Cargotec has announced it is cooperating with seven start ups to “solve maritime inefficiencies”
Cargotec will continue joint projects with the seven startups as an outcome of the Rainmaking Trade & Transport Impact Programme. This is a scheme designed to enable startups to bring new ideas to its corporate sponsors Cargotec, Inmarsat and Wartsila that result in mutually beneficial collaborations without requiring a formal investment structure arrangement.
"I genuinely believe these projects have the potential to solve important inefficiencies in our industry," says Tero Hottinen, Director Emerging Digital Business, Cargotec. "When we joined the Rainmaking programme, our goal was to find partners with whom we could make an impact already in the short-term. A lot of work has been done to get to this point, but what we have found is exactly what we aimed for - several great opportunities to impact international cargo flow together.”
Navis is cooperating with Loginno, which Cargotec describes as “a logistics IoT visionary”. Logginno was launched in 2014 with former ZIM executive Shachar TAL as CEO. Its so-called “invisible container tracking device” is a wireless unit that replaces the plastic vent on a standard dry box.
With the possible exception of Traxens, which claims to be installing its tracking device on 50,000 boxes owned by CMA CGM, one of its investors, no container tracking supplier has managed to convince a major container fleet owner to install its system on a large number of dry containers. Loginno last year announced its “Contopia competition”, where it invited medium sized carriers with a box fleet of no more than 150,000 containers to enter into a competition to install the Loginno system and become the “first truly digital shipping line”. The competition results will be announced during Nor-Shipping 2019 in June.
Kalmar is collaborating with Arundo Analytics, Cogniac and Predictronics. Ongoing projects are aiming to develop Kalmar’s service offering. "We at Kalmar are committed to shaping the industry with predictive maintenance solutions," comments Lasse Eriksson, VP, New Service Business Concepts, Kalmar. "Our partners in the Rainmaking programme have a strong track record from developing digital services for other industries. We now look forward to co-creating with them to introduce new, value-adding solutions for our customers around the world."
MacGregor will partner with Arundo Analytics, Geollect, Intelligent Cargo Systems and NauticAI. "We are going forward on several promising paths with our partners," says Dennis Mol, VP, Digitalisation & Business Transformation, MacGregor. "Cases with high potential impact are being worked on, ranging from proactive, predictive maintenance to smartly guided lashing processes, feasibility tested spot cargo scoutings and safer mooring, enabled through a non-connected IoT solution."
"It is very exciting to see talks turning into practice," Tero Hottinen concluded. "If we want to call ourselves leaders of intelligent cargo handling, we need to be on the cutting edge of digitalisation and constantly develop ourselves in that area."