“I’d like to see the day you can move a 500-tonne module with an app.”

Colin Charnock, Trans Global Projects

of Trans Global Projects (TGP), said: “I’d like to see the day you can move a 500-tonne module with an app.” He added: “Project logistics is often about non-standard

shipments. A huge chunk may be carried in standard sea containers, but the non-standard cargo is the bit that requires expertise, planning and engineering skills. Tis is where technology is there to support us, but it will not replace us. “Digitalisation has offered us many opportunities to

streamline processes, but at the end of the day it is the human factor that makes the difference.” Michel Dubois, global head of energy and project

solutions at Panalpina, believes “there is still a bit of an Excel spreadsheet culture, but information certainly moves much more quickly. Tere is more automatic transmission of information. If we see a potential problem, we can act proactively and warn the customer and they can plan accordingly. And, if they want, the customer can follow the transport live, not just get notified of the milestones.” Grant Wattman, president and ceo of Agility Project

Logistics, said technology has not had as big an effect as he had hoped. “Older guys like me look at 1,000 different ways to reorganise a spreadsheet, but we need to change our mindset to use the available technology. Tis is especially important, for instance, in terms of using data to predict what will happen in the next quarter or half year. Tere is a lot of data available but the industry can be very slow to change.” Tomas Bek, global director, oil, gas and industrial projects

at Blue Water Shipping (BWS), said it has invested in its technical engineering and IT departments, now totalling more than 80 people, so that it can develop programmes and services that benefit customers.


The importance of cybersecurity had also been thrust into the spotlight in 2017. Petya was a piece of ransomware that infected thousands of companies around the world. A.P. Møller-Mærsk was one of the most high-profile companies affected by the cyberattack, which mainly impacted its Maersk Line, APM Terminals and Damco business units. Company ceo Søren Skou said in June 2017 that the attack “would impact results negatively by USD200-300 million". Come the end of 2017 Baltic and International Maritime

Council (Bimco) and Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM) submitted a proposal for an industry-wide standard for software maintenance to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

92 | HLPFI10 “For instance we have developed a wind terminal base

system which keeps track of all wind components at shipment locations round the world. We also offer heat mapping which identifies damage on, for example, wind blades, and if there is a pattern, we can take proactive action to mitigate that.” New technology has also played a significant role with

regard to project management and in helping “get the temperature of a project,” said Bek. “We are all on the same system so we work more quickly and it has improved the quality of the information flow – to customers as well as internally. Te KPIs help all of us identify bottlenecks and also make sure that lessons learnt on one project can be passed on in the company.” A key area of focus and development at Bahri is IT

innovation. In 2015 it launched Bahri Data – to lead the company’s Big Data strategy and use information and data to efficiently run its business.

Key driver Steve Blowers, senior country manager for North America, said the department is a “key driver for the future”, adding that “we are committed to the use and development of smart ships technology which will allow Bahri to remotely monitor vessel machinery, including predictive maintenance programmes which helps the planning process and efficient operation of our large fleet, reducing the maintenance period of the vessels.” In 2016, Bahri Logistics introduced a new operating

system called MOVE, along with cloud based Office 365 and SPS a stowage planning software within the business unit. Blowers said this significantly improved its ability to efficiently operate its business. “One of the key benefits is that information is now shared

internally much more quickly and efficiently than before, including via its new mobile apps, so that everyone knows exactly what is happening in real time,” said Blowers. IT innovation continues to gather pace. Te advent of

blockchain technology and cryptocurrency have recently burst onto the scene and, if managed correctly, look well placed to revolutionise the way in which business transactions are processed and paid for. However, nothing we see suggests that robots will handle non-standardised cargoes anytime soon.

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