Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

HullWiper to operate in Australian port
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HullWiper to operate in Australian port

The Port of Townsville, Australia, has granted permission for K-ROV to operate remote hull cleaning technology, HullWiper, within its waters. HullWiper, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) cleans hulls and surfaces of ships using adjustable seawater jets under variable pressures, rather than abrasive brushes that are typically used. The jets clean the ship of biofouling, reducing...

KR upgrades SeaTrust-HullScan software
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KR upgrades SeaTrust-HullScan software

The Korean Register (KR) has updated its SeaTrust-HullScan software that benefits from improved speed and quality analysis of the structural integrity of ships. SeaTrust-HullScan is a software package that analyses the structural strength of bulk carriers, double hull oil tankers, and containerships based on KR’s Rules and the Harmonized CSR. The updated version (V2) includes...

Hydrex sees rise in number of underwater propeller cone fin installations
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Hydrex sees rise in number of underwater propeller cone fin installations

Belgium-based underwater repair and maintenance solutions provider, Hydrex, has seen an increase in the number of fuel-saving propeller cones fitted to cargo and container ships during operation over the last few months. Propeller caps can decrease fuel consumption from 3-5 per cent by recovering energy loss of a propeller hub vortex in the propeller’s slipstream....

Angelicoussis Shipping Group to retrofit 36 vessels with Ecochlor BWTS
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Angelicoussis Shipping Group to retrofit 36 vessels with Ecochlor BWTS

Angelicoussis Shipping Group is to install ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) from US-based Ecochlor on 36 of its vessels between 2018 and 2020. Angelicoussis Shipping Group consists of Maran Tanker Management, the oil tanker shipping unit, and Anangel Maritime Services, the dry bulk carrier shipping unit. The BWTS will be installed on Suezmaxes, Aframaxes, VLCCs,...

Blending-on-board system-oil solution gives engine efficiency a boost
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Blending-on-board system-oil solution gives engine efficiency a boost

Engines can be made more efficient and fuel consumption can be reduced by using a Blending-on-Board (BOB) technique for system oil on board ships, claims Maersk Fluid Technology (MFT). A white paper published by MFT shows how a consistent replenishment of system oil without oil losses can improve engine performance, lower maintenance intervals, and reduce...

Partnership brings 3D printed ships a step closer
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Partnership brings 3D printed ships a step closer

3D Systems has announced a collaboration with ship designer and builder, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding division, to qualify metal additive manufacturing technologies to build naval warships. The partnership marks a new step in bringing 3D printing to the shipping and maritime industries. Newport News Shipbuilding will modify portions of their manufacturing process from traditional...

Rolls-Royce and Siem Offshore sign deck machinery maintenance agreement
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Rolls-Royce and Siem Offshore sign deck machinery maintenance agreement

Rolls-Royce has signed a five-year Maintenance Inspection Programme (MIP) with offshore vessel owner Siem Offshore for the maintenance of its deck machinery installations on board 12 anchor handling vessels. The MIP is the formalisation of a cooperation agreement between the two companies following the delivery of ten new AHTS vessels in 2010, and two additional...

Jotun’s offshore coating system cuts maintenance intervals by 50 per cent
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Jotun’s offshore coating system cuts maintenance intervals by 50 per cent

Jotun’s NORSOK approved offshore maintenance coating system for brush and roller application on power tooled and water jetted surfaces has gained approval for more than 20 different specifications with major asset owners, one year after its launch. The system has been engineered specifically for offshore maintenance, whereas most solutions are designed and tested in accordance...

UK Port trials HullWiper technology
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UK Port trials HullWiper technology

The Port of Southampton, UK is testing hull cleaning technology, HullWiper, on a range of ships to demonstrate the performance of the technology to the harbour authority, Associated British Ports (ABP). HullWiper is a diver and brush-free technology that uses adjustable seawater jets under variable pressures to clean ships’ hulls and surfaces to reduce resistance...

The future of digitalisation in 2018
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The future of digitalisation in 2018

Ilmo Kuutti, President, NAPA Group  As we enter 2018, digitalisation is accelerating at an exponential rate. Driven by numerous factors including the reduction of costs, increase in availability, regulatory pressure, and the expectations of the industry’s next generation of digital natives, shipping is slowly but surely abandoning the status quo and embracing digital. However, despite...

Autonomous vessels will not be here any time soon, says North P&I Club
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Autonomous vessels will not be here any time soon, says North P&I Club

Ocean-going vessels will not operate autonomously or in an unmanned configuration any time soon, but vessels will use technology such as sensors and artificial intelligence to support on board navigation officers, claims the North P&I Club. The North P&I Club believes that remote controlled, unmanned, automated, and autonomous mean different things when describing shipping operations....