The Briefing on the maritime industry

The news, views and numbers you need to know this month

News in numbers


On average, start-ups focusing on issues such as seafarer wellbeing, welfare and safety have attracted $2.25m in investment since 2010 (compared to $9.6m for ship performance technology start-ups), according to Thetius founder and managing director Nick Chubb


The rough amount donated by the AP Moller Foundation to help set up the ‘Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping’ in Copenhagen, Denmark

150,000 - 200,000

In May, the ILO said that approximately 150,000 to 200,000 seafarers were stranded on ships worldwide due to travel restrictions imposed due to Covid-19

403,342 GT

The total tonnage of the Pioneering Spirit, the world’s largest vessel by gross tonnage, which is also 382m long and has a breadth of 124m


According to reported estimates from Clarksons Research published in April, seaborne trade could contract by 5% in 2020

In quotes

Jose Matheickal, head of the International Maritime Organization's Department for Partnerships and Projects, following the launch of the new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to tackle invasive species and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:

This alliance is about the collective pioneering efforts by all maritime industries in undertaking the fight against invasive species and all the creativity and innovations that are being brought to the table to develop technological solutions.

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout, after the launch of a new Thetius report investigating the role of technology in enhancing crew safety, health and well-being:

Technology cannot provide a “silver bullet”. However, its role is vital in embedding policies and practices to enhance safety and wellbeing on board.

In Tweets