Columbia Shipmanagement and Marlow Navigation sign ‘blue sky thinking’ partnership with Lufthansa

Columbia Shipmanagement together with Marlow Navigation have signed a partnership deal with Lufthansa Industry Solutions that they claim in a release will pave the way for a “new era of blue sky thinking” in the maritime sector.

The agreement between Blue Dynamics – a software company previously set up by Columbia and Marlow – and Lufthansa Industry Solutions will provide information technology relating to performance monitoring, predictive maintenance, remote sensoring, procurement, logistics, crew planning and other important topics such as development resource sharing, lab utilisation and development processes.

Lufthansa Industry Solutions has successfully provided several innovative IT solutions to the maritime industry over the years, both in the transport and the cruise sector.

Mark O’Neil, president of Columbia Shipmanagement, and the future CEO of the merged Columbia Marlow, welcomed the partnership and said the goal was to create “a truly transformational digital environment consisting of integrated applications and services which will enable the customer to be fully integrated into the management and vessel operation process”.


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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