Perhaps the biggest driver of maritime informatics and shipping digitalisation has been the changing landscape of satellite communications. Connectivity for ships has made all things possible, but are we any closer to them being probable? …


There have been many great leaps forward for shipping, and it seems we are at the jumping-off point once again. What does that mean for the swollen bell graph of companies, in which so many sit in the middle neither great nor poor, just existing? What will they do, and…


Shipping is changing, but there is a danger of it becoming a new digital wild west. So here we gallop through the ways that companies either emerge from their digital transformation looking pristine in snakeskin cowboy boots or ravaged like Leonardo in The Revenant…

WILD OR MILD

The digital journey…


Ships are vital to world trade. The old chestnut of 90% of everything is moved by sea is trotted out for a reason. Whatever the exact figure, if there were no ships, then the world would be a very different place. …


It may be all the Teams or Zoom calls, or it could just be that we’re living in a new caring sharing age. Something is happening to shipping, and it is fundamentally shaping how the story of what is being done and how, is being told.

TIMES THEY ARE A…


When I first walked onto a rugby pitch I wanted to be Captain, when I first walked onto a ship I wanted to be Captain. What does it mean? Are you born that way, made or something in between? What is a Captain anyway?

Think of all the names for…


Pull or push, push or pull…

As maritime informatics continues to shape trade, the next challenge is to make sure everyone can and will play nicely together. Shipping people and digital transformers can be the best of friends, but the terms of engagement need to be set. …


There are certain things that are done in polite society, and we never really question them. As an example, a decanter of Port, like a dutchie, is passed ‘pon the left-hand side. Why? Who decided, how and what was in it for them? …


Sad, bad, mad times ahead?

The shipping industry talks about disruption in confused terms. There is small scale disruption when a big ship parks sideways in a narrow channel, but real and big disruption is more than that. It will mean the entire industry is eaten whole, chewed and spat out. …


The moving tales of shipping…

For an industry that is often termed invisible, and even uses the term “sea blindness” when it comes to the public, it is surprising just how much bad press shipping still manages to get. Why, oh why, is shipping so often seen as a pariah?

SETTING THE SCENE…

Captain Stu

Making maritime informatics all it can and should be…asking questions, and finding answers.

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