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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Birgit Sølling Olsen to Get IMO International Maritime Prize

Birgit Sølling Olsen. Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

Former Deputy Director General of the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), Mrs. Birgit Sølling Olsen, is set to receive the 2017 International Maritime Prize. This was decided by the governing body of the International Maritime Organization, the IMO Council, which was convened this week in London. The Prize is given once a year to a person or an organization, who has made a significant contribution to the work and function of the IMO. The IMO’s Member States had nominated three candidates in total this year.

An Unlikely and Remarkable Safety Journey

(Credit: Gregory Thorp)

Late last year, the Transportation Research Board released a major study that was undertaken “in response to the rapid development of domestic sources of energy and questions about the safest ways to move these products.” The Study Committee examined the operational responses of the three primary modes impacted by the fracking revolution – rail, pipeline and maritime. A primary observation of this work was that that the “Marine Transportation System Offers a Model for Robust Safety…

Chairman of IACS Commends Association’s Achievements

IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (left) and Robert Ashdown, IACS Secretary General. Photo: DNV GL

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, who will hand over the reins of  International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in July, examined how the association had evolved during his time as Chairman, while speaking at the Posidonia trade fair in Athens. In an industry undergoing rapid change, the IACS Chairman identified the need for classification societies and IACS itself to be adaptable and prepared for change, while staying true to the core purpose of classification. Ørbeck-Nilssen…

KVH Launches New High-speed Maritime Network on Intelsat

Image: Intelsat

KVH Industries announced the launch of its next-generation, advanced maritime broadband network, joined by service partner, Intelsat. Slated for commercial availability next month, KVH’s high-speed overlay to its current mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service is expected to triple, and in some cases increase by a multiple of six, the data speeds for its maritime customers. At the core of its capabilities, KVH’s advanced maritime broadband network will incorporate Intelsat Epic satellite services and the award-winning IntelsatOne Flex platform…

Oil Tank Inspection: Cyberhawk Gets ABS Certification

(Photo: Cyberhawk)

As the maritime world increasingly turns to unmanned and autonomous systems to carry out difficult and dangerous work, one drone innovator has received certification from a leading classification society to this end. Cyberhawk Innovations reports that it has been certified as an External Specialist by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in providing inspections for internal tanks using UAVs. Achieving ABS recognition means that the data captured by Cyberhawk’s UAVs can now be…

Speedcast Launches SIGMA Gateway Xtreme

Speedcast International Limited, provider of fully managed, remote communication and IT solutions, has announced the release of SIGMA Gateway Xtreme, a new network device capable of managing Speedcast’s global Ku VSAT network, Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress network and 4G/LTE services. “The launch of SIGMA Gateway earlier in the year was a milestone in bringing secure virtualized server environments to the Maritime market,” said Tim Bailey, Executive Vice President, Products, Marketing, & Business Development, Speedcast. “We’re excited to be able to offer even better reliability and redundancy with the launch of SIGMA Gateway Xtreme. SIGMA Gateway Xtreme is designed to withstand harsh maritime environments…

Transas Announces Plans for 2018 Global Conference

Photo: Transas

Transas says its mission to explain the true benefits and impacts of digitalization to the maritime world will be given new impetus by staging its 2018 global conference to Vancouver, one of North America's top technology hubs. The three-day event, which will take place at the Marriott Parq Hotel Vancouver, March 6-8, has been christened 'THESIS18 – Enterprise Change' to focus minds on the steps Transas believes are necessary if its pioneering THESIS vision for a connected maritime operational environment is to become reality.

Royal Caribbean Takes the Lead on Fuel Cell Tech

Image: ABB

As the maritime world rapidly evolves to incorporate increasingly clean and efficient power sources onboard ships at sea, the cruise industry is emerging as a clear leader in the sector, driven by the high-profile nature of its ships and the often pristine environments to which they traverse. With that, ABB announced that it will deliver the first fuel cell system to Royal Caribbean, a pilot program in which the RCL ship will be the world's first fuel cell system on a luxury cruise ship.

DMA Zooms in on Autonomous Ships

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

Together with Danish Shipping, Danish Maritime and IDA Maritime, the Danish Maritime Authority will be hosting an international conference on autonomous ships on Tuesday (14 November 2017) in Copenhagen. All over the world, great efforts are being made these years to develop new ship technologies. Research is already far progressed and, at the same time, the Danish Maritime Authority is striving to clarify how the authorities can ensure, insofar as possible, that regulation does not present a barrier to the future use of technological solutions in shipping.

Classification Steps Up to the Digital Challenge: DNV GL

DNV GL Press Conference at Marintec China 2017 (from L to R): Torgeir Sterri, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Norbert Kray. Photo: DNV GL

The maritime world is in the middle of a period of rapid change, with increasing digitalization, new regulations and shifting markets. Classification societies can help to remove barriers, speed up the process, and assist stakeholders make the most of the new landscape, IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said at DNV GL’s press conference at Marintec China today. “One of the major contributions of class in current times of transformation is to bring familiar assurance processes to new and unfamiliar technologies…

Antwerp to Manage Port of Cotonou

 Photo: Port of Antwerp

Port of Antwerp International (PAI), the consultancy and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, has been appointed by the Council of Ministers of the West African country of Benin to modernise the port of Cotonou. This port is the economic heart of Benin, handling an annual freight volume of around 12 million tonnes. In the longer term, the port authority wants the port to grow further, but both the infrastructure and the organization are outdated. The government therefore decided to temporarily outsource the management of the port.

Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Planned in Liverpool

Left to right: BOA veteran Jim Rainsford, Vice Admiral Mike Gretton campaign chairman, veteran Graeme Cubbin (Photo: Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Campaign)

A fundraising campaign to build a international memorial dedicated to the estimated 100,000 people who lost their lives during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, as well as those who served and survived, is being launched in Liverpool. The Battle of the Atlantic Memorial (BOAM), the charity leading the campaign, will stage a press call with war veterans on the Liverpool’s iconic waterfront to launch the fundraising effort to build the 28 meter monument in the shape of a merchant ship split in two.

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.

A Case for Propeller Guards & Cutters

(Photo: Spurs Marine Mfg.)

As I was preparing for Thanksgiving dinner I put on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. While Indiana Jones and Doctor Elsa Schneider were being chased by the Brotherhood of the Cruciform sword through Venice and their boat was neatly shredded by the propellers of a larger vessel, it had me thinking of how much propeller technology has changed over the years. And how hopefully Indiana’s boat did not actually damage that vessel’s propeller. Recently an article passed though my news feed about the first 3D printed propeller. This is indicative of the direction the industry is taking.

Policy Planning Lessons for Maritime Students

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Students from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta are being introduced to key policy planning issues as part of International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s on-going work to support the future leaders of the maritime world (15-16 February). The event focused on the National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) formulation, which is being promoted by IMO as a good governance practice to guide planning, decision making and legislation in the maritime sector, and a key driver for a country's sustainable development.

GTT Bags Order for Three LNG Carriers, One Bunkering Vessel

Mark III system's original design. Photo: GTT

GTT announces it has received several orders, since the beginning of the year, for the equipment of three LNG Carriers (LNGCs) and one bunkering vessel. The three LNGCs, offering capacities ranging from 174,000 to 180,000 m3, will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI)’s. They will be fitted with the membrane containment system Mark III Flex. Their deliveries are expected for 2020. In addition, the latest evolution of the Mark III system…

KRS Class Approval for Drone Inspection of Confined Spaces

Drone operator during flight inspection (Photo: RIMS)

RIMS (Robotics In Maintenance Strategies) have secured a further class approval from Korean Register of Shipping (KRS) for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces. The KRS certification for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces, adds to the now highly impressive portfolio of class approvals RIMS have achieved in such a short period of time. This further certification means that even more shipowners and managers can now reap benefits which this new technology offers during class surveys.

Frank Coles Delivers Keynote at the Transas Global Conference

Transas CEO Frank Coles' delivers a rousing Keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Vancouver. CREDIT: Transas

You know if Elon Musk was to attend a plenary session of the IMO, he could be forgiven if he thought he was watching a reenactment of the Charles Dickens book Hard Times, with Mr. Gradgrind the Headmaster. What a sad reflection of our industry. Imagine instead! Imagine a world where logistics companies and cargo owners drive ship design, innovation and demand the level of quality in ship management. Where maritime assets are operated in a global ecosystem of tracking, monitoring and safety. Imagine a world where ships are operated in a “ship as a service” or “system of systems” infrastructure.

Danish Maritime Authority Conference on EfficienSea2

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) is hosting the final conference of the EU-funded digitalisation project EfficienSea2 on the 5th and 6th of April. 32 partners from 12 different countries have been collaborating in the European project EfficienSea2 since 2015 to create a more digital maritime world. The project has focused on developing new communication platforms, international IT-standards and digital services for the maritime world. The project supports the effort recently initiated by the Danish Government through a plan for maritime growth and a digital strategy.

Sharp Contrasts in Markets Impact Van Oord

Photo: Van Oord

The year 2017 was dominated by the difficult market conditions in the dredging and oil & gas sectors, says Pieter van Oord, CEO, Van Oord, the Dutch contracting company that specializes in dredging and land reclamation. The global contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind) said that the volume of work in offshore wind was stable, and the market dynamic in the offshore wind sector will generate a lot of opportunities for years to come.

Danish Projects Boost Maritime Digitalization

Brian Mikkelsen (Photo: Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs)

Digital nautical charts and better communication at sea are some of the concrete solutions that can boost the development of the maritime sector. Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, is pleased with the prospects of more digital cooperation across the EU when the results of the digitalization project are being presented at a conference in Copenhagen today and tomorrow. Representatives from the maritime sector are gathered today for the final conference of the digitalization project EfficienSea2.

Liodden Named OBR's Sustainability Director

Birgit M. Liodden. Photo: Oslo Business Region

Oslo Business Region (OBR) has engaged Birgit M. Liodden as Director for Sustainability, Ocean Industries and Communication, with effect of May 2018. Liodden will be responsible for OBR’s activities linked to Oslo as European Green Capital 2019, and implementation of sustainability focus throughout all activities. She will also be responsible for ocean industries – a new area for Oslo Business Region – representing vast opportunities onwards. As part of Oslo Business Region’s strategy, sustainability is a key priority area moving forward.

IACS Chairman Unveils Future Vision

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen’s commitment to quality, modernisation and transparency widely reflected in IACS work and future vision. Photo: DNV GL

Quality, modernisation and transparency have been the three fundamental themes of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) during DNV GL’s Chairmanship, and this approach is widely reflected in IACS’ 2017 Annual Review which was presented in London today by IACS Chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen. Looking back at IACS’ development and successes over the past year, Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said that during these dynamic times, both IACS and its twelve Member societies need to act as a guide for the shipping industry, identifying the path for others to follow.

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