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Making ship systems smarter with simulation
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Making ship systems smarter with simulation

As researchers deepen their understanding of autonomous and remote vessel operations, a new breed of smart ship systems combining simulation capability and artificial intelligence is emerging. One of the biggest debates around the future of shipping is what role, if any, unmanned vessels will play. The journey may turn out to be more important than...

LNG-powered ferries complete sea trials
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LNG-powered ferries complete sea trials

Two ropax ferries powered 100 per cent by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and built for Dutch operator Rederij Doeksen have completed sea trials in the Netherlands. The vessels have been designed to reduce environmental impact and operational cost. The 70m Willem Barentsz and Willem de Vlamingh were designed by BMT and built by Strategic Marine...

Silverstream Technologies wins UK grant to advance machine learning and AI
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Silverstream Technologies wins UK grant to advance machine learning and AI

Silverstream Technologies, which manufacturers air lubrication for the shipping industry, has been awarded an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant in collaboration with the University of Southampton to advance machine learning in the maritime sector. The two-year partnership will see an Associate of the University of Southampton, secured under the programme, work with Silverstream’s...

Kongsberg Maritime adds equipment monitoring facility to Vessel Insight
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Kongsberg Maritime adds equipment monitoring facility to Vessel Insight

Kongsberg Maritime has introduced a new facility to its Vessel Insight portfolio to help shipowners monitor onboard equipment via one unified interface and predict failures through early detection of abnormal behaviour. This Health Management dashboard helps customers to mitigate the capital and operational risks associated with the failure or unplanned maintenance of critical machinery. By...

First full-scale ammonia engine test announced
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First full-scale ammonia engine test announced

Knutsen OAS Shipping, Wärtsilä, Repsol, and the Sustainable Energy Catapult Centre have announced plans to commence the world’s first long term, full-scale, testing of ammonia as a fuel in a marine four-stroke combustion engine. The testing is made possible by a 20 MNOK grant from the Norwegian Research Council through the DEMO 2000 programme. Ammonia...

Kongsberg Digital acquires Danish maritime software company COACH Solutions
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Kongsberg Digital acquires Danish maritime software company COACH Solutions

Kongsberg Digital has acquired supplier of software solutions for vessel performance and monitoring, COACH Solutions. The new name will be KONGSBERG COACH Solutions. COACH’s vessel performance monitoring system was developed by Danish shipping company Clipper Group. In 2016 COACH was established as an independent company – COACH Solutions ApS – which has grown rapidly. Its...

Ulstein maps road to hydrogen-powered future
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Ulstein maps road to hydrogen-powered future

Ship designer Ulstein has revealed its vision towards a marine hydrogen future, following the introduction of its first hydrogen fuelled, zero emission design in 2019, which showed that zero emission ships can be realised with today’s off-the-shelf technology. The ULSTEIN SX190, a zero emission DP2 construction support vessel is Ulstein’s first hydrogen powered offshore vessel....

Switching to a DC grid to solve the power challenge
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Switching to a DC grid to solve the power challenge

A big weakness of conventional AC electrical systems on ships is that they´re generally cumbersome, inefficient and potentially expensive to maintain, says Carlo Cecchi, director, business development, Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch. Switching to a DC grid based on state-of-the-art modular technology offers a unique degree of flexibility, improving energy efficiency and helping to...

Norsepower unveils first tiltable Rotor Sail installation
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Norsepower unveils first tiltable Rotor Sail installation

Finnish technology provider Norsepower has teamed up with SEA-CARGO to install two of Norsepower’s largest Rotor Sails onboard the SC Connector, a side door ro-ro, to reduce emssions by by an estimated 25 per cent. The agreement marks the world’s first tiltable Rotor Sail installation. The SC Connector, a 12,251 GT ro-ro cargo vessel operates...

Whitepaper reveals how instantaneous crankshaft torque can prevent engine failures
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Whitepaper reveals how instantaneous crankshaft torque can prevent engine failures

Datum Electronics has released a new whitepaper that demonstrates how a single sensor, which continuously measures instantaneous crankshaft torque, can measure engine degradation and efficiency in real time, avoid its imminent failures and improve a vessel’s energy efficiency. In an effort to enhance vessel efficiency and expand the lifespan of the equipment, an increasing number...

Sailing on sustainability: the comeback of wind power?
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Sailing on sustainability: the comeback of wind power?

As the shipping industry ramps up efforts to decarbonise, initial sea trials onboard a Maersk tanker fitted with Norsepower Rotor Sails indicate that wind power has the potential to play a significant role in a low carbon ocean transport system. Early results from a sea trial onboard the 109,647 DWT Maersk Pelican fitted with two...