More than 20 global ports and terminal operators are supporting a new blockchain enabled shipping solution which aims to promote a more efficient and secure global trade, support information sharing and transparency and encourage industry-wide innovation.   TradeLens is designed so that users can interact more efficiently through real-time access to shipping data and shipping… Read more »



Independent benchmark testing on behalf of the Chinese government has identified one method as an accurate methodology for portable ballast water sampling. The Single Turnover One Pulse (STOP) methodology used by Chelsea Technologies’ FastBallast Sensor, was independently verified by researchers from the Environmental Protection & Energy-saving Technique Research Centre of China. “It is essential that… Read more »


Digitalisation drives modernisation of maritime trade

Pierre Cariou was involved in organising the ISLI Supply Chain Forum, “Emerging Challenges in a Complex Future”, held at the Kedge Business School in Bordeaux in March 2018. One of the panel discussions moderated by Pierre Cariou focused on the digitalisation of shipping supply chains. Dominique Lebreton, MGI chief business development officer, also spoke about… Read more »


RFID technology and e-seal; facilitating the port logistics automation and cargo tracking

Companies have been increasingly using item-level Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) to trace and track the goods for inventory control purpose and also and supply chain management. Tagging every single product, not only improves the visibility of goods transport in the entire supply chain processes but also helping to remove common problems like inventory shortages in… Read more »


Crowdsourced Transportation Platforms (Road), a promising supply chain technology for the last mile

Crowdsourcing  concept Intelligent Transportation platforms and their applications are attracting notable attention in the supply chain. By means of sensing and communication technologies, the smart transport systems assist transportation authorities and vehicles drivers in making informative decisions. Data collection and more importantly the use of the collected data analysis are crucial elements in the intelligent… Read more »


Docks The Future (DTF): Defining the concept of the future sustainable ports in Europe

Sustainable Development In recent years, the sustainability has been at the core of development in all industries. The idea of sustainability stems from the concept of sustainable development which became common language at the World’s first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. Sustainable development has been defined as “development that meets the needs of the present… Read more »


South Pacific Island becomes Smart Shipping Paradise

French Polynesia’s Tahiti island capital of Papeete has smart port capabilities after investing in an intelligent cargo system called Ci5 designed by MGI —  a technology company that aims to integrate technologies such as artificial intelligence into cargo handling operations.   The Papeete Port Authority (PAP) invested in Ci5, the first commercial success for MGI… Read more »


Blockchains for logistics: from hype to relevance?

By Jean-Paul Rodrigue An artificial consensus While presenting at recent transportation trade conferences I expressed rather skeptical views about the potential of Blockchains for logistics, which raised a few eyebrows and critiques. The industry is currently drinking its own cool-aid and caught in the standard hype cycle where the benefits of a new technology are… Read more »


Antwerp and T-Mining Blockchain pilot

The Port of Antwerp Authority and Antwerp blockchain start-up T-Mining have announced a blockchain-based smart contract for managing some aspects of fruit shipping, which was developed together with Belfruco, Enzafruit, PortApp, 1-Stop and T&G Global. Currently exchanging the paper-based certificates is managed by courier, as the port and T-Mining explain: “The food agency in New… Read more »