<span>Maintenance & Continuous Improvement</span>

Brittany Ferries completes first remote in-water hull survey with MaDfly drone
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Brittany Ferries completes first remote in-water hull survey with MaDfly drone

A Brittany Ferries vessel, the Bretagne, has completed the first full in-water ship hull survey with a mini ROV. The drone was provided by MaDfly while Bureau Veritas (BV) supervised the survey. The survey provided an opportunity to validate the integrity of the entire ship’s hull’s bottom. This inspection was the first of its kind,...

DNV and Nakilat enter JDP to improve vessel software reliability
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DNV and Nakilat enter JDP to improve vessel software reliability

Nakilat, DNV, and a group of yards and system suppliers have teamed up on a joint development project (JDP) to elevate software reliability and maintenance during shipping operations. Vessel functions rely heavily on computerised software-based systems that are becoming more complex, automated and integrated. Software failures or reliability issues can now result in significant safety...

Rederi Ab Eckerö signs renews maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä
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Rederi Ab Eckerö signs renews maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä

Finnish shipping group Rederi Ab Eckerö has renewed for the second time its optimised maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä. Under the terms of this latest 5-year agreement, Wärtsilä will be responsible for maintenance of the main and auxiliary engines in six vessels within the customer’s fleet. The agreement is designed to ensure that the contracted vessels’...

ClassNK releases Guidelines for Hull Monitoring
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ClassNK releases Guidelines for Hull Monitoring

ClassNK has released its “Guidelines for Hull Monitoring” that summarise technical requirements for a hull monitoring system to achieve the improvement of the ship safety, and stipulates the relevant class notation. A hull monitoring system is intended to collect information through sensors like a strain gauge or an accelerometer installed on the ship and perform...

Optimarin optimises BWTS maintenance
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Optimarin optimises BWTS maintenance

Optimarin has launched a new service frame agreement integrating the benefits of its new OptiLink digital solution for ballast water treatment systems (BWTS). The agreement aims to minimise operational costs and ensure regulatory compliance for shipowners by facilitating digital diagnostics and data analysis, remote interactive support, and data sharing. The additional offering is expected to...

New Selektope-powered antifouling paint launched
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New Selektope-powered antifouling paint launched

Antifouling agent Selektope has been integrated into a brand new antifouling paint for vessels trading worldwide. Selektope is an active agent which, when added to paints and coatings, effectively repels barnacles. The ingredient is widely recognised as a highly efficient and sustainable barnacle fouling prevention product. In order to meet the growing demand of efficient...

Neptune Lines trials digital engine and propulsion analytics service
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Neptune Lines trials digital engine and propulsion analytics service

Pure Car & Truck Carrier operator Neptune Lines is hosting shipboard trials of a next-level digital service for Marine Powertrain Condition Analysis, in a collaborative initiative between METIS Cyberspace Technology and Geislinger. The trials will interconnect the latest Geislinger GMS Mk6 continuous monitoring and measuring system for rotating components of the entire marine propulsion powertrain...

Autonomous drone development: an interview with F-drones
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Autonomous drone development: an interview with F-drones

Singapore start-up F-drones announced earlier this year its success in raising seed capital to further develop large scale autonomous drones for maritime logistics. VPO’s sister platform Digital Ship spoke with Mr. Yeshwanth Reddy, CTO and co-founder of F-drones to find out how the investment will help the company develop a new ground-breaking drone capable of...

Nakilat signs multiple vessel support agreement with Wärtsilä
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Nakilat signs multiple vessel support agreement with Wärtsilä

Owner of LNG carriers, Qatar-based Nakilat, has signed support agreements with Wärtsilä. The agreements were signed in April this year and are valid for five years. Wärtsilä is the supplier of the LNG reliquefaction systems onboard all of the QFlex vessels covered by the agreements. Under the contract terms, Wärtsilä will provide 24/7 technical remote...

Oceanbulk tests remote inspection technologies with BV
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Oceanbulk tests remote inspection technologies with BV

Oceanbulk’s double-skin 2008 supramax bulk carrier has been used by Bureau Veritas (BV) for testing remote inspections technologies and techniques. BV directed and supervised the testing, establishing ‘proof of concept’ and operational purpose for the remote inspections.  Technologies and methods used include an aerial drone, a miniature remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and magnetic crawlers on...

HullWiper launches in South Korea
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HullWiper launches in South Korea

HullWiper has launched operations at its newest location, South Korea. Through a partnership with HullWiper Korea, a company based at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan, it will provide green, sustainable and affordable hull cleaning solutions to all vessel types calling at the country’s main ports. Hull cleaning in South Korea is highly...