<span>Maintenance & Continuous Improvement</span>

Autonomous drone development: an interview with F-drones
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Autonomous drone development: an interview with F-drones

Singapore start-up F-drones announced earlier this year its success in raising seed capital to further develop large scale autonomous drones for maritime logistics. VPO’s sister platform Digital Ship spoke with Mr. Yeshwanth Reddy, CTO and co-founder of F-drones to find out how the investment will help the company develop a new ground-breaking drone capable of...

Nakilat signs multiple vessel support agreement with Wärtsilä
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Nakilat signs multiple vessel support agreement with Wärtsilä

Owner of LNG carriers, Qatar-based Nakilat, has signed support agreements with Wärtsilä. The agreements were signed in April this year and are valid for five years. Wärtsilä is the supplier of the LNG reliquefaction systems onboard all of the QFlex vessels covered by the agreements. Under the contract terms, Wärtsilä will provide 24/7 technical remote...

Oceanbulk tests remote inspection technologies with BV
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Oceanbulk tests remote inspection technologies with BV

Oceanbulk’s double-skin 2008 supramax bulk carrier has been used by Bureau Veritas (BV) for testing remote inspections technologies and techniques. BV directed and supervised the testing, establishing ‘proof of concept’ and operational purpose for the remote inspections.  Technologies and methods used include an aerial drone, a miniature remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and magnetic crawlers on...

HullWiper launches in South Korea
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HullWiper launches in South Korea

HullWiper has launched operations at its newest location, South Korea. Through a partnership with HullWiper Korea, a company based at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan, it will provide green, sustainable and affordable hull cleaning solutions to all vessel types calling at the country’s main ports. Hull cleaning in South Korea is highly...

Ince and Idwal collaborate to improve vessel transaction decision-making
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Ince and Idwal collaborate to improve vessel transaction decision-making

Ince Consultancy is launching a non-exclusive collaboration with ship inspection company Idwal. The alliance will initially be launched by the Middle East office to countries in the region the potential to roll out globally. Through this agreement, Ince Consultancy will act as an introducer of Idwal to provide clients with a breadth of services aimed...

Robotised maintenance technology increases vessel uptime
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Robotised maintenance technology increases vessel uptime

A desk study from ABB focusing on the ATLANTIS offshore test location, off the coast of Viana do Castelo, Portugal, concludes that the gains are available to operators prepared to commit to fast-emerging robotised maintenance technology.    The safe transfer of personnel between a support vessel and an offshore turbine platform is often the limiting factor...

Shell Marine expands Shipcare network
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Shell Marine expands Shipcare network

Shell Marine has increased the availability of its Shell Shipcare range – a portfolio of shipping maintenance products and solutions that allows shipowners to care for their vessels and manage their fleets in a more convenient and cost-effective manner. First launched at the Port of Singapore last year, the Shell Shipcare portfolio is now available...

ClassNK certifies Alpha Ori’s predictive maintenance solution
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ClassNK certifies Alpha Ori’s predictive maintenance solution

Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) has secured certification for its predictive maintenance solution, AssetAI, from ClassNK. A real-time cloud-based module, created specifically for the marine market, AssetAI, utilises machine learning algorithms on real-time sensor data to provide actionable insights. As operational expenditure in shipping increases, preventive maintenance isn’t sufficient as a status quo. It is increasingly...

€3.7M marine energy mooring and quick-connect system set for Atlantic trials
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€3.7M marine energy mooring and quick-connect system set for Atlantic trials

A new, ground-breaking mooring, anchoring and quick connect solution optimised for marine energy systems is set for Atlantic sea trials, following a range of laboratory and on-land test campaigns currently underway. The €3.7m UMACK (Universal Mooring, Anchor & Connectivity Kit) Project has developed a unique mooring and anchoring solution aimed at superseding widely used ‘gravity-based’...

Latsco LNG carriers to benefit from Wärtsilä optimised maintenance agreement
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Latsco LNG carriers to benefit from Wärtsilä optimised maintenance agreement

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year optimised maintenance agreement with Greece-based Latsco LNG Marine Management. The agreement covers the main engines for two large LNG Carriers (LNGC), the Hellas Diana and the Hellas Athina, and was signed in March 2021. Optimised Maintenance agreements are a key element within Wärtsilä’s Lifecycle Solutions offering and are designed to...

ABS Consulting and Verifavia partner to deliver IHM solution to vessels
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ABS Consulting and Verifavia partner to deliver IHM solution to vessels

ABS Consulting has partnered with Verifavia Shipping to offer a turnkey solution for Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) compliance to support continuous monitoring and annual maintenance of the inventory of hazardous materials onboard vessels. Verifavia’s IHM Maintenance Dashboard supports efficient and continuous maintenance of IHM reports. The digital system ensures the IHM can be updated...