Autonomous Shipping: Don’t Miss the Boat
The Norwegian company Yara is currently building a full-electrical containership fitted with an autonomous control system: the Yara Birkeland. During a recent visit to a major maritime conference, imagine my surprise when most attendees – some 200 executives from the maritime sector – discussed autonomous shipping in terms of its risks. The room seemed full of objections and doubts. What if the computer malfunctions? Somewhat understandable in view of the pressure put on the sector by strong international competition and slim margins. Existing companies are used to a certain turnover.
Kongsberg Holds Subsea Photo Contest
Searching for the best images and videos taken using its leading underwater SD and HD cameras, Kongsberg Maritime’s ‘The Full Picture Photo and Video Competition’ starts today, Tuesday, August 26, and runs through to November 30, 2014. All users of Kongsberg Maritime subsea cameras are invited to submit their best underwater still photos, SD or HD videos for a chance of winning an iPad, an iPod or Digital Camera, with the added incentive of the possibility of images being selected for use in Kongsberg Maritime promotional material.
GEA Westfalia Separator's New Control Generation
According to the manufacturer, the newly launched control generation GEA Westfalia Separator IO reduces complexity and focuses on userfriendliness. Accordingly, the initial consideration when developing the human machine interface was not what the implemented logical controller or the centrifuge are able to do; instead, the focus was on what the user needs, either the operator, the commissioner or the company’s own service engineer. Who needs what information and functionalities in which situation and what is not required, or in short: user-friendliness.
North Sea Platform Gas Leak – Source Identified
The leaking hydrocarbons are believed to be coming in the well from a rock å which is above the producing reservoir of the Elgin field. The volume of this gas ingress is therefore difficult to estimate. Reports from Oil Spill Response (OSRL) surveillance flight indicate that the gas cloud is still stable and is heading away from Elgin facilities. Total confirms that the gas leak remains ongoing although the situation is currently stable. The precise cause of the gas leak is still being investigated and efforts continue to focus on bringing it under control.
New Year, New Vessel
Start the year off right with the newest addition to your fleet. Vessels come with lots of manuals and instructions as well as increasing amount of high-tech equipment. That said and even if it just involves a new digital camera or Blu-Ray Player, reading manuals is never exciting. Similarly, reviewing equipment documentation on a vessel is downright daunting, especially when you consider all of the other work it takes to get a vessel into service. That said; it is critical that the crew understand new equipment and are able to operate it.
Get Ahead of Disaster with Careful Preparation
In a year where globally we are seeing more natural disasters, including earthquakes in New Zealand and Chile, floods in Australia, and a tsunami in Japan, an important question for businesses relying on goods and services from suppliers in countries across the world arises: how do we prepare ourselves and our businesses for the next potential catastrophe? The events of this year serve as a reminder that a business can face the unexpected at any time, whether it is a widespread disaster that affects thousands of people or a single local incident that makes normal operations impossible. By working closely with your insurance agent ahead of time, you can make sure you have the proper coverage, a strong contingency plan, and a good understanding of what to do if you suffer a loss.
Vessels: Year Two A Tale of Tugs of Two Cities
It's been a year since MarineNews linked the dual tugmeets of the first week of September, one in New York City, the other upstate, at Waterford. Coupled, they make an interesting study, for their differences as much as their similarities. The tugs of New York City come in all sizes, but are typically large. Just as New York is a city of (many) skyscrapers, so it's a city of (many) monster tugboats, as harbor craft go. Waterford, a few miles north of Albany, is the gateway to the Erie Canal - is actually on the canal. While New York State's canals have renewed potential for commercial service, they're known most widely as recreational attractions for people who drive (many) large and pricey boats.