zoom The time has come for the maritime industry to make a move towards smart shipping as CEOs, chairmen and directors of maritime and offshore companies urge the adoption of new technology in order to capitalise on opportunities and navigate today’s increasingly complex operating environment, according to new survey data by Sea Asia 2017.Some 94 percent of the company representatives surveyed believe that the industry should move to smart shipping, while another 81 percent recognise the importance of Big Data to the future of the shipping and maritime industry.According to the survey, conducted ahead of Sea Asia 2017, the representatives also highlighted that new technological developments are crucial in helping industry players transform the way their businesses operate sustainably.“A small number of industry players are shifting towards smart shipping. However, with technology developing at a fast pace today, it is important that the industry adapts quickly. To encourage this shift, industry players need to realise the benefits of welcoming technological changes in the industry,” Group Chairman of Taiwan’s U-Ming Marine Transport Corp, Douglas Hsu, said.Across the region, the industry is working alongside government and private sector partners to drive the development of technology and innovation to help ensure it is well positioned to capture new opportunities and navigate new trends and challenges.“Smart technologies in shipping will help optimise ship operations and improve ship-to-shore communications and vice versa,” Managing Director of Precious Shipping Ltd, Khalid Hashim, said.“The collection of Big Data is important in helping ship owners evaluate the performance of their vessels. By utilising the data collected in areas like machinery parameters, fuel consumption and vessel speed, ship owners can then look into how they optimise further the capabilities of their vessels,” Hashim added.
The police today arrested four people over the violent clashes which erupted at the ODI cricket match played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Cricket stadium last night.The clashes resulted in several people including police officers being injured and the game being temporarily suspended for over half an hour. Riot police were called in to protect the players and bring the situation under control. The police said that investigations over the clashes were continuing to arrest several other individuals who are alleged to have been involved in the incident. Objects including a stone was thrown at the field where Pakistani players were making their way to a clean victory with Sri Lanka struggling to chase the 317 run mark to win.Players were called into the center of the field and both teams later left the field as police emptied one half of the stands. The clashes are believed to have begun in the upper level of the D Block between two groups who later started exchanging blows and throwing stones at each other.Violent clashed erupted outside the stadium as well with several vehicles and property being damaged in the incident.However, play resumed at around 10:05pm local time in almost half empty stands with no reduction in overs. Pakistan went on to complete a 135-run win, and take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. (Colombo Gazette)