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Year One of the Decade of Disruption: Harbinger of the future?

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Year One of the Decade of Disruption:  Harbinger of the future?


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Year One of the Decade of Disruption:  Harbinger of the future?
It’s official:  the global pandemic is one year in and counting.  No one has been unaffected by the impacts of COVID, and many have tragically died.  We’ve learned much in this past year about ourselves (who knew you could wear pajamas to work??) and the importance of connection. The reality of globalization and our interdependence has been demonstrated to all, even those who would prefer isolationism.

Shipping demonstrated its capability to keep the world going.  We continue to feed, clothe, heat and cool the world in addition to providing medical supplies.  Shouldn’t that be worthy of recognition?  Where are the medals and the ticker tape parades?  I would settle for a Netflix special on our role in keeping the world spinning on its axis.

We saw cracks in how we support mariners with the crew change crisis.  How many of us would tolerate a forced separation from our families for over a year?  This is improving but illustrates again the disconnect between the service we provide and the understanding of our value as an essential industry with essential workers.

We found opportunities to do the business of shipping better- our attendance at SHIPPINGInsight last October was the highest due to remote participation, and digital tools have helped shipping become more efficient.  We also demonstrated that remote working works; the phrase “necessity is the Mother of invention” has never been more apt.

As we begin to emerge from this scourge, let’s take the lessons with us.  We are strong and resilient.  We provide unparalleled value to global society.  We are accelerating change and innovation.

But I still miss the hugs!

Keep Optimizing,


Carleen Lyden Walker
Chief Evolution Officer
IMO Maritime Ambassador
+1 203 255 4686 (o)
+1 203 260 0480 (m)

News of the Week
March 15, 2021
click on topic to jump to that sectionDecade of DigitalizationDeep Dive: Fuel AlternativesDecade of DiversityDeep Dive: Fuel & BunkeringDecade of DecarbonizationDecade of DisruptionSHIPPINGInsight updates
Decade of DigitalizationRethinking maritime businesses for the digital age: the evolving role of ship agents2021-03-06- Traditionally, a ship agent (as a representative of the owner, the charterer -or both- of a visiting ship), ensures that the essential requirements. . . READ MORE
Source: BisouvDeep Dive: Energy AlternativesShipping decarbonization requires 5% zero emission fuels by 2030, study reveals2021-03-09– A study conducted by UMAS for Getting to Zero Coalition suggests that zero emission fuels need to make up 5%. . . READ MORE
Decade of DiversityMaritime SheEO Initiative: Supporting women in leadership positions2021-03-08– In an exclusive interview with SAFETY4SEA, Mrs Sanjam Sahi Gupta, Director for Sitara Shipping Ltd. and Astral Freight Forwarders Pvt Ltd, who is also founder member of Women’s International Shipping. . . READ MORE

 International Women’s Day 2021: #ChooseToChallenge for more women in shipping2021-03-08– This year’s International Women’s Day is celebrated under the theme #ChooseToChallenge, a concept particularly. . . READ MORE

 Celebrating Women in Maritime on International Women’s Day2021-03-08– On International Women’s Day, the global maritime industry paid tribute to the female seafarers and professionals who help world trade. . . READ MORE
Deep Dive: Fuel & BunkeringMaersk, Keppel, and Fleet part of study to explore green ammonia bunkering in Singapore2021-03-10 – Maersk, Keppel Offshore & Marine, Fleet Management, Sumitomo Corp, Yara International, and Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to study. . . 

Source: Seatrade Maritime News
Decade of DecarbonizationChina looks at adding shipping to the world’s largest emissions trading scheme2021-03-09– The world’s largest emissions trading scheme (ETS) kicked off last month, and shipping has been warned today it could be included in it. . . READ MORE

 K Line creates carbon neutral division2021-03-09– Japanese shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) is sharpening its focus on developing green solutions for its operations. . . READ MORE
Stena Bulk unveils InfinityMAX concept vessel design, challenging conventional thinking
2021-03-09– Leading tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has today unveiled its concept InfinityMAX hybrid bulk carrier design, pushing the boundaries for zero carbon, multi-modal vessel design in shipping. . . 
Source: SHIP Management International
 BOEM Completes Review for First Offshore Wind Farm in Federal Waters
2021-03-08– The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued its long-awaited final environmental impact study (FEIS) for the Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts. . . READ MORE
Industry backs United Nations $5 billion ‘moon-shot’ programme to decarbonise shipping
2021-03-10– Responding to the UN Secretary-General’s call for “urgency and ambition” on climate change, the entire global shipping industry is giving “full and unequivocal” backing to a moon-shot proposal submitted by governments. . . READ MORE

Source: International Chamber of Shipping
Decade of DisruptionShipping and the pandemic, one year on
2021-03-11– Shipping’s resilience has been tested and showcased like never before in the year since coronavirus was declared a pandemic. . . 
SHIPPINGInsight Updates

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2021 Partner Spotlight

Check out Maritime Executive’s Interview with Founder & Owner of Total Marine Solutions, Alexandra Anagnostis-Irons!

SHIPPINGInsight is pleased to be welcoming Total Marine Solutions as a partner. They will be joining us as we bridge the decade with fleet management and maritime technology. 

For partnership and exhibiting information, please contact  
Stella Ludovicy (s.ludovicy@shippinginsight.com)For more information on the conference, please contact 
Carleen Lyden Walker (c.walker@shippinginsight.com)  
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