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By Juan J. Gil, IT manager Singapore at OSM Maritime Group - maritime & technology

Following the latest trends and events, I feel there is a lot of noise (and sometimes misunderstandings) in the maritime industry when it comes to Digital Transformation & Innovation. I believe this may cause analysis paralysis since many leaders do not know which path to walk down and how to create a program or project portfolio to achieve their vision. Ultimately, the vision is only achieved by successful execution, but the question could remain, what to execute?

In light of the ongoing pandemic and the challenges associated with shipping, the Singapore government has further accelerated its ongoing activities to take a leading role in the digital transformation of the maritime industry. The government strongly recommends shipping companies take action to digitalise their processes and will grant funding for companies that choose innovative solutions.

Voyager Worldwide and S5 Agency World have teamed up to help make management of crew changes during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic easier and more efficient by providing details of COVID test facilities via Voyager Worldwide’s FLEET INSIGHT service.

BIMCO has announced that its currently used SHIPMAN 2009 agreement for use with autonomous ships is being adapted and adjusted, with the first version expected for publication in 2021.

MESPAS has completely redesigned its Technical Ship Management software, resulting in a user interface that is more modern, intuitive and user-friendly.

Dania Ship Management has announced plans to extend its ship management capabilities in a partnership agreement with Falcon Maritime Group, that in turn owns Falcon Rederi.

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is further digitising its ship management operations by implementing a new mobile application QDMS WIKI. The maritime solutions provider allows its employees synchronised access to all latest BSM procedures, manuals, and documents – anywhere and at any time, even in areas without internet access.

MariApps Marine Solutions has signed a contract with Siam Lucky Marine (SLM) to install its flagship product smartPAL across its fleet of 10 vessels.

Greece-based shipowner and manager Kyklades Maritime has begun full installation of JiBe’s web-based integrated maritime ERP software for its ship management business.

Athens-headquartered ship manager Signal Maritime Services and commercial tanker operator Heidmar have agreed a milestone partnership, under which Signal will manage a joint tanker fleet of 18 Aframax vessels in Heidmar’s Sigma Pool using its proprietary technology and analytical approach.

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