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NAPA becomes first service provider for Ship Data Centre’s IoS Open Platform
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NAPA becomes first service provider for Ship Data Centre’s IoS Open Platform

NAPA has become the first service provider for ClassNK-owned Ship Data Centre’s Internet of Ships Open Platform (ShipDC IoS-OP). NAPA will provide ship performance analytics and voyage optimisation capabilities for the universal platform developed to share vessel operational data between stakeholders. The aim of the ShipDC IoS-OP is to create a new, digital maritime cluster...

Why data is key to a clearer view of vessel safety performance
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Why data is key to a clearer view of vessel safety performance

Port State Control inspection records suggest safety standards are improving, but a closer examination reveals areas for improvement, says Paul Stanley, CEO, Global Navigation Solutions. Transparency of data is key to improving safety in shipping and at first sight, the statistics suggest that the industry is on the right course in terms of compliance. In...

Carnival rolls out ChartCo’s Regs4Ships service
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Carnival rolls out ChartCo’s Regs4Ships service

Carnival Cruise Line has announced the roll out of ChartCo’s regulation management solution, Regs4Ships, across its entire fleet. Prior to signing the new contract with Carnival Cruise Line, ChartCo supplied 75 per cent of the fleet of its parent company Carnival Corporation, including Princess Cruises, Holland America, P&O Cruises, Costa, Aida, Cunard Line and Seabourn....

Team Tankers signs up more ships to Selektope-powered antifouling
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Team Tankers signs up more ships to Selektope-powered antifouling

Bermudan tanker owner and operator Team Tankers International has confirmed four additional ships will use antifouling coatings containing the Selektope ingredient. The decision follows a 40-month trial of an antifouling coating containing the technology on an MR tanker in the fleet. The 46,067 DWT chemical and products carrier Team Calypso was coated with Chugoku Marine...

The three P’s of vessel performance optimisation
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The three P’s of vessel performance optimisation

Columbia Shipmanagement has a vision for fully connected vessels with near real-time information exchange, strengthened processes, decision-making and value creation for customers through end-to-end voyage optimisation. Pankaj Sharma, Columbia Control Room manager, Columbia Shipmangement believes that three aspects are critical to achieving this vision – implementing a scalable platform, ensuring the right people are working...

StormGeo and GNS in voyage optimisation partnership
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StormGeo and GNS in voyage optimisation partnership

GNS and StormGeo are combining their weather and navigation capabilities in a new partnership that will provide more than 20,000 vessels with fresh insight into voyage optimisation. Under the agreement, GNS will extend its Voyager Fleet Insight online service to include important weather-related services to support shore-side operations and decision-making. The collaboration will also see...

A smart approach to bunker management
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A smart approach to bunker management

A new software tool has found that shipowners and operators can save on average three per cent of fuel and related costs by optimising their bunker management strategy. VPO Global spoke with Christian Plum, co-founder of Danish maritime software company BunkerMetric to find out more about making smart bunker management decisions in a volatile market....

MOL VLCCs to use AR navigation systems
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MOL VLCCs to use AR navigation systems

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) intends to install augmented reality (AR) navigation systems onboard 21 MOL Group operated very large crude oil carriers (VLCCs). The AR navigation technology jointly developed by Furuno Electric displays information on ships sailing on a vessel’s planned route and surrounding sea areas as well as ocean conditions. The system integrates information...

FUELTRAX confirms compatibility with Opsealog
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FUELTRAX confirms compatibility with Opsealog

Electronic fuel monitoring systems (EFMS) supplier FUELTRAX has announced formal compatibility with data integration service provider, Opsealog. FUELTRAX is a smart, self-contained, marine fuel management solution, which protects assets and ensures security of fuel, compliance, and optimised vessel performance. Opsealog works in partnership with customers to integrate with FUELTRAX data and to generate additional analysis...

WinGD and ExxonMobil join forces to optimise engine performance
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WinGD and ExxonMobil join forces to optimise engine performance

In a new industry collaboration, WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE) predictive maintenance technology is joining forces with ExxonMobil’s Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring service to provide enhanced insight into vessel performance and engine conditions. The integrated system will provide enhanced engine monitoring and optimisation to reduce maintenance costs and increase engine reliability. The collaboration will...

The final countdown…the 2020 sulphur cap
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The final countdown…the 2020 sulphur cap

Marine insurance firm Gard has published an article on meeting the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap and how owners and charterers can work with their counterparties to manage the transition to low sulphur fuels. The article published below was written by Sammy Christopher Smallbone, Lawyer, Tokyo.  The cap means that the sulphur content of fuel oil used on...

Autonomous shipping momentum heads towards One Sea
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Autonomous shipping momentum heads towards One Sea

Joined up thinking on technology standards and shipping rules critical if autonomous shipping is to prove seaworthy says Päivi Haikkola, One Sea Ecosystem Lead. A series of vessel trials in Finnish waters at the turn of the year highlighted significant progress from some of the industry’s leading ship technology companies in converting abstract ideas on...