ABS Endorses Light Structures’ SENSFIB Hull Stress Monitoring System with SMART PDA

In a significant advancement for maritime safety and digitalisation, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has awarded the SMART Product Design Assessment (PDA) to Light Structures’ SENSFIB Hull Stress Monitoring System. This recognition marks a pivotal moment in the industry, highlighting the system’s exceptional capabilities in enhancing structural health monitoring and prediction through its innovative fibre optic sensor-based approach.

Innovative Approach to Structural Health Monitoring

The SENSFIB system, distinguished by its Tier 3 Smart Structural Health Monitoring classification, utilises cutting-edge fibre optic technology to provide real-time, high-fidelity data on hull stresses. This data, derived from a network of fiber optic strain sensors and accelerometers, offers invaluable insights into the impacts of cargo loading, environmental conditions, and the passage of time on vessel integrity.

Enhanced Safety and Operational Efficiency

Vessels equipped with the SENSFIB system can now achieve the ABS Class notation SMART(SHM) Tier 3, signifying a global standard in hull and fatigue monitoring. This classification not only underscores the system’s reliability but also its contribution to safer maritime operations and condition-based maintenance strategies.

A Testament to Collaboration and Innovation

The certification was formally presented to Niklas Hallgren, CEO of Light Structures, at the ABS headquarters in Houston, symbolising a collaborative effort towards advancing maritime safety. Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, praised the certification as a testament to Light Structures’ commitment to structural health and the growing importance of SMART systems in the industry.

About ABS

ABS stands as a global leader in classification and technical advisory services for the marine and offshore industries, dedicated to promoting safety, design excellence, and the practical application of advanced technologies.

About Light Structures AS

Founded in 2001, Light Structures AS has emerged as the premier provider of fibre optic stress and fatigue monitoring systems, leveraging Fibre Bragg Grating technology to deliver bespoke solutions for maritime asset design, safety, and operations.

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Ambrey and Inchcape Shipping Services Forge Strategic Alliance to Elevate Maritime Safety and Security

Ambrey and Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) have announced a ground-breaking partnership aimed at redefining safety and security standards within the maritime sector. This collaboration merges Ambrey’s leading safety and security expertise with Inchcape’s extensive global network and operational knowledge, promising to deliver enhanced safety measures and improved commercial outcomes across the industry.

A Comprehensive Suite of Services

Under the leadership of Vice President Chris Greenwood, Inchcape’s dedicated Survey & Inspection Department will offer a wide array of services in collaboration with Ambrey. These services include Citadel Inspections, Ship Security Assessments, Anti-Piracy Ship Security Assessments, Ship Security Plan Reviews, and Port Security Assessments. This partnership is poised to significantly strengthen safety protocols, operational efficiency, and risk management in maritime operations worldwide.

Leveraging Global Expertise for Enhanced Safety

Inchcape Shipping Services, known for its trusted expertise and representation in over 85% of the world’s ports, brings to the table a deep understanding of commercial shipping operations. This, combined with Ambrey’s unparalleled risk management capabilities, aims to foster a culture of safety and best practices within the maritime industry, ultimately benefiting the sector’s safety and commercial viability.

A Union of Strengths for Unmatched Solutions

The alliance allows Inchcape to tap into Ambrey’s vast experience in safety and security, complementing its own global reach, data intelligence, and comprehensive marine services. This synergy is expected to set new benchmarks for safety and security solutions in the maritime domain, with both entities committed to driving significant advancements in industry standards.

Industry Leaders on the Partnership

Svend Stenberg, CCO at Inchcape Shipping Services, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, highlighting the combined potential to revolutionise maritime safety protocols. Chris Charnley, Group Managing Director at Ambrey, emphasised the partnership’s role in addressing the dynamic threats facing global shipping and the maritime sector, underscoring Ambrey’s commitment to innovation and leadership in maritime security.

About Inchcape Shipping Services

Inchcape Shipping Services stands as the premier Port Agency and Marine Services provider, with a rich history dating back to 1847. With a global footprint spanning 247 offices in 60 countries, Inchcape is dedicated to delivering smooth port calls and successful trade operations, supported by a team of over 3,200 professionals.

About Ambrey

Ambrey is recognised as a global leader in maritime security risk management, offering comprehensive solutions to safeguard crew, vessels, and cargo. With a robust team and a global presence, Ambrey combines unique data, insights, and technology to mitigate operational risks effectively.

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Norway Strengthens Maritime Cybersecurity with NORMA Cyber Collaboration

In a strategic move to fortify its maritime sector, Norway has enlisted the expertise of the Norwegian Maritime Cyber Resilience Centre (NORMA Cyber) to lead its cybersecurity initiatives. This partnership underscores Norway’s commitment to safeguarding its maritime industry against the escalating spectrum of cyber threats.

A Unified Front Against Cyber Threats

NORMA Cyber’s collaboration with Norwegian authorities is set to enhance the maritime industry’s defence mechanisms by facilitating the production and distribution of critical cybersecurity warnings, sharing vital information, and analysing cyber-related incidents. This initiative is spearheaded by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA), in conjunction with the Norwegian Maritime Authority, both of which serve as authoritative bodies on maritime security and preparedness.

Expanding Cyber Resilience Capabilities

With this new mandate, NORMA Cyber’s role extends beyond advisory services; the organisation will now actively participate in cyber crisis management, contribute to comprehensive reports, and collaborate closely with the NCA within the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This expanded scope is anticipated to provide NORMA Cyber with deeper insights into cybersecurity trends and enable more effective dissemination of maritime cyber intelligence.

A Testament to Collaborative Effort

The decision to designate NORMA Cyber as a key player in maritime cybersecurity has been met with positive reception from industry leaders. Svein Ringbakken, CEO of The Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK) and chairman of the board at NORMA Cyber, expressed satisfaction with the authorities’ choice, highlighting the potential for enhanced security measures that benefit both the industry and society at large.

About NORMA Cyber

NORMA Cyber, the Norwegian Maritime Cyber Resilience Centre, stands at the forefront of cybersecurity efforts within Norway’s maritime sector. By leveraging cutting-edge technology and comprehensive industry knowledge, NORMA Cyber aims to protect maritime operations from cyber threats, ensuring the safety and efficiency of Norway’s maritime activities.

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AD Ports Group Embarks on a Strategic Expansion with Karachi Port East Wharf Takeover

AD Ports Group, a global powerhouse in trade, logistics, and industry, has recently inked a 25-year concession agreement with Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to spearhead bulk and general cargo operations at Karachi Port’s East Wharf. This landmark deal marks a significant expansion of AD Ports Group’s operational footprint and underscores its commitment to enhancing global trade dynamics.

A Joint Venture for Growth and Efficiency

The agreement facilitates the formation of Karachi Gateway Terminal Multipurpose Limited (KGTML), a joint venture between AD Ports Group and Kaheel Terminals. KGTML is set to develop, manage, and operate berths 11-17 at the East Wharf, promising to revolutionise the port’s capabilities in handling general cargo and bulk operations, including steel, paper, clinker, grains, and fertilisers.

Investment and Innovation

With an initial investment of $75 million earmarked for the first two years, covering upfront fees, prepayments, and infrastructural enhancements, KGTML aims to significantly boost the terminal’s efficiency and capacity. An additional investment of $100 million is projected within five years to further elevate the terminal’s operational standards, with an anticipated increase in capacity by 75%.

Strategic Control and Enhanced Operations

This new concession complements a previous agreement that granted AD Ports Group control over container operations at Karachi Port’s East Wharf, effectively consolidating its influence over the strategic maritime hub. The integration of these operations is expected to streamline processes, enhance safety and security measures, and significantly increase cargo handling capacity, with projections indicating a capacity to manage up to 14 million tonnes per annum post-investment.

A Vision for the Future

Under the leadership of Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, AD Ports Group aspires to transform Karachi Port into a dynamic global trade hub, equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge digital solutions. This vision aligns with the broader objectives of fostering economic diversification and establishing strategic partnerships that bolster regional and global trade networks.

About AD Ports Group

AD Ports Group stands at the forefront of facilitating trade, logistics, and industrial activities worldwide. With a rich heritage and a forward-looking approach, the group continues to expand its global presence, driving innovation and excellence in the maritime sector.

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ZeroNorth Expands Digital Horizons with Acquisition of Euronav’s FAST Platform

In a strategic move that underscores the accelerating pace of digital transformation in the maritime industry, Denmark-based technology firm ZeroNorth has announced its acquisition of the Fleet Automatic Statistics and Tracking (FAST) platform from Belgian shipping giant Euronav. This acquisition not only marks a significant expansion of ZeroNorth’s digital offerings but also heralds a new era of enhanced operational efficiency and sustainability in maritime logistics.

FAST: A Beacon of Digital Innovation

The FAST platform, renowned for its advanced high-frequency data collection capabilities, has been instrumental in optimising Euronav’s fleet operations. By facilitating real-time data acquisition from onboard sensors, FAST has enabled improved ship reporting, voyage optimization, and overall vessel performance. This integration of technology has led to notable reductions in fuel consumption and operational expenses, aligning with broader industry goals of sustainability and efficiency.

A Partnership for the Future

With this acquisition, Euronav transitions to a customer of ZeroNorth’s comprehensive platform, signaling a deepening of collaborative ties between the two entities. The integration of FAST’s capabilities with ZeroNorth’s platform is expected to yield significant advancements in data-driven maritime operations, offering a blueprint for the industry’s journey towards zero emissions.

Investing in a Sustainable Maritime Ecosystem

ZeroNorth’s Chief Growth Officer & EVP, Pelle Sommansson, emphasised the transformative potential of incorporating FAST into their platform, highlighting the pivotal role of high-frequency data in overcoming industry challenges. Euronav’s Operations Manager, Patrick Declerck, echoed this sentiment, underscoring the partnership’s alignment with Euronav’s sustainability ambitions and its impact on fostering a greener shipping industry.

About ZeroNorth

ZeroNorth is at the forefront of digital innovation in the maritime sector, dedicated to optimising vessel operations and promoting sustainability through cutting-edge technology solutions. With a focus on data-driven decision-making, ZeroNorth is helping shape the future of global trade and environmental stewardship in shipping.

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Wärtsilä and Carnival Corporation Extend Partnership to Advance Fleet Decarbonisation

Wärtsilä Corporation and Carnival Corporation have solidified their commitment to the maritime industry’s green transition by extending their performance-based agreement until March 2030. This extension builds on the successful partnership initiated in 2017, aiming to enhance the maintenance, technical support, and optimisation of 57 cruise ships across Carnival’s global fleet.

Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Cruising

The collaboration focuses on reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through advanced engine optimisation and fuel-saving technologies. This initiative aligns with Carnival Corporation’s ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, emphasising the critical role of innovation in sustainable maritime operations.

Expertise and Efficiency at the Forefront

Riccardo Cordara from Carnival Corporation highlighted the importance of the partnership with Wärtsilä in driving environmental sustainability efforts. Similarly, Wärtsilä’s Andy Dickinson underscored the value of leveraging their extensive experience and cutting-edge maintenance solutions to enhance cruise ship efficiency and environmental performance.

Comprehensive Support for a Greener Future

The agreement encompasses a wide range of services, including spare parts provision, technical audits, crew training, and a pioneering fuel savings program. This comprehensive support package is designed to ensure optimal performance and efficiency across Carnival’s fleet, contributing to the broader maritime industry’s environmental objectives.

About Wärtsilä Corporation

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative maritime technologies, offering a broad array of solutions that enhance the sustainability and efficiency of shipping operations.

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Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd Forge ‘Gemini Cooperation’ for a New Era in Ocean Shipping

Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd, two of the world’s leading shipping companies, have announced a ground-breaking partnership known as the ‘Gemini Cooperation.’ Set to commence in February 2025, this collaboration aims to redefine ocean network services through enhanced flexibility, reliability, and sustainability.

Strategic Partnership for Enhanced Services

The Gemini Cooperation: Beginning in February 2025, the Gemini Cooperation represents a long-term operational collaboration between Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd. This initiative is poised to deliver a more flexible and interconnected ocean network with industry-leading reliability​​​​.

Fleet Composition and Capacity: The cooperation will see a combined fleet pool of around 290 vessels, offering a total capacity of 3.4 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). Maersk will deploy 60% of this fleet, while Hapag-Lloyd will contribute the remaining 40%, ensuring a balanced and robust presence across global shipping routes​​​​.

Focus on Decarbonisation and Reliability

Commitment to Sustainability: Both companies are dedicated to decarbonising their fleets, aligning with ambitious industry sustainability targets. Maersk aims for net-zero emissions by 2040, and Hapag-Lloyd targets 2045, showcasing their commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible maritime operations​​.

High Schedule Reliability: A key objective of the Gemini Cooperation is to achieve above 90% schedule reliability once the network is fully operational. This target underscores the partnership’s commitment to customer satisfaction and service excellence​​.

Leadership Perspectives

Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd: Emphasising the benefits of the partnership, Jansen states, “Teaming up with Maersk will help us to further boost the quality we deliver to our customers. Additionally, we will benefit from efficiency gains in our operations and joint efforts to further accelerate the decarbonisation of our industry.”

Vincent Clerc, CEO of Maersk: Clerc highlights the strategic importance of the cooperation, noting, “By entering this cooperation, we will be offering our customers a flexible ocean network that will raise the bar for reliability in the industry. This will strengthen our integrated logistics offering and meet our customers’ needs.”

Conclusion

The Gemini Cooperation between Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd marks a significant milestone in the maritime industry, promising enhanced service quality, improved transit times, and a strong focus on sustainable shipping practices. This partnership not only strengthens the capabilities of both companies but also sets a new standard for operational excellence in the global shipping industry.

About Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd

Maersk: A global leader in logistics services, operating in over 130 countries with a fleet of approximately 700 vessels.

Hapag-Lloyd: One of the world’s leading liner shipping companies with a fleet of 264 modern container ships.

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Brittany Ferries Advances in Eco-Efficiency with New Energy and Emissions Forecasting Tool

Brittany Ferries, the renowned European ferry operator, has made a significant stride in enhancing its environmental performance with the adoption of a ‘Fleet Energy and Emissions Forecast’ tool. This innovative application, developed by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore (BVS M&O), represents a major advancement in forecasting and managing vessel performance, fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Innovative Tool for Sustainable Operations

The new web-based forecasting tool is designed to assist Brittany Ferries in meeting Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) and EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) requirements. It uses a theoretical model calibrated with actual performance data to predict fuel consumption and emissions for each ship in the fleet. This advanced application enables Brittany Ferries to plan optimised and efficient fleet-wide operations, thus reducing fuel consumption, emissions, and operational costs.

Customised Energy Models for Enhanced Forecasting

BVS developed ship-specific energy models for the software, integrating ports and route data to support improved forecasting. These models allow Brittany Ferries to adjust parameters and develop scenarios tailored to their fleet, facilitating strategic decisions that optimise fuel consumption, emissions, and costs.

Statements from Brittany Ferries and Bureau Veritas

Brice Robinson, Manager of the Naval Projects Department at Brittany Ferries, emphasised the importance of the tool in the decision-making process, noting its role in managing greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs for various ship and fleet scenarios. Laurent Verney, BVS France Director, highlighted the collaboration’s success in bringing together digital expertise and insights from Brittany Ferries to deliver an effective digital decarbonisation solution.

Collaboration for Advanced Weather Routing

In addition to the forecasting tool, BVS is also collaborating with Brittany Ferries to support operational decision-making with an advanced weather routing solution from software provider Adrena. This solution is part of a joint R&D effort based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations and BV’s SEECAT ship energy modelling software, further enhancing Brittany Ferries’ commitment to sustainable operations.

Conclusion

Brittany Ferries’ adoption of the Fleet Energy and Emissions Forecast tool marks a significant step in its journey towards more sustainable maritime operations. This initiative not only improves the company’s environmental footprint but also sets a new standard in the industry for eco-efficient fleet management.

About Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries is a leading European ferry operator, providing routes between France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Spain, and is committed to sustainable and efficient maritime transport.

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CMA CGM Expands Logistics Empire with Strategic Acquisition of UK’s Wincanton

In a bold move to diversify its transport operations, France’s CMA CGM Group, a major player in the global shipping industry, has announced the acquisition of Wincanton, a prominent UK and Ireland logistics company. This acquisition, valued at nearly $720 million, is a strategic step for CMA CGM to grow its logistics and shoreside operations, marking its entry into the UK supermarket sector.

Strategic Expansion in the Logistics Arena

The acquisition is part of a larger expansion strategy by CMA CGM’s subsidiary, CEVA Logistics, to strengthen its presence in the UK, particularly in the grocery and consumer sectors. Wincanton, with operations spanning over 170 sites across Britain and Ireland, will add a significant layer of expertise in warehousing management and grocery to CMA CGM’s portfolio.

Financial Aspects and Market Impact

CMA CGM, under the control of the Franco-Lebanese billionaire Saade family, has offered 450 pence per share for Wincanton, reflecting a 52% premium over its closing stock price. This deal values Wincanton’s equity at approximately 566.9 million pounds ($718.77 million), including debt, bringing its enterprise value to about 765 million pounds. Following the announcement, Wincanton’s shares surged by 47%, attaining their highest value since July 2021.

CMA CGM’s Growing Logistics Footprint

This acquisition is the latest in a series of strategic moves by CMA CGM to expand its logistics capabilities. The group has recently made a $5.5 billion bid for Bollore’s logistics unit, acquired auto logistics firm Gefco, and freight forwarder CEVA Logistics. These acquisitions underscore CMA CGM’s commitment to providing end-to-end transport services and comprehensive supply chain management solutions to its clients.

Wincanton’s Diverse Operations

Wincanton, active in various sectors such as food, consumer goods, fuel, and defence, competes with major players like DHL and GXO in the UK and Ireland markets. The acquisition by CEVA Logistics UK Rose Ltd., advised by investment bank Morgan Stanley, signals a new era of growth and diversification for both companies.

Conclusion

CMA CGM’s acquisition of Wincanton represents a significant development in the logistics and shipping industry, highlighting the group’s intent to broaden its logistics operations and enhance its service offerings in the UK and Ireland. This move is poised to reshape the logistics landscape, offering a unique opportunity for CMA CGM to leverage Wincanton’s expertise in grocery and consumer markets.

About CMA CGM

CMA CGM Group is a leading worldwide shipping and logistics company, known for its extensive global presence and innovative solutions in the maritime sector.

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Singtel Enhances Maritime Connectivity with Starlink Integration

Singtel, a leading Singaporean telecommunications conglomerate, has announced a significant enhancement to its maritime digital offerings through a partnership with Starlink. This collaboration is set to revolutionise the maritime industry by leveraging advanced technologies to improve operational safety, efficiency, and crew well-being.

Integration of Starlink’s Advanced Satellite Technology

Boosting Digital Solutions: Singtel plans to integrate Starlink’s low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband service into its maritime digital solutions, particularly into its iSHIP platform. This platform includes Paragon, a cutting-edge system for 5G edge computing and cloud services​​​​.

Enhanced Connectivity and Efficiency: The partnership with Starlink will provide ship operators with enhanced connectivity and low-latency capabilities, enabling real-time data analysis. This technological advancement is expected to lead to increased productivity, reduced fuel consumption costs, and improved operational maintenance​​​​.

Singtel’s Multi-Orbit Strategy for Maritime Services

Global Coverage and Resilience: Singtel, renowned for its multi-band satellite network, including both LEO and geostationary orbit (GEO) offerings, ensures continuous connectivity even in demanding maritime conditions. Starlink’s constellation of over 5,000 satellites can provide comprehensive maritime coverage with download speeds of up to 200 Mbps, accommodating vessels of all sizes​​.

Paragon Platform for Seamless Connectivity: Singtel’s Paragon platform is designed to manage and automate the switching between different satellite communication services, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity for ships. This system allows vessels to leverage edge computing and host mission-critical applications either onboard or ashore​​.

Commitment to Industry Innovation and Growth

CEO’s Vision for Digital Adoption: Singtel Digital InfraCo CEO Bill Chang expressed that adding Starlink to Singtel’s suite of satellite communications solutions aligns with their multi-orbit strategy. This strategy aims to enhance the resilience of satellite connectivity in the maritime industry and encourage the rapid adoption of digital technologies​​.

Conclusion
The integration of Starlink into Singtel’s maritime portfolio marks a pivotal development in maritime digitalisation. It signifies Singtel’s commitment to driving industry innovation and growth by providing ship owners and operators with superior connectivity solutions and technological capabilities.

About Singtel
Singtel is a global leader in telecommunication services, committed to bringing cutting-edge digital solutions to various industries, including maritime operations.

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