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This article examines recent progress and initiatives by the shipping industry to meet new IMO targets and provides Signal Ocean Platform data on emissions developments and trends.

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February 28, 2024

London, 4 October 2023 – Signal Ocean, the maritime data platform, has today launched a cloud-based Data Warehouse providing a central source of commodity shipping market data that can be streamed in real-time into in-house data environments. The new way of accessing maritime market data enables market analysts and traders to build their own bespoke reporting capabilities in-house, doing away with countless hours of data crunching daily.

The Signal Ocean platform uses AI, advanced geospatial models and predictive technology to provide ship owners, brokers, traders, charterers and market analysts with real-time shipping market data – combining industry insight with a breadth of vessel information relevant to chartering and trading decision-making. This is integrated for each user company, with their own proprietary data automatically extracted from emails and messaging systems to create unique and secure private market dashboards that give at-a-glance market views.

The Signal Ocean Data Warehouse provides an alternative solution for accessing the complete body of Signal Ocean data for companies that prefer SQL (Structured Query Language) to power their business intelligence platforms, including Microsoft Excel, Power BI or Tableau. Using the Data Warehouse and a suite of sophisticated APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), users can live-stream Signal Ocean’s data directly into their own applications – automatically combining precise real-time market data with their own proprietary information.

Dimitris Tsapoulis, Group COO, Signal Group, explains: “The sheer scale of data now available to brokers and analysts in the current trading environment is overwhelming to anyone still trying to run the entire data crunching process manually. Our Data Warehouse offering will do the heavy lifting for them by seamlessly streaming the data Signal Ocean curates into their own systems and dashboards and automatically integrating that data with their own information. This will save hours a day and – crucially – make sure users are not on the back foot in what is an exceptionally fast-moving and volatile trading environment.”

“We’ve also made sure that the Data Warehouse solution is as close to a plug-and-play solution as you can get – there is no need for extremely resource-heavy IT integrations or investment in additional storage infrastructure, because our data is hosted on the cloud and our APIs are constantly updated. In short, with the Data Warehouse, companies of any size can harness all available market data without the huge costs in time and money of sifting through a mountain of data and information while their competitors beat them to the fix.”

The Signal Ocean Data Warehouse converges data that spans the entire spectrum of a shipping analysts requirements, including vessel particulars, daily AIS, voyages, tonnage list, daily vessel status, distances, vessel emissions, vessel valuations, port expenses, geos, market rates and freight data – and makes them available through a single unified SQL database.

“Data Warehousing is not a new innovation in IT; but this approach has not been applied to shipping data analytics on this scale ever before. It will be a game-changer and will help to level the playing field in terms of data accessibility and control and will also mean that brokers can focus on delivering real value – concentrating on making connections and closing deals,” adds Roussos Paschopoulos, Chief Strategy Officer, Signal.

More information on the Signal Ocean Data Warehouse can be found here

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Increased Use of Renewable Energy:

Shipping companies are embracing renewable energy sources to power onboard systems and reduce emissions during port operations. Solar panels and wind turbines are being installed on vessels to generate clean energy, reducing reliance on auxiliary engines, and cutting down emissions. Shore power facilities in ports allow ships to connect to the electrical grid, eliminating the need for onboard generators while docked.

Collaboration and Industry Partnerships:

Recognizing that addressing emissions requires collective action, shipping companies, governments, and organizations have formed partnerships and collaborations. These initiatives focus on research and development, sharing best practices, and promoting knowledge transfer. Joint projects aim to develop and deploy innovative technologies, improve infrastructure, and create a supportive regulatory framework to accelerate the industry's transition towards a greener future. The Zero Emission Shipping - Mission Innovation.

To pave the way for a greener future in shipping, the availability of alternative fuels plays a vital role in their widespread adoption. However, this availability is influenced by factors such as port infrastructure, local regulations, and government policies. As the demand for cleaner fuels in shipping rises and environmental regulations become more stringent, efforts are underway to improve the accessibility of these fuels through infrastructure development, collaborations, and investments in production facilities.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) infrastructure has seen significant growth in recent years, resulting in more LNG bunkering facilities and LNG-powered vessels. Nonetheless, the availability of LNG as a marine fuel can still vary depending on the region. To ensure consistent availability worldwide, there is a need for further development of LNG supply chains and infrastructure. For biofuels, their availability hinges on production capacity and the availability of feedstock. Although biofuels are being produced and utilized in various sectors, their availability as a marine fuel remains limited. Scaling up biofuel production and establishing robust supply chains are imperative to ensure wider availability within the shipping industry.Hydrogen, as a fuel for maritime applications, is still in the early stages of infrastructure development. While some hydrogen vessels have been tested or introduced in the first quarter of last year, the infrastructure required for hydrogen production and distribution needs further advancement.

Ammonia, as a marine fuel, currently faces limitations in availability. The production, storage, and handling infrastructure for ammonia need further development to support its widespread use in the shipping industry.Methanol, on the other hand, is already a commercially available fuel and has been used as a blend with conventional fuels in some ships. However, its availability as a standalone marine fuel can still be limited in certain regions. Bureau Veritas in October 2022 published a White Paper for the Alternative Fuels Outlook. This white paper provides a comprehensive overview of alternative fuels for the shipping industry, taking into account key factors such as technological maturity, availability, safety, emissions, and regulations.

Creating a sustainable world requires us to embark on a journey towards a zero emission future, where every step is a commitment to preserve our planet for future generations.
Albert Greenway
Environmental Scientist, Sustainability Expert

Increased Use of Renewable Energy:

Shipping companies are embracing renewable energy sources to power onboard systems and reduce emissions during port operations. Solar panels and wind turbines are being installed on vessels to generate clean energy, reducing reliance on auxiliary engines, and cutting down emissions. Shore power facilities in ports allow ships to connect to the electrical grid, eliminating the need for onboard generators while docked.

Collaboration and Industry Partnerships:

Recognizing that addressing emissions requires collective action, shipping companies, governments, and organizations have formed partnerships and collaborations. These initiatives focus on research and development, sharing best practices, and promoting knowledge transfer. Joint projects aim to develop and deploy innovative technologies, improve infrastructure, and create a supportive regulatory framework to accelerate the industry's transition towards a greener future. The Zero Emission Shipping - Mission Innovation.

To pave the way for a greener future in shipping, the availability of alternative fuels plays a vital role in their widespread adoption. However, this availability is influenced by factors such as port infrastructure, local regulations, and government policies. As the demand for cleaner fuels in shipping rises and environmental regulations become more stringent, efforts are underway to improve the accessibility of these fuels through infrastructure development, collaborations, and investments in production facilities.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) infrastructure has seen significant growth in recent years, resulting in more LNG bunkering facilities and LNG-powered vessels. Nonetheless, the availability of LNG as a marine fuel can still vary depending on the region. To ensure consistent availability worldwide, there is a need for further development of LNG supply chains and infrastructure. For biofuels, their availability hinges on production capacity and the availability of feedstock. Although biofuels are being produced and utilized in various sectors, their availability as a marine fuel remains limited. Scaling up biofuel production and establishing robust supply chains are imperative to ensure wider availability within the shipping industry.Hydrogen, as a fuel for maritime applications, is still in the early stages of infrastructure development. While some hydrogen vessels have been tested or introduced in the first quarter of last year, the infrastructure required for hydrogen production and distribution needs further advancement.

Ammonia, as a marine fuel, currently faces limitations in availability. The production, storage, and handling infrastructure for ammonia need further development to support its widespread use in the shipping industry.Methanol, on the other hand, is already a commercially available fuel and has been used as a blend with conventional fuels in some ships. However, its availability as a standalone marine fuel can still be limited in certain regions. Bureau Veritas in October 2022 published a White Paper for the Alternative Fuels Outlook. This white paper provides a comprehensive overview of alternative fuels for the shipping industry, taking into account key factors such as technological maturity, availability, safety, emissions, and regulations.

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