Shipping services group Signal has opened up access to its online Tanker Chartering Academy, making the 10-module programme free to view to assist users in understanding the process of fixing a vessel, and learn about tanker operations, port disbursements and post-fixture activities.
The Academy programme was initially created to help Signal train its shipping professionals, software engineers, and data scientists to ensure that they understood the fundamentals of the tanker shipping business, but is now being made available to the company’s customers, partners and the wider shipping community.
“Shipping companies have big digital ambitions, but to deliver on those, they need to attract and onboard talent which often has little or no exposure to our industry,” said Signal founder Ioannis Martinos.
“How can you build and deploy helpful solutions if your technologists don’t understand the shipping business? Having struggled with this in the past, we built a programme based on what really happens in the tanker chartering setting. We’ve had great internal success with it, so we wanted to share with others.”
Over the past five years Signal has taken on over 100 technologists in London and Athens to develop its digital services, including the Signal Ocean platform which combines streams of private and public data such as AIS, tonnage lists, cargo lists, vessel positions, port costs, port line-ups, emissions and freight rates to provide data-driven advice on the freight market.