Japanese-backed freight platform launches

Japanese-backed freight platform launches

A Japanese backed, US-based digital freight platform has finally launched out of Stamford. Initially scheduled to launch last June, maruFreight’s new platform kicked off today, designed to link shippers and shipowners with available cargoes and ships.

“Today is a significant day in our industry as we launch maruFreight,” commented Antonio Brizzo, president and CEO of maruFreight.

The platform’s goal is to help companies to improve efficiency and decision-making in chartering by leveraging technology and data.

The platform is backed by trading house Mitsui & Co and Weathernews, one of the largest weather routing companies in the world.

The word maru (丸 meaning circle) is often attached to Japanese ship names.

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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