Rainmaking’s transport-focused arm has launched a maritime innovation advisory network for Southeast Asia with more than 30 industry leaders called Ocean Ventures Alliance.
GateHouse Igniter has invested in software start-up CleanQuote, which supplies a digital platform to facilitate communication between dry bulk shipping companies and hold cleaning suppliers.
Yara Marine Technologies has announced its new corporate accelerator program, Yara Marine X, a start-up competition aiming to provide a home for technology and solutions that will contribute to a greener maritime industry.
Inmarsat, Shell Shipping and Maritime, and maritime digital consultancy Thetius have launched a new ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The Challenge aims to identify technology that can benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea at a moment when Covid-19 has exposed the welfare of seafarers to global scrutiny.
Netherlands-based marine tech start-up unafix.com has launched its efficiency-improving software solution targeting the maritime services industry.
Wilhelmsen’s Marine Products division has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore-based drone delivery provider F-drones, for last mile delivery of its 3D printed spare parts.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS) have announced the launch of Smart Port Challenge (SPC) 2020 under Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined @ BLOCK71 (PIER71). Start-ups participating in this year’s challenge will now have direct access to PIER71’s Venture Capital (VC) partner network for investment advice and opportunities.
The Eastern Pacific Accelerator Powered by Techstars has announced that applications are now open for the second round of the programme.
Western Bulk has signed up with Norwegian online market intelligence start-up Oceanbolt to gather greater market insight and knowledge across its chartering, operations, and analytics teams.
Oceanbolt provides real-time insights into trade flows, tonnage flow, fleet speed, dry-docking and congestion. The insights available in the platform are based on analysing AIS data in real-time, and utilising geospatial analytics algorithms in combination with a comprehensive polygon database.
Western Bulk stated in a press release that Oceanbolt's primary focus on minor dry bulk, cloud based systems with open APIs and combined with a shared desire to extract the full value of data in the shipping industry, made the start-up a natural partner selection for the shipping company.
Oceanbolt published the following statement on the partnership:
"We are very excited to announce that Western Bulk, a leading global dry bulk operator, has joined the Oceanbolt Data Platform to leverage our real-time insights into the dry bulk market. Western Bulk joins our platform as a data partner and will provide valuable domain expertise and data which will allow us to train and further improve the accuracy of our historical and predictive algorithms.
“With Western Bulk’s focus on business intelligence, cloud infrastructure and open APIs, we are proud to become partners with a front-runner in data-driven shipping operations. Western Bulk will leverage Oceanbolt’s Data API and web-based Analytics Dashboard to further strengthen the analytical efforts of their in-house data scientists and analysts and to aid the commercial and operational understanding of the chartering and operations teams.”
The partnership commenced on May 1, 2020 and marks a milestone for Oceanbolt in its quest for participating to create a digital and data-driven shipping industry.
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