04 September 2020

From left to right: Eva Aristotelous (Client Relationship Manager, BSM), Zaharias Siokouros (CEO, CMMI) Yiannis Sykas (Directot of Strategy and member of the board, BSM) Savvas Avraam (Business Analyst, BSM)

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI) have signed an MoU to launch a game-changing initiative named ‘True North 72’, aiming to encourage innovation across the maritime supply chain and logistics industries.

The maritime industry is already undergoing a massive disruption of its existing business models with longer term pressure to become even more efficient and environmentally friendly. The “True North 72” initiative aims to be a catalyst in reinventing the value chain in the digital age and delivering sustainable solutions to solve customer challenges throughout their businesses.

The collaboration between BSM and CMMI will capitalise on both partners’ shipping expertise, global reach and specialist technical expertise to create an ecosystem for experimentation. The initiative will explore new ideas, testing and iterating potential solutions, all with the goal of creating entirely new markets, services or products.

Within the framework of this initiative the two organisations will focus on the following five key areas:

  1. Data analytics applications and solutions for the maritime industry, including any relevant infrastructure requirements (e.g. 5G networks, telemetry sensors, cloud technologies, etc)
  2. Autonomous systems, both on board (e.g. autonomous vessel navigation) and in relation to business processes (e.g. process automation)
  3. Optimisation of vessel performance, through a combination of solutions from other scope domains, and the eventual impact on vessel design
  4. Optimisation and digitalisation of operations and processes in the general logistics space, including areas of interest such as ports/terminals, chartering and bunkering operations
  5. Solutions (including digital) for tracking and managing safety and risk on board, including solutions that address regulatory compliance

As such, the joint programme will leverage the tremendous capabilities of the two organisations to research and explore the commercialisation of ideas in areas of strategic interest, unlocking value at the forefront of innovation for the wider maritime sector.

Yiannis Sykas, Director of Strategy and member of BSM’s management board, said: “The industry has reached a turning point and the coming decade will be critical in defining the next generation of maritime trade and business. Through the ‘True North 72’ initiative and the partnership with CMMI, BSM is clearly demonstrating its commitment to nurturing creativity and innovation. This partnership embodies our company’s mission statement and values enabling colleagues, clients, business partners and the communities we operate in, to apply knowledge, experience and innovation to develop solutions to important industry challenges.”

Zacharias Siokouros, CEO of CMMI said: “CMMI, as a R&I Centre of Excellence for the marine and maritime sectors, aspires to become a partner of choice for all relevant blue economy research, technology development and innovation activities at local, regional, European and global level. The institute aims at promoting excellence in research and innovation, investing in creative capital, fostering education, training and entrepreneurship, and nurturing socio-economic and cultural transformation overall. Therefore, we are very excited to participate in ‘True North 72’ and partner with one of the world’s leading third-party ship managers. This initiative is fully aligned with our key objective to address the needs of the maritime industry and society and develop solutions that will contribute to sustainable Blue Growth.”