<span>Maintenance & Continuous Improvement</span>

Nakilat selects BV for condition assessment of LNG carrier fleet
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Nakilat selects BV for condition assessment of LNG carrier fleet

Nakilat has awarded Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore (BV Solutions M&O), the marine and offshore technical advisory component of Bureau Veritas Group, a three-year contract to carry out condition assessment programmes (CAP) for its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier fleet. The contract will commence this year and cover 21 of Nakilat’s LNG vessels, all...

USC Barnkrug digitises operations with Kaiko Systems
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USC Barnkrug digitises operations with Kaiko Systems

Ship management company USC Barnkrug has chosen to roll out Kaiko Systems’ solution to improve data collection and analysis across its fleet of 27 feeder containerships. After a successful trial phase, the ship management company decided to roll out the solution across its entire fleet. This process has already begun and will be completed in...

NYK signs 13-year maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä
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NYK signs 13-year maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä

Singapore-based NYK Shipmanagement has signed a long-term Optimised Maintenance Agreement with Wärtsilä to facilitate maximum uptime and equipment reliability, with assured maintenance costs. The 13-year contract is for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier vessel featuring three Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines. The agreement covers maintenance and planning support. It includes Expert Insight, which enables dynamic,...

Project to demo autonomous biofouling inspection robots secures grant
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Project to demo autonomous biofouling inspection robots secures grant

Berkeley Marine Robotics (BMR) has been awarded an innovation research grant (SBIR) by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct R&D and field demonstration of an autonomous underwater swarm robotic system. The system will be able to perform rapid automated inspections under ships to assess hull biofouling and detect invasive species. Rising water temperatures from...

I-Tech mitigates barnacle fouling on high-risk idling vessel
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I-Tech mitigates barnacle fouling on high-risk idling vessel

Biotech antifouling specialists I-Tech has announced the performance of its barnacle-repelling active ingredient, Selektope after an eight-month period in outfitting of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, Global Mercy. In May 2021, Global Mercy completed its sea trial with good results. After extended static period during outfitting, exposed to high risk of fouling, I-Tech found...

HullWiper to begin operating in Guinea
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HullWiper to begin operating in Guinea

HullWiper and Agemar have signed a lease agreement to meet the growing demand for safe, eco-friendly hull cleaning solutions for vessels calling in Guinea, West Africa. Agemar Guinea (Agemar Agency & Logistics) is part of global maritime consultancy and maritime logistics solutions provider, the Agemar Group. It is the latest addition to HullWiper’s growing family...

Shell Marine enhances LubeMonitor services
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Shell Marine enhances LubeMonitor services

Shell Marine has added several enhancements to its LubeMonitor service to improve its cylinder condition monitoring programmes. By surfacing a wider range of technical and operational insights, Shell LubeMonitor lets users better understand their ship’s engine performance, ensure it is operating in line with original engine manufacturer (OEM) recommendations and ultimately, help reduce maintenance costs....

Gaslog secures maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä
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Gaslog secures maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä

Greek shipowner and operator Gaslog has selected Wärtsilä’s optimised maintenance agreement to cover ten of the company’s very large LNG carrier vessels. The agreement is designed to ensure certainty of operations with budgeted maintenance costs. The tailored agreement covers the vessels’ twin two-stroke dual-fuel main engines, enabling them to benefit from the latest condition monitoring...

HullWiper brings hull cleaning operations to Sri Lanka
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HullWiper brings hull cleaning operations to Sri Lanka

In-water hull cleaning specialist HullWiper has formed a partnership with underwater and related services company World Subsea Services to bring sustainable and affordable hull cleaning solutions to vessels calling at the Port of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Strategically located in the Indian Ocean, Colombo Port is one of the country’s largest and busiest ports, particularly...

Sumitomo selects Light Structures hull monitoring systems for newbuild tankers
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Sumitomo selects Light Structures hull monitoring systems for newbuild tankers

Light Structures, supplier of fibre optic condition monitoring systems for maritime applications, has entered into an agreement with Japanese shipbuilder Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering (SHI-ME) for the delivery of comprehensive hull stress and fatigue monitoring systems on two newbuild 115,000 deadweight tonne (dwt) aframax crude oil tankers. Hull stress monitoring is usually the...

Klaveness aims for fleet-wide rollout of Shipshave hull cleaning solution
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Klaveness aims for fleet-wide rollout of Shipshave hull cleaning solution

Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) has signed a Letter of Intent with technology company Shipshave to implement its semi-autonomous hull cleaning solution across its fleet. Shipshave ITCH (In-Transit Cleaning of Hulls) performs hull cleaning while the vessel is sailing to prevent the early-stage growth of hull fouling. Shipshave reports that its technology has proven fuel savings...

Industry trio launch hull maintenance partnership
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Industry trio launch hull maintenance partnership

HullWiper has joined forces with International Paint, a subsidiary of AkzoNobel, and underwater drone ROV specialist Orobotix to provide shipowners and operators with comprehensive hull care support in a new partnership named Intertrac HullCare. The partnership offers high-performance coating schemes from International Paint tailored for different vessel types and operating profiles, which are maintained using...