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Autonomous drone development: an interview with F-drones
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Autonomous drone development: an interview with F-drones

Singapore start-up F-drones announced earlier this year its success in raising seed capital to further develop large scale autonomous drones for maritime logistics. VPO’s sister platform Digital Ship spoke with Mr. Yeshwanth Reddy, CTO and co-founder of F-drones to find out how the investment will help the company develop a new ground-breaking drone capable of...

RH Marine launches fuel-saving DP system
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RH Marine launches fuel-saving DP system

RH Marine has developed a new green Dynamic Positioning (DP) system, which optimises the fuel consumption of generators and thrusters, enabling ships to sail more efficiently and save fuel. By switching completely to batteries, the DP system also enables vessels to sail more quietly in Dynamic Positioning mode. The green DP system has been developed...

DNV launches new digital EEXI Calculator
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DNV launches new digital EEXI Calculator

DNV has launched a new digital tool to support customers in ensuring their compliance with the upcoming Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI). The EEXI regulation is a medium-term component of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) roadmap towards reducing global shipping’s carbon intensity by at least 40 per cent over the next decade, using 2008...

Nakilat signs multiple vessel support agreement with Wärtsilä
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Nakilat signs multiple vessel support agreement with Wärtsilä

Owner of LNG carriers, Qatar-based Nakilat, has signed support agreements with Wärtsilä. The agreements were signed in April this year and are valid for five years. Wärtsilä is the supplier of the LNG reliquefaction systems onboard all of the QFlex vessels covered by the agreements. Under the contract terms, Wärtsilä will provide 24/7 technical remote...

MEPC 76 concludes with measures on reducing GHG emissions adopted
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MEPC 76 concludes with measures on reducing GHG emissions adopted

This week, members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) concluded the 76th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), and agreed to start considering measures that would directly address shipping’s carbon emissions and support the deployment of sustainable alternative fuels. The Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands proposed a $100/mt global carbon price for the shipping...

Ecotoxicity study dispels myths about open-loop scrubbers
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Ecotoxicity study dispels myths about open-loop scrubbers

A new study by the Danish Hydraulics Institute (DHI) shows that in a standard OECD port environment and in a high-traffic seaway that the operation of open loop exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) does not harm the marine environment. DHI is an independent, international research organisation headquartered in Denmark that has special competence in the...

Oceanbulk tests remote inspection technologies with BV
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Oceanbulk tests remote inspection technologies with BV

Oceanbulk’s double-skin 2008 supramax bulk carrier has been used by Bureau Veritas (BV) for testing remote inspections technologies and techniques. BV directed and supervised the testing, establishing ‘proof of concept’ and operational purpose for the remote inspections.  Technologies and methods used include an aerial drone, a miniature remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and magnetic crawlers on...

Battery system provider joins Green Award
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Battery system provider joins Green Award

EST-Floattech, a producer of lithium batteries and battery systems, has joined the Green Award network as an incentive provider. This enables Green Award certificate holders to have a power measurement carried out on attractive terms and subsequently purchase a lithium battery pack. Thanks to this pack, the Green Award Platinum Label becomes achievable, being awarded...

HullWiper launches in South Korea
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HullWiper launches in South Korea

HullWiper has launched operations at its newest location, South Korea. Through a partnership with HullWiper Korea, a company based at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan, it will provide green, sustainable and affordable hull cleaning solutions to all vessel types calling at the country’s main ports. Hull cleaning in South Korea is highly...

ABS publishes whitepaper on hydrogen as a marine fuel
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ABS publishes whitepaper on hydrogen as a marine fuel

Hydrogen is the latest alternative fuel to have its potential for the maritime industry explored by ABS in its series of sustainability whitepapers. Sustainability Whitepaper: Hydrogen as Marine Fuel explores the gas’ potential to reduce emissions from shipping, while evaluating its safety, regulatory and design implications. The report also details industry projects utilising hydrogen and...

Wärtsilä adds Weathernews forecasting data and routing service to solutions
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Wärtsilä adds Weathernews forecasting data and routing service to solutions

Wärtsilä Voyage and Japan based Weathernews (WNI) have signed a strategic partnership agreement to integrate WNI’s weather forecasting data and Optimum Ship Routeing (OSR) service with Wärtsilä’s products and solutions. The integration is expected to increase navigational safety and support the decarbonisation efforts of shipowners and operators. By automating navigation and route planning functions with...