Tidetech Unveils 'Data Cube' for Voyage Optimization
Provider of metocean data to the maritime industry Tidetech Commercial Marine Pty Ltd says it is enhancing the scope of its services in response to a growing demand for marine weather data.Tidetech generates and curates a wide range of marine weather data for delivery to shipowners and third party software vendors. Its latest enhancement is the introduction of the ‘Data Cube’, which enables users to query the data in three dimensions: longitude, latitude and time.When a shipowner or operator wants to obtain a weather forecast for their next voyage…
European Shipping Week Speaker Announced
Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, former US Ambassador to the European Union and Visiting Fellow at the College of Europe, will be the guest speaker at the European Shipping Week Gala Dinner, to be held on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher Hotel in Brussels. Ambassador Gardner, who has dedicated more than 20 years of his career to US-European affairs, will speak on the important subject of ‘US-EU Relations: Looking Back, Looking Forward’. Welcoming the news, Patrick Verhoeven…
IMO DCS Regs: A Game-Changer in Shipping
Weather critical to fulfilling IMO DCS potential and boosting shipping’s sustainability says StormGeoStormGeo believes the upcoming IMO DCS (Data Collection System) regulation can be a game-changer for shipping – enabling a more environmentally and commercially sustainable age of operations. However, according to the global leader in weather forecasting and maritime decision support services, vessels must harness the potential of continual route optimization to realize maximum benefits.IMO DCS data collection on 1 January 2019.
THE Alliance Updates Asia-North America West Coast Service
Members of THE Alliance, Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming have announced a services update regarding their Trans Pacific - West Coast products in response of schedule integrity improvement, extensive product enhancement and better cost efficiency. The update of THE Alliance product will feature total six services in Asia/North America West Coast. The PS5 and PS8 services will conjugate into one combined service and cater for customers connecting the key ports of North China, Central China and North America gate ports.
CMA CGM to Reshuffle its CIMEX 6 Service
CMA CGM announced the revamping of dedicated CIMEX 6 service linking Asia and the Middle East Gulf with Umm Qasr call replacing Bandar Abbas as from Shanghai ETA on August 6th, 2018.With CIMEX 6, CMA CGM will offer a direct service from Asia to Umm Qasr, Iraq.The new features will be the following: Rotation: Shanghai-Ningbo-Taipei-Shekou-Tanjung Pelepas-Port Kelang-Jebel Ali-Umm Qasr-Jebel Ali-Port Kelang-Hong Kong-ShanghaiService commencement: August 6th, 2018 (ETA Shanghai) with m/v EVER USEFUL voy.0GN13W1MA.Transit times references: Shanghai to Umm Qasr in 24 days…
ECDIS & Maritime Accident Investigation
It’s not where you are, it’s where you should not be that mattersCaptain Whyte, a leading marine accident analyst at LOC Group, an independent marine and engineering consultancy which provides services to the shipping and offshore energy industries, explains how electronic data is making accident investigation clearer by providing irrefutable evidence.“Fundamentally, situational awareness underpins everything we do”, said Captain Whyte. “Whether that’s crossing the road or driving ships at sea. We need to know where we are, what we’re doing and where we are going.
First User-Defined ECDIS
Raytheon Anschütz introduces what it claims is the world’s first user-defined Electronic Chart Display and Information System, a system it will officially launch at NorShipping in Oslo. Raytheon Anschütz designed the new Synapsis ECDIS NX software based on direct input from customers. The software features a state-of-the-art design and stands out with an intuitive user interface, a clearly structured display, consistent operational concepts and modern interaction patterns such as touch operation, ‘drag and drop,’ pins and handles, and context-sensitive help dialogue.
Software Solutions: Monitor & Track
As the maritime industry embraces the digital revolution, companies like GateHouse are poised to prosper. GateHouse in developing software solutions to support optimization, flexibility and mission critical operations for vehicle and vessel tracking, monitoring and satellite communications. We caught up with Michael Bondo Andersen, CEO and founder of GateHouse, for insights on his strategy moving the company forward. Looking at your maritime unit, Big Data is having a transformational impact on global maritime. Please detail your offering.
K-Fleet Voyage Application Verified for EU MRV
K-Fleet Voyage, KONGSBERG’s digital application for monitoring ship fuel consumption and emissions, has been verified by Ecoxy AS for use under the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the new EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU-MRV) for maritime transport regulation (2015/757). Ecoxy AS is accredited by Norwegian Accreditation as a verifier according to ISO14065 for the ETS and EU-MRV. The regulation, for ships exceeding 5000 GT and which call at any EU port regardless of flag or country of ownership, aims to quantify and reduce CO2 emissions from the shipping industry.
CMA CGM to Upgrade its EURAF Services
In a continued effort to provide increased reliability and quality service in a challenging environment, CMA CGM Group is strengthening its coverage of Europe to West Africa with the addition of the direct call in Cameroon on its EURAF 5 service and the EURAF 4 service upgrade connecting Europe to West Africa strategic markets. Direct service from North Europe to Douala with a fortnightly frequency combined with a shortened transit time by 7 days. Therefore, it is one of the best transit time on the market with Douala from Antwerp in 28 days and from Le Havre in 29 days.
G6 Updates Asia-North America West Coast Service
Two services will be merged into one until further notice / Reason is change in market demand / All other services remain unchanged. Members of the G6 Alliance today announced a change within their Asia - North America West Coast products in response to changes in market demand. All other services of the G6 Alliance covering Asia to North America West Coast will remain unchanged. The G6 Alliance continues to offer a variety of services between Asia and the North America West Coast covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings, and to make further service adjustments where necessary.
CMA CGM Reopens Spain to Algeria Service
CMA CGM NAF Lines is re-opening a regular service from Barcelona to Djen Djen on EURONAF service with immediate effect. First Departure: m/v VEGA OMICRON voy. 001OGS ETS Barcelona on July 15th, 2016, ETA Djen Djen on July 19th, 2016. CMA CGM was the first line to launch a container vessel into Djen Djen in October 2013 in order to offer a solution without congestion to its customers used to import via Bejaia. For more than one month, Bejaia has once again been facing a severe congestion (from 10 to 30 days waiting time for ships before getting a berth).
OOCL Cancels October Asia-Mediterranean Sailing
Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has cancelled the sailing of the Asia-Mediterranean Service in October in response to low demand. Specifically, it will cut the sailing of the EUM Hyundai Tenacity (HNT) 022 W/E (ETA Busan on October 9 in Week 41 on WB and ETA Genoa on November 9 in Week 45 on EB). OOCL also plans to withdraw the Asia-Europe route EUM sailing of the Hyundai Tenacity 022 west/east, with an estimated time of arrival in Pusan on October 9, 2016, in Week 41 on the westbound port rotation and in Genoa on November 9, 2016, in Week 45 on the eastbound port rotation.
CMA CGM to Upgrade its FAL 1 Service
In order to improve the reliability of its service, CMA CGM has decided to review the port coverage of FAL 1. As from m/v CMA CGM JULES VERNE voy. 115 FLE, FAL 1 service will no longer call the port of Zeebrugge. Last vessel calling Zeebrugge will be m/v CMA CGM VASCO DE GAMA voy. 113FLE on August 29th, 2016. As from m/v CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT voy. 109 FLE, FAL 1 service will no longer call the port of Dalian. Last vessel calling Dalian will be m/v CMA CGM MAGELLAN voy. 107FLE (ETA Dalian on September 16th, 2016).
Jotun, DNV GL: Making Coatings Digital
Seeking to optimize the delivery of its maritime coatings at port, Jotun said it is using DNV GL’s Veracity platform combining external and proprietary data to create an ecosystem where users can safely share data and link it to other quality assured datasets. In this case Jotun is using the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) dataset to ensure it has the right amount of product in the right place. “Veracity is making paint digital. Jotun have recognized that even products that seem…
The Past, Present & Future of the ‘Noon Report’
Virtually every shipping company today uses noon reports to understand and monitor what is happening on their ships. These reports are traditionally sent by the Captain every day, based on data gathered manually by the crew. The content and format of the report is usually pre-agreed by the company and sent at noon. The noon report has grown over the years to give a snapshot of what has happened on board the ship since the previous noon i.e., in the last 24 hours. Since the time between noons is based on the time kept by the ship, this is not always 24 hours.
Ocean Signal Introduces New AIS Transponders
Ocean Signal has rolled out its new ATA100 Class A and ATB1 Class B AIS transponders as fully compliant solutions to increase visibility, aid collision-avoidance and enhance navigational safety for a range of commercial workboats, support vessels and fishing boats. The AIS transponders were unveiled for the first time at Asia Pacific Maritime. The ATA100 is a combined SOLAS and Inland approved single-unit device capable of exchanging dynamic and static ship data with other AIS systems and developed to meet the latest IMO carriage requirements and IEC standards.
MSC Rolls out New VSA
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announces a new vessel sharing agreement (VSA), effective on the Wallaby and Panda services between Australia and Asia. The VSA will come into force in May 2017, between MSC, Maersk Line, Mitsui O.S.K Lines and Hamburg Sud. The Wallaby Service to and from North East Asia will continue to operate the following rotation, while maintaining the same transit times: Yokohama-Osaka-Busan-Qingdao-Shanghai (Yangshan)-Ningbo-Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane-Yokohama.
A Definitive Guide to AIS
The world of AIS can be confusing to newcomers and experienced professionals alike. What is AIS? What data does it gather? How can it help my business? Do I need AIS if I don’t have a business? Class A or Class B transponders? Do I actually need it? There’s a plethora of questions from those looking to get the most out of their tracking tools, or from those looking into entering the maritime industry. The following is a comprehensive guide to AIS that covers a wide range of topics from specific AIS units to getting the most out of the data gathered.
MSC New Kiwi Service – Upgraded Port Rotation
Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) is pleased to inform clients of recent upgrades to our New Kiwi Service operating between Australia, Noumea and New Zealand. MSC’s New Kiwi Service has been running in its current format since February 2015, with fixed weekly port calls into Bell Bay, Tasmania. Due to growing market demand, MSC has further enhanced our service by adding an additional weekly port call into Bell Bay. Now offering two fixed port calls in Bell Bay each week…
DNV GL Develops Offshore Safety Guidance for Greek Regulator
DNV GL said it has completed a workscope with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), under funding provided by the EU, to develop guidance for the Greek offshore safety competent authority, Hellenic Ηydrocarbons Resources Management (HHRM), under Greek law 4409/2016 which enacts EU directive (2013/30/EE) on offshore safety. The offshore major hazards guidance was presented to several international and domestic companies and the ministry of environment and energy in Athens, on March 1, 2018.
Efficient Shipping Needs Nautical Standards
Ben van Scherpenzeel is Chairman of the international Port Call Optimisation Task Force said that it’s rather curious that the shipping sector, whose history goes back some 5,000 years, only recently adopted international standards for nautical port information. Numerous younger industries, including aviation and telephony, set up international standards a long time ago. The task force works to improve the quality of information in the port call process by identifying data bottlenecks…
CMA CGM PAD Service to Add a Direct Call at Brisbane
CMA CGM has informed that Brisbane, Australia, will be added to the rotation of its PANAMA DIRECT (PAD) service as from m/v HARMONY N voy. 081RPS-082RPN, ETA Brisbane on February 1st, 2017. This new call will allow PANAMA DIRECT to become the only direct service connecting North Europe/USA/Caribbean/South America and Brisbane both ways. Connections with CMA CGM global network available in Cartagena, Kingston, Rotterdam, Manzanillo and le Havre. Frequency : every 2 weeks. Fleet : 7 vessels. Large Reefer Capacity.