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Saturday, November 18, 2017

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AI to Estimate Vessel Speed and Fuel Consumption

Example of estimated vessel speed compared to main engine rpm and wind speed by using high-dimensional statistical analysis (Graphic provided by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.)

Mitsui O.S.K. This project is a part of MOL's initiative to assess the effectiveness of AI technology, and aims to reduce fuel consumption and vessels' environmental impact by verifying the accuracy of the technology, using Fujitsu's AI Technology to estimate vessel performance at sea. MOL provided actual voyage data collected from MOL fleet in operation to Fujitsu Laboratories, which, along with Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, verified the data by using their jointly developed machine learning method.

Denmark Zooms in on Developments in Autonomous Shipping

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

A conference on autonomous ships hosted by the Danish Maritime Authority zooms in on the potential for using new technology on board ships. Before long, the Danish Maritime Authority can take the next step in its efforts to create a sound and safe framework for utilising new technology in shipping. At the international conference “Zooming in on autonomous ships”, which was held today, and which had been arranged by the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) in cooperation with Danish Shipping and Danish Maritime


ABS Raises Cyber Awareness to Marine Insurance Industry

Pictured Left to Right: Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, USN, Ret., Maritime Administrator, U.S. Maritime Administration; Drew Feldman, AIMU Chairman; Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. Photo: ABS

ABS Chairman, President and CEO calls upon insurance industry and class to work closer together in addressing the next-generation safety system. Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU) today, describing the future of maritime safety and risk mitigation as it relates to cyber safety as well as outlining how the classification and insurance industries can strengthen their collaboration as the progression of cyber and autonomy propel maritime safety into new waters.

MOL Research on Marine Rotary Machineries

Image of System: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced plans to work with Asahi Kasei Engineering Corporation (AEC) on a project to verify predictive detection of abnormalities in marine rotary machineries using vibrating sensors. The research will focus on the use of vibrating sensors to monitor the condition of key auxiliaries, such as pumps or purifiers, on a car carrier and VLCC that are under construction, using analysis software. The participants expect this project to create not only a standalone onboard monitoring system


Technology Cooperation for Low-Carbon Shipping

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The Global MTTC Network (GMN) maritime technology project, run by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and funded by the European Union, was presented during a side-event (10 November) at the UN climate change conference in Bonn, Germany (COP 23). The project established a network of five regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs). Representatives of the European Union, IMO, MTCC-Caribbean and MTCC-Pacific participated at the event. MTCCs updated the audience on their pilot projects, including data collection on fuel oil consumption on ships.

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.

Fujitsu Field Trials Ship Performance Estimation

Image: Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd

Fujitsu Laboratories  announced that it has conducted a trial of a ship performance estimation technology(1) together with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Ube Shipping & Logistics, Ltd. Developed by Fujitsu Laboratories and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), the technology can predict figures such as ship speed and fuel consumption. The results of the trial showed that the technology is capable of estimating ship performance with an estimated margin of error under 1.5%, both on the ocean and near the coast, and in a variety of weather and wave conditions.

DNV GL: Standardization Can Aid Shipping's Digital Transformation

Photo: DNV GL

Classification society DNV GL has released a new position paper setting out the importance of standardization in enabling the growth of digital applications in the maritime industry. Drawing from the experiences gained from digital pilot projects focused on ship sensor data, the paper examines how standardization can enable the effective collection, storage, exchange, analysis and use of data, while contributing to improved data quality and sensor reliability. Whether for operational optimization


MPA Introduces Service Enhancements and Training

MPA Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, giving his opening address at the SRS Forum 2017. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

More than 4,600 ships flying the Singapore flag will benefit from service enhancements to be introduced from November 2017 by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Singapore-incorporated maritime companies will also receive assistance in the form of training on sustainability reporting. These initiatives were announced by Chief Executive of MPA, Mr Andrew Tan, at the Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) Forum. Themed "Innovation in Challenging Times", this year's SRS


Parker Kittiwake Launches ATR Analyzer

Photo: Parker Kittiwake

Parker Kittiwake launched the Parker Kittiwake Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) analyzer, which the company says represents a breakthrough for the simultaneous testing of base number (BN), total acid number (TAN), insolubles, soot loading, viscosity, FAME and water content of oil samples on board a ship, allowing all parameters to be measured using a single sample in one test kit. The ATR analyzer uses infrared spectroscopy to determine the presence of damaging elements such as solid particles or water in a representative sample of oil.

Maersk Names New North American President

Omar Shamsie, the new president of Maersk Line in North America. (CREDIT: Maersk)

Veteran Maersk Leader, Omar Shamsie, becomes President of Maersk Line in North America. Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, announces the appointment of Omar Shamsie as the new president of Maersk Line in North America effective December 1st, 2017. His most recent position was president of Maersk Line Latin America & the Caribbean and before that president of Maersk Line Canada. Mr. Shamsie’s rich background also includes director and vice president positions throughout the globe with Maersk.

Deal for Floating LNG Powerplant in China

As the proliferation of LNG use spreads rapidly in the maritime and energy sectors, word from China is that Wison Offshore & Marine has signed an MoU with  Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group, on a joint effrot to develop medium to large-scale floating LNG power generation barges. Wison brings a wealth of experience and integration capability in floating LNG facilities, while Shanghai Electric is a leader in core gas power equipment and EPC services for international power projects. Based on the Floating LNG Storage Regasification and Power Generation (FSRP) solution developed by Wison earlier on, both parties will join forces to build up capabilities throughout FSRP project life cycle from product development


Ecochlor BWTS Receives DNV GL Type Approval

Photo: Ecochlor

Ecochlor and DNV GL have announced  DNV GL Type Approval on behalf of Norway of the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). In addition to serving as Ecochlor’s Independent Laboratory for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval, DNV GL simultaneously evaluated and approved the Ecochlor System under DNV GL rules and the BWM Convention. With its USCG Type Approval certificate, Ecochlor stands alone as the first approved treatment system produced by a US manufacturer; the only approved chemical injection treatment technology


WWEA, IWSA to Promote Uptake of Wind Technology in Ships

Image: IWSA

The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has today announced a key strategic partnership with the International Windship Association (IWSA) in order to further promote the uptake of wind technology by the global shipping fleet. WWEA is a not-for-profit organisation with over 600-member organisations across 100 countries. The Association promotes the deployment of wind energy technology around the world, and, as founding member of the REN Alliance and the Global100%RE Platform, is working towards full substitution of all polluting and hazardous waste causing energies.

New Exhaust Gas Sensor Technology Goes to Market

Azurtane technology has helped ferry company Red Funnel cut fuel consumption by up to 15 percent per day. (Photo: Azurtane)

With market testing now complete, new exhaust gas sensor technology from remote marine data monitoring company Azurtane Limited will go to market. From its new company headquarters in Southampton, Azurtane will market sensor technology for ships developed with support by the UK government under the Innovate UK program. Azurtane began trialing its exhaust gas sensing equipment with Southampton-based ferry company Red Funnel in 2013. The project involved second-by-second measurement of the fuel used on each voyage of the Red Jet 4 Hi-Speed ferry service between Southampton and Cowes.

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.

Hempel Launches New Coatings

Photo courtesy of Hempel

Hempel is launching two new antifouling coatings, Globic 9500M and Globic 9500S. According to the manufacturer, the coatings offer customers a potential 2.5% reduction in speed loss, meaning a significant fuel savings and lower CO2 emissions improving the operational efficiency of a vessel and minimising the operator's environmental footprint. This coating series builds on Hempel's  Globic technology to deliver superior antifouling performance for new buildings and dry-dockings, delivering an outstanding return on investment and flexibility from outfitting through the entire docking interval.

World First: LNG to Fuel Largest Containerships

(Source: ©DonWilson / CMA CGM)

The move to LNG as fuel in the maritime sector picks up steam, as CMA CGM announced plans to outfit nine of its new 22,000 TEU containerships with LNG fueled engines. A trend that started in the United States is spreading to the world, as global containershipping giant CMA CGM announced its intention to outfit its series of new 22,000 TEU containerships with LNG-fueled engines. The move to ‘clean fuel’ in the maritime sector has been rapid, spurred by new rules from the International


Intellian to Develop New US Navy Antennas

(Image: Intellian)

 Intellian Technologies USA, Inc. said it has been awarded a contract to research, design and deliver antenna systems for the U.S. Navy.  Under the terms of the contract the new antenna system will provide enhanced capabilities and will allow the Navy to retire an older generation system, Intellian said. The product will be certified to MIL-STD 167-A & 461-F. 

Voices: Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo

Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Vice President, Sales & Promotion (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

When Bjarne Foldager, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Vice President, Sales & Promotion, joined the company about one year ago, he replaced an industry icon, Ole Grøne, a ubiquitous figure at MAN D&T who after 40 years has transitioned to an advisor role with the company. We caught up with Foldager in his Copenhagen office to discuss emerging market trends from the perspective of the global marine power leader. Please provide a brief background, with details of your current position. My


I-Tech AB Recognized with Innovation Award

Dr. Oliver Weigenand – I-TECH COO receiving the Frost & Sullivan Award  (Photo: I-Tech AB)

I-Tech AB has been recognized as the technology innovation leader in the European marine biocides market, resulting in the company receiving the 2017 Technology Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed a product with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid market acceptance. Based on its recent analysis of the European biocides market, Frost & Sullivan found that the long-term environmental and economic benefits of using I-Tech’s unique bio-repellent antifouling ingredient


Iran Shipbuilder Signs MoU With Netherlands’ Damen

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

Iran’s Arvandan Shipbuilding Company and Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in shipbuilding industry, reports Trend News Agency. The deal envisages cooperation in manufacturing advanced offshore vessels in Iran, the Iranian company announced in a statement. The cooperation will include technology and the transfer of know-how to Iran while employing domestic capacities in shipbuilding. Managed by Iran’s Social Security Investment Company (Shasta)


Engines Selected for CMA CGM’s LNG Mega Ships

WinGD X-DF engine with low-pressure gas admission (Photo: WinGD)

WinGD X-DF engines will power CMA CGM’s record setting containerships. French shipping line CMA CGM has chosen WinGD’s largest, 92 cm bore, dual-fuel low-speed engine to power its series of groundbreaking box ships – presently the largest on order globally, and the first ultra large container vessels with capable of running on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The series of nine ultra-large 22,000 TEU capacity containerships will be built at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd.

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