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The Signal Group Launches The Signal Ocean Platform

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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June 06, 2018

Today, Signal welcomed a new era in shipping and formally introduced The Signal Ocean Platform to the maritime community. Guests of the event included representatives of the most important players across the shipping industry, including ship-owners, commercial operators, pools, brokerage houses and chartering desks of oil and commodity trading organizations.

The Signal Ocean Platform
The Signal Ocean Platform is a Business-to-Business (B2B), Software as a Service (SaaS) product. It provides a powerful data processing engine to support commercial decision-making in the shipping industry. It is a tool that has been developed using the latest developments in the fields of cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Through a simple, beautiful interface consisting of easy-to-use dashboards and tools, the user can monitor international shipping markets in real-time and make better commercial decisions faster.

The Signal Group
Signal Maritime and Signal Ocean are among the companies that comprise The Signal Group. Signal Maritime provides best-in-class commercial management services to a growing fleet of modern vessels. Signal Ocean is a software company that has created The Signal Ocean Platform, a decision-support tool for commercial shipping professionals. Signal Ocean, the technology start-up of the group, has assembled a world-class team of Greek and international engineers and scientists. Its products are the result of a unique combination of deep shipping expertise with a passion for applied science and technology.

In all activities and ventures, The Signal Group respects the traditional shipping market structure while also opening up new horizons in the industry. Its innovative technological products enable shipping professionals to analyze and improve commercial performance like never before. In order to test, leverage and further enhance these products, Signal Maritime, the group’s commercial ship management arm, will be launching a commercial Aframax tanker pool, starting from September 2018.

The Founder
Ioannis Martinos studied Mechanics and Aeronautical Engineering at Tufts and MIT in the USA. After completing his studies, he joined Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc. in 2004 to begin his career in shipping. After taking on several technical roles, Ioannis Martinos assumed the position of joint-CEO. During his time at Thenamaris, he envisioned and delivered a 10-year restructuring program to update and optimize the company’s procedures and systems, thus preparing the company for significant growth and diversification.
In late 2014, Ioannis Martinos left Thenamaris to found the Signal Group of Companies.

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
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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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The Signal Group Launches The Signal Ocean Platform

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June 6, 2018

June 06, 2018

Today, Signal welcomed a new era in shipping and formally introduced The Signal Ocean Platform to the maritime community. Guests of the event included representatives of the most important players across the shipping industry, including ship-owners, commercial operators, pools, brokerage houses and chartering desks of oil and commodity trading organizations.

The Signal Ocean Platform
The Signal Ocean Platform is a Business-to-Business (B2B), Software as a Service (SaaS) product. It provides a powerful data processing engine to support commercial decision-making in the shipping industry. It is a tool that has been developed using the latest developments in the fields of cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Through a simple, beautiful interface consisting of easy-to-use dashboards and tools, the user can monitor international shipping markets in real-time and make better commercial decisions faster.

The Signal Group
Signal Maritime and Signal Ocean are among the companies that comprise The Signal Group. Signal Maritime provides best-in-class commercial management services to a growing fleet of modern vessels. Signal Ocean is a software company that has created The Signal Ocean Platform, a decision-support tool for commercial shipping professionals. Signal Ocean, the technology start-up of the group, has assembled a world-class team of Greek and international engineers and scientists. Its products are the result of a unique combination of deep shipping expertise with a passion for applied science and technology.

In all activities and ventures, The Signal Group respects the traditional shipping market structure while also opening up new horizons in the industry. Its innovative technological products enable shipping professionals to analyze and improve commercial performance like never before. In order to test, leverage and further enhance these products, Signal Maritime, the group’s commercial ship management arm, will be launching a commercial Aframax tanker pool, starting from September 2018.

The Founder
Ioannis Martinos studied Mechanics and Aeronautical Engineering at Tufts and MIT in the USA. After completing his studies, he joined Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc. in 2004 to begin his career in shipping. After taking on several technical roles, Ioannis Martinos assumed the position of joint-CEO. During his time at Thenamaris, he envisioned and delivered a 10-year restructuring program to update and optimize the company’s procedures and systems, thus preparing the company for significant growth and diversification.
In late 2014, Ioannis Martinos left Thenamaris to found the Signal Group of Companies.

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