Articulating possibilities for vertical vessel design

Little Boxes made of Ticky Tacky* Having recently discussed modular maintenance, this piece examines alternative possibilities for vessel design concepts, in particular, the development of the existing Articulated Tug Barge and Stena Bulk’s Infinity concept. Separating drive train from cargo seems like a commercial winner but is it safe and reasonable? Existing Methods of Barge…

What does the future hold for maritime connectivity?

Valour Consultancy has published the 2022 edition of its flagship maritime market intelligence report. The 2022 edition of The Future of Maritime Connectivity is the report’s fourth iteration, building on extensive market data back to 2013. It offers in-depth analysis of key service providers, hardware vendors, satellite operators and technology enablers, covering all geographic regions.…

Musings from a Superyacht… event

Senior maritime consultant Joshua Flood reflects on his experience as a panel discussion moderator at Superyacht Investor 2022, which took place in London earlier this month. The “new novelty” of returning to in person events has not yet worn off, and it’s been great to catch up with old faces, and put new faces to…

Maritime Connectivity Market Share Update

Valour Consultancy recently released its second edition update of the Maritime Tracker. The database now contains details of 16,500 commercial maritime vessels, with 95 new companies having been included since the previous edition. Additionally, the container, bulk and tanker segments within the merchant market have been separated, with all installation information segmented by geographic region…

Intellian Opens New Rotterdam Facility

Intellian formally unveiled its Rotterdam European HQ with an opening party on 12 May 2022, and kindly invited Valour’s senior maritime consultant Joshua Flood to join the event. Having opened the doors in 2021, after a €6.5 million investment and team of 30+ people already in the office, the “official” opening party followed the pattern…

The Joy of Lex: Legal Issues for the Future of Shipping

Maritime law has evolved over many centuries developing from the basic original Mediterranean trading rules to all-encompassing legislation, with changes often in response to disasters, piracy or discipline issues aboard ships. Within the last two centuries, advances in naval architecture, maritime trade, and cargo handling have added to the body of rules in significant ways.…

Key Takeaways: Nor-Shipping 2022

Nor-Shipping finally returned this month, as 18,000 visitors (reported by organisers) gathered in Oslo almost three years since the last edition in 2019. Delayed multiple times. June 2021, to January 2022 and finally April 2022. The show brings together top industry leaders to celebrates successes, outlines challenges and helps steer a course for the development…

The Viking Rowing Fisherman Powered by MSAT

Networking can stem from the unlikeliest of situations. After taking up indoor rowing during the pandemic, maritime analyst Joshua Flood unexpectedly found himself talking shop to a fierce competitor.  In early 2020, the world went into lockdown. Many people sampled a new type of life. A life of contemplation and isolation. We learnt new things…