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Big Data and Big Disruptions

Jun 29, 2015
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What if they built a Big Data center for shipping, and nobody came?
That was my first reaction to articles trumpeting the opening of a virtual data room that would be fed by shipping companies. The announcement, a few months ago, did not come out of the blue; rather it was the culmination of multi-year effort by one of the larger vessel classification societies. “Class” plays an integral role in creating standards for vessel construction, and inspecting vessels at periodic intervals to make sure that everything is “ship-shape”. Class inspections also provide a mechanism for enforcing international rules- acting, effectively, for Flag States, which don’t have the vast networks of “surveyors” at ports all over the world.

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