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Sustainability as a new operational and commercial priority for shipping
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Sustainability as a new operational and commercial priority for shipping

2020 will be remembered as a year of momentous change in the shipping industry. Notwithstanding the economic shockwaves caused by COVID-19, the pandemic has showcased shipping’s ability to adapt at a remarkable pace, writes Noah Silberschmidt, CEO of Silverstream Technologies.  The speed of reconfiguration of our operations that we have seen across 2020 – and...

UK Space Agency funds satellite project to track shipping’s GHG emissions
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UK Space Agency funds satellite project to track shipping’s GHG emissions

The University of Leicester has received funding from the UK Space Agency to develop satellite analytics to track the greenhouse gas and pollution emissions of shipping fleets. As well as the University of Leicester, 4 other projects have received cash injections from the UK Space Agency to help develop space technology to make buildings more...

MSC Cruises rated no.1 cruise company for environmental reporting
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MSC Cruises rated no.1 cruise company for environmental reporting

The Gilese Foundation has published its findings on cruise companies’ environmental reporting over the last year, placing MSC Cruises at the top.  MSC Cruises states in its sustainability report: “Our ultimate goal is to build zero emissions ships. We acknowledge that this will take time, and that climate change is an urgent issue. This is...

Improving port call efficiency through digital collaboration
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Improving port call efficiency through digital collaboration

A new digital collaborative platform by Port+ is facilitating more efficient digital communication between stakeholders involved in the “pitstop” of a tanker. Research by independent maritime information provider Port+ has found that a lot of time is wasted on pitstops, specifically for tankers. By enabling stakeholders to share digitally the operational and planning data involved...

Echandia builds battery systems for 23 Siemens electric ferries
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Echandia builds battery systems for 23 Siemens electric ferries

Swedish energy systems supplier Echandia has signed an agreement with Siemens for 23 modern electric ferries for the South Indian city of Kochi’s public transport. The project comprises a total of 78 zero-emission vessels, which is the world’s largest fleet of electric ferries. The initial 23 ferries will connect the city and its 10 islands...

SailPlan launches to enable intelligent navigation for ships
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SailPlan launches to enable intelligent navigation for ships

SailPlan is building an intelligent navigation platform for ships that will make navigation dramatically safer and more efficient in a world with an ever-growing demand for cargo. In the past ten years, almost 1,000 ships and thousands of lives have been lost. Most catastrophic incidents result from human error, as navigators rely primarily on their...

HHI and HMM sign MoU with Jotun to deploy robotic hull cleaner
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HHI and HMM sign MoU with Jotun to deploy robotic hull cleaner

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has reached agreement with container line giant HMM and Jotun to utilise Jotun’s Hull Skating Solutions (HSS) on a series of newbuilds. The agreement, signed 8 December, will see Jotun HullSkater proactively inspect and clean vessel hulls during outfitting to ensure optimal environmental performance and protection. Jotun launched HSS to the...

Grimaldi secures €35m loan to finance “Zero Emissions in Port” ro-ro
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Grimaldi secures €35m loan to finance “Zero Emissions in Port” ro-ro

Grimaldi Euromed has secured a €35m loan from CaixaBank to finance the acquisition of a new roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vessel that guarantees “Zero Emissions in Port.” “Zero Emissions in Port” is a Grimaldi Group initiative that falls under its environmental strategy to allow ships to stop at port without using auxiliary engines that produce carbon emissions. The...

Maritime IoT for remote expert intervention: an interview with KVH
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Maritime IoT for remote expert intervention: an interview with KVH

Recent rapid growth in maritime IoT is widening opportunities for shipping companies to identify and mitigate vessel performance issues before they arise. We spoke with Sven-Eric Brooks, senior director of business development for KVH Watch to find out how satellite-enabled remote intervention is playing a critical role in maintaining efficient and safe vessel operation. Maritime...

Lean Marine commissions propulsion optimisation technology in record time
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Lean Marine commissions propulsion optimisation technology in record time

Swedish propulsion optimisation expert Lean Marine has undertaken the commissioning of its ‘on top’ propulsion automation technology FuelOpt in record time. Despite multiple challenges faced by technology providers for installations onboard vessels during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lean Marine successfully completed the remote commissioning of the FuelOpt onboard Tipco Asphalt’s 157 000 DWT asphalt tanker Jacob in...

How weather routing can be used to optimise ship performance
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How weather routing can be used to optimise ship performance

Avoiding severe weather is a simple way for a vessel to minimise unnecessary fuel consumption. However, according to COACH Solutions, often the vessel has no information about the business priorities and will therefore have a hard time selecting the most profitable and fuel efficient route.  Shipowners and operators are faced with an array of advanced...