Onboard Systems News

20 Nov 2019

VDRs for Inland Vessels: Does It Make Sense?

Image Credit: Danelec

It just might. And, you’ve got options.The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) carriage requirements apply to all passenger ships regardless of gross tons or year of build, and to all cargo ships 3000 gross tons or larger built after 2002. A simplified VDR (S-VDR) is allowed on older ships built before 2002. The performance standard was updated in 2014. That said; a full type-approved VDR is not a requirement for inland vessels under 3,000 GT. Nevertheless, a good case to be made for installing a (less costly) data recording device on such vessels…

13 Nov 2019

Maritime 2050: Facing the Decarbonization Challenge

Source: DNV GL

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) greenhouse gas (GHG) strategy signals a true game changing moment for the shipping industry. External pressure was building, but the IMO strategy sets a time line and goals for shipping to tackle one of the great challenges of our time. The GHG strategy gives our latest Maritime Forecast to 2050 its focus, and with this publication we attempt to set out the different strategies and pathways the industry can take to reach these goals.The first conclusion from the report is a sobering one.

11 Nov 2019

Bourbon Commits 100+ Vessels to Fleet Xpress

(Photo: Bourbon)

Marine services firm Bourbon has signed a contract committing more than 100 offshore support vessels (OSVs) to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress, the maritime broadband service that combines the speed of Ka-band with continuous back up from Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband operating on L-band.The deal represents a breakthrough offshore contract for Fleet Xpress, which is already installed on some 7,000 vessels - mainly seagoing merchant ships, the company said.“This contract is substantial in…

29 Oct 2019

USS John S. McCain Repairs Completed

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) (U.S. Navy photo)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) completed her necessary repairs and extensive, accelerated upgrades over the last two years, following a fatal 2017 collision.The ship and her crew, now underway to conduct comprehensive at sea testing, will perform a series of demonstrations to evaluate onboard systems to ensure they meet or exceed Navy performance specifications. Among the systems that will be tested are navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems…

23 Oct 2019

GTMaritime Protects Onboard Cyber Security

Photo: GTMaritime

GTMaritime has seen exceptional growth in the use of its secure, maritime optimized email software and other cyber-security solutions as vessel owners and operators step up a gear to harden onboard networks and protect their ships from digital threats. Many have been spurred into action by IMO’s decision to bring cyber-security under the remit of the ISM code from 2021.Some 5,677 vessels are now employing solutions from GTMaritime’s portfolio – an increase of more than one-third over the past year.

23 Oct 2019

GE Powers World’s Largest Crane Vessel

Photo: GE

In September, Heerema Marine Contractors’ semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) Sleipnir completed its first project, installing the topsides for the Leviathan development in the Mediterranean, a world record lift.At 220 meters long and 102 meters wide, Sleipnir is the world’s largest crane vessel, with two 10,000-tonne revolving cranes. GE said it provided the electrical part of the power and propulsion system including 12 sets of 8-megawatt (MW) generators, eight units of 5.5 MW propulsion motors…

18 Oct 2019

Boxship Fires: Time for Action, says IUMI

Helle Hammer, IUMI Policy Forum Chair

This year has already seen an alarming number of container ship fires including Yantian Express, APL Vancouver, Grande America, E.R. Kobe and KMTC Hong Kong.The escalation is of growing concern to IUMI (International Union of Marine Insurance) who used a recent forum to call for an urgent improvement to onboard firefighting systems.At a conference in Arendal, Norway, organised by marine insurer and P&I Club, Gard, and attended by IMO, flag states, shipowners, salvors, class, and insurers…

10 Oct 2019

Autonomous Shipping – Cyber Hazards Ahead

A look at the typical areas most frequently seen as the scene of common accidents on board workboats. (source: European Maritime Safety Agency [EMSA])

If autonomous vessels are the future of maritime shipping, then cyber threats may be its Achilles heel. Congested shipping, restricted visibility, limited maneuverability, and intensive docking activities all contribute to port hazards – 42 percent of EU reported marine accidents (injury/death/damage to ships) took place in port areas and 44 percent of workboat fatalities occurred on Tugs. Autonomous shipping should provide numerous benefits including increased safety by relieving crewmembers of unsafe and repetitious tasks.

07 Oct 2019

VDRs for Inland Vessels? Does It Make Sense?

Credit: Thomas Rollins

It just might. And, you’ve got options.The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) carriage requirements apply to all passenger ships regardless of gross tons or year of build, and to all cargo ships 3000 gross tons or larger built after 2002. A simplified VDR (S-VDR) is allowed on older ships built before 2002. The performance standard was updated in 2014. That said; a full type-approved VDR is not a requirement for inland vessels under 3,000 GT. Nevertheless, a good case to be made for installing a (less costly) data recording device on such vessels…

24 Sep 2019

New Sharktech Autonomous Vessel

Photo: Metal Shark

USA-based shipbuilder Metal Shark and Sea Machines, a Boston-based developer of autonomous marine technology, have partnered on the introduction of a new 29-foot autonomous vessel now being offered through Metal Shark’s “Sharktech” autonomous division.The new Sharktech 29 Defiant welded aluminum monohull pilothouse vessel features OEM-integrated Sea Machines technology offering a full range of advanced capabilities including active control and collision avoidance. The system allows for either traditionally manned…

12 Sep 2019

Fuel Flexibility is Key for Green Shipping

Pic: DNV GL

Fuel flexibility and technologies to bridge changing fuel usage have been identified in the Maritime Forecast to 2050 as essential strategies for both individual owners and the shipping industry to adapt to the energy transition and prepare for a low carbon future.DNV GL – Maritime has released the third edition of its Maritime Forecast to 2050 at London International Shipping Week 2019 (LISW).The Maritime Forecast examines the future of the shipping industry in a rapidly changing global energy landscape.

08 Aug 2019

Hybrid Propulsion for Acta Centaurus

The Acta Centaurus will be fitted with a Wärtsilä hybrid solution for fuel savings and better environmental performance. (Photo: Acta Marine)

Acta Centaurus, a new DP2 walk-to-work offshore wind construction support vessel owned by Netherlands-based Acta Marine, will be fitted with hybrid propulsion capability from Wärtsilä, the Finland-based technology group announced on Thursday.Hybrid propulsion will allow the vessel to operate with less running engines at more optimized load, creating fuel consumption and environmental benefits.The solution to be provided by Wärtsilä includes the hybrid drive, the batteries and an energy management system…

26 Jun 2019

New Profile for The Shipbuilding Sector in Liguria

Pursuant to the agreement signed last year between Fincantieri, the Liguria Region and the trade unions Cgil, Cisl and Uil, aimed at carrying out a series of initiatives to encourage job placement processes, the offer of the courses of the technical institutes of higher education for next autumn is to be extended.In fact, a new educational pathway meeting the employment needs of the shipbuilding sector will start in Liguria at the Accademia della Marina Mercantile (the Merchant Navy Academy). The Regional Council, following the proposal of the Councilor Cavo, has approved the scheduling of the post-high school diploma specialization course “Foreman for production and maintenance of ships and/or related infrastructures”…

06 Jun 2019

TMS and NAVTOR Sign MoU

Photo: Total Marine Solutions

The environmental products and services firm Total Marine Solutions (TMS) and NAVTOR are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), allowing for the integration of Ocean Guardian’s environmental rules into NAVTOR’s voyage planning software.It will also allow NAVTOR to offer Ocean Guardian’s environmental planning tool as a stand-alone system, said a press release.Developed by TMS, Ocean Guardian is a digital tool that provides shipboard operators with…

29 Apr 2019

Wärtsilä Solutions Increase Safety in Arctic Waters

Photo Copyright: Sovcomflot

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, to roll out a Wärtsilä Fleet Operations solution for Sovcomflot’s fleet of Arctic shuttle tankers.The aim is to promote sustainable development, and to increase the safety and efficiency of operations in the sensitive Arctic waters. Wärtsilä will also provide a core solution for the company’s fleet operation center. The order was booked in March 2019.The solution has been developed as a result of collaboration between Sovcomflot and Transas, a Wärtsilä company.

26 Apr 2019

Maritime Autonomy: The Reality

Real world support on the bridge of one of the world’s most advanced cable layers still requires the personal touch from time to time.  ABB Marine Service is able to tap into remote data in order to prepare accurately in terms of appropriate skill sets needed onboard as well anticipating necessary parts & tools. Photo: ABB

While merriam-webster.com is succinct in its definition of ‘autonomous’, ask 10 people in the maritime sector what ‘autonomous’ vessel means to them and the responses vary widely. Achieving autonomous, unmanned operations is not high, today, on the agenda of many (if any) shipowners. What does command their attention? Building ships that are increasingly ‘smart,’ with integrated, connected systems that take on additional decision-making processes while helping to reduce crew size (and cost)…

18 Apr 2019

CAT Targets Cruise for MEO, AI

Caterpillar's Multi-Engine Optimizer.

Caterpillar is touting its Multi-Engine Optimizer (MEO) as a solution for existing cruise ships to burn less fuel, run cleaner, keep uptime and reliability high while keeping costs down.Caterpillar's MEO is designed to lay over the top of a vessel’s existing power management system, us-ing proprietary performance maps and control algorithms to advise the system on which engines to operate and at what load. The second, Asset Intelligence (AI), is a total vessel monitoring solution that collects and analyzes data from onboard systems, then provides recommendations on when and how to take action.

26 Mar 2019

Can the Cruise Shipping Boom Continue?

MSC Cruises, the industry’s largest privately owned company, is in the midst of a $13 billion expansion which will bring its fleet, following the delivery of MSC Meraviglia in 2017, to 25 vessels by the mid 2020’s. Still on order are four Meraviglia class ships. Photo: MSC

As the global cruise industry enjoys it most robust period of growth ever, the question invariably becomes: How long can it last?Cruising, which is a blend of the hospitality and maritime businesses, continues to grow at a historic pace. The Cruise Trends & Industry Outlook publication from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) projects a passenger count of 30 million in 2019 – up nearly 2 million from the previous year. By year end 2019 CLIA members – a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the largest brands – will have 272 vessels…

03 Mar 2019

Perini Navi Launches New 25m Eco Tender

Pic: Perini Navi SpA

Italian shipyard Perini Navi said its first motor yacht launch since the company’s rebranding, and its first ever planing motoryacht, the Eco-tender is effectively a mini superyacht tailored to the requests of her experienced Perini Navi owners.The project grew out of initial discussions with the owners for a bigger sailing boat. It emerged that the owners were very happy with their existing 52m Perini Navi sailing yacht, but their needs had evolved over the years and what they really wanted was not a bigger boat…

07 Jan 2019

Naval Dome Introduces Dashboard for Optimum Cyber Monitoring

Photo: Naval Dome

Maritime security specialist Naval Dome has come up with an innovative approach to managing the cyber security status of all protected systems onboard ships, allowing shipboard and shoreside staff to monitor and evaluate fleet-wide system data, even when they are offline. Until now, only crew members have been able to access a ship’s offline data sets.The Naval Dome Dashboard collects and collates all the data captured by the company’s multi award-winning Endpoint cyber protection…

20 Dec 2018

Interview: Volvo Penta’s ‘Full Charge’ into Electric & Hybrid

Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the Americas.

Voices: Ron Huibers, President and CEO, Volvo Penta of the AmericasVolvo Penta has a reputation for pioneering innovations in marine propulsion. To learn more about what the company has on its drawing boards we talked with Ron Huibers, president and CEO of Volvo Penta of the Americas.Please give us a snapshot of your commercial marine business in North America?Our marine commercial business in the Americas has seen great growth, and it now represents a significant portion of our business, along with our leisure marine and industrial engine segments.

05 Oct 2018

Wärtsilä to Supply Marine Simulators in Southampton

Left to right: Lars Lippuner, Head of Commercial Operations, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering; Alex Ponomarev, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä; Muhammad Shafique, Senior Lecturer, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering; Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean, Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has been selected to provide a full scope of marine simulators for a new training facility at Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, located in Southampton, England.Scheduled to complete in spring 2019, it will be the largest marine simulation training center in the U.K. The contract with Wärtsilä, which was booked in September 2018, is linked to a five-year continuous service agreement.“The simulation center will be a central pillar of our maritime education…

02 Oct 2018

New Bunker Vessel Delivered to Maxum Petroleum

The new bunkering vessel Global Provider has been delivered to Maxum Petroleum for operation in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo: EBDG)

Maxum Petroleum has taken delivery of its newest tank ship, the Global Provider. The newbuild will deliver fuel and lube oil to ship operators in the Pacific Northwest.The vessel, the first in its design and size for Maxum Petroleum, was designed by Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) of Seattle and built by Jesse Engineering of Tacoma, Wash.Global Provider is a self-propelled bunker ship measuring 126'-2" in length, with a 32 ' beam, 10' draft and 13' depth to main deck. The vessel has a carrying capacity of 151…

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