Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

Jotun introduces TankFast to cut storage tank turnaround times
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Jotun introduces TankFast to cut storage tank turnaround times

  Norwegian paint and coatings manufacturer Jotun is launching a new range of tank linings formulated to allow tanks to return back to service quicker than previously. “To optimise earnings our customers need to ensure tanks are fully operational,” said, Miles Buckhurst, global concept director – HPI, Jotun. “Even with spare tanks, storage and transportation...

WinGD and ETH Zurich develop algorithm for engine predictive maintenance
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WinGD and ETH Zurich develop algorithm for engine predictive maintenance

  Technical university ETH Zürich and WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel) have developed an algorithm based on a physical and data driven engine model to enhance predictive maintenance for marine two-stroke engines. The solution, which deploys a new hybrid approach to modelling engine behaviour, will be further tested and validated to be applied in future...

Unifeeder and GreenSteam team up on GHG emissions reduction
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Unifeeder and GreenSteam team up on GHG emissions reduction

Pan-European feeder and shortsea operator Unifeeder and vessel-based machine learning solutions supplier GreenSteam are expanding their partnership to help deliver reductions in greenhouse (GHG) emissions from ships. The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has introduced a strategy focusing on reducing annual GHG emissions from international shipping by at least 50 per cent by 2050 compared...

DNV GL approves thyssenkrupp for 3D printing
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DNV GL approves thyssenkrupp for 3D printing

DNV GL has issued type approval to the thyssenkrupp TechCenter Additive Manufacturing for maritime and general industrial applications. The approval marks the first time a producer of 3D printed parts for maritime applications has obtained manufacturer approval from DNV GL. Certification for thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will allow the company to continue working closely with international...

Saipem implements DNV GL’s ShipManager Hull
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Saipem implements DNV GL’s ShipManager Hull

Energy and infrastructure solution provider Saipem has announced plans to implement DNV GL’s hull planned maintenance system, ShipManager Hull, across five ships, based on 3D digital twins of crane and pipelaying vessels. ShipManager Hull will be installed first on the Saipem 7000, one of the world’s largest crane vessels with a lifting capability of 14,000...

Sovcomflot optimises performance with ABB remote diagnostics
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Sovcomflot optimises performance with ABB remote diagnostics

Sovcomflot has chosen the ABB Ability Marine Remote Diagnostic System (RDS) for eleven vessels operating in the Arctic and Russia’s Far East, helping to optimise safety and performance through 24/7 remote support. From the ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centres that are located worldwide, ABB experts will monitor operational shipboard systems, coordinate remote equipment diagnostics and...

UK establishes centre for maritime innovation and technology
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UK establishes centre for maritime innovation and technology

A consortium of British companies, academia and government, have established a new national centre (MarRI-UK) to provide a collaborative innovation vehicle to jointly tackle innovation and technology challenges. Based at the University of Strathclyde, with hubs to be announced across the UK, the centre’s first focus will be on Clean Maritime. MarRI-UK will focus on...

Sapura Brazil signs optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä
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Sapura Brazil signs optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has signed a five-year optimised maintenance agreement with Sapura Brazil, a company specialised in sub-sea services. The agreement, signed in June 2019, covers Sapura’s fleet of six pipe-laying support vessels (PLSVs). The agreement will support the fleet’s operational performance and increase both its efficiency and reliability by accurately predicting maintenance requirements, while also lowering...

Wärtsilä’s auto-docking system now available
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Wärtsilä’s auto-docking system now available

Wärtsilä has secured the first order for its auto-docking technology. The SmartDock system reduces the risk of human error and improves safety and efficiency by automating the docking procedure and eliminating the need for ship officers to perform technical manoeuvres multiple times a day. To operate the SmartDock system, the Captain selects the destination and...