Many ports are getting smarter, but ships are not yet fully-integrated into most smart port collaboration platforms. Matt Kenney takes a look at why, and asks what shipping can do to bridge the divide.
Earlier this year I attended a port innovation symposium where an international group of port and technology thought leaders discussed current and future trends in digital port operations.
I listened to speakers describe port collaboration systems, port community systems, terminal operating systems, and the transposition of data into new, more secure formats like blockchain. All of these technologies are convening, if not yet conspiring, to deliver solutions for the lean, digitally-enabled maritime supply chain of tomorrow. Although opinions differed on methods and timescales, the speakers did agree on the notion that we are amidst a tectonic shift in port value chains. Enabled by Industry 4.0, this shift will bring new efficiencies to the quayside, hailing a fundamental change in attitude towards intermodal port supply chain partners.
However, as the discussions began to conclude, I sensed something was amiss. Indeed, I felt there was an elephant in the room: a top-level, international collective of thought leaders from the cutting edge of port technology and innovation, had astonishingly, failed to mention one word: ‘Ship’!
It’s a fascinating concept isn’t it? The idea of a database that can not be changed, can never be corrupted (morally or otherwise), is completely secure and yet available for public consumption at any time. Every single transaction, be it monetary or otherwise, is verified by multiple nodes around the world, and only once that transaction is verified is it considered legitimate and its details permanently added to the record.
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.
Building our New React Native App – Tools and Lessons Learned
We started building our first Android-only React Native app about eighteen months ago. Since then, we’ve taken feedback from our users and customers and added features as we went along. A complete redesign was long overdue, both in terms of the UI, UX and the development tools we use. It’s a great feeling to redesign a product and the opportunity doesn’t come around too often. This article details the tools we’ve found useful in the redesign process along with some of the lessons we’ve learned.
It’s been said that dissatisfied people change the world. Whilst this is true to a degree, plenty of dissatisfied people go through their lives without changing anything. It is the ability to identify a problem and then actively seek out an elegant solution that is the real driving force required to facilitate positive change. Since we started on our journey to build the CargoMate platform we have relentlessly pursued the goal of changing the shipping industry for the better. As 2018 progressed we realised that if we want to fulfil our ambition of changing an entire industry, we had to first change ourselves. For the last three months, we have been creating a new brand identity that reflects our ultimate goal and we are delighted to announce that from today we will be known as Intelligent Cargo Systems.
With the shipping industry now fully recognising that a digital revolution has been steadily snowballing behind it’s back, carriers are facing the crucial decision whether to build or buy their next generation digital solutions. Surprisingly, a significant minority are opting to go it alone and build in-house – choosing to trailblaze through the undergrowth, rather than tread the paths laid out by the digital revolutionaries. But are their use cases so unique, that self-building is the only way to tackle the emerging industrial landscape of the future, and is the amount of time, energy, and budget worth the potential competitive upside? Read more
While we are committed to building technology that makes shipping more efficient and sustainable, we are also committed to building a company and community that people love being a part of. To that end, we have decided to publish our company values to the world so that potential clients, partners, and employees know more about who we are, what we are about, and how we operate. Read more
We need to take action today to meet the 2050 emission targets
Now that the dust has settled on the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee’s latest commitment it’s time to look at the industry needs to do and why now is the right time to start working towards the ambitious goals they set. In case you missed it, in April the MEPC made the historic decision to reduce global CO2 emissions to shipping by 50% of 2008 levels by 2050, whilst at the same time developing a strategy to phase out carbon based fuels altogether. Read more
We needed to quickly build a prototype of a mobile app and a website, get them in front of our users and get feedback. Sound familiar? Yep, it’s MVP time.
CargoMate is a port call optimisation platform that enables container ship owners to have real-time visibility of their fleet in port. Using machine learning, we predict when a ship is ready to depart and we let voyage planners know when their ship is ready to leave. The app we built is used by crew onboard containerships to help them track cargo operations in port. Here are a couple of lessons we learned during our first year of building.