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Bring your own data

“The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.” While this 2017 headline in The Economist may be a bit of an exaggeration, for many organizations it’s not a million nautical miles from the truth: marine insurers have claims data; governments have data from myriad of sensors; ship charterers have data on destinations…

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Maritime innovation

In mod(els) we trust

Imagine you just finished building the most amazing box in the world. You can ask it any question, and it will give you the answer. It comes in any color – so long as it’s black. How much do you think you could sell it for? Squillions right? Okay, there is a catch – two,…

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Sea: The Future 2020

The maritime ecosystem is facing unprecedented challenges: from new environmental regulations, to security threats, to ever-evolving compliance demands. Meeting these challenges often requires organizations to sail fast just to stand still. Turning them into opportunities calls for the adoption of new technologies, new strategies and new partnerships. ‘Sea: The Future 2020‘ is the perfect setting…

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AIS Satellite
Maritime compliance

Mind the AIS gap

Vessels moving through the vastness of the oceans expose their counterparties to myriad risks. Ships can be involved in sanctions evasions, the trafficking of arms, narcotics, and people, and other illicit activities. To mitigate the risks of transacting with such vessels, organizations are turning to ship tracking services to assess the ship’s movements for red…

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Maritime innovation

It starts with a blip

Israel brims with technology talent. But with the tech scene booming – especially for AI-focused startups – there’s also huge demand. And while tech people have honed their skills in many different areas, including fintech, ad tech, cyber and all the rest, the maritime domain usually isn’t one of them. And that leads to the…

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Maritime innovation

Building the ‘Silicon Valley’ of zero carbon shipping

A little more than a year ago, the IPCC published the 1.5 degree report – setting a goal of “net-zero” carbon emissions by around 2050. This goal suddenly moved the need for action from the distant future to the immediate present. It also made it clear that every sector will need a strategy for complete…

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Takeaways from the Global Maritime Forum

It was, according to Singapore’s Finance Minister, the conference with the most pre-event reading he’d ever attended. Like him, this was my first time at the Global Maritime Forum’s annual conference, aka the “Davos” of shipping. Some 200+ executives descended on the city state. Most of the world’s major shipping companies, including Maersk and MSC,…

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Maritime innovation

AI-Ready Already

Right about now, everyone’s biggest AI nightmare is returning to the big screen. But The Terminator won’t be hitting the streets any time soon. The technology required for such general artificial intelligence is probably decades away. The narrow variety – the kind that recommends what to watch next, or plays a mean game of chess…

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Lord Browne: Windward’s New Chairman

A year-and-a-half ago, I read a blog post by one of our first investors, Michael Eisenberg, called “Optimism and Resilience”. In short, it tells the story of a company called Gigya, which was eventually acquired by SAP for $350M. Michael looks back at the process, and recalls a key moment being when they appointed an…

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People trafficking
Maritime security

Europe threat map

From Brexit, to refugees, to spillovers from the Syrian and Libyan civil wars – there’s plenty to keep Europeans up at night. And these are just the things we can see. What about the stuff we can’t? Download a PDF of the map The second edition of our European Threat Map reveals some of the…

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Maritime compliance

COSCO: Huawei Go Again

It is, according to industry bible, TradeWinds, shipping’s “Huawei” moment – the point when one of the biggest names in the business falls foul of U.S. sanctions, sending shockwaves across the world’s trading and shipping companies. This latest action – against subsidiaries of Chinese shipping giant COSCO – is the first of its kind, and…

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Maritime safety

Moneyball for Underwriters

In the film Moneyball, Peter Brand, the data savant played by Jonah Hill, says of one baseball player: “Nobody in the big leagues cares about him, because he looks funny.” The point: he’s been overlooked given the traditional interpretation of what makes someone valuable. Brand spies an opportunity to exploit the oversight by factoring in…

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