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Shipbroker teams with Microsoft to unlock answers to the chemical trades

Chemical tanker brokers SPI Marine have teamed with Microsoft in a bid to bridge the gap between data and decision-making in shipping. 

Using the latest AI-powered data processing technology, shipbrokers and users will be able to ask questions via a Q&A style search experience and gain real-time answers to granular questions, helping them make better informed and faster business decisions.

A modern shipbroker needs to be a powerful data processing and analytics company

Together with Microsoft Power Business Intelligence services, UK-headquartered SPI is further developing The Vault – a data analytics platform, which contains the Q&A service and provides prescriptive analysis giving brokers and users the ability to draw conclusions that will affect the cost and time of their client’s voyage well before it has been executed.  

Mark Roberts, COO at SPI Marine said: “With the traditional role of a shipbroker evolving rapidly, in order to grow and prosper, a leading modern shipbroker needs to be a powerful data processing and analytics company. Getting accurate, data-driven, and real-time answers to today’s myriad of commercial and operational questions is key.”

Digital and analytics lead at SPI Marine, Cameron Amigo said: “This is a game changer. Microsoft’s ability to bridge the gap between end-users and data has helped enable us to differentiate our service offer.”

SPI Marine has plans to develop the new service beyond its traditional chemical tanker specialisation.

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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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