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Nick Chubb MNI is Head of Growth at Intelligent Cargo Systems. He started his career as a deck officer in the Merchant Navy and has been working in technology sales and marketing in London since he came ashore. Before joining CargoMate Nick led the development of Learn@Sea, a digital education platform for seafarers with over 10,000 members and founded Antares Insight, a strategy consultancy which helps clients in the maritime sector understand and implement emerging technology.

Guide to port call optimisation

Guide to port call optimisation

Port call optimisation is a concept that is rapidly gaining ground across the maritime ecosystem. There are a growing number of projects, companies and technologies in the space, but finding the right information or solution can be difficult. To help, we have developed a brief guide to port call optimisation, explaining what it is, how it works, who is doing it, and where to get more information.

What is port call optimisation?

By continuously working to improve the efficiency of vessel port stays, it is possible to improve safety, reduce costs, and reduce emissions. In the majority of port calls conducted around the world, significant waiting times for vessels mean that fuel is needlessly burned to compensate. Port call optimisation is the process by which new business models, technologies, and operational techniques are developed and implemented to reduce those vessel waiting times to zero.

What’s in the guide?

  • A brief guide to what port call optimisation is, and how it is created real world efficiencies for terminals and carriers.
  • A breakdown of how port call optimisation works, and how data harmonisation and digitalisation help break down the operational silos that lead to inefficiency.
  • Notable case studies and real-world examples including how Maersk apply the principles of formula 1 to their port calls, and how the Port of Rotterdam reduced port waiting time by 20%.
  • An index of the most promising port call optimisation projects around the world with details of how to find out more and get involved.

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The seafarer mental health crisis runs deeper than training

The seafarer mental health crisis runs deeper than training

Seafarer mental health is a hot topic right now, and rightly so. When you consider the many dangers that come with working on a ship, it is incredible to think that suicuide is the leading cause of death at sea. Statistically you are just as likely to develop a mental health problem ashore as you are at sea (around 25% of us in any year), but the suicide rate at sea is nearly four times higher than ashore. It is clear from those statistics that what’s lacking is intervention rather than prevention.

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What technology is the next generation of seafarers expecting?

What technology is the next generation of seafarers expecting?

The future of seafarers?

Millennials are everywhere, we are now the largest generational cohort in the workforce and maritime is no exception. We have infiltrated shipping companies around the world with our skinny jeans and snowflake attitudes, both at sea and ashore.  But just as those of us in the “me me me” generation are considering moving out of our parents’ homes, there is a new kid on the block.

Those born in the late nineties and early noughties, known as Generation Z,  are now entering the workforce in droves. This new generation has no memory of a time when the United States was not at war with terrorism, they saw their parents go through the 2008 financial crisis, and they don’t remember the days when you had to make a choice between being on the phone or being on the internet. To celebrate the arrival of our young colleagues into our industry I’m taking a break from hand-roasting coffee and shaping my beard to ask what technology will this new generation of seafarers expect?

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Why data projects fail in maritime

Why data projects fail in maritime

Data has been hailed as the technological saviour of maritime, with the potential to solve just about every problem shipping faces. The current reality however, is that a lot of data analytics projects fail, sometimes spectacularly, a problem that appears to be particularly prevalent in maritime. Here are three reasons why your upcoming data analytics project might fail, and what to do about them.

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Intelligent Cargo Systems to join Rainmaking’s maritime transport programme

Intelligent Cargo Systems to join Rainmaking’s maritime transport programme

UK maritime technology startup has been selected as a finalist in Rainmaking’s Trade and Transport Impact program.

London, UK: Intelligent Cargo Systems, the team behind the CargoMate port call optimisation system, has been selected as a finalist in the upcoming Rainmaking accelerator programme focussed on trade and transport. The programme, which is backed by Inmarsat, Wartsila, and Cargotec is designed to help startups collaborate with industry-leading firms piloting new and innovative digital technologies.

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Intelligent Cargo Systems launch free port call efficiency tool

Intelligent Cargo Systems launch free port call efficiency tool

The self-assessment tool allows container ship operators to quickly gain an understanding of how port idle time is affecting their bunker consumption

London, UK: Maritime technology startup Intelligent Cargo Systems has today launched a free self-assessment tool for container ship operators. With just a few simple questions, the Port Call Calculator helps container ship fleet management teams to better understand how much port idle time is affecting their bunker consumption. The tool calculates a port call efficiency rating, with those scoring below 80% likely to be able to make significant bunker savings through process improvement and better use of technology.

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