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Monday, June 18, 2018

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FUELTRAX Plans EFMS Event in Nigeria

FUELTRAX will host a free one-day electronic fuel monitoring solution (EFMS) symposium in Lagos, Nigeria on June 28, to demonstrate the impact of FUELTRAX technology in the West Africa Region.Representatives from FUELTRAX  will inform how the electronic fuel monitoring solution can ensure fuel security, guarantee compliance and optimize the performance. The symposium at Four Points by Sheraton Lagos will includes technology demonstrations, expert advice, lunch, and Q&A sessions.The EFMS uses Coriolis mass-flow meters and operating a closed-loop system. It connects owners and operators to their fuel data in real-time, ensuring compliance with MRV regulations…

Marine Insurance’s Risk Rating Revolution

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Why insurers cannot afford to be left behindAccording to Maersk, “everything that can be digitized will be digitized”, and there is no doubt that the world of shipping is currently undergoing a digital revolution. From vessel movement data to port statistics and engine diagnostics and data, the latest technology empowers insurers to segment and optimize their existing portfolio, identify new opportunities and offer truly connected policies.However, risk measurement and ratings remain an issue.

C-MAP Unlocks New Insight for Shoreside Managers

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C-MAP, the provider of commercial marine charting and cloud-based software solutions for fleet management and route optimization, has launched a new version of C-MAP FleetManager.The web-based enterprise solution now gives shoreside managers more insight into their fleet’s performance for more informed decision-making though powerful analytics.Fueled by Microsoft Power BI, C-MAP FleetManager gives immediate access to fleet data with interactive reports via a personalized dashboard.

Big Data: Top 5 Priorities for the Maritime Industry

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Many maritime organizations are already working with “Big Data” or are preparing to start working with it as part of the so-called digital transformation. Dutch ICT company Shipbuilder presents its top five priorities for the uptake of big data in the maritime sector. It sounds so logical but often organizations don’t define a goal when they start working with big data. This makes it impossible to determine whether the outcome is successful. Set a clear goal. Decide for example to specify, design, build and maintain ships ‘right the first time’.

Wärtsilä to Optimize Performance for Songa Offshore Drill Rigs

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The technology group Wärtsilä has signed a five-year technical management and services agreement with Songa Offshore for four Cat-D type semi-submersible drilling rigs operating in the North Sea. Through the partnership with Wärtsilä, Songa Offshore ensures optimal performance and maximum availability of the Wärtsilä engines and thrusters on board the drilling rigs, which operate in extremely harsh conditions. This is possible with real-time knowledge of the actual condition of the equipment, provided by Wärtsilä's digital offering.

ABB, IBM Partner on Industrial Artificial Intelligence

ABB and IBM announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB’s digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry and transport and infrastructure. Customers will benefit from ABB’s domain knowledge and portfolio of digital solutions combined with IBM’s expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as different industry verticals. The first two joint industry solutions powered by ABB Ability and Watson will bring real-time cognitive insights to the factory floor and smart grids. The new suite of solutions developed by ABB and IBM will help companies address in a completely new way some of their biggest industrial challenges…

DNV GL Eyes Dynamic Risk Assessment

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Traditional risk management practices involves operators navigating large static risk reports, in addition to handling massive amounts of data, with a limited timeframe to make risk informed decisions during operations. DNV GL launches a position paper showing how risk assessments can be made more dynamic, to provide improved and real-time decision support during operations. Static quantitative risk assessment (QRA) reports are widely used in the oil and gas industry to evaluate the safety of activities and systems.

New Real-time Maritime Tracking Service

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exactEarth Ltd , provider of Satellite AIS data services announces the launch of exactView RT powered by Harris (exactView RT) – the world’s first global, persistent real-time Satellite AIS service. This capability is expected to enable a wide variety of new service capabilities for the global maritime community and to contribute strongly over the next 20 years to the improvement of maritime safety, commerce, navigation, environmental management and security. exactView RT consists of a system of more than 60 maritime satellite payloads…

Ten Smart Ship Applications for an Intelligent Future

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Ibna Zaman of Royston highlights the growing operational advantages provided by the effective analysis of intelligent data in the marine sector – if certain challenges can be successfully overcome. With the impending introduction of the EU MRV Regulations forcing shipping operators to think more seriously about monitoring, reporting and verifying fuel and emissions performance, new data driven improvements have the potential to transform the shipping sector. As its name implies…

Wärtsilä REvolution system takes sealing technology to New Level

The Wärtsilä REvolution system collects performance data, for example temperature, wear of the seal interface and pressure. Photo Wartsila

The new Wärtsilä REvolution system is a digital management system that controls, monitors, records and analyses the performance of seals autonomously in real time, increasing the predictability and reliability of sealing solutions in rotating equipment. Wärtsilä's new digital management system revolutionises sealing technology in the hydropower industry. The system incorporates machine learning, predictive modelling and model predictive control (MPC) techniques to provide customers with intelligent…

Consortium Targets Better Ship Efficiency and Navigation

A consortium of companies aims to develop an expert decision support system for improved ship efficiency and safer navigation via a two-year R&D project called iSea. Backed by funding from the Eurostars program, the iSea innitiative is led by Danelec Marine, with other participants including Vessel Performance Solutions ApS (Denmark), i-Marine Technologies and Research Inc. (Turkey) and Deniztekno Danismanlik Bilgi Teknolojileri ve Bilgisayar San. Tic. Std. Sti (Turkey). Set to commence the R&D program in January 2017, the iSea team will deliver a set of Expert Decision Support Systems (EDSS) for enhancing the performance and navigability of vessels.

NOAA Engineers a Better Current Sensor for Mariners

Max Ivanov and Scott Mowery with NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services install an improved current sensor system on a navigation buoy in Chesapeake Bay. The system transmits real-time current speed and direction observations via satellite to help mariners more safely navigate busy shipping channels. (Photo: NOAA)

Navigating into seaports is now safer and more efficient for mariners thanks to improved NOAA technology that ships rely on to give them information about currents. The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) developed a more reliable, cost-saving version of a current sensor system that can now be placed at more remote locations along navigation channels. The updated Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) system provides real-time current speed and direction observations where many mariners need it most—at U.S.

Space X Launches Fourth Set of Iridium NEXT Satellites

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Iridium Communications announced that, SpaceX successfully launched the fourth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch marks the midway point of the Iridium NEXT launch program, and was the first Iridium launch to use a SpaceX flight-proven rocket. The first stage booster for Iridium-4 was previously used for Iridium-2, making Iridium the first company to reuse the same rocket booster. Each launch strategically delivers new satellites to specific orbital planes…

Transas A-Suite brings AI to maritime to reduce human error

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Transas has launched its first package of applications built on THESIS, a unified cloud-based platform for managing operations across the full breadth of the maritime ecosystem. The advanced ‘A-Suite’ package also sets a new precedent by utilizing the latest in machine learning techniques to reduce the potential for human errors on the bridge or poor decisions elsewhere in the vessel operational chain. In addition to the officers and crew working on board ships, the benefits of…

MODEC Connects Offshore Fleet with O3b/RigNet

O3b Networks, technology solutions company RigNet and floating production service provider MODEC, entered an agreement to provide high-throughput, low latency connectivity for MODEC’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels off the coast of Brazil. RigNet will integrate the O3b satellite network solution, enabling MODEC to deliver operational decisions in real-time through advanced collaborative environments. Experts at onshore monitoring centers can now work directly with offshore operators, using real-time information to make better and faster decisions, resulting in increased production and enhanced operating efficiency. O3b connectivity significantly contributes to the governance of the Control of the Work required on board.

Genscape Increases US Inland Waterways Coverage

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Genscape, a provider of real-time data and intelligence for the global commodity and energy markets, has announced the complete integration of more than 400 terrestrial AIS antennas in North America, providing an unprecedented level of data accuracy and visibility into ship movements in the U.S. Genscape’s private monitoring network covers every commercial port in the U.S., and over 90 percent of U.S. inland waterways, including extensive coverage of key regions such as the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and the Gulf Coast.

ScanReach's In: New Safety at Sea Tech

InRange is developed as a “plug and play” solution and can be easily installed by crew members. Its main features include  ScanReach-GUI-tweak

Norwegian start-up technology firm ScanReach is set to redefine safety standards at sea with In:Range, a unique system capable of locating anyone on a vessel or offshore installation in real time. The plug and play technology is simple, easy to install, low cost and, according to the team behind it, could save countless lives at sea. With In:Range ScanReach has solved a problem nobody else has. The firm has created a system and technology capable of sending and receiving data signals wirelessly through any structure, including steel.

AET for Improved Crack, Corrosion Detection

Acoustic Emissions Wiring - George Wang Photo ABS

ABS has published the ABS Guidance Notes on Structural Monitoring Using Acoustic Emissions. This industry-leading guidance presents best practices for planning and executing Acoustic Emission Testing (AET). “A primary goal at ABS is to improve safety without interrupting operations,” says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. AET is a passive nondestructive examination technology that has been successfully applied to detect and monitor crack propagation, corrosion activity, cavitation erosion and leaking in structures made of steel, aluminum, composites and other materials.

Ship-borne Internet of Things Will Benefit Marine Industry

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In 2017, the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to a pilot project on the development and testing of a system that collects real-time data from various components on board ships. The data flow will be transmitted continuously to shore-based organisations allowing the authorities, shipowners and marine equipment manufacturers to use the information in real-time. The Aalborg-based company GateHouse is behind the pilot project. A number of other companies and the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to the testing of the new technology.

Safmarine Launches Cargo Tracking App

Launching this app makes Safmarine one of the very few companies to offer such services Image Safmarine

Mumbai, 13th December 2016: Digitization is the need of the hour. Understanding its need and importance in today’s world, Safmarine launched its own mobile app today. The newly launched app will allow to manage and track cargo on the go. The customers will be able to track their shipments in real time. Commenting on this announcement Mr Bimal Kanal, Cluster Manager-Safmarine India, said, “At Safmarine, we always work towards an environment, where ease of doing business takes precedence for our customers. Launching this app makes Safmarine one of the very few companies to offer such services.

Ship Intelligence 101

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The Rolls-Royce portfolio of equipment and services extends well beyond the engine room, leveraging decades of experience in myriad business sectors. The words ‘Rolls-Royce’ can roll right off your tongue, and when they do, the average person in the maritime space probably thinks first of big, powerful, and environmentally-correct marine engines. That might have rung true just two decades ago, but today, that visual doesn’t give justice to what the firm has evolved to become. That’s also where Jay McFadyen, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice President for Ship Intelligence, comes in.

GE Blog: Navigating through the Rough Seas

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No two days in the navy are the same. Whether teams are facing a humanitarian mission, complex manoeuvres or a training exercise, navy recruits must be prepared for all eventualities, pushing their bodies and minds to the limits of their abilities. The same is true of navy fleets. While it is not always possible for operations to know what mission they will be faced with in the future, predicting a potential failure of an asset and maintenance need of individual ships, and therefore enabling better fleet management, can ensure they are best prepared for any mission and eventuality.

Shipbuilder: 3D Access to Real-time Data in VR+ Module

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Shipbuilder has started a real virtual reality (VR) revolution that enables full visual access to new and existing maritime projects. Geert Schouten, director at Shipbuilder, said, “We are the first organization globally that has added useful features to virtual reality for maritime projects. We know from experience that working aboard a ship with a large set of data can be extremely complex and time consuming. Because where are pump X and cable Y that need replacement located? Or, what are the exact instructions for their maintenance?

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