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
Lessons learned from building an MVP
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.
Four SaaS products that will improve your fleet performance
Behind operating a safe ship, and protecting the environment, improving the performance of your fleet should be one of the top strategic goals for any liner operator. But working out how to improve performance can often involve projects which are expensive to run and have no guarantee of results. The good news is there are now hundreds of SaaS businesses popping up with clever ideas that serve the shipping and maritime industry. Read more
How to attract tech talent to the shipping industry
Shipping is quietly going through a digital revolution. At CargoMate we are right at the centre of it. As with any revolution though, it’s fuelled by people, and tech talent is hard to find. The digital revolution is happening throughout every industry, and the competition to hire the best is hotter than ever. How can the shipping industry compete with the likes of Google and Facebook to attract the brightest tech talent? Read more
Automation is the future of maritime
Automation is the hot topic across the maritime industry right now, and it’s a polarising one; with half believing it’s the future and the other half certain it can’t (and perhaps shouldn’t) be done. The simple truth is that autonomous technology is already here and advancing rapidly.
There are different levels of automation, most of which still involve significant human involvement. Totally autonomous “AI-driven” ghost ships are a long way off, but in the short and medium term, there is a huge opportunity to systemize and automate dangerous or repetitive tasks on-board ships and generate efficiencies that have not been possible until now. Read more