Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

Trio sign agreement to develop Italy’s port facilities
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Trio sign agreement to develop Italy’s port facilities

Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP), Fincantieri and Snam have signed a preliminary collaboration agreement to identify, define, and implement medium-term strategic projects for the innovation and development of port facilities in Italy. The consortium will also develop sustainable technologies for maritime transport in line with the provisions of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan...

HullWiper partners with Immersub to tackle biofouling
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HullWiper partners with Immersub to tackle biofouling

HullWiper has signed an agreement with Indian Ocean-based underwater hull cleaning specialists Immersub, marking its first step into the African continent. HullWiper’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) uses adjustable seawater jets under variable pressure to remove fouling. No brushes or divers are required, minimising the risk of damage to hull coatings and to human life. Removed...

Energy Observer maintenance to optimise performance by 15 per cent
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Energy Observer maintenance to optimise performance by 15 per cent

The hydrogen-powered vessel Energy Observer is taking a break from work for a three-month technical pause in which it will undergo maintenance to optimise its performance up to 15 per cent, before resuming operations next spring. The 30 metre catamaran, which weights 30 tonnes was transported to its maintenance area Wednesday December 12. Following 10...

DP World introduces smart container storage system
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DP World introduces smart container storage system

DP World and industrial engineering specialists SMS Group have formed a joint venture to optimise handling of containers in ports. The venture includes the development of a High Bay Storage System, which places each shipping container in an individual rack compartment, instead of stacking them directly on top of each other as is global standard...

CargoMate and Konecranes partner to optimise port calls
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CargoMate and Konecranes partner to optimise port calls

Shipping technology start-up CargoMate is partnering with Finnish gantry crane and port solutions provider Konecranes to pilot their port call optimisation technology. The collaboration, which will begin in Q1 2019, will focus on using digital technology to minimise delays and idle time for containerships in port. Nick Chubb, head of growth, CargoMate Technologies, said: “We...

HullWiper combats biofouling in Mauritian waters
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HullWiper combats biofouling in Mauritian waters

Remotely operated underwater hull cleaning solution HullWiper will start operating at Mauritian ports from 2019. Mauritius is one of 12 countries involved with the IMO’s GloFouling Project, a collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IMO, created to implement guidelines for the control and management of the transfer...

LR digitalises inspection and maintenance
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LR digitalises inspection and maintenance

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has launched an SaaS-based Asset Performance Management (APM) platform that will optimise inspection and maintenance. The digital platform, AllAssets, improves operational efficiencies and cost savings by providing risk insights through custom-built models. The web-based solution turns inspection and maintenance data into insights, pinpointing risks, enhancing asset and facility performance by up to...

Progress made on standardisation of port call data
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Progress made on standardisation of port call data

An industry workshop to discuss global data standards (GDS) for port call data has highlighted support from industry members that standardisation is essential for meeting emissions reduction targets and optimising shipping. Standardisation of port call data, including vessel-berth compatibility information, and information related to availability of berth, fairway, nautical and vessel services, would enable machines...

Biofouling initiative launched
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Biofouling initiative launched

An initiative to target the transfer of aquatic species via ships’ hulls has been launched. The GloFouling Partnerships project, which is a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will drive actions to control and manage ships’ biofouling under the IMO Guidelines. The...