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04 May 2020

Mapping the Maritime Software Landscape in 2020

Source: Kongsberg Digital

Another year has passed since our last mapping of the maritime software landscape, and it is once again time to review the latest developments and trends in this space.Overall, 2019 was another turbulent year for most shipping markets, overshadowed by preparations for the IMO 2020 sulfur regulations, rising geopolitical tensions, the trade war between the USA and China, as well as natural disasters disrupting global supply chains. This article provides insight into the changes seen in the maritime software landscape under these turbulent conditions: On a high-level…

19 Mar 2020

Remote Working: Tips for Shipping Companies to Sustain Business During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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As companies globally are increasingly shifting to remote working to help stop the spread of Coronavirus, Hanseaticsoft has put together a series of tips to help shipping companies keep their business and workforce agile.Some of the biggest companies in the world including Oracle, Apple, Google and Amazon have already restricted travel and asked employees to work remotely[i]. With the situation changing daily shipping companies need to prepare as much as they can to minimize business disruption.

23 Jan 2020

Offshore Wind: The Domino Effect

Matt Tremblay, SVP, Global Offshore, ABS

Matt Tremblay, SVP, Global Offshore, ABS, discusses the next hot growth market ... offshore wind. While the market grows, the question begs: Is the U.S. marine industry ready to meet demand?The American Bureau of Shipping convened a conference to discuss the pace and direction of the U.S. offshore wind market, including challenges and opportunities for maritime, offshore, subsea and logistics markets. Matt Tremblay, SVP, Global Offshore, ABS, moderated the event and shares some of its findings here.Where do you see opportunities today for growth in the U.S.

14 Nov 2019

Wärtsilä Opens Support Center in Singapore

The new Wärtsilä Expertise Center in Singapore complements nine other such centers to provide instant global customer support (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä said it has established its latest Expertise Center (EC) in Singapore to provide support functions, including operational support and dynamic maintenance planning, for marine and energy customers.Together with nine other Wärtsilä EC units around the world, the new center supports Lifecycle Solution agreement customers with advice and recommendations based on the analysis of data from monitoring the condition and performance of the specified machinery.Based within the company’s Acceleration Center facilities…

29 Oct 2019

Ship Design: Evolving for Efficiency, Compliance

Alternate fuels such as liquid hydrogen are already well-served by existing supply chains. Credit: Glosten

The evolution of marine design is increasingly influenced by three drivers: New three-dimensional design tools, the increasing complexity of power systems, and new access to high-latitude shipping routes. While new digital design tools are a natural progression of the current Information Age, new propulsion energy requirements and Polar shipping routes are reactions to the legacy of the ebbing Industrial Age. Three-Dimensional Design WorkflowsA young naval architect recently stated…

09 Sep 2019

Panama Canal Signs MoU with Rotterdam Port

Representatives from the Panama Canal and the Port of Rotterdam meet in Panama. Photo: Panama Canal Authority (ACP)

The Panama Canal and the Port of Rotterdam signed a Memorandum Understanding (MOU) to promote international trade between Europe and the West Coast of South America.Through this agreement, the two organizations will work closely to optimize operations while encouraging economic growth and the exchange of information on new business development opportunities, including logistics parks and port development projects."The Expanded Canal continues to reshape global trade routes today…

03 Sep 2019

ZIM Intros New Digital Tools

Pic: ZIM

Israel-based container shipping line ZIM Integrated Shipping Services announced the official launch of its new 'Powered by Our Customers' approach.As ZIM moves forward with the development and implementation of new digital tools, the cargo line is embarking on an innovative new concept, 'Powered by Our Customers', which will become the new standard for all future ZIM digital applications."Taking ZIM’s personal touch and customer-oriented approach to the next level, Powered by…

12 Jul 2019

S'hail Adds 2 Ships to Klaveness Pool

Image: Shail vessel Credit: Shail Shipping

Qatar based  S'hail Shipping and Maritime Services has added two panamax dry bulk carrier into the Baumarine pool, a specialized panamax, kamsarmax and post-panamax pool run by Torvald Klaveness.The Norwegian shipping company said in a press note that the good vessels MV S’hail al Rayan and MV S’hail al Dukhan of S’hail Shipping recently joined its pool.Head of Pool Management at Klaveness, Hans Næss Olstad explained, “With this fourth and fifth vessel in the Baumarine Pool, S’hail…

12 Jul 2019

Video: HII Finishes CVN-79 Flight Deck

The 780-ton upper bow unit was lowered into the dry dock on Wednesday and placed on the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Photo by Ashley Cowan/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding division lifted the upper bow section onto one of the new aircraft carrier being built for the U.S. Navy, signalling the completion of the ship's flight deck.The addition of the upper bow section is one of the last steel structural units, known as a superlift, to be placed on the newbuiild, John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). Weighing 780 tons, the superlift took 18 months to build. It was constructed using digital technology, such…

29 May 2019

EU to Finance AUTOSHIP

Pic: Rolls-Royce

While the shipbuilding market has been advantaging Asian lower-cost manufacturing in the last decades, AUTOSHIP will build around two EU industrial market and leading technology providers, such as Rolls Royce and Kongsberg, to create a stronger European cluster able to thrust a market worth Billions of Euros in the next decade, bringing new high-skilled jobs and a safer and greener transport in Europe.AUTOSHIP will build and operate 2 R&A vessels and their needed shore control and operation infrastructure…

14 May 2019

French Frigate Sonars Get an Upgrade

Photo: RTsys/French Navy

Since summer 2017, four vessels equipped with analog sonars have been upgraded using RTsys AS3i technology (Analog Surface Ship Sonar Improvement), which digitalized and improved the processing of signals rendered by sensors.Brittany-based company RTSYS does not only deals with AUV, subsea recorders and buoys, but can also display a full range of sonar systems such as handheld devices for divers or sonar retrofit. The latter of which led the French SME to lately offer in summer…

07 May 2019

OREDA Goes Digital

Pic: DNV GL

The offshore and onshore reliability data project by Norwegian Petroleum Directorate(NPD), OREDA goes digital with new collaboration to improve accessibility and efficiency for oil and gas industry reliability data, said DNV GL.Vast amounts of offshore and onshore reliability data are to be made available through Veracity as OREDA provides access to their new and updated electronic version through the marketplace on DNV GL’s data platform.For almost 40 years now, the OREDA consortium…

23 Apr 2019

Marine Corrosion: AI & Corrosion Detection

Photo courtesy of ABS

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…

30 Jan 2019

Ship Design: Meet the e5 Pure Electric Tanker

Image: Copyright Asahi Tanker Co. Ltd. &  Exeno-Yamamizu Corp.

Innovative Electric Tanker design from Japan coming to local waterways by 2020The global push to dramatically reduce emissions from the world’s fleet of ships continues to drive innovation across the sector, including the introduction of a new Pure Electric Tanker concept released today from Japan. With ClassNK in place to make technical advice on the ship design and electric propulsion package, Asahi Tanker Co. Ltd. and its partner Exeno-Yamamizu Corporation Tokyo jointly developed the new domestic shipping tanker design which incorporates “zero emission electric propulsion.”Dubbed e5…

11 Jan 2019

Oil and Gas Digital Investment Set to Surge

Digital Oil and Gas. Pic: Cisco

Global oil and gas executives are preparing to accelerate their investment in digital technologies, primarily as they seek to double down on their cost-saving ambitions.An EY survey of 100 global oil and gas executives found that 89 percent expect to step up their investment in digital over the next two years.Despite oil prices reaching more attractive levels during the third quarter of 2018, operational efficiency remains a top priority owing to a legacy of falling prices in…

19 Oct 2018

Goldwind, DNV GL to Digitalize Certification Tools

DNV GL and Goldwind at the handover of the digital ‘MyCertificate’ at China Wind Power 2018. Photo: DNV GL

One of the leading wind turbine manufacturers globally Goldwind and DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the development of digital tools to support the certification of wind turbines.As the wind sector matures and many governments look to reduce or eliminate subsidies, the wind turbine market is increasingly competitive. International tendering is becoming the norm…

21 Jun 2018

Bureau Veritas Rolls Out Approval Explorer

Photo: Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore has launched the latest addition to its end-to-end and integrated platform of digital tools and services, Approval Explorer, a free web application allowing maritime stakeholders to identify, locate and contact Bureau Veritas approved service suppliers or manufacturers, as well as search for certified products and materials, all around the world.Approval Explorer will support the designer searching for specific equipment; the shipyard looking for the latest certified products…

01 May 2018

Oil and Gas Industry Looks to Digitalization

Liv A. Hovem, CEO, DNV GL – Oil & Gas. Photo: DNV GL

New research from DNV GL, the technical advisor to the oil and gas industry, reveals that 46% of senior professionals in the sector believe there has been underinvestment in inspection and maintenance of infrastructure and equipment in recent years. Just a quarter (28%) said that they expect to increase spending on safety in 2018. 61% will maintain current budgets and 5% plan to cut investment. The findings appear in The State of Safety, a special report from DNV GL’s research on the outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2018.

26 Jan 2018

DMA Promotes e-Navigation

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Co-hosted by The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and IALA, the conference ’e-Navigation Underway’ was held for the 8th time. 150 participants from 5 continents joined the hosts on a conference cruise departing from Denmark earlier this week. ​The debate at the conference was lively with a strong focus on applying digitalization to real world uses. President and CEO at DFDS, Niels Smedegaard, said during his speech at the conference: “We have to speed up on understanding and applying the new possibilities that new technology provides. The development is too rapid for the human mind to keep up.

06 Dec 2017

EU Welcomes Digitalisation of Transport

Image: European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)

European shipowners welcome the Transport Council’s conclusions on the digitalisation of transport adopted recently, said a press release from European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA). It rightly underlines the importance of digitalisation for the European economy and competitiveness, and confirms the EU's ambition to become a global leader in this area. “Digitalisation is already very present in our sector and we welcome the attention given to it by the Transport ministers”, commented Martin Dorsman, ECSA Secretary General.

16 Nov 2017

The Digital Voyage: 'Onboarding' Shipping to the Digital Age

At Nor-Shipping this year, Akzonobel announced the official launch of its ‘Digital Voyage’ strategy. This program builds on the foundations laid two years ago when the firm launched Intertrac Vision, the industry’s first Big Data tool for predicting coating performance. The Digital Voyage outlines the goal of putting a wealth of knowledge in the hands of ship owners and operators, and helping them make smarter, more economical and environmentally friendly decisions. As we embark on this journey…

17 Oct 2017

Interferry Conference Reviews Issues with Financial Impact

The challenges and opportunities posed by alternative fuels, safety management and social media dominated Interferry’s 42nd annual conference in Split, Croatia, where a record 370 delegates shared insights on ship technologies, safety issues including cyber security and the customer experience. Attendance at last week’s conference represented 210 ferry operators and suppliers from 27 countries. Mediterranean ferry operators voiced their concerns on meeting the 0.5 percent sulphur emissions cap due in 2020. Minoan Lines managing director Antonios Maniadakis complained that using low sulphur fuel would increase costs by €2 million per year.

22 Aug 2017

CMA CGM Invests in NYSHEX Market

Photo: CMA CGM

CMA CGM, a world leader in container shipping, is pleased to announce its participation in the first ever New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX) fundraiser, the first digital marketplace for ocean freight contracts. This investment is made alongside Hapag Lloyd, GE Ventures and Goldman Sachs, for a cumulative investment of $13 million. It is carried out through CMA CGM Ventures, the corporate venture structure recently created by the CMA CGM Group and dedicated to investments in innovative technologies.

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