At Lizard Global, we believe in the power of technology. That’s why we aim to help our clients improve their business processes by creating software that automates these processes and steers their business towards a successful digital transformation. We do this for entrepreneurs and businesses from a broad range of industries. This week, we dive deeper into one of our verticals: the maritime industry.
Maritime and technology
The maritime and offshore shipping industry possesses a long and impressive history that dates back hundreds of years. About five thousand years ago, the first major routes were formed in order to trade goods and services overseas. Over the centuries that followed, vessels have greatly increased their potential for shipping goods on a global scale. Did you know that the shipping industry is responsible for the carriage of approximately 90 percent of the total world trade? It’s obvious that the maritime industry still plays an indispensable role in our lives.
Because the maritime industry has such a rich and lengthy history, it’s often proclaimed as a rather conservative sector. However, more and more shipping companies are discovering the benefits of technology and business process automation. Digital transformations are changing the shipping industry at a rapid pace. More and more shipments and supply chains are managed digitally, on- and offshore. A few examples of current digital changes within the maritime industry are the following:
- Digital platforms allow employees to have real-time insights into their shipping data
- Real-time location tracking technologies can follow vessels around the globe
- Intelligent technologies can manage crewless ships and unmanned vessels from a distance
- Digital sensors can predict maintenance and send repair notifications
- Training and education in the shipping industry can be done with the help of extended reality technologies
This is just a handful of examples of digital transformations within the maritime industry, but there’s a lot more to come. At Lizard Global, we have multiple clients with their roots in the maritime sector, and over time, we’ve built a vast amount of knowledge and experience with applying technology to the shipping industry.
One of our partners with a deep-rooted passion for sustainable shipping is Skoon. The skilled and hardworking team of land-based and marine experts at Skoon are continuously looking for ways to create and optimize a new 2-sided marketplace for sustainable and efficient battery rentals. They found a way to optimize energy transitions for mostly land-based, as well as offshore purposes with the creation of their Skoonbox. The Skoonbox is a reliable and decentralized energy source neatly packaged in their characteristic Skoon container. Their sustainable solution contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions, and contributes to a cleaner and brighter future. Besides providing their own battery containers, they also offer consultancy in finding solutions for mobile energy storage, on- and offshore.
What we did
Together with the team of Skoon, we created Skoon Cloud: a cutting-edge digital platform that provides its users with data insights into their container batteries, together with the option to upload or find batteries for rent. Skoon Cloud functions as a 2-sided digital marketplace that efficiently connects battery owners with battery renters for multiple purposes, like land-based festivals or construction sites, as well as offshore shipping. The integrated map shows you where to find a container battery close by, as well as their current status. All data is secured and protected within the online database of Skoon Cloud. On the business success case on our website, you can read more about our partnership with Skoon.
Proteus Risk Solutions is another one of our partners with their roots in the maritime sector. They function as a maritime insurance broker, protecting already more than 100 offshore vessels against the risk of war, damages, and theft. In order to make sure all vessels are continuously followed and controlled automatically, a digital solution had to be developed.
What we did
Listening closely to the needs of our clients from Proteus Risk Solutions, we were able to conceptualize, design and develop a digital platform that shows real-time insights into vessels in low-, mid- and high-risk areas. The War Additional Premium Application, or WAPA, runs on real-time tracking technologies that make use of automatic identification systems. Users of the platform can manage and edit their policies, fleet, risk zones, maps and list views, vessels and voyages within the WAPA user-friendly WAPA interface, and get notified when vessels are entering a high-risk zone. Want to have a look at the interface and learn more about our partnership with Proteus? Check out their business success case here.
Lizard Global and the maritime sector
As with many other industries, the maritime industry is rapidly growing towards a total digital transformation. Lizard Global gladly contributes to this journey towards the end-goal of process automation. Our connections with professionals in the maritime industry has taught us a lot about the potential technological improvements within this sector, and pushes us to keep innovating in order to make this unique sector more efficient, without taking away its characteristic connection to its rich history.
Not only do we conceptualize, design, develop, and market digital solutions, we also help during the process of the adoption of new technologies. The shift towards doing digital isn’t easy, especially if a company or entire sector is so used to doing it the classic way. Our digital solutions are focused on a user-friendly experience for everyone, also users who aren’t used to dealing with new technologies.
Do you have questions about our experience with digitalizing the maritime industry? Or are you a maritime business looking for guidance in the digital transformation of your company? Get in contact with us, and we gladly offer you a free digital consultation session, with a cup of coffee or cool drink on the side. You can contact us via our social media channels or via the contact form on our website.