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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...

Emission-free ships to get 20% discount at Port of Amsterdam
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Emission-free ships to get 20% discount at Port of Amsterdam

The Port of Amsterdam is offering vessels with a zero-emission propulsion system a 20% discount on inland harbour dues for the Amsterdam and Zaanstad port waters. The discount is part of the Green Award programme, a certification scheme that rewards ships for reducing their emissions and improving their environmental performance. Green Award introduced a Platinum...

German port joins initiative to develop infrastructure for LNG
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German port joins initiative to develop infrastructure for LNG

RWE Supply & Trading and Duisport have joined forces to develop infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Port of Duisborg, Germany. The program will see the companies develop and implement a joint sustainable logistics concept for the provision, storage, distribution and utilisation of LNG to replace diesel fuels. The first step will be...

EPA provides $650K towards US clean vessel program
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EPA provides $650K towards US clean vessel program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to provide the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA)with US $650,000 to help reduce emissions from marine engines on up to eight vessels operating in the Puget Sound region, a coastal area in the state of Washington. The funding will be used to incentive shipping companies to operate cleaner...