Could Blockchain be the Shipping Industry’s Life Jacket?

Last week we proposed that blockchain was a potential game changing technology in the maritime and shipping industries right now; but as hot as the topic is, we still find ourselves scratching our heads about how exactly the shipping industry can take advantage of blockchain. So we sat down with Deanna MacDonald, founder of BLOC, a Copenhagen-based organization that describes itself as: “The leading community and platform for maritime blockchain solutions” to try and get some clarification around blockchain and what it offers for the shipping industry. We were not disappointed in the answers, and found MacDonald’s comments both insightful and thought provoking.

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What will save the shipping industry? 9 industry thought leaders weigh in

Early this month CNBC Tweeted: “Shippers are stuck between devil and deep blue sea, with more blood-letting to come” and one day later the Wall Street Journal’s headline was: “More Pain Ahead for Ocean Shipping”, so it’s an understatement that the shipping and maritime industries are having financial troubles. Amidst all this gloom and doom, we asked several thought leaders in the shipping and maritime industries to give us their thoughts on what might help companies adjust in these difficult economic times. Here is their advice to shipping industry decision makers on how to forge ahead.

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Unavoidable Truths, Infinite Possibilities: An Arctic Q&A with Professor Jessica Shadian

The Arctic – a place of beauty and wonder to some of us, a home to many, and to yet another group a workplace where energy resources and new global shipping lanes are now, due to climate change, becoming more and more accessible. I sat down with Professor Jessica Shadian, author of the book “The Politics of Arctic Sovereignty: Oil, Ice, and Inuit Governance” and The Arctic Journal’s piece: “Who Owns the Arctic” to ask her just that: Who exactly owns the Arctic – and what do all the changes happening now entail for the future of the Arctic?

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