Digital Technology News

24 Mar 2020

E-Navigation is the Future of Shipping

Tor Svanes, the founder and CEO of NAVTOR.

Trading worldwide without electronic tools is no longer an option, young navigators and crew are switched on to digital technology and they want to have this new technology at their fingertips rather than the messy, slow and labour and paper-intensive methods of the past.Tor Svanes, the founder and CEO of NAVTOR, believes that electronic chart and display information systems (ECDIS) is now a must have navigational tool in the modern era.ECDIS has become the modus operandi on all ships…

12 Feb 2020

Schlumberger Intros Egypt Upstream Gateway

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The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Schlumberger introduce the Egypt Upstream Gateway, a unique and innovative national project for digitizing subsurface information and delivering a digital subsurface platform to ensure Egypt's subsurface data is kept evergreen.The Egypt Upstream Gateway will also be a platform to promote Egypt's exploration and production potential worldwide.The Egypt Upstream Gateway will leverage the GAIA digital subsurface platform and provide additional…

11 Feb 2020

MAN's New Digital Platform Aims to Link OEM Data

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Engines manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions has launched a new digital platform designed to enable the integration and exchange of original equipment manufacturers‚Äô (OEM) data to promote industry collaboration in realizing the benefits of digital technology.The new platform, mýa, provides asset owners with a single, secure interface to data from multiple equipment manufacturers across the marine, power, and energy industries, among others.‚ÄúGiven the unique transformational challenges most industries are facing today‚Ķ

10 Feb 2020

Wärtsilä, DNV GL Tie Up on Digital

Roger Holm, President, W√§rtsil√§ Marine and Knut √ėrbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL ‚Äď Maritime (Photo: W√§rtsil√§)

Technology group Wärtsilä and classification society DNV GL say they will work together to contribute to the marine industry‚Äôs ongoing digital transformation. In particular, the two companies aim to to further explore the potential use of digital technologies, collaborative data sharing and standardization to enhance existing products and services, and to develop new ones.Among focus areas will be collaboration on digital technologies and big data in classification and the requirements for their use.

15 Jan 2020

MOL Intros Lighthouse Information Platform

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Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has begun operation of a new data platform called ‚ÄėLighthouse‚Äô, to provide real time transport information to dry bulk shipping customers and stakeholders.The platform is a service that allows those involved in the transport process, such as shippers and vessel operators, to safely, unitarily, and in real time, share and monitor various kinds of information related to ocean transport, such as vessel schedules ,weather, ocean conditions‚Ķ

13 Dec 2019

Digital Developments Continue Apace in the Workboat Space

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Sustainable, energy-efficient working practices and environmental regulatory compliance are among the hot-button topics driving the spread of maritime digitalization.The benefits of a digital strategy for companies working within the maritime industry soon stack up. In addition to providing operational/logistical streamlining, data-based insights, a competitive edge and a reputational leg-up, connecting operational systems and consolidating interfaces also drives the levels of…

11 Dec 2019

ABS, DSME to Develop Next Gen VLCC, ULCS

Left to right: Esa Jokioinen, Caption: Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President Engineering and Technology and Mr. Dong Kyu Choi, DSME Executive Vice President. Photo: ABS

ABS, a global provider of classification and technical advisory services, and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) have signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement to explore decarbonization and digitalization strategies for Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) and Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS).A press release from ABS quoted Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology as saying: "ABS is assisting leading shipping lines with evaluation of their decarbonization and digital strategies all over the world.

28 Nov 2019

Inmarsat, ABB Pact on IoT Platform

Stefano Poli, VP, Business Development, Inmarsat Maritime. Photo by Inmarsat

British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat plc and the provider of electric, digital and connected solutions for the marine industry ABB Marine & Ports have signed a master supply agreement aimed at tackling an obstacle identified by ship owners which has stopped them using IoT (Internet of Things) technology.A recent 2018 Inmarsat survey of 125 owners found 51% identifying an inability to get data off ships in real-time as their obstacle to IoT adoption.The agreement recognises ABB as a certified application provider to work with Fleet Data…

27 Nov 2019

ClassNK Concludes CBM Research Agreement

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Classification Society ClassNK has concluded a joint research agreement for developing advanced condition-based maintenance (CBM), a new maintenance and management process for engine machinery plants, and establishing a new classification survey scheme based on CBM.In the joint research project, engine conditions will be continuously monitored and involve the real-time sharing of detailed data acquired from sources including SIMS2 developed by NYK Group and the newly installed sensors of large main engines.

14 Oct 2019

ABS Brings Together Taiwan's Industry Leaders

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Taiwan‚Äôs maritime industry leaders met to debate decarbonization, digital technologies and the future of safety at the annual ABS Taiwan National Committee meeting.‚ÄúAs the leading class organization in Taiwan, ABS is able to call on the expertise of leaders to inform our approach to meeting industry challenges such as meeting IMO 2030 and 2050 objectives while ensuring safety standards are not compromised and keep pace with technological challenges,‚ÄĚ said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, who actively participated in the Committee program.

07 Oct 2019

K Line to Promote AI in Shipping Industry

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Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has partnered with Hiroshima University, the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology and Marubeni Corporation to jointly work on research and analysis of maritime logistics and shipping market conditions using artificial intelligence (AI).In recent years, it has become possible to use comprehensive, chronologically ordered ship movement and static data, such as position (coordinate information), speed, direction, port of call and drafts, for ships with over 300 gross tonnage traveling internationally.

04 Oct 2019

ClassNK Releases Remote Survey Guidelines

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Classification Society ClassNK has released ‚ÄúGuidelines for Remote Surveys‚ÄĚ in preparation for carrying out remote surveys using ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The guidelines outline requirements to apply to remote surveys for some types of occasional surveys, and from now on ClassNK will implement remote surveys that satisfy the requirements.ClassNK has been working on the advancement of surveys using digital technology in research and development in line with their R&D roadmap developed in 2017.

25 Sep 2019

DNV GL Mulls Digitalization in Wind Energy

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Digitalization is already playing a major role in the growth of wind energy, but it can still drive further improvements in operational efficiency, decision making and cost efficiency ‚Äď if it can overcome concerns around data sharing.According the report ‚ÄėDigitalization and the Future of the Wind Energy Industry‚Äô published by DNV GL, iproving operational efficiency (identified by 52% of respondents), decision making (42%) and cost efficiency (40%) are top priorities for further‚Ķ

24 Sep 2019

Sovcomflot Elects New Chairman and New CEO

Sergey Frank (Photo: Sovcomflot)

On September 24, 2019, the Board of Directors of PAO Sovcomflot elected Sergey Frank as its new Chairman. Igor Tonkovidov was appointed as the company's new Chief Executive Officer. Both appointments are with immediate effect.The meeting was attended by Maxim Akimov, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, who noted in his address: "Through consistent implementation of Sovcomflot's Strategies 2005-2011 and 2012-2018, the company has transformed itself into a global leader in energy shipping and offshore services. Over the past 15 years, Sovcomflot fleet has grown more than threefold.

19 Sep 2019

New Software System for Oily Water Discharge Data Collation

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Developers of smart water quality monitoring technology Rivertrace Limited, have created a new, web-based software system for the automatic collation of MARPOL oily water discharge data.RIVERTRACE CONNECTED has been developed by Rivertrace in partnership with UK software developers ISB, who have more than 25 years’ experience in tailored software solutions. The intuitive, subscription-based service has been created in response to industry need and demand for the continuous monitoring of oily water discharge and simple…

18 Sep 2019

ABS, SHI Sign Digital Technology JDP

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ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) are to collaborate on the use of digital technologies to streamline designing, building, and classing assets in a joint development project (JDP) signed at Gastech 2019.The JDP encompasses 3D digital disclosure, data exchange, and the use of analytics to support the new construction process and pilot the survey of the future.The JDP is focused on three areas:‚ÄĘPiloting 3D Model Based Plan review‚ÄĘDeveloping a utility to import data from the‚Ķ

23 Sep 2019

ABS, Keppel to Build Smart Rigs

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In an Industry first, the provider of classification services to the offshore industry ABS partnered with Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) in developing the first two new build Drilling Rigs with Smart Notations.One of the rigs, which was delivered earlier this year for work in offshore Mexico, is already online with its performance being monitored from Singapore.In line with issuing the ABS Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units, Keppel O&M is recognized…

04 Sep 2019

NYK Celebrates O3 Challenge

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The ‚ÄúOcean of Opportunities Challenge‚ÄĚ  (O3 Challenge), a worldwide contest aimed at creating new value through open innovation in the maritime industry, has been successfully celebrated by NYK Group.This was the second consecutive year for the challenge, which is planned and conducted by NYK Group companies Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd. (SCS) and Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE), together with NUS Enterprise.The contest began in February with ONE issuing six challenges related to its work processes.

04 Sep 2019

MN100: The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding

The company held a ceremony to mark the day ‚Äď July 1, 1919 ‚Äď when the school was established. During the event, a historical highway marker was unveiled, and tools, textbooks, commemorative coins and other items were placed in a time capsule. (CREDIT: The Apprentice School)

The Apprentice School at Huntington Ingalls Industries‚Äô Newport News Shipbuilding division celebrated its 100-year anniversary just last month. That's worthy of inclusion in this year's MN100 list, for more than one reason. Certainly, this fine school deserves to be mentioned among our very best 100 organizations for this year. That 100-year anniversary is bigger news than you might otherwise think. Accordingly, the company held a ceremony to mark the day ‚Äď July 1, 1919 ‚Äď when the school was established.

15 Jul 2019

Europort Finalizes 2019 Program

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Europort 2019 has finalized the most extensive conference and events program in its history, adding a number of elements that will ensure that this year’s edition of the biennial maritime and offshore gathering in Rotterdam is more thought-provoking than ever before.The four-day conference and exhibition, to be staged between November 5-8th at the Rotterdam Ahoy Center, will take place against a backdrop of revival across the specialized shipping markets for which Europort is renowned.

30 Jul 2019

Digitalization Boosts Renewable Sector

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Renewable energy investors and developers are increasingly turning to digital technology to build effective investment strategies, with almost half (47%) of the finance industry saying they have digitalization as a core part of their publicly stated strategy.New industry-wide report from DNV GL highlights benefits and challenges of digital technologies for renewable energy financing as market moves away from subsidies.DNV GL surveyed nearly 2000 senior stakeholders from across the energy industry.

22 Aug 2019

SMD on Digitalisation in the Maritime Industry

Panellists sharing about digital disruption and careers in the maritime industry. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

300 students from Institute of Technical Education, junior colleges, polytechnics, and universities participated in the 6th edition of the Singapore Maritime Dialogue (SMD), which featured a lively panel discussion on the theme of ‚ÄėMaritime Singapore in the Age of Digitization‚Äô.The group exchanged views on the digital revolution taking place in the maritime industry with invited panelists comprising Guest-of-Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Health‚Ķ

16 Jul 2019

Setting the Course for Low Carbon Shipping

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In a collective call to action for the decarbonization of shipping last year, 34 signatory CEOs from the industry made clear that efforts to significantly lower the carbon footprint of shipping presented ‚Äúbiggest technology challenge in the past 100 years‚ÄĚ.This statement was not an exaggeration. In fact, the transition to a low-carbon future will take more than an unprecedented commitment to the research and development that traditionally underpins technological advance. Finding complex solutions that are at once commercially viable‚Ķ

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