[ 19 September 2020 by Maritime Trends 0 Comments ]

Online conference: advantages of a booming format

The crisis caused by the covid-19 is completely changing our way of relating, in the personal and working world. For months now, the computer and the Internet have become our best allies when working, with working days increasingly adapted to teleworking and a hyper-connected environment in which contacts with our clients and colleagues have been strengthened in the digital world.

This has also had a great impact on the world of events, which have adapted their format more and more to the digital world. This has meant a challenge in many cases and the impossibility of networking around a cup of coffee, which is always a great plan, but also offers us possibilities that were previously unthinkable in a face-to-face event:

  • Connect from wherever you want: freedom has imposed itself in the new formats, now you don’t need to travel to attend an event and that implies, above all, the possibility of attending events that before, due to budget or distance, were impossible for you to access.
  • Optimize your time: we want you to connect to all our sessions and make the program of our Maritime Trends so irresistible for you that you cannot disconnect for a minute; BUT, if for some reason you have to finish an important task, answer a call or manage something else, you can enter and leave the room without bothering anyone, with total freedom.
  • Connect with others in a different way: we are very used to relating professionally in the physical world, exchanging cards and coffee cups, but now you can also do it online through last generation platforms that, in many cases, give you the opportunity to make contact with people you wouldn’t have the chance to meet in the usual face-to-face events you attended. Take advantage and make relevant contacts for your company!

If you want to discover these experiences and other advantages of an online event, don’t miss MartitimeTrends next October 22nd, online! 😉

[ 19 September 2020 by Maritime Trends 0 Comments ]

5 challenges of the naval-maritime and port industry

The naval industry and maritime transport have a consolidated trajectory, being a tractor activity in the economy of many countries. Today, it is a sector that faces many challenges related to decarbonization, the so-called blue economy and the innovation needed to maintain competitiveness in an increasingly globalized environment.

Increasingly, ships must respond to higher standards that minimize fuel consumption and tend to neutrality of emissions and decarbonization. The introduction of digitalization and technology is another challenge in an industry that often operates with long-established shipyards facing a change in their traditional way of operating.

Also, in recent years, the naval sector has developed relevant innovations in the field of ship design, batteries for ship electrification, new fuels, ecological ports and intelligent logistics that are promoting a more sustainable supply chain.

1. Decarbonization

Like all other industries, the naval and maritime transport must adapt their production models to the new climate requirements implemented in international agreements. For example, from January 2020 all ships must use very low-sulphur fuel, according to the standards of the International Maritime Organisation, which expects it to have major benefits for health and the environment worldwide, particularly for people living near ports and coastlines.

2. New propulsion systems

The diesel engine has for years been the reference system for maritime transport. However, due to environmental requirements, alternatives such as biofuels are emerging: biodiesel and bioethanol. Biodiesel comes from animal fats and vegetable oils or from the fermentation of renewable sources of sugar or starch, such as cassava, corn, sugar beet, sugar cane and wheat. Likewise, liquid natural gas is being used mainly in ferries and ships that make short trips (due to the lack of a global network of refueling points). On the other hand, the sector is also exploring more sustainable sources such as nuclear propulsion or the installation of renewable energies, although for example the installation of solar panels on board is still complex and can considerably affect the stability of the ship.

3. Electrification

As in the automotive industry, the electric boat points to a possible great revolution in the sector, although it is true that this industry is more complex in its application. However, in recent years there has already been a growth in the production and purchase of electric leisure and small fishing boats, and other larger vessels are already testing complete or at least hybrid solutions that represent a before and after for the sustainability of the maritime industry.

4. Unmanned vessels

Although the term unmanned is more commonly associated with airspace (drones), the naval industry is also moving towards the idea of ships that do not require a pilot. Based on technologies such as artificial intelligence, there are already ferry companies, for example, that are operating short to medium distance routes with an autopilot.

5. Innovation

As in any other sector, the need to renew and continue innovating for greater productivity and sustainability has become an indispensable requirement. Despite its long history, shipbuilding, advanced logistics in ports or transport of passengers and goods must follow the current path of constant innovation to preserve its competitiveness and keep abreast of developments and changes demanded by the global economy.

[ 19 September 2020 by Maritime Trends 0 Comments ]

Maritime Trends, the new international summit for the naval-maritime and port industry

Asime, the Association of Metal Industries and Related Technologies of Galicia (Spain), has promoted the creation of Maritime Trends, a meeting that brings together the main players in the maritime industry at the international level to discuss the present and future of this sector.

The first edition of Maritime Trends will take placeon October 22nd in a hybrid format,with a face-to-face event in Vigo (Spain) if the health situation of covid-19 allows it, and a predominantly online version through live streaming in which you will be able to interact with the speakers and attendees in the different sessions.

We will examine, among others, the challenges of decarbonization and the blue economy, the application of artificial intelligence in ship design, batteries for ship electrification, new fuels, ecological ports and intelligent logistics that are promoting a more sustainable supply chain.


Maritime Trends in brief
  • 12+ international speakers
  • 4 thematic sessions on technical areas
  • Unlimited networking options
  • 1 online platform where you can follow the sessions and interact with other participants

Don’t miss this unique and inspiring event – registration is open and free!