Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE) are joining the TradeLens meaning the blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform can count five of the top six container lines as members.

The world’s second and third largest container lines MSC and CMA CGM are joining the blockchain digital shipping platform TradeLens developed by the biggest box line AP Moller – Maersk and IBM.

Amid all the hype in fintech applications for the shipping sphere, perhaps the most immediately applicable and translatable into practical usage is the electronic or smart bill of lading. This is something that CargoX has astutely put much effort into developing and now stands set to reap the benefits of.

Ton van den Bosch, global head of ports & terminals at Ince & Co, highlights the emerging trends in the logistics, intermodal and supply chain sectors and suggests that further consolidation and integration can be expected.

While it is acknowledged that blockchain technology has much potential to be useful for the shipping industry, so far nothing much substantive has been done to develop it.

Everyone is talking about blockchain but explaining what it actually does to the average shipping or legal person is a rather more challenging task. Holland & Knight lawyer K. Blythe Daly likened blockchain to a series of transactions linked together in the manner of Lego building blocks in a presentation to the Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA).

The “traditional” ways of doing business, and the tools for effecting transactions, commerce generally, and vessel operations, are no longer static was the message Hellenic-American/ Norwegian-American Joint Shipping Conference.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is teaming up with IBM for a multi-year digitalisation plan to transform its operations with the Internet of Things (IoT).

The supply chain is “the nirvana of blockchains” with many applications where they can be employed. According to Guardtime chief risk officer David Piesse, the key to making it successful is making sure everybody who is involved in the supply chain gets onboard.

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and IBM have completed trials of the first three modules of a system using data analytics aimed at improving port volumes.

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