ShipNext and SeaRates join forces

Three digital freight platforms are coming together to offer bookings for bulk, tanker, container, MPP and even air freight shipments.

ShipNext, which focuses on dry bulk and tanker bookings, is teaming with container specialist SeaRates and air freight platform AirRates to create what they describe as a supply chain ecosystem. The new grouping has yet to be given a name but in a release the three parties say it will create a unique real-time solution to ship any cargo regardless of type, size or packing.

As well as developing an electronic bill of lading, SeaRates and ShipNext are now looking to create a smart contract using IBM’s Hyperledger Fabric, which they claim will be “the world’s most unique ‘all in’ solution for transportation”.

“Similar to Google Maps, it will be able to provide a real-time solution for delivery of any type of cargo, anywhere in the world, with various modes of transport,” the pair stated.

ShipNext and SeaRates will soon launch a security token ICO to get more partners involved.

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.


  1. Imagine you have a project or bulk cargo to ship. Very soon you will be able to, instantly, find a shipping solution for your cargo in either, conventional or containerized way, based on real-time data regardless of where and when you want to ship it.

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