Geollect highlighted by Thetius for our technology initiative supporting the maritime industry Covid-19 response. Thetius is a leading source of intelligence, analysis, and research on emerging technologies within the supply chain, helping industry leaders to understand and prepare for the future.
Coronavirus is causing significant problems for the maritime industry, with volatile supply and demand, port closures, and difficulties with crew changes. Despite the difficulties, the maritime technology community is fighting back against the virus, with a number of startups, tech companies, and other businesses launching services or providing data to help the industry cope with the strain.
Thetius compiled a list of resources, available here, that have been made available, many of them for free, to help the industry deal with the disruption of Covid-19.
A new interactive tool launched by the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) can assist parties in identifying commercial risks and physical threats to global shipping caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Group's new online COVID-19 tracker is a publicly accessible online digital tool (dashboard) that aims to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector to track country and port specific advice around the world. By providing live updates as to the number of confirmed cases of the virus and the countries at risk, and detailing measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tool can assist parties to identify commercial risks and physical threats to shipping around the world.
The tool sources data from all 13 International Group Clubs, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other leading sources, such as Wilhelmsen and the Gulf Agency Company Ltd. Access to the COVID-19 tracker is available via the International Group's COVID-19 website: https://www.igpandi.org/covid-19.
Geollect worked with the North of England P&I Club to provide a COVID-19 dashboard to the International Group of P&I Clubs. The dashboard launched today and is availble to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector track country and port specific advice around the world, detailing the measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IG stated that "these are uncertain times as the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for the industry and society at large. It is important that the most up to date and relevant information on COVID-19 measures taken in different jurisdictions are available and accessible via a single source and in an easy to use format. As such, this interactive tool will allow parties to identify commercial risks and physical threats to shipping around the world and provide live updates as to the number of confirmed cases of the virus, countries at risk and what to look out for."
Geollect has sourced data from all 13 International Group Clubs, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and other leading sources (including Wilhelmsen and GAC). This near-real time data can assist ships with chartering, operations and help prepare staff for what to expect when arriving in port. Access to the dashboard is via the links on the International Group’s COVID-19 page.
by Matthew Marshall
After years of battling temperamental lab equipment and cleaning what seemed like an endless supply of glassware, I was ready to try something a little different. When details of an internship at a geospatial maritime intelligence company, Geollect, were circulated by my PhD funders, I jumped at the chance. This wasn’t an industry that I knew much – if anything! – about and I wasn’t necessarily the sort of candidate that, on paper, they had had in mind. But its appeal for me was precisely because it was a completely unfamiliar field; something new for me to get stuck into. And much to my surprise, Geollect also looked upon the internship as an opportunity to experiment – they could gain a fresh perspective from someone with a completely different background (biogeochemistry, in case you’re interested!) and see what I could offer to them.
When I started at Geollect, I was very quickly welcomed into a growing team of programmers, front-end developers and GIS analysts. As with all new jobs, the first day involved learning new jargon and trying to understand the industry context for the business. In other settings I might have felt intimidated due to my different skill set and lack of experience, but this very friendly group were keen to welcome me and ensure that I felt part of the team. I was tasked with kick-starting the initial stage of a much longer-term project, which aims to develop new ways of flagging unusual shipping activity based on an analysis of historical trends. This really put my data-crunching skills to the test – analysing datasets that were far larger than anything I had previously handled. This presented its own difficulties but regular conservations with my team’s manager helped me to work out how to refine the focus of the research and keep making progress.
Two months isn’t very long but you can learn a lot in a such a short space of time. I am now aware of some of the challenges in the maritime industry related to vessel tracking and, in particular, the difficulties involved in filtering out suspicious shipping activity from a vast quantity of data. It also opened my eyes as to how one company can draw upon the skills of many individuals to create products that help to solve some of these challenges. A particular highlight of the internship for me was being surrounded by people who were working on so many different things, and different components of the same project which were all brought together into a single product – against challenging deadlines.
Overall I would say that internships are a great opportunity to experiment – experience working in an industry you’ve never heard of, test your skills in a completely new field and you may surprise yourself with what you’re able to do. I’d encourage any other PhD student (beleaguered or otherwise) to take advantage of similar opportunities that come their way. It may be start of something completely new.
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