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07 Jun 2019

COA Launches Telematics Standard

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The Container Owners Association (COA) is providing an open standard (at the application layer level) to permit interoperability of telematics device data from shipping containers.The international organisation representing the common interests of freight container owners said that the open standard, which will start with refrigerated containers, but then be expanded to cover all container types, will pave the way for all container owners to have multiple choices of vendors and…

05 Jun 2019

NAVTOR and Weathernews Join Forces

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An e-navigation company from inception, NAVTOR started life as a challenger to traditional navigation methods. Now their freshly signed collaboration agreement with Weathernews of Japan keeps them on course to redefine navigation, moving beyond charts and chores and into the very heart of vessel operations.Weathernews Inc. (WNI), the world's largest privately listed weather service company, originates from a background of safeguarding sailors and protecting ships. Utilizing its…

05 Jun 2019

Wärtsilä to Optimize Voyage Planning

The Wärtsilä Navi-Planner addresses complete voyage planning and optimisation needs in a single service.

The provider of smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets Wärtsilä unveils its new Navi-Planner voyage planning and optimisation solution.Developed by Transas, a Wärtsilä company, the new Navi-Planner makes use of the connected ECDIS. The new connectivity allows tedious onboard voyage planning to be cut from 5 hours to 30min, while also providing a minimum navigational safety standard for a less experienced crew.The new Navi-Planner utilises one of the world’s largest navigational databases…

03 Jun 2019

IMO to Promotes Multilingualism

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Multilingual communication is essential in bringing the work of the United Nations closer to the world’s citizens, fostering trust among Member States and facilitating informed decision-making.By making information available in all official languages, the language and conference services enable their organisations to communicate better, and to be more open, accountable and participatory.International Maritime Organization (IMO) confirmed its commitment to multilingualism at the International Annual Meeting on Language Arrangements…

31 May 2019

UKCS Investments On the Rise

Image: Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

North Sea operators and contractors are investing across people, R&D, technology and new markets to support continued growth, said a new report.The 30th Oil and Gas survey, conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Fraser of Allander Institute and KPMG UK, pointed out that around 45% of contractors have increased investment spend in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in the past 12 months.Almost half (47%) report they have either started to use…

13 May 2019

Stena Lines Implements Sustainability Strategy

Pic: Stena Line

Artificial intelligence (AI) assisted vessels to save fuel, Battery power propulsion, huge reduction of single use plastic on board, continued low level of crew and passenger accidents and an increased rate of female leaders.The European ferry services has  released its third sustainability review “A Sustainable Journey” describing initiatives, improvements and challenges in the operations from the sustainability perspective as well as results on their ambitious sustainability targets.The review also highlights the main initiatives the company has worked on during the past year.

29 Apr 2019

NAPA and ChartWorld Partner for 'ai'

ChartWorld’s Oliver Schwarz and NAPA’s Risto Kariranta are excited to start collaboration in providing AI-driven voyage planning and optimization. (Photo: ChartWorld)

NAPA, a leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider and ChartWorld, a leading digital chart agent, has announced their partnership to provide revolutionary artificial intelligence-driven voyage planning and optimization.Oliver Schwarz, ChartWorld’s Business Development Director, commented, “In today’s era of constant regulatory change and cost volatility, vessel efficiency and safety are more important than ever. Through the integration of ChartWorld’s industry-leading voyage planning with NAPA Fleet Intelligence…

24 Apr 2019

Naval Group Invests in b<>com

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Naval Group has just joined b<>com, a European innovation center based in France. This partnership brings together the European leader in naval defense and the researchers and engineers of the innovation center with a wide range of expertise.It will help to accelerate technological advances in the field of new digital and communication technologies. The two partners will work together on breakthrough solutions and innovations to reinvent digital solutions for naval defense solutions.The global naval defense market…

23 Apr 2019

Marine Corrosion: AI & Corrosion Detection

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ABS, Google Cloud and SoftServe completed a pilot project applying artificial intelligence (AI) models to detect levels of corrosion and coating breakdown on ships and offshore structures.The project demonstrated the accuracy of AI in detecting and assessing structural anomalies commonly found during visual inspection. AI techniques could be further used to analyze images over time to understand corrosion and coating breakdown trends.“Digital innovation in AI will change how surveys and maintenance strategies are executed…

05 Apr 2019

Nautilus Secures $11M in 'AI' Funding

L to R -  Matt Heider, Chief Executive Officer of Nautilus, and Greg Trauthwein, Editor of Marinelink (Photo: Marinelink)

Nautilus, the company building artificial intelligence for the maritime shipping industry, has announced $11M in Series A funding led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, along with Root Ventures. Existing and new investors including Quiet Capital, Trail Mix, and Amplifier Lab participated in the round, which brings Nautilus’ total funding raised to $14.5M.Nautilus was founded in 2016 to advance the efficiency of maritime shipping and build a more sustainable future for ocean commerce. Responsible for 90% of the world’s trade, ocean shipping consumes more than $100 billion in fuel every year.

03 Apr 2019

Fujitsu, MPA to Curb Ship Collisions

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Japanese multinational information technology equipment and services company Fujitsu Ltd and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) are testing technology that could give ship captains earlier warnings about potential collisions with other vessels.A two-year field trial of the system has concluded, and further tests will be conducted before authorities decide whether to deploy the system, said a press release.Fujitsu has demonstrated the usefulness of a novel ship collision…

27 Mar 2019

Royal Canadian Navy to Use MIRRAS System

Photo: Kognitiv Spark

The developer of augmented and mixed reality technology Kognitiv Spark will be providing the Royal Canadian Navy with the opportunity to test drive a Mixed Reality Remote Assistant Support (MIRRAS) system, as part of a project that aims to improve maintenance and repairs aboard active naval vessels.The project aims to validate technology adopted from Kognitiv Spark, whose software is designed for use with the Microsoft HoloLens.The software leverages Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality…

24 Dec 2018

Autonomy: The Vision of Autonomous Shipping

Rolls-Royce and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a ground-breaking cooperation agreement aimed at pursuing space activities in support of autonomous, remote controlled shipping and promoting innovation in European digital logistics.
Image: Courtesy Rolls-Royce Marine

The end of 2018 provides an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the measures that have been taken by the maritime industry over the past year to develop a better understanding of autonomous shipping. A drive towards autonomous shipping has been embraced by many major players such as Rolls Royce and Wärtsilä, and this has led to numerous new strategies, visions, and projects that are pushing the boundaries of technological innovation. It’s no longer a matter of whether technology can achieve this next step…

27 Dec 2018

Empty Shipyard: "Hyundai Town" Grapples with Uncertain Future

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Hyundai has outsized influence over town's economy, population; Ulsan could be South Korea's Rust Belt in the making.When Lee Dong-hee came to Ulsan to work for Hyundai Heavy Industries five years ago, shipyards in the city known as Hyundai Town operated day and night and workers could make triple South Korea's annual average salary.But the 52-year-old was laid off in January, joining some 27,000 workers and subcontractors who lost their jobs at Hyundai Heavy between 2015 and 2017 as ship orders plunged.To support their family, Lee's wife took a minimum wage job at a Hyundai Motor supplier.

10 Jan 2019

Sensor and AI System for Plymouth Sound

“Two Thales unmanned surface vessels are pictured entering Plymouth Sound for the first time.”

Photo credit: Shaun Roster Photography

M Subs Ltd has announced it has installed a ‘game changing’ sensor system with connected artificial intelligence (AI) machine-learning technology around Plymouth Sound as part of the vision to turn the city into a center of excellence in maritime autonomy and unmanned vehicles.Plymouth-based M Subs  will operate a secure network of cameras, radars, and other sensors which will provide situational awareness and communications with the unmanned vehicles operating out of the city’s harbor.The system will also provide the command & control of unmanned vehicles using the nearby ranges at sea.

05 Dec 2018

Cargotec Makes Waves in Maritime Startup Program

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Cargotec, the Finnish company that makes cargo-handling machinery, has  partnered with Rainmaking in September this year to establish a startup collaboration programme called Trade & Transport Impact.The programme connects world leading corporations and innovative startups to address the biggest challenges in maritime, cargo transport and logistics, said a press release.Applications to join can now be made, and Cargotec invites startups worldwide to join with us in the Rainmaking Trade & Transport Impact programme."Maritime logistics is full of inefficiencies throughout the value chain…

13 Jan 2019

Port of Rotterdam Activates AI Vessel Platform

Pic: Port of Rotterdam

Significant efficiency steps can also be taken in the maritime sector regarding big data and artificial intelligence, said Port of Rotterdam.For instance, this technology is enabling the arrival times of vessels in sea and inland ports to be predicted earlier and with increased precision."Computers use the sea of data that we produce these days for self-training. The Port of Rotterdam is also investing in this development with Pronto, an application for standardised data exchange on port calls…

03 Dec 2018

Rolls-Royce, Finferries Demonstrate First Fully Autonomous Ferry

Falco (Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have successfully demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in the archipelago south of the city of Turku, Finland.The car ferry Falco, used a combination of Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to successfully navigate autonomously during its voyage between Parainen and Nauvo. The return journey was conducted under remote control.During the demonstration, the Falco, with 80 invited VIP guests aboard, conducted the voyage under fully autonomous control.

06 Feb 2019

Tech: Stena Debuts Chatbot "Stina"

Stena Line is in the process of launching the smartest chatbot into the ferry market, "Stina".

Stena Line is in the process of launching the smartest chatbot -- "Stina" -- into the ferry market. The tech, which relies on IBM Watson as the technicla platform, is designed to make the customer experience better by providing assistance in booking a trip as well as answering questions 24/7. “This is one of many great examples of how we are using artificial intelligence to increase our efficiency and improve the customer experience. With Stina we are taking another step towards becoming the world’s first cognitive ferry company," says Jari Virtanen, Chief Transformation Officer at Stena Line.

07 Feb 2019

Shipbuilding: Oceanco's Digital Journey

 Jaap Kouwenhoven, director knowledge & innovation at Oceanco (Photo: Oceanco)

Oceanco builds some of the most innovative and complex super yachts in the world, and increasingly its challenge is the efficient, streamlined trafficking and use of data. Jaap Kouwenhoven, director knowledge & innovation at Oceanco, is the executive at the center of making it all work.“We are working with Shipbuilder in order to switch over from a document-driven to a data-driven approach and to have the right data at the right place and at the right time," said Kouwenhoven.

05 Dec 2018

RH Marine Optimises Energy Management System

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Dutch maritime system integrator RH Marine succeeded in incorporating battery lifetime prediction for vessels into its fuel saving Energy Management System (EMS).The solutions provider of electrical and automation systems in the maritime industry pointed out that this makes expensive batteries last longer and reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of ships, while keeping the reduced fuel consumption intact.For her research paper on ‘New developments in Energy Management’, product…

12 Mar 2019

U.S. Navy Requests $205.6B in 2020

The guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) transits in formation with the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), and the aircraft car-riers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during dual-carrier sustainment and qualification operations in the Atlantic. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Yarborough/Released)

According to a blog by Rear Admiral Randy Crites posted on the Navy Live, the official blog site of the U.S. Navy, the Department of the Navy Fiscal Year 20 Budget request submitted to Congress is $205.6 billion, a 4.8% increase from the FY19 enacted budget. Specifics of the budget are focused on six specific dimensions:The FY20 budget requests funding for more ships – as the navy continues to progress toward a 355-ship fleet – submarines, aircraft and people, and highlights include…

21 Feb 2019

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Marine Technology Reporter explores half a century of subsea technology development and discovery. Oceanology International Americas runs February 25-27, 2019 in San Diego.When Oceanology launched in 1969 in the seaside resort of Brighton the world was a very different place. For a start, Brighton was home to the mods and rockers, who would square off against each other on the town’s elegant seafront. The British currency included shillings and ha’ pennies and man had yet to step foot on the moon.More crucially…

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