• 2018 April 24 17:30

    Future perspectives for maritime industry to be studied at Maritime Future Summit (MFS) during SMM

    At the Maritime Future Summit (MFS) during SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, experts will study future perspectives for the industry.

    From digitalisation and big data through to Artificial Intelligence (AI), new technologies have the potential to revolutionise global shipping. “Mind the gap – bridging disruptive technologies” is the appropriate theme for the Maritime Future Summit (MFS), which will take place on 3 September. SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, will open its doors the following day. At the MFS, two high-profile expert panels will discuss how digitalisation and other megatrends can be leveraged to make the shipping business more transparent and efficient, and how to best prepare the sector for the future.

    There is no question that network integration of ships and ports harbours huge opportunities for the shipping industry. Speaking from the perspective of a liner company, Hubert Hoffmann, CIO and CDO of MSC Germany, will address this topic in his opening speech titled “New thinking in shipping”. The IT specialist’s proposition boils down to this: If you want to be a leader tomorrow, you must begin by challenging your company’s established internal and external processes today. 

    Ulf Sive from the Swedish Maritime Administration’s Sea Traffic Management Validation Project will speak about the role the maritime industry could play in the logistics chain. Standardised information sharing will be a key element in this logistics network and have a significant impact on trade flows and business models.

    Numerous research institutes and companies are currently conducting intense research into autonomous shipping. Some initial tests have been completed successfully. According to the SMM Maritime Industry Report (MIR), one third of responding decision-makers from shipping companies believe that unmanned ships can realistically be expected to be in commercial use within the next 20 years. But who will be liable if something goes wrong? In his speech Wu Sun from the Chinese Classification Society CCS will examine some technical and legal aspects.

    The Japanese National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) has conducted a comprehensive research project. Its scientific director Kohei Matsuo will present the results. The “Technology Roadmap to 2050” will provide some insights into the changes innovative technologies will bring about for both, the shipping and shipbuilding segments. Under the aegis of the Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA), the scientists studied innovative technologies in various industries and countries. 

    Christian Roeloffs, Managing Director of Container xChange, will explain how increasing network integration of all stakeholders and an ever more sophisticated supply chain management approach can improve efficiency, ultimately building competitive advantage through lower costs. The best ways for shipping companies and ports to position themselves in disruptive markets will be the subject of a lecture by Mikko Lepistö, Director of Software and Automation Operations at ABB Marine and Ports Business.

    The head of the research department of DNV GL Maritime, Pierre C. Sames, will look ahead to the year 2030: How will artificial intelligence and the use of ‘Digital Twins’ change the way classification societies work? As for manufacturing, 3-D printing technology and the evolution of Smart Factories based on process automation using robots and algorithms will cause major structural upheavals: Nick Danese, CEO of the French engineering firm NDAR, refers to this development as a “wake-up call for the shipbuilding industry”. “This topic will be supplemented by a special exhibition on 3-D printing, including live demonstrations, right here at the fair complex,” says Claus Ulrich Selbach, Business Unit Director Maritime and Technology Fairs at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH.   

    "The Maritime Future Summit is of vital interest to any stakeholder of the maritime sector who wants to remain competitive," says Krischan Förster, Editor-in-Chief of HANSA – International Maritime Journal, which is once again the media partner of the MFS. The event will be chaired by Professor Volker Bertram of World Maritime University. During the subsequent four days SMM visitors will be able to study in practice at the Hamburg Messe fair complex what the panel experts have discussed in theory, for example by following the Digital Route. Numerous technical innovations will be on display. "Trends in SMMart Shipping": The theme for this year's leading international maritime trade fair definitely taps the pulse of the industry.

    The leading international maritime trade fair takes place in Hamburg every two years. More than 2.200 exhibitors and roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the trade fair in the famous port city from 4 to 7 September 2018. 
    SMM covers the entire maritime value chain, bringing together decision-makers from around the world and highlighting innovative technology.




2019 January 17

18:13 PORT OF KIEL presents annual results 2018
17:51 Ice restrictions at the port of Primorsk come into effect on January 25
17:28 Global Ports sets up a common service call centre
17:09 EFIP welcomes and supports the European Parliament position on the Connecting Europe Facility for 2021-2027
17:05 North Sea Port monitoring the Brexit closely
16:44 ABP invests £700K to boost storage at Port of Ipswich
16:27 Global fuel market: still many uncertainties in both demand and supply
16:22 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:05 OCEAN Alliance extends duration of OCEAN Alliance to ten years
15:42 COSCO SHIPPING Ports signs agreement with PSA to add two new berths at the terminal in Boao, Hainan
15:31 Liebherr supports the 6th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:02 Ocean Yield ASA agrees to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 mln
14:02 SEACOR Marine enters agreement to acquire three additional platform supply vessels from affiliates of COSCO Shipping Group
13:49 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.2% to 9.22 billion tonnes in 2018
13:32 Jensen Maritime provides design for Shaver Transportation’s new tugboat
13:14 OOCL rolls out third phase of Ocean Alliance product refinements
12:50 Baltic Ports Organization’s schedule for 2019 is set
12:38 Port of Los Angeles breaks all-time cargo record in 2018
12:26 Qatar accedes to load lines convention
12:01 Sunseeker International and Rolls-Royce to present first production yacht with MTU hybrid power in 2020
11:51 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:38 Port of Zeebrugge handled 40.1 million tonnes in 2018
11:25 Nor-Shipping reveals stellar line-up for Ocean Leadership Conference
10:52 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 16-17
10:28 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbon production totaled 548.4 million boe in 2018, up 6.9% Y-o-Y
10:03 Brent Crude futures price down 0.34% to $61.11, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.54% to $52.03
09:39 Tallink and Taltech to collaborate on developing smart ship solutions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,055 points

2019 January 16

18:36 Kongsberg Gruppen enters into an agreement with Rome AS to divest Kongsberg Evotec
18:06 Seaspan Corporation announces the closing of the second tranche of the $1 billion aggregate investment commitment by Fairfax
17:55 INEOS, Europe’s largest petrochemicals company, announces Antwerp as the location for its new ground breaking 3 billion Euro petrochemical investment
17:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 2018 grew by 11.5% Y-o-Y to 24.1 million tonnes
17:36 Rolf A. Sandvik resigns as CEO of The Fjords
17:06 Digging begins in construction of new Antarctic wharf
16:52 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2018 grew by 3.8% Y-o-Y to 816.5 million tonnes (detalization)
16:31 IMO’s polar communication and navigation equipment guidance to be finalized
16:14 COSCO Shipping Lines launches Ocean Alliance 2019 service products
16:10 Ice restrictions at Passenger Port of Saint-Petersburg come into effect on January 25
16:05 Realogis publishes market report on the letting of logistics properties and industrial sites in the greater Hamburg area for 2018
15:46 Ice restrictions at Big Port of St. Petersburg come into effect on January 25
15:33 Verifavia Shipping cements leadership position for EU MRV and IMO DCS IT system certification
15:22 Throughput of Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port almost doubled in 2018 to 2.5 million tonnes
14:57 Houston, Texas will host the 3rd LNG USA Summit on 26-27 February 2019
14:31 Milan, Italy will host the 2nd Small-Scale LNG Summit on 12 February 2019
13:54 CHARLES ANDRÉ Group and Dunkerque-Port join forces to develop combined transport service from Dunkerque
13:25 Société Générale and MPA Singapore join SEA\LNG Board
12:58 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 4.54 million of cargo in 2018, up 14% Y-o-Y
12:33 VEB team got acquainted with Zvezda SBC production
12:09 ABS Advanced Solutions and Fleet Management Limited partner on cyber security
11:56 Engineers from Far Eastern Federal University provide scientific support of dry dock construction at Zvezda shipyard
11:30 Bunker prices at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia show no significant changes (graph)
11:09 Port of Oakland cargo volume hit all-time high in 2018
10:52 3 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on January 15-16
10:35 ​IMO Secretary-General highlightes the need to consider seafarer training and standards
10:09 Fincantieri to build a new ship for Regent Seven Seas Cruises
09:57 Brent Crude futures price down 0.02% to $60.57, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.03% to $51.97
09:41 CMA CGM OCEANIA LINES - PAD service to resume weekly rotations
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,096 points

2019 January 15

18:18 WMU investigated how the global transport industry will change as a result of automation and advanced technologies
17:52 ASCO Training Center achieved all targets set for 2018