Initially, the aim of this initiative is to generate insights into how emerging digital technologies are transforming the global maritime industry as well as the impact of these disruptive forces on the global economy, the international trading system and on the wider society. The goal is to assist key stakeholders in the maritime industry in exploring possible responses and in uncovering opportunities for collaborative action to successfully transition to the digital economy.
New digital technologies are bringing major challenges and opportunities to the global economy and to the maritime industry. With the aim of exploring the potential for collaborative action to address this, the Global Maritime Forum, in cooperation with Rainmaking Innovation, organized two workshops on digital disruption in maritime in Singapore in April 2018 and in Hamburg in May 2018.
The ambition of the workshops was to discuss the impact of disruptive digital technologies on the maritime sector and get insight on how startups can bring innovation to the maritime industry. The purpose of the workshop was also to identify areas of opportunity that, after validation with a wider audience, could become the launchpad for structured collaborative industry action. A summary of the two workshops and the tangible action opportunities are available for download.
The workshops gathered representatives from different parts of the maritime industry including shipowners, ship managers, ports, classification societies, finance as well as representatives from government and international organizations. One of the key takeaways from the discussions was the importance of gathering a variety of stakeholders, since many of the identified action opportunities require collaboration across the industry and with outside partners and regulators.
In the longer term, it is the ambition to explore how stakeholders across the entire maritime value chain can work together on a more ongoing basis to create a “Silicon Valley of the maritime industry”.
The initiative is organized in collaboration with Rainmaking Innovation, a global entrepreneurship advisory and startup accelerator.