• 2018 March 7 10:00

    Alfa-Bank is ready for adjusting blockchain technology for transport industry

    Alfa-Bank sees prospects for the development of blockchain solutions in transport industry including the segment of wholesale logistics, Denis Dodon, Head of Center for Innovations Research & Development, Alfa-Bank, told IAA PortNews. 

    According to him, blockchain is efficient for optimization of interaction in B2B networks with a large number of contractors (cargo owners, shippers, ports container and stevedoring companies).
    “Specific feature of water freight transportation is quite complicated logistic processes. Cargo can be delivered to the port by open-top rail cars and transshipped to vessels. That involves a number of related services like forwarding and loading/unloading performed by different companies. 

    Blockchain is able to prevent delays at any stage: information about implementation of each phase of the supply chain is passed to the next one. If accepted, the contract is performed automatically. That creates a transparent medium allowing for immediate information exchange between the interacting parties and for contract performance”, explained Denis Dodon. 

    “We are currently looking into development of joint partnership solutions for the segment of wholesale logistics and are ready for adjusting of ready blockchain solutions developed together with S7 Airlines”, said Alfa-Bank representative. 

    When speaking at the conference “How blockchain technology helps to increase a business' value”, organized by Forbes Russia, Denis Dodon presented cases of blockchain technology introduction and told about the joint work with S7. 

    “Blockchain technology allows for real-time tying of sales and payments ensuring 24/7 value exchange between real bank accounts. We see that in the case of Alfa-Bank and S7 with transparent interaction between agents, airline and those buying tickets. It is important that the project is implemented in the existing legal framework, so blockchain is already applicable for optimization of business processes in Russia”, Denis Dodon said at the conference. 

    The importance of this technology is in its ability to help clients be more competitive. Blockchain lets decrease the cost of the service and ensure its 24/7 availability. With BigData, implementation of smart contracts under the defined algorithm allows for considerable improvement of the service offered by clients to buyers. 

    Besides, blockchain helps reduce operational costs through cancellation of unnecessary and overlapping phases of the process. 

    “Experience has shown that clients hardly know the cost of their business processes. Algorithmization makes them reconsider the roles and functions of all parties involved in the contract, reveal ‘bottlenecks’ and make interaction more transparent”, Alfa-Bank speaker shares the experience. 

    Alfa-Bank is one of the pioneers in the development of blockchain technology for businesses in Russia. In December 2016, Alfa-Bank and S7 Airlines made the first credit transaction in Russia through smart contracts. 

    In 2017, Alfa-Bank took up the leading position in introduction of blockchain solutions for optimization of business processes. Among the projects of Alfa-Bank is the Russia’s first-ever pilot blockchain payment transaction (jointly with MegaFon and Sberbank), blockchain solution for trading automation (with S7), open platform for verification of supplies in factoring (with M.Video and Sberbank Factoring). 

    Alfa-Bank has an experience of developing its own products based on different platforms including Ethereum, HyperLedgerFabric, Cyber FT. The company has also been working on expansion of its pool of partners. 

    Alfa Bank is about to join the R3 blockchain consortium. It is also participating in the development of Masterchain, national blockchain platform.

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2018 March 21

18:29 Wight Shipyard wins second order for fast ferry duo from Mexican ferry operator
18:16 Dorian LPG announces third Japanese fnancing
18:14 GasLog Partners LP announces acquisition of GasLog Gibraltar for $207 million and repayment of intercompany loan
18:04 ABP South Wales achieves new ISO 9001:2016 standard for bulk handling operations
17:42 Port of Gdansk to breathe new life into Dworzec Drzewny Quay
17:20 ABB wins contract to equip two next-generation shuttle tankers with future-proof solutions
17:13 Finnlines decides to exercise the options to lengthen two more ro-ro vessels
17:03 Throughput of Chinese ports up 4.7% to 1.45 billion tonnes in 2M’18
16:39 Pavel Bezmaternykh elected as Director of Eastern-Siberian Inland Navigation Company
16:18 Port of Gdansk overhauls its quays
16:00 Novikombank provides a $100 million loan to STLC
15:47 Huntington Ingalls names two vice presidents
15:21 Gulf Island Fabrication secures contracts for two specialized vessels
15:04 Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018 to be held in Dubai on 29-31 October as part of UAE Maritime Week
14:42 LUKOIL’s profit in 2017 more than doubled YoY to RUB 418.8 bln
14:23 Wärtsilä and Crowley extend maintenance agreement for 11 articulated tug barges
13:56 IMO launches a video outlining how GMN initiative is uniting MTCCs into a global network
13:29 Ulstein built SOV Acta Auriga completes sea trials
13:11 Dubai will host MARACAD Maritime Innovation Awards on 3 October 2018
13:02 MARACAD 2018 will be held in Dubai on 2-3 October
12:30 17 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 20-21
12:09 Port of Quebec to cooperate with Port of Zeebrugge
11:47 Port of Immingham and partners hosted Driving Safety Forward forum
11:39 Vostochny Port JSC exported 5 million tonnes of coal YTD (photo)
10:50 Claimants and defendants in the case on allision of Delta Pioneer tanker with a pier at Primorsk port come to amicable agreement
10:31 Finnlines plans to lengthen two more Ro-Ro ships
10:15 Brent Crude futures price up 0.24% to $67.58, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.25% to $63.7
09:51 ABP's Port of Ayr took delivery of Liebherr crane
09:44 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,122 points
08:08 Scottish ports secure AEO status for Leith, Rosyth and Grangemouth
00:32 Ontario Government accepts Damen proposal for full ferry electrification

2018 March 20

18:20 Sirius Petroleum announces delivery of compact well head systems for Ororo-4 and Ororo-5
18:02 Leningrad Region Governor visits Vyborg Shipyard
17:56 PSA’s Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals enhances Nhava Sheva connectivity with first barge and train volumes
17:40 Van Oord posts results for 2017
17:25 Nevsky Shipyard designed a unique test stand
16:58 Multi-Link Terminals Ltd Oy orders Konecranes ship-to-shore crane for its Helsinki terminal
16:40 SMM 2018: green shipping makes headway
16:01 Transit shipments of containers on Russian Railways' network increased by 40% in January-February 2018
15:36 Rotterdam, the Netherlands will host 21st Ballast Water Management Conference on 7-8 November, 2018
15:13 NWSA container volumes grow 6 percent in February 2018
14:50 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim spoke at International Shipping Summit in Istanbul
14:24 More than half of spaces at icebreaker Arktika being built by Baltiysky Zavod are ready for outfitting (photo)
14:12 Maersk Line increases FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
13:35 Dredging works to be performed at seaport of Vladivostok
13:13 BP charters Safe Caledonia for West of Shetland
12:47 Traffic of passenger cars and buses through Crimea Bridge to be launched in May 2018 – RF Transport Ministry (photo)
12:01 Wan Hai Lines to launch new China to Vietnam service
11:51 40 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 19-20
11:28 Bunker prices level up at the Far East ports of Russia following last week’s fall (graph)
11:19 Maersk Line stops Winter Fee from world to St Petersburg FCT, RU, St Petersburg, RU, St Petersburg FP, RU, Ust Luga, RU and Kronshtadt
11:03 Skangas celebrates milestone with 1,000 LNG bunkering operations in 2017
10:40 Experts say Wärtsilä – Transas transaction is a step towards Wartsila localization in Russia
10:14 Brent Crude futures price up 0.3% to $66.25, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.34% to $62.34
09:37 Rosneft produced 225.5 mmtoe of liquid hydrocarbons in 2017, up 7.3% YoY
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,136 points

2018 March 19

18:06 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East Africa
18:00 NIBULON awarded first advanced training certificates of state standard to shipbuilders
17:39 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 618,500 tonnes of fish in 2M’18, up 19.8% Y-o-Y