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GST & Shipping2030 – A Review

This year’s GST & Shipping2030 was all about collaboration. On the GST side, we are looking at an industry-wide effort to find solutions to reduce air emissions and protect marine life by keeping waters clean. On the Shipping2030 side, we’ve noticed that the industry is keen to digitalise and is seeking opportunities to develop a digital agenda that suits each individual business.

We’ve taken part of a lot of discussions, and thanks to a handful of our proactive delegates, our speakers’ insights and our attendees’ thoughts are commemorated on social media for all. In only 2 days, we tackled various issues and inefficiencies in the industry, and although we hear a lot of negativity in the news, it has become obvious that there is a handful of maritime leaders who are embracing and driving environmental and technological changes.

Transparency and Collaboration in The Maritime Industry

Change is inevitable, and there have been a lot of changes in the last 12 months. We are very proud of bringing together so many maritime professionals who believe and propel the industry’s transformation, and we cannot thank them enough for speaking up at GST & Shipping2030.

Digital Ships

It was evident that all delegates wanted to hear about digitalisation. After all, the analyses of big data can provide the industry with a picture of its own fuel efficiency, crew performance, and even when maintenance is necessary!

We’ve heard a lot of predictions, but most of all, we heard new ideas and findings that may inspire collaborative efforts in the industry.


One of the most exciting technologies that we discussed is blockchain. Deanna MacDonald of BLOC gave an insightful presentation of what blockchain is and isn’t, and brought exciting developments to the stage. Attendees were lucky to hear the news first-hand: BLOC and Lloyd’s Register Foundation have officially teamed up and will be bringing blockchain pilots to the maritime industry very soon.

Meeting Startups On Site

Thanks to Marlink’s Gennaro Faella and Leonardo Zangrando from StartupWharf, we were able to introduce four startup companies tackling today’s maritime issues. We’ve heard from Transmetrics, who leverage AI to make predictive analyses, Work-Rest App, which monitors seafarers’ time spent working and resting, We4Sea, who solve fuel efficiency issues, and SailRouter, the startup that aims to improve energy efficiency.

Automation and Seafarer Training

When discussing digital technologies and innovation, seafarers cannot be left out of the conversation. Seafarer roles are changing rapidly, and to cement digital culture in an organisation, businesses need to ensure that all members are able to use new innovations.

Sustainable Shipping

Sustainability is one of the greatest challenges that the maritime industry is facing long-term. The upcoming environmental regulations on air emissions and ballast water put businesses under pressure to act fast, but informed decisions must be made, which is why GST & Shipping2030 Europe brought together so many maritime leaders to discuss the next steps.

Marine Fuel Solutions and Options

Air emission reduction is inevitably a part of shipping’s sustainability initiative, and being real about the options out there is a must.

Gala Dinner and Award Winners

This year, the judges selected four ground-breaking innovators in the industry who have demonstrated great initiative.

The Green Ship Technology of the Year Award Winner is GEPS Techno for GSIRE, the anti-rolling tank that generates electricity. GSIRE was chosen because “this technology had demonstrated the ability to utilize an existing structure, modify to perform to an improved level and generate a sustainable by-product”, the judges said.

The Shipping2030 Europe Innovation Award Winner is Singular Point AS for MARis, the cloud based maritime transportation system. The judges were particularly impressed at the scalability of the technology to cater to all ranges of budges and company sizes, whilst able to perform tasks for enhanced logistics & voyage activities.

The Maurice Meehan New Talent Award goes to ShipChain for disrupting freight & logistics using the blockchain. ShipChain won the judges’ approval by identifying the digital trend of blockchain and translating it into a viable tool to capitalize on tracking and tracing activity, improving accountability amongst the whole supply chain.

And the Shipowner of the Year Award winner is Bourbon, who have taken steps towards the implementation of connectivity and digital transformation, showing an innovative mindset which judges expect to lead the way in the offshore community.

Thank you!

As we have been saying it throughout this article, we cannot thank our speakers, sponsors, and delegates enough for making GST & Shipping2030 Europe a truly unique experience.

You may have noticed there was some filming happening at the event, and our video editing team is working very hard to deliver the interviews and a few of the sessions to this our community blog. Keep an eye on this site or follow us on social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook) for the latest updates.

We hope to see you again next year, if not earlier at our North American event!

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