Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

DNV GL rolls out remote surveys for all vessels
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DNV GL rolls out remote surveys for all vessels

DNV GL classed vessels are now able to utilise remote surveys for some inspections using the classification society’s Veracity data platform. Via an online connection or video streaming link, remote surveyors provide support to vessels anywhere in the world, eliminating the need for a DNV GL surveyor to be on-board the vessel. Documentation, images, video,...

ABS publishes guidance on remote inspection technologies
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ABS publishes guidance on remote inspection technologies

ABS has published guidance notes on the Use of Remote Inspection Technologies, detailing best practices for the use of drones on class surveys and non-class inspections. The guidance notes cover pilot-operated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles and Robotic Crawlers, collectively known as Remote Inspection Technologies (RITs). The guidance notes were developed following extensive marine...

Anglo Eastern Univan chooses MacGregor for fleet support
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Anglo Eastern Univan chooses MacGregor for fleet support

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has signed an agreement with Ocean Sourcing to support MacGregor equipment installed on the Anglo Eastern Univan Group fleet of 650 managed vessels. “We are looking forward to increasing our collaboration with Ocean Sourcing and the Anglo Eastern Univan Group,” said John Carnall, senior vice president, Global Lifecycle Support, MacGregor. “The...

Wärtsilä upgrades modular waterjets
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Wärtsilä upgrades modular waterjets

Wärtsilä has upgraded its LJX series of modular waterjets to deliver greater efficiency with low levels of cavitation and underwater noise. The upgrade includes a new axial pump design to boost performance and thrust by around 3 per cent, while the improved cavitation margins reduce environmental impact by minimising noise. The axial waterjets are single...

MSCL signs maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä
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MSCL signs maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has signed an optimised maintenance agreement with Marine Service Company (MSCL), a Saudi Arabian tug operator. The contract is the first that Wärtsilä has signed with a marine operator in Saudi Arabia. The 5-year maintenance agreement will streamline and optimise MSCL’s four terminal escort tugs operating in the port of Rabigh. Within the framework...

ABS offers 24-hr global remote surveying
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ABS offers 24-hr global remote surveying

ABS has announced it is now offering remote surveying with 24-hour worldwide coverage to enable certain surveys to be performed without the surveyor being physically present on-board. The following survey types are presently suitable for ABS Remote Survey, with more to be added in the near future. Continuous Machinery Survey Tail Shaft or Tube Shaft...

RIMS receives DNV GL certification for drone inspection technology
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RIMS receives DNV GL certification for drone inspection technology

RIMS BV has received another two certifications from DNV GL and the Indian Class Register for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces. Including these latest additions, RIMS now has certification from eight classification societies for its drone technology that combined with skilled pilots, reduces safety risks and offers a...

Port of Langnas optimises mooring with Trelleborg automated system
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Port of Langnas optimises mooring with Trelleborg automated system

Trelleborg has supplied its rope-free automated mooring system to the Port of Langnas’ international cruise ferry and domestic ro-ro ferry berths. The Port of Langnas is situated in the Baltic Sea on the archipelago of Aland, which has intensive ferry traffic between Sweden and Finland via Aland. The automated mooring system AutoMoor uses smart technologies to increase...

IMO discusses barriers to Just-in-Time operations
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IMO discusses barriers to Just-in-Time operations

A recent IMO meeting has discussed how to overcome contractual and operational barriers to implement Just-in-Time (JIT) operations, which can cut the time ships spend idling outside ports and reduce emissions. Some ships, such as bulk carriers and tankers have clauses in charter part contracts that act as a barrier to the uptake of JOT....

Tallink Grupp vessel joins research project for autonomous ships
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Tallink Grupp vessel joins research project for autonomous ships

Tallink Grupp is teaming up with maritime start-up Fleetrange and researchers from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and Aalto University to test techniques for autonomous navigation. Sensors will be installed on Tallink Grupp’s Megastar and data will be collected from visual images, environmental sound recordings, RADAR and LiDAR ranging, satellite navigation, and vessel transponders. The...