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Vessel performance optimisation: what do the experts say?
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Vessel performance optimisation: what do the experts say?

In the era of digitalisation, pursuing total vessel optimisation is the challenge. This is the thought NYK Line’s Dr. Ando Hideyuki, Senior General Manager, Monohakobi Technology Institute, shared with participants at Digital Ship’s first Vessel Performance Optimisation event, held in Copenhagen last year. This was the first event in a series of forums planned to help shipowners and...

Baltic Exchange forms Baltic LNG Panellists Group
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Baltic Exchange forms Baltic LNG Panellists Group

The Baltic Exchange has formed the Baltic LNG Panellists Group to help the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market evolve in the shipping industry. Affinity, Braemar ACM, Clarksons and SSY are the LNG Panellists Group’s first members and are currently assessing a range of LNG routes before reporting moves to a trial phase. The Baltic Exchange...

ABS updates fleet management software package
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ABS updates fleet management software package

ABS reports that it has issued a new release of its Nautical Systems (NS) Enterprise fleet management software, now including a new business intelligence module called NS Insight and a Cloud-based NS Voyage Manager. The updated software also offers access via mobile applications for iOS and Android devices, as well as an expanded NS Autologger...

Research project to support ship design process
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Research project to support ship design process

A new research project by the Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) will look at ways to improve knowledge of ship design and reduce costs associated with US shipbuilding and ship repair. A key part of the project, which is titled Knowledge Provisioning to Improve First Time Quality of Ship Design, will be...

RIMS drones receive LR class approval
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RIMS drones receive LR class approval

Robotics in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS), a drones and robotics specialist, has received its fourth Classification Certificate as Recognised External Specialists from Lloyd’s Register for the use of drones during surveys of enclosed spaces. The drones, or Remote Inspection Techniques, were tested on a large deep-water construction vessel. Remote inspection using drones can save shipowners and...

Canada introduces new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations
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Canada introduces new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations

Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations to include safety and pollution prevention measures that are related to vessel design and equipment, vessel operations, and crew training. The new regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada’s domestic legislation and are designed...

Next-gen Teekay shuttle tankers to add optimisation technologies
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Next-gen Teekay shuttle tankers to add optimisation technologies

A new series of four ‘smart’ shuttle tanker concept vessels being developed by Teekay are set to be fitted with Vessel Performance Management software from Wärtsilä subsidiary Eniram, alongside a range of other energy and emissions management systems and machinery, as part of a €110 million deal for Wärtsilä. The four ‘next generation’ vessels will...

SEA\LNG welcomes Societe Generale as first financial institution
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SEA\LNG welcomes Societe Generale as first financial institution

An industry coalition that is driving the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, known as SEA\LNG, has announced the addition of the first financial institution to the coalition, Societe Generale. The financial institution will bring its financial perspective on LNG to the coalition and assist with developing frameworks to support uptake...

COACH Solutions launches weather routing service
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COACH Solutions launches weather routing service

COACH Solutions, a provider of advanced vessel performance monitoring technology, has launched a weather routing module, COACH Voyage Optimisation. Developed in-house, COACH Voyage Optimisation monitors voyages 24/7 and optimises them in relation to a vessel’s ETA, weather, fuel consumption and the condition of the vessel. If there are significant changes in the weather forecast, COACH...

Turkish training ship installs GMDSS systems
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Turkish training ship installs GMDSS systems

TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, has completed the installation of a range of SAILOR GMDSS systems, including Inmarsat Mini-C and maritime radios, on board a new training ship for Turkish maritime cadets. The SAILOR 6000 GMDSS systems will be used on board the Ro-Ro/Passenger ship ‘SAMSUN’, which was recently chartered and converted for training...

VARD secures contract for fully electric car and passenger ferry
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VARD secures contract for fully electric car and passenger ferry

Norwegian designer and shipbuilder, VARD, has secured the contract for building a fully electrical battery powered car and passenger ferry for Boreal. The vessel will feature a battery solution for continuous electric operations in the Norwegian fjords. The vessel was designed by Multi Maritime to transport 60 cars and 199 passengers and crew. The vessel’s...

Great Lakes vessels undergo retrofits to improve fuel efficiency
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Great Lakes vessels undergo retrofits to improve fuel efficiency

Great Lakes vessel operators will spend US $65m on maintaining and modernising their vessels to improve fuel efficiency and longevity of vessels, and reduce emissions. According to the Lake Carriers’ Association, which represents US flagged vessel operators on the Great Lakes, North America, operators are getting ready to renew and upgrade their vessels over the...