The Last Dinosaur
The Last Dinosaur
Christopher L Aversano
Industry veteran Christopher Aversano hosts an interview style podcast exploring digitization in the maritime shipping space.
Episode 29. Nick Clarke, Greywing
This week’s episode of the Last Dinosaur features the CEO of Greywing, Nick Clarke. Greywing is a digital platform that provides clients with greater situational awareness of their fleet and personnel In this week’s episode, Nick and I cover a few things: How he pivoted from being piracy focused to crew change focused, especially as security for piracy operations became commoditized, an issue in our industry.   The use of open sourced APIS was critical in success thus far Being Singapore based as an founder What country is really leading the way in terms of building digital products (Hint: It makes senses if you think about it, but often gets overlooked..) Don’t forget to follow the podcast and leave a five-star review.
Jan 17
37 min
Episode 28 Osher Perry, CEO ShipIn Systems
In the most recent episode of The Last Dinosaur, I sat down with Osher Perry, CEO and Founder of ShipIn Systems.   For those that don’t know, ShipIn Systems offers onboard CCTV solutions for vessels that allows shoreside personal to get the visibility needed in critical operations. A question that I love to ask, especially founders, is ‘tell me about how your initial idea has changed over time’.  Most times, founders will talk about how they changed due to market conditions or demands, but what struck me about Osher’s response was, he did not change much and that the focus – seafarer’s safety – was unyielding and unchanged. One of the perceived problems in our industry is that technology will be dismissed out of hand.  Osher tells a different story, one that shows that good technology, if useful, will be adopted and adapted by users without much promoting.  He mentions how some of the spares that they send on board the ships, were used in more places than anticipated.  I guess it comes down to having good products with a solution in mind.  I hope you liked this episode of The Last Dinosaur. Don’t forget to follow the podcast. Wishing you fair winds and following seas - Chris
Jan 5
30 min
Episode 27.  Evan Efstathiou, Skysail and Burmester Vogel
Its the end of the year, so why not look back at 2022 and make bold predictions on the year ahead?   In this episode of The Last Dinosaur, I do exactly that with my special guest Evangelos Efstathiou, MD of Skysail Advisors and CEO of Burmester & Vogel. Evan has a long history in the maritime digital technology space and we talk about the trends from this past year and discuss what will unfold next year and beyond as well as:  Evan talks about how he started the now famous maritime digital technology map  Update on the digitization on his own company, Burmester & Vogel The three points to why 2022 was a big year for maritime digital technology How and why investment in the maritime will continue to grow I hope you enjoyed listening to this episode of the Last Dinosaur, don’t forget to follow the podcast and leave a 5 star review.
Dec 15, 2022
33 min
Episode 26.  CII - Nick Makar International Registries Inc.
I am pleased to share the latest episode of The Last Dinosaur and another version of Tell Me More Tuesday. This week I do something a bit different for Tell Me More Tuesday, and that is I have a guest for the whole show. My guest is Nick Makar, Senior Vice President, Maritime Administration / Regulatory Affairs at International Registries, Inc. which provides administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Registry.  Nick sits as a part of the important International Maritime Organization (IMO) committee which develops environmental regulations for international shipping on behalf of the RMI Maritime Administrator’s delegation to the IMO. This is an extremely timely podcast, as we talk about the CII regulations which come into force on January 1. Nick and I talk about •       The formation of the CII regulations •       How the IMO developed them during COVID •       What’s in store for MEPC 80, being held next year. I hope you enjoyed listening to this episode of the Last Dinosaur, don’t forget to follow the podcast and leave a 5 star review.
Dec 6, 2022
26 min
Episode 25.  Rev Mark Nestlehutt, SCI
I am pleased to share the latest episode of The Last Dinosaur, where I talk to Rev. Mark Nestlehutt, President & Executive Director of The Seamen's Church Institute This episode is the last in a series to focus on digitization and the impact on the seafarer. In this episode Rev. Nestlehutt and I discuss   • The work that SCI does • Advice to students about building network for resilience • Why connectivity is important • The Christmas at Sea program.   The SCI is a wondeful cause and if you can spare to make a donation, please do.    I hope you enjoyed listening to this episode of the Last Dinosaur, don’t forget to follow the podcast and leave a 5 star review. 
Nov 29, 2022
31 min
Episode 24.  Bills Of Lading and Blockchain
In this episode of Tell Me More Tuesday, I explore a maritime topic that is releated to a very common digital one.  Those are Bills of Lading and Blockchain.   Bills of Lading have been around for ever, and I give an overview of what they are, the different types the rules the govern them.  For the discussion on blockchain, I bring in a previous guest to the podcast, Darren Shelton.  Darren talks about what blockchain is, and we discuss current uses in the maritime space. Wikipedia page on Bills Of Lading Please don’t forget to like/follow/subscribe to the podcast. Have a question or a topic? Drop me an email at thelastdinosaurpod@gmail.com Music by Peg and The Rejected 'King of SKA' Art Work By:  GA Design   
Nov 22, 2022
12 min
Episode 23.  Rear Admiral John Mauger, USCG
I am pleased to share the latest episode of The Last Dinosaur, where I talk to USCG Rear Admiral John W. Mauger, Commander, First Coast Guard District.  This episode is the third in a series to focus on digitization and the impact on the seafarer, both in the USCG and the mariners they oversee.  In this episode Rear Admiral Mauger and I talk about: The contribution that the US maritime system makes to the economy Five main pillars of the USCG digital and data strategy and how this strategy will 'generate more data in the next two years than our entire history to date’ The USCG role in autonomous shipping, including COLREGS Find out what piece of bad career advice Admiral Mauger got, and from whom! I would like to give a special shout out to the Admiral’s staff that helped with this podcast: Captain Andrew S Brown, Commander Joseph E Risso, Lt. Brandon R Newman and Lt. JG, Madeleine K Khoilian I hope you enjoyed listening to this episode of the Last Dinosuar.     
Nov 15, 2022
29 min
Episode 22. STS and AI
In this episode of Tell Me More Tuesday, I explore a maritime topic that a common evoluation in the industry called Ship To Ship transfer or STS The digital topic that I talk about is AI. I then talk about the use of AI in the maritime space today.   Although these two topics seem not to have much in common, there is a link that binds them together and it is in play right now.   Please don’t forget to like/follow/subscribe to the podcast. Have a question or a topic? Drop me an email at thelastdinosaurpod@gmail.com Music by Peg and The Rejected 'King of SKA' Art Work By:  GA Design   
Nov 8, 2022
5 min
Episode 21.  Nakul Malhotra
I in this episode, I talk to Nakul Malhotra, VP Emerging Opportunities Portfolio – Maritime Services for Wilhelmsen Group.  This episode is the second in a series to focus on digitization and the impact on the seafarer, especially around connectivity.  In this episode Nakul and I talk about: Having the shore being 5G and sailors 1-2G, but that is rapidly changing and needs to change for so many reasons. How the maritime sector has the biggest and most difficult stakeholder maps, causing chaos, but where there is chaos there is opportunity Digital transformation is not just about the technology – it is about the mind shift Maritime industry is now seen as emerging opportunity space for VC and pitch books Music by Peg and The Rejected 'King of SKA' Art Work By:  GA Design   
Oct 31, 2022
36 min
Episode 20.  NOR and Agile v Waterfall
In this episode of Tell Me More Tuesday, I explore a maritime topic that is built on previous episodes and for the digital topic, I talk about a method of development that places a key role in how software is built and why it is important.  * Maritime Topic: I give a description of NOR or Notice of Readiness.  This is the last of the series where we talk about Laycan, Laytime and Demurrage.  NOR is related.  Here is the PDF from the West P and I club * Digital Topic:  I talk the philosophies of Agile and Waterfall and relate on how this is important and use the evolving emission regulations as an example of how important having an agile process is. This is the article referenced in the show I hope you enjoy these short podcasts and this installment of TMMT. Please don’t forget to like/follow/subscribe to the podcast. Have a question or a topic? Drop me an email at thelastdinosaurpod@gmail.com Music by Peg and The Rejected 'King of SKA' Art Work By:  GA Design   
Oct 25, 2022
5 min
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