture company, which is primarily, but not exclusively, engaged in military projects. During the course of dinner, we raised a number of topics:  autonomous versus unmanned vessels (a…

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