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Captain’s Table winner announced

Bulgarian fuel saving firm 13 Mari was crowned this year’s winner at the finals of the maritime pitch competition, The Captain’s Table, yesterday in Hong Kong.

13 Mari’s solution consists of the application of a composite element glued to the hull. Placing 15 to 30 such elements to the ship’s hull produces 10% faster water flow across the hull and a consequent 20% less drag, the company’s presentation to judges in Hong Kong claimed yesterday. 

The European firm, praised by judges for its attractive returns on investment and potential scalability, takes home a cash prize plus 12 months of free legal support from HFW, social media support and business introductions from Lloyd’s Register, business coaching from HFW Consulting and fundraising advice from Betatron Venture Group.

Previous winners of the competition have gone on to massively scale up their business operations.

“We are dedicated to providing a platform for shipping start-ups to reach the industry participants to transform and to help to solve the industry’s core problems,” commented Tabitha Logan, co-founder of the event.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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