Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

Trio to advance LNG as a marine fuel
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Trio to advance LNG as a marine fuel

Sembcorp Marine, ABS, and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) have announced a joint effort to develop new technologies, applications and capabilities to advance LNG as a fuel. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the three organisations to make LNG more accessible, reliable and safer for industry and domestic consumption. Sembcorp Marine...

Blockchain-based bunker delivery recorded in Rotterdam
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Blockchain-based bunker delivery recorded in Rotterdam

GoodFuels Marine reports that it has successfully completed what it claims is the world’s first bunker delivery and transaction using blockchain technology, in collaboration with Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC). GoodFuels Marine reports that it has successfully completed what it claims is the world’s first bunker delivery and transaction using blockchain technology, in collaboration...

Helm CONNECT installed on more than 3,000 vessels
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Helm CONNECT installed on more than 3,000 vessels

Helm Operations has announced that it has more than 3,000 vessels subscribing to Helm CONNECT, a maintenance, compliance, personnel, and vessel operations software. The software, which was officially released 24 months ago, provides ship operators with modern, user-friendly software for vessel maintenance and compliance. According to Helm Operations CEO Ron deBruyne, it has been the...

The future of shipping is electric, says ABB
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The future of shipping is electric, says ABB

ABB has said that it firmly believes the future of shipping is electric during the launch of its ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control dynamic positioning (DP) system in Hamburg last week. ABB’s DP system automates navigational tasks and allows bridge officers to focus on the overall control and positioning of the ship. The situational awareness...

Stena Line trials AI to improve fuel efficiency
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Stena Line trials AI to improve fuel efficiency

Stena Line has begun a pilot study to test the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to route fuel-efficient voyages. The ferry operator is trialling an AI model, which is under development, on its Stena Scandinavica under the supervision of senior master Jan Sjöström who has been working with fuel optimisation at Stena Line for the...

GE receives AiP from LR for Digital Twin READY
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GE receives AiP from LR for Digital Twin READY

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has provided GE with an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Digital Twin READY for its Predix Asset Performance Management (APM) solution. The agreement, which took place at SMM in Hamburg last week marks the first approval of a digital twin health management solution in the maritime industry. GE’s Predix APM is a...

DNV GL launches additive manufacturing approval programme
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DNV GL launches additive manufacturing approval programme

DNV GL has launched an Approval of Manufacturer (AoM) programme that will enable additive manufacturing (AM) producers to supply products that comply with the DNV GL rules and standards. Additive manufacturing covers three dimensional objects that are created by adding layers of materials. It includes technologies such as 3D printing, rapid prototyping (RP), direct digital...

MacGregor launches breakbulk optimiser
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MacGregor launches breakbulk optimiser

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has introduced a new breakbulk cargo stowage solution, the Breakbulk Optimiser, which enables operators to rapidly and optimally plan the stowage of different cargoes, increasing vessel utilisation rates and improving business performance. The solution optimises breakbulk vessel stowage plans by taking into consideration all influencing factors including what cargo is already...

RIMS receives ClassNK approval for use of drones in enclosed spaces
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RIMS receives ClassNK approval for use of drones in enclosed spaces

Robotics in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS) has received approval from ClassNK for the use of remote inspection techniques (drones) in enclosed spaces. The certification by classification societies for the use of drones during surveys of enclosed spaces enables shipowners and managers to choose remote inspection techniques for ship inspections, if they wish to do so. Using...

Industry consortium to improve efficiency of containerships
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Industry consortium to improve efficiency of containerships

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with six other companies to collaborate in developing new levels of performance and environmental efficiency for containerships. The consortium of industry players, which is led by Dubai-based Zaitoun Green Shipping (ZGS) aims to create a new business model for the container sector. Other companies in the consortium...

HulllWiper secures first cleans at Australian port
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HulllWiper secures first cleans at Australian port

HullWiper’s underwater hull cleaning technology has completed its first month of operation at the Australian Port of Townsville with initial contracts already secured following its July 2018 launch. HullWiper’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) cleans vessels’ hulls using adjustable seawater jets under available pressure. This removes the need for abrasive brushes and improves the safety of...