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GNS adds MARPOL compliance tools to voyage planning software
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GNS adds MARPOL compliance tools to voyage planning software

Maritime technology company GNS has enhanced its Voyager PLANNING STATION by adding tools to manage compliance with special environmental requirements under IMO MARPOL regulations. The upgrade comes as part of the release of Voyager 7.3.4, making it easier for users to manage MARPOL compliance with designated Special Areas, Emission Control Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea...

Singapore retains number 1 position on maritime centre performance index
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Singapore retains number 1 position on maritime centre performance index

Singapore has retained its number 1 place in the 2019 Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index for the sixth year running. The index ranks the performance of the world’s largest maritime centres, based on their port throughput and facilities, depth and breadth of professional maritime support services, as well as general business environment. Singapore...

Improving equipment performance
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Improving equipment performance

Gaining insight into a vessel’s fuel consumption often requires looking at data that is generated from advanced equipment such as sensors and flow metres. However, equipment is not always accurate and 100 per cent reliable, which raises questions around the value of the data in decision-making. A panel discussion hosted by VPO Global and led by...

Battery-powered cruise ship sets new standards in propulsion
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Battery-powered cruise ship sets new standards in propulsion

“In my imagination I created an electric ship that could break through all kinds of ice, that nice and elegantly, fearful and irresistible, could sail through the Arctic oceans, straight to the Pole,” Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer. In 1882, 10-year old Roald Amundsen, who would later lead the first expeditions to the Northwest Passage and...

Sensor data will enrich but not replace noon reports, say shipowners
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Sensor data will enrich but not replace noon reports, say shipowners

While AIS and advanced digital technologies available today means that ship performance can be assessed without noon reports, a recent panel discussion indicated that automated and sensor driven data is favoured as a method to enrich, but not replace, manually entered performance data. Sunit Das, director of operations, The Hadley Shipping is all for digitalisation,...

Singapore Shipping Association elects first female president
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Singapore Shipping Association elects first female president

The Council of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has elected its first-ever female president since its founding in 1985. Ms. Caroline Yang, chief executive of Hong Lam Marine, will take on the role as the association’s president. Ms. Yang started her career with Hong Lam Marine as their in-house counsel in 1991 and has more...

Successful data mining – the maritime sector’s golden nugget?
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Successful data mining – the maritime sector’s golden nugget?

Shervin Younessi, technical manager of Royston Power Generation, explains how real time data synchronisation and big data analytics have an essential role in monitoring vessel energy efficiencies, reducing fuel consumption and controlling emissions. With the digital evolution in the marine industry gathering pace to help tackle the challenge of new regulations and sustain more energy...

From paper to digital: the evolution of e-navigation
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From paper to digital: the evolution of e-navigation

Advanced digital technologies and increasing bandwidth capacities are facilitating the rapid exchange of data between ship and shore, improving the safety and fuel-efficiency of maritime voyages. One area that has benefitted from the progression of digital solutions is navigation. We spoke with ChartCo’s chief commercial officer, Howard Stevens, about the journey from paper-based to digitally-driven...

“K” Line pilots AirSeas kite technology
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“K” Line pilots AirSeas kite technology

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) will install and service one vessel with AirSeas’ SeaWing automated kite technology with the aim to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel by 20 per cent through wind propulsion. AirSeas, an Airbus spin-off, developed SeaWing, which is an automated kite that tows ships. It exploits a free source of energy that...

Exploit before you explore, says Western Bulk’s head of digital strategy
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Exploit before you explore, says Western Bulk’s head of digital strategy

Recognising current opportunities, exploiting them, allowing yourself to be challenged, and implementing a company culture that focuses on integration and data sharing is vital to efficient and cost-effective shipping. Exploiting current business models and making changes that can be hard for people to accept is where every shipping company should start in their journey of...

New module from Royston identifies optimum vessel speed
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New module from Royston identifies optimum vessel speed

Diesel power specialist Royston has enhanced its Eco Speed analysis capability as part of its enginei electronic fuel management system (EFMS) to enable ship operators to identify and maintain optimum vessel speeds for efficient fuel usage across different operational modes. Devised with marine engineering specialists from Newcastle University, the Eco Speed feature enables shipping operators...

The shipper’s conundrum
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The shipper’s conundrum

How to practically leverage digital solutions to increase productivity and reduce energy costs Digital technologies provide many opportunities to improve vessel performance. However, knowing where to begin and why can be difficult. In this article, Aaron Holton, CEO, Tres Solutions explains why it is important to set a vision, understand investment decisions, and identify priorities...