ECSA on Strategic Priorities for EU Shipping
The European Community Shipowners’s Association (ECSA) has published its new strategic priorities for 2019-2024, in line with the new cycle of the EU institutions where the European Parliament has just started its mandate and the European Commission's College is being composed.Entitled "Sailing ahead - European shipping sets ambitious goals for its next chapter", the publication outlines ten priority areas which the European shipping industry will be focusing on."To be very clear…
Global Trade Center Stage at Poland’s Maritime Conference
The biggest annual gathering of Poland’s maritime industry leaders, the Maritime Economy Forum Gdynia is unveiling its program.The day-long event, now in its 19th year, takes place on October 11 in Gdynia, featuring 30 speakers with 600 senior figures from Poland’s maritime sector and around the world expected to attend.Forum chairman Slawomir Kalicki said the conference will see a morning session examine some of the biggest issues facing the international maritime sector, worth an estimated $3-$6 trillion a year, from an EU, Baltic Sea and Polish perspective.
New UK Center for Maritime Innovation
A consortium of British companies, academia and government formally established a new national center for maritime innovation and technology (MarRI-UK). The center, offering development opportunities for the UK’s $45B maritime sector, is based at the University of Strathclyde, with hubs to be announced across the UK. The center will provide a collaborative innovation vehicle to jointly tackle innovation and technology challenges.The first area of collaborative focus is Clean…
GE to Propel MSC Cruises Fleet
GE’s Marine Solutions has once again been selected by MSC Cruises and Fincantieri to provide the marine electric propulsion technology for two new Seaside EVO ships, further driving the evolution of the Seaside Class next-generation mega cruise ships.This follows the delivery of the first and second ship – MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview – in the Seaside Class by the Fincantieri shipyard of Monfalcone.With a gross tonnage of 169,400 GT and a total guest capacity of 5,632, Seaside EVO ships will be the largest cruise ships ever built by the Fincantieri shipyard.
ABB, Sintef to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Norwegian Sintef Ocean and ABB Marine will use two 30kW hydrogen fuel cells, set up in laboratory to model the operation and control of a complete marine power system in a megawatt-scale propulsion plant."ABB and Sintef Ocean are undertaking groundbreaking research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion. The new research project seeks to provide the answers required for fuel cell technology to be delivered at the scale needed to power commercial and passenger ships…
New Thruster Solutions Developed for Arctic Shipping
A team of European marine research institutes and companies have developed creative technologies for thruster solutions that are specifically engineered for ships operating in the Arctic.With the new solutions created under the three-year ArTEco project led by Finland's VTT and Wärtsilä, thruster lifetimes can be increased, their maintenance need can be decreased and their reliability improved, particularly in extreme conditions, the project partners said.While at sea, a ship must overcome tough resistance as it displaces water masses from its path.
DNV GL: New Guidelines for Autonomous Ships
With the first commercial autonomous and remotely operated vessels due to launch in the next several years, DNV GL has released a new class guideline to help build a safety culture around these new technologies.“A new set of sensor, connectivity, analysis and control functions in maritime technologies is laying the foundation for remote and autonomous operations in shipping,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. “Increased automation, whether in the form of decision support…
European Commission Signs Grant Agreement: Official Start of NAVAIS
With the signature of INEA (Innovation & Networks Executive Agency of the European Commission) on the Grant Agreement of NAVAIS, the project officially started on June, 1 2018. NAVAIS is a multiannual research- and innovation program for the shipbuilding industry. The results of NAVAIS will increase efficiency in design and flexibility in production networks. In total, the European Commission will invest € 6.5 million Euros ($7.5 mln) over a period of four years, by means of the Horizon 2020 program, the research- and innovation program of the European Commission.
Wärtsilä Signs MoU to Promote Maritime Technologies in Singapore
Wärtsilä has partnered with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote maritime innovation and R&D. The partnership covers four different streams: digital acceleration, cyber-physical security, intelligent vessel and port operations. Wärtsilä and MPA have also agreed to support and leverage start-ups and small and medium enterprises in Singapore in these four streams.“This partnership with MPA is a great example of how combining digitalization ecosystems thinking, and collaboration will benefit the maritime industry and drive tangible value at pace.
Wärtsilä acquires Transas
Wärtsilä announced today that it has acquired Transas, an innovative, digital solutions provider headquartered in the UK. This acquisition is a recognition of Transas’ strong position in the maritime technologies market and its technological leadership. The transaction will allow Transas to work within a global maritime company in delivering its solutions, bringing scale and value to the industry in need of innovation leadership. Transas is a global market leader in marine navigation solutions that include complete bridge systems, digital solutions and electronic charts.
Maritime Technologies Incubator Launched in New York
The newly formed Maritime Global Technologies Innovation Center (MGTIC) is a collaborative incubator hosted at SUNY Maritime College that sets out to foster technology developments in the maritime space through entrepreneurial innovations. “Shipping interests exist in an increasingly complex environment and are impacted by new problems every day. At the same time, entrepreneurs and researchers seek to remedy these problems,” said MGTIC co-founder Dr. Christopher Clott, ABS Chair of Marine Transportation and Logistics at SUNY Maritime College.
Sino-Danish Focus on Energy Efficient Ships
A delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Industry is visiting Denmark as part of the cooperation between the two Administrations. A Danish-Chinese workshop on energy efficient ship design and marine equipment will be held during the three-day visit. The workshop will be attended by the Danish Maritime Authority, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and other Chinese authorities, as well as shipowners, marine equipment manufacturers, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Danish Maritime.
Rays of Hope Seen for German Marine Equipment Suppliers
Germany’s marine and offshore equipment suppliers will have to continue efforts this year to respond to the continuing weak demand from other countries and growing competition in global shipping markets, says German Engineering Federation (VDMA) who reported a decline in orders in the maritime sector in 2017 as sales slid slightly to €11.1 billion ($12.7 billion). However, according to VDMA, the general situation in mechanical engineering industry and digitalization show encouraging signs as companies stand to benefit from developing new markets…
IMO Project Seeks Maritime Technology Participants
The GMN maritime technology project, run by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and funded by the European Union, has issued a call for expressions of interest from individuals within specified organizations to become members of the GMN Project’s Global Stakeholder Committee (GSC). The GMN project has established a network of five regional Maritime Technologies Cooperation Centres (MTCCs). Together, they are promoting technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector and help navigate shipping into a low-carbon future.
Kenya Maritime Technology Centre Holds First Workshop
The newly established GMN project on maritime technology cooperation, run by IMO and funded by the European Union, has held its first ever national workshop in Mombasa, Kenya (19-20 June). The event brought together 67 participants to discuss ways to bring shipping into a low carbon future. The GMN maritime technology project, run by IMO and funded by the European Union, has issued a call for expressions of interest from individuals within specified organizations to become members of the GMN Project’s Global Stakeholder Committee (GSC).
Autonomous Ships on IMO Agenda
Now, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee will start to establish a new international legal framework for the safe operation of autonomous ships, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority. Together with a number of countries, Denmark, has taken the initiative to include autonomous shipping on the IMO agenda. United Nations' IMO is in line with the proposal and will now start mapping how existing international regulation can be applied to autonomous ships and maritime technologies; technologies that are developing rapidly these years.
TGS Hires Polarcus for Europe
Polarcus has received a letter of award from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, a marine seismic data acquisition specialist, for acquisition of 30,000 square kilometers of 3D multi-client data in Europe. Approximately 20,000 sq.km. will be acquired in 2017 utilizing two Polarcus vessels and its innovative XArray(TM) multiple source acquisition method to deliver extremely efficient, high quality broadband data. The project will commence early in Q2 2017. The remaining 10,000 sq.km. will be acquired in 2018 utilizing up to two Polarcus vessels with commencement expected in early Q2 2018.
GE Showcases Innovative and Efficient Solutions for International Workboat Show
New global emissions standards reduce emissions by more than 70 percent. Engine technology had to advance to meet the new standard. Many turned to aftertreatment; adding chemicals and operating cost. GE kept it simple and built it right into the engine. GE’s Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system needs no aftertreatment, no messy chemicals, no change to operating processes and no ongoing urea cost. Plus, it’s maintained best-in-class fuel economy and produces approximately up to 15 percent more power while maintaining virtually the same footprint. Another case when less is definitely more.
Founded in 1992, UA Business Solutions was a pioneer in the field of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and an early Microsoft Partner. The ERP evolution into the maritime industry found UA developing industry specific solutions for marine clients. These UA marine solutions became commercially available in 2007 under the UA proprietary brand, MarineCFO. UA Business Solutions, along with the MarineCFO brand, was purchased by VerticaLive in 2013. A reimaged MarineCFO emerged from this acquisition at the forefront of SubChapter M solutions…
Vittoria Shipyard's Interceptor 43' at Seafuture
Vittoria Shipyard, which specializes in the construction of paramilitary, commercial and passenger vessels of up to 100 meters, will in 2016 take part for the first time in Seafuture & Maritime Technologies, which is to be held at the Military Arsenal in La Spezia from May 24-27, 2016. The shipyard from Adria will present its Interceptor 43’, which will be moored at the Pagliari dock, and will be on show to visitors for the duration of the show. The new vessel is based on the standards of Customs and Border Protection of the U.S.
ABS' Wiernicki: The Head of Class
The Head of Class: Christopher J. The global maritime industry faces myriad challenges in the ongoing quest to run safe, profitable operations in an oftentimes tumultuous environment. More than ever vessel owners are faced with daunting regulatory and technical challenges, and the world’s leading classification societies remain the foundation upon which successful marine operations are built. Last month we visited with Christopher J. Wiernicki, the head of ABS and the newly elected head of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for insight and analysis.
HRH Prince Joachim to Speak at Danish Maritime Days
The cream of CTO’s from shipowners, ship management businesses, shipyards and maritime equipment manufacturers worldwide will meet HRH Prince Joachim on the second day of the technical summit, arranged by Danish Maritime and its members. HRH Prince Joachim will speak at the technical summit Danish Maritime Technology Conference, taking place October 7-8, 2015 in Copenhagen during Danish Maritime Days. The knowledge and involvement that Prince Joachim has in the maritime world and technological innovation is reflected in his patronage of…
Polarcus Gets West Africa Contract
Polarcus Limited has announced it has received a letter of intent for a 3D marine seismic project in West Africa. The client was not disclosed by the Dubai-based seismic vessel operator, who will utilise its RightBAND technique for the broadband data acquisition. The project is of two weeks duration and will form part of the Company's West African campaign during Q4 2015. The new contract is the company’s fourth announced this month with new projects won in Brazil, Australia and Myanmar. Polarcus is an innovative marine geophysical company with a pioneering environmental agenda, delivering high-end towed streamer data acquisition and imaging services from Pole to Pole.