Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

The Switch opens renewable energy test centre in Finland
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The Switch opens renewable energy test centre in Finland

The featured video reveals the vision and drive behind the project, detailing the importance of the centre to the special industries, the company’s ambitious business strategy and the wider Lappeenranta area. Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch is putting the finishing touches to a unique facility in Lappeenranta, Finland, enabling the testing and serial production...

Shell Marine launches IT platform for oil analysis programme
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Shell Marine launches IT platform for oil analysis programme

Shell Marine has launched a new IT platform for its oil analysis programme Shell LubeAnalyst to help simplify the sample management process and minimise errors. The Shell LubeAnalyst includes online sample registration and label printing that remove the need to complete sample labels manually. This helps to minimise the likelihood of errors and makes life...

HullWiper expands operations in Gibraltar
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HullWiper expands operations in Gibraltar

HullWiper has announced expansion of its operations in Gibraltar in partnership with global ship fuel conservation and underwater services provider SCAMP. As part of the expansion a second underwater hull cleaning unit will be operational in the first quarter of 2020. Since HullWiper began operating in the Port of Gibraltar in 2017, approximately 60 hull...

Holyhead Towing software to streamline dry-dock specifications
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Holyhead Towing software to streamline dry-dock specifications

U.K. based Marine Software has supplied Holyhead Towing Company with MPJWin – Marine Project Manager for Windows software to manage refit specifications for a 20 vessel fleet of ultra-shallow and shallow draft anchor handling tugs, multicats, workboats and specialist transport vessels. Technical staff will use MPJWin to compile master refit specifications for all types of...

MAN CEON introduces augmented-reality maintenance platform
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MAN CEON introduces augmented-reality maintenance platform

MAN CEON, MAN Energy Solutions’ umbrella band for its digital products, has developed an augmented-reality maintenance app with a new generation of instructional material. Augmented reality provides a new way to give intuitive instructions and guidance on-site and on demand. Using mobile devices or head-mounted displays, the app known as TechGuide enables engineers to use...

MAN ES improves engine efficiency with Orcan Energy collaboration
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MAN ES improves engine efficiency with Orcan Energy collaboration

MAN Energy Solutions has signed a cooperation agreement with CleanTech company Orcan Energy to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions from ships’ engines by recovering energy from waste heat. As part of the new agreement, Orcan Energy’s PACK technology will be available to MAN Energy Solutions’ marine and power plant customers for retrofitting their engines....

Wilhelmsen launches early adopter program for 3D printed spare parts
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Wilhelmsen launches early adopter program for 3D printed spare parts

Carnival Maritime, Thome Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Berge Bulk, Executive Ship Management and Wilhelmsen Ship Management have signed up to Wilhelmsen’s 3DP printing early adopter program (EAP) to begin utilising on-demand additive manufacturing. Wilhelmsen’s new 3D printing program, which was recently launched in Singapore, is part of an ongoing cooperation with with Ivaldi Group...

Marlink unveils BridgeLink digital enablement platform
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Marlink unveils BridgeLink digital enablement platform

Marlink has unveiled BridgeLink, a technology agnostic solutions portfolio designed to interconnect on board Operational Technology (OT) within a standardised data structure. BridgeLink addresses compatibility and interfacing challenges by providing an open, technology agnostic platform for unifying onboard equipment and sensors with network infrastructure and satellite IP connectivity, so that data from any system can...

NYK and partners test advanced CBM for autonomous ships
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NYK and partners test advanced CBM for autonomous ships

The NYK Group has concluded a joint research agreement for developing advanced condition-based maintenance (CBM) for ship machinery, which will eventually assist in developing a CBM to realise autonomous manned vessels. Alongside MTI, Class NK, Japan Engine Corporation, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery & Equipment, NYK will assess machinery plant data from sensors. In...

Wärtsilä enhances predictive maintenance with Expert Insight launch
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Wärtsilä enhances predictive maintenance with Expert Insight launch

Wärtsilä has launched its Expert Insight predictive maintenance product. This is a digital tool that enables customer support to be delivered by Wärtsilä Expertise Centres to ensure long-term accurate insight for their predictive maintenance strategies. Wärtsilä Expert Insight is a solution that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced diagnostics to monitor equipment and systems in...

Robotic hull cleaning tech gets Dutch approval
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Robotic hull cleaning tech gets Dutch approval

Robotic hull cleaning system maker ECOsubsea has won acceptance by the Port of Rotterdam to offer its hull cleaning solution. The Dutch national regulatory body, Rijkswaterstaat, has given the Norwegian company the green light to start offering hull cleaning services to vessels at all Dutch Ports including Europe’s biggest port, the Port of Rotterdam. The...