<span>Maintenance & Continuous Improvement</span>

Armach Robotics launches Hull Service Robot
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Armach Robotics launches Hull Service Robot

Armach Robotics, a spin-off company from Marine software firm Greensea Systems has unveiled its first post-prototype Hull Service Robot (HSR). The HSR is a subscription-based proactive and robotic hull cleaning system using autonomy, intelligence and data fusion. The robot weighs less than 66lbs (30kgs) and is around 34 inches (86cm) long, making it easily portable...

Joining forces to tackle biofouling
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Joining forces to tackle biofouling

A new international effort initiated by environmental NGO Bellona and supported by Jotun and other companies in the maritime industry, aims to develop an industry standard for proactive hull cleaning to tackle the global biofouling issue. The build-up of marine life on ships’ hulls, known as biofouling, is an age-old problem for ship operators and...

BSM adds new tool to monitoring platform to improve ship performance transparency
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BSM adds new tool to monitoring platform to improve ship performance transparency

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is expanding its LiveFleet monitoring platform with a new “Performance Overview” tool to improve decision making around maintenance work and dry-dock planning. LiveFleet is a key component of BSM’s class certified smartPAL, a ship management enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. With the release of the new LiveFleet feature, shipowners will benefit...

BV launches digital tool for machinery maintenance
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BV launches digital tool for machinery maintenance

Bureau Veritas (BV) has launched a new digital tool for machinery maintenance. The tool connects directly to owners’ computer machinery maintenance system (CMMS) and helps them transition to optimised machinery maintenance schemes. For ship operators to sail safely, their vessels must undergo regular inspections of their machinery equipment and systems. However, most modern ships have...

Bellona launches clean hull initiative
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Bellona launches clean hull initiative

Bellona launched its Clean Hull Initiative (CHI) at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo today (April 6). The event saw keynote speeches ramming home the urgent need to shake up regulations and encourage technology measures to nip biofouling in the bud. In addition to its members, Bellona invited relevant stakeholders in both the private and...

BV expands remote inspection capabilities
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BV expands remote inspection capabilities

Bureau Veritas (BV) can now provide owners and operators with new ways to survey their ships through remote inspection techniques (RIT) operated by BV’s own surveyors in France. BV’s key objective with the use of RIT is to limit the use of costly and dangerous means of access, by replacing them with safer and more...

ABB and PONANT enter 10-year MarineCare service agreement
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ABB and PONANT enter 10-year MarineCare service agreement

Le Commandant Charcot, which recently became the first exploration cruise ship to reach the geographic North Pole, has signed up for ABB MarineCare services to ensure safe and sustainable operations. The comprehensive 10-year service agreement provides round-the-clock remote support, diagnostics and condition monitoring, as well as preventive and planned maintenance, and the critical spare parts...

Brittany Ferries signs long-term service agreement with Wärtsilä
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Brittany Ferries signs long-term service agreement with Wärtsilä

Brittany Ferries has signed a 10-year service agreement with Wärtsilä to secure long-term technical support for its scope of solutions installed on Brittany Ferries’ new LNG-fuelled ferry. The latest RoPax vessel, the Salamanca is the first LNG-fuelled passenger ferry to operate from the U.K. The vessel’s multi-fuel Wärtsilä engines are also adapted to utilise even...

ioCurrents and Helm Operations integrate systems to improve onboard maintenance
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ioCurrents and Helm Operations integrate systems to improve onboard maintenance

Data analytics specialist ioCurrents and maritime software firm Helm Operations are integrating their systems to offer vessel operators unique insights into smarter maintenance management, using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. During the first stage of this integration, ioCurrents will use its proprietary data analytics platform, MarineInsight, to trigger maintenance tasks in Helm CONNECT based...

Tidewater signs fleetwide maintenance deal with Tero Marine
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Tidewater signs fleetwide maintenance deal with Tero Marine

Tidewater has chosen Tero Marine to help the company optimise the lifecycle of its assets through the implementation of a harmonised fleet management system (FMS) across its entire fleet. Tero Marine will deliver consultancy services and fleetwide implementation of its own TM Master fleet management software suite. Part of the Ocean Technologies Group (OTG) since...

Greensea launches new robotic hull cleaning solution
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Greensea launches new robotic hull cleaning solution

Marine software firm Greensea Systems has launched spin-off company Armach Robotics to offer a subscription-based robotic hull cleaning system using autonomy, intelligence and data fusion. The solution is capable of 100 per cent coverage of the hull surface excluding niche areas, and provides up to 10 per cent reduction in fuel consumption by reducing the...

Chris-Marine to supply cruise ships with engine maintenance machines
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Chris-Marine to supply cruise ships with engine maintenance machines

Chris-Marine USA has been chosen by Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) to supply critical engine maintenance machines for several Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises vessels throughout 2022. The Scope of Supply includes over 65 Chris-Marine machines such as CPM (Surface Grinding Machine), VRL (Valve Seat and Recess Lathe), VSL (Valve Seat Lathe) and DGL (Deglazing...