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How Augmented Reality Technology Could Transform Shipping

Using AR-devices means screens and monitors could also become obsolete, with employees able to access cloud-based data wherever they are working. Additionally, it will render a lot of hardware redundant. Just as the smart phone included the functionality of a lot of gadgets such as camera, telephone, calendar or calculator, AR devices are one more step forward. (Image: Hanseaticsoft)

Augmented Reality (AR) is predicted to be the next technology game-changer to improve business processes and employee performance and it’s no wonder many companies are getting excited about its potential. While virtual reality completely immerses people in a computer-generated world, AR overlays computer-generated images on the real world. A great example of how AR combines the imaginary with the real world is in the hugely popular AR game Pokémon Go, where people search for and catch pocket monsters in the real world.

Liquid Fuels to Remain Energy of Choice to 2040 Forecasts Study

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The world will require all forms of energy over the next quarter century to meet a greater than one-third increase in demand that will be driven by population growth, improved living standards and expanded urbanization, according to ExxonMobil ’s newly-released ‘Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040’. The outlook projects that oil and natural gas will continue to meet about 60 percent of energy needs by 2040. Liquid fuels – gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and fuel oil –  will remain the energy of choice for most types of transportation because they offer a unique combination of affordability…

DNV GL Leads New LNG Carrier Concept Project

DNV GL announced the initiation of a new joint industry project (JIP) to define the state-of-the-art next-generation LNG carrier. According to DNV GL, the aim is to develop a new LNG carrier that has a significantly improved environmental footprint and is more energy efficient and better suited to future trading patterns than existing vessels. The project will include the latest technology advances in cargo containment and propulsion efficiency, with focus on improving the environmental performance. DNV GL has brought together experts from across the industry, including GTT, Hyundai Heavy Industries and GasLog, each contributing their unique expertise and experience.

Cortland Company Launches New Website

Cortland Company recently unveiled its newly-designed website. The website, located at www.cortlandcompany.com, offers a range of information related to Cortland’s products, technologies, and services, including product literature and company news. “As technology advances, it is imperative companies keep their websites up-to-date," said Melissa Suring, Global Marketing Communications Leader. “Cortland’s website was in dire need of a new design. We wanted to put the site together in a way which linked Cortland’s wide range of expertise. One of the website’s key features, an interactive illustration of Cortland’s many niche markets, allows the user to click on any part of the graphic to see the products and services Cortland offers for that industry.

Meyer family foundations secure ownership of Meyer shipyards

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The Meyer family is building ships since 221 years. Ever since, the family company’s success relied on a long-term approach that aimed to develop the technology, advance the skill-set of employees, and reinvest profits. The basis for this success is a stable ownership structure. To ensure this stability also for the future, the family has decided to donate its shares into family foundations. The legal form of a German family foundation is a proven framework to ensure a long-term stable ownership in a single hand supporting the sustainable development of the shipyards in Turku…

Raymarine Lends Support to Marine Engineering Apprentices

Apprentice George Woolliss, 18, found himself hovering above the rooftops of Bournemouth & Poole College last week. George, from the village of St Leonard’s near Ringwood, was given a bird’s-eye view of the latest high-tech equipment loaned to the college on a long-term basis by Raymarine, one of the region’s leading marine electronics company based in Fareham. The Raymarine equipment, fixed to the roof of the new Marine Engineering Centre which opened last year, is the latest piece of kit gifted by forward-looking companies to help apprentices improve the depth of their training. Raymarine has supplied its latest navigation and meteorological system which is directly linked to a boat helm simulator inside the Centre to train young engineers in the latest technology.

ABS CTO Weighs in on Smart Shipping

Howard Fireman (Photo: ABS)

ABS Chief Technology Officer and University of Michigan alumnus Howard Fireman addressed students, professors and guests at the university’s 2017 Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department’s Captain Ralph R. and Florence Peachman Lecture to share his vision of the future of shipping. In a lecture titled “A Brave New World,” Fireman outlined the challenges that will be introduced by the marine industry’s transformation to autonomous vessels, explaining how data, systems…

Shift in Global Energy Predicts New Report

ExxonMobil’s 'Outlook for Energy' forecasts new opportunities for international trade and economic growth. The global energy landscape will evolve significantly as regional demand-and-supply patterns shift in the coming decades, creating new opportunities for international trade and economic growth, says newly-releaed 'Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040'. In its annual forecast, ExxonMobil projects that global energy demand in 2040 will be approximately 35 percent higher than in 2010. Future energy needs will be supported by more efficient energy-saving practices and technologies, increased use of less-carbon-intensive fuels such as natural gas, nuclear and renewables, and the development of unconventional energy sources that were previously inaccessible without technology advances.

Classification Society LR Joins ITF

ITF (Industry Technology Facilitator) welcomes to its ranks Lloyds Register, the world's oldest certification authority. ITF, the technology facilitator for the global oil and gas industry, is a not-for-profit organisation owned by 30 international oil and gas operator and service companies. It says it is the only global collaborative R&D funding programme operating across continents. Founded in 1760, Lloyds Register is the first certification authority to be part of ITF. As an energy and maritime classification society and independent risk management organisation, the company has expertise in a number of industries including oil and gas, nuclear and renewables, and provides an alternative angle of technology challenges for the energy sector.

Maritime Technology Student of the Year

Andrew Harville, a recent graduate of the Webb Institute, was recognized as the 2009 winner of The Lloyd’s Register Education Trust Maritime Technology Student of the Year Award. The annual award, sponsored by the Lloyd’s Trust and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), is designed to highlight excellence while encouraging students to showcase their research and investigative studies on topics in the areas of naval architecture, marine and ocean engineering and promote leadership in the industry. It was presented to Harville at the SNAME 2009 President’s Luncheon, held during the SNAME 2009 Annual Meeting and Expo in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme for this year’s competition, open to undergraduate students in the U.S.

Quality Assurance for Maritime Training

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Competence is a crucial factor in the shipping business. Through its SeaSkill certification services DNV GL helps owners and operators, maritime training providers and test centres to advance crew training and ensure the highest levels of safety on board. The most sophisticated technologies are of limited use if not operated by people who command the appropriate skills. As maritime technology advances so do the demands on crews. Complex on-board systems, shorter turnover times in ports and the ambition to operate vessels as efficiently as possible, requires highly skilled seafarers.

BMT Debuts VENARI-85 MCM Concept Design

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BMT has launched VENARI-85, a new mine countermeasure (MCM) concept design said it be capable of clearing mines faster over a greater area and with less risk to the crew, while simultaneously providing broader utility to navies around the world. According to BMT, VENARI-85 offers a flexible platform that is capable of a spectrum of roles which is future-proofed and able to evolve as technology advances in the unmanned and offboard systems markets take shape. Combining BMT’s ship design pedigree with QinetiQ’s integration expertise…

Reed Launches Oil Spill Prevention and Response Series

Reed Exhibitions Energy and Marine group (RX Energy and Marine) is launching a series of oil spill prevention and response technology and service zones throughout its global portfolio in collaboration with the U.K. Spill Association (UKSpill) and the European Spill Association (Eurospill). As commercial operations in the world’s oceans continue to develop, the requirement to be able to operate with the least possible environmental impact is an even greater focus than it has ever been for all industries. Also, as activities move into new and harsher territories, meeting this requirement means the development of new strategies and technologies to cope with different and challenging environments.

General Dynamics Upgrades RVSS for CPB

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General Dynamics successfully completed the initial field deployment and test of the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This test demonstrated many technical capabilities of the RVSS system and is a key program milestone in its deployment schedule. U.S. Border Patrol agents are currently operating the RVSS in Nogales, Ariz., and CBP has also initiated deployments in both Naco and Douglas, Ariz.

ZIM Pilots Blockchain-based Bill-of-lading

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ZIM said it has successfully completed a trial run of paperless bills-of-lading based on blockchain technology. The pilot, performed in cooperation with Sparx Logistics and Wave Ltd., marks a first of its kind project led by an ocean carrier. Trial participants issued, transferred and received original electronic documents using Wave’s free blockchain-based application, which uses distributed ledger technology to ensure all parties can issue, transfer, endorse and manage shipping and trade related documents through a secure decentralized network.

GL RC Certifies Alstom Tidal Turbine Prototype

Tidal energy is a new realm of renewable energy. As technology advances, GL Renewables Certification (GLRC) is contributing its expertise by certifying Alstom’s tidal turbine prototype. Certification of tidal turbines is one of the key development areas for the tidal industry in the future, and represents a major milestone for Alstom on the REDAPT project. GL RC and Tidal Generation Limited (TGL, now rebranded Alstom) have worked closely together to achieve ‘C-Design Assessment’ certification for Alstom’s full-scale 1MW tidal turbine. “The certification was carried out according to our Guideline for the Certification of Ocean Energy Converters,” said Andreas Schroeter, Managing Director GL Renewables Certification.

FLIR Teams up with Navico

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FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR) and Navico announce the integration of FLIR’s M-Series Premium Thermal Night Vision Systems with the Simrad NSE Network Navigation and NSS Touchscreen multifunction displays. Now these Simrad multifunction displays will include seamless integration and control of FLIR’s entire M-Series lineup, so boaters will be able to control radar, charting, echosounder, and FLIR Thermal Imaging all on the same multifunction display. “We are proud to be working with our friends at Navico,” stated Lou Rota, FLIR’s VP of Maritime Sales.

Fossil Fuels Still Attractive Despite Financial Crisis

New York - Demand for oil and natural gas continues to grow, despite the current economic downturn, indicating a positive future outlook for oilfield services, according to a new report by business intelligence expert GBI Research. The new report shows that, for the most part, the global oilfield services industry has grown exponentially over recent years, witnessing a rapid increase in revenue and advancement in technologies. Increased exploration and production activities have seen the discovery of reserves in new regions, necessitating an expansion in oilfield services. A significant rise in unconventional plays within the North American region has necessitated an increase in the demand for pressure pumping services…

New DP Vessel Inertial-aided GNSS Service by Veripos

Global offshore positioning specialists Veripos introduce a new inertially-aided precision GNSS solution for dynamically positioned vessels. The new system, Verify Axiom, combines tthe latest GNSS positioning technology advances with high integrity inertial measurements for enhanced and more reliable positioning performance. Developed in association with Sonardyne International Ltd. and featuring the seamless integration of Veripos GNSS and Sonardyne inertial technologies, Verify Axiom exploits long-term precision characteristics of GNSS positioning with the continuous availability and rapid update rates of inertial sensors. It thus…

ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision Unveiled

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ABB has unveiled a new situational awareness solution that aims to make vessel operations safer and more efficient. The solution can be used by officers anywhere onboard a ship and marks the next step towards remotely controlled and ultimately autonomous ships. ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision takes advantage of the latest advances in sensor technology and computer vision to offer multiple real-time visualizations of a vessel’s surroundings and new ways of perceiving its situation.

The Storm Before The Calm?

Advances in satellite communication product and service technology seem to have outpaced many of the markets they seek to serve. However, despite some jittery times for the big three global satcom providers, it appears that maritime and offshore markets stand to gain real, bottom-line-driven results by adopting the latest communication technology solutions. The maritime industry has traditionally — with its generous mix of large corporate and small independent ownership — taken considerable flak for its collective conservative nature in regards to the integration of advanced technological products and systems onboard vessels, large and small.

The Storm Before The Calm?

Advances in satellite communication product and service technology seem to have outpaced many of the markets they seek to serve. However, despite some jittery times for the big three global satcom providers, it appears that maritime and offshore markets stand to gain real, bottom-line-driven results by adopting the latest communication technology solutions. The maritime industry has traditionally — with its generous mix of large corporate and small independent ownership — taken considerable flak for its collective conservative nature in regards to the integration of advanced technological products and systems onboard vessels, large and small.

SCAA Relocates and Names Executive Director

John Allen, Executive Director of SCAA

Spill control Association of america Relocates to Metro Washington, DC and names new Executive Director. Spill Control Association of America (SCAA), a professional association representing oil spill removal organizations (OSRO), spill managers/qualified individuals, consultants, equipment and material manufacturers, distributors, insurers, and educational and governmental organizations, announced today that it has relocated its headquarters to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia from Bel Air, Maryland.

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