Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

ABS pilots AI for corrosion detection
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ABS pilots AI for corrosion detection

A pilot project applying artificial intelligence (AI) models to detect levels of corrosion and coating breakdown on ships and offshore structures has been successfully demonstrated by ABS, Google Cloud and SoftServe. The project proved high accuracy of AI in detecting and assessing structural anomalies commonly found during visual inspection. AI techniques could be further used...

WinGD and ExxonMobil join forces to optimise engine performance
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WinGD and ExxonMobil join forces to optimise engine performance

In a new industry collaboration, WinGD’s Integrated Digital Expert (WiDE) predictive maintenance technology is joining forces with ExxonMobil’s Mobil Serv Cylinder Condition Monitoring service to provide enhanced insight into vessel performance and engine conditions. The integrated system will provide enhanced engine monitoring and optimisation to reduce maintenance costs and increase engine reliability. The collaboration will...

DNV GL and MPA lead JIP on 3D printing
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DNV GL and MPA lead JIP on 3D printing

DNV GL has been appointed as the lead researcher of the first phase of a new Singapore-based program to study the feasibility of additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, in the maritime industry. In a Joint Industry Program (JIP) initiated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) DNV GL will team up with...

Havila Kystruten and Kongsberg sign 10-year service agreement
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Havila Kystruten and Kongsberg sign 10-year service agreement

Havila Kystruten and Kongsberg have signed a ten year long “Power-by-the-Hour” service agreement for four new coastal cruise vessels currently under construction. The contract value is 150 million NOK. Power-by-the-Hour is a service whereby the customer pays a fixed charge per hour of operation, per ship. Kongsberg Maritime monitors the equipment onboard each vessel from...

Wärtsilä subsidiary expands underwater services with new facility in UAE
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Wärtsilä subsidiary expands underwater services with new facility in UAE

Trident, a subsidiary of Wärtsilä, has opened a new diving centre facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, to extend the capabilities of its underwater-related services. The expansion into a major global shipping region is expected to enhance Wärtsilä’s ability to serve its customers with underwater repairs, refurbishments and maintenance. By performing this work below the...

Wilhelmsen and Airbus complete drone delivery pilot
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Wilhelmsen and Airbus complete drone delivery pilot

Wilhelmsen and Airbus have delivered a variety of small items to working vessels at anchorage via drone technology as part of a drone pilot project in Singapore. Lifting off from Marina South Pier in Singapore with 3D printed consumables from Wilhelmsen’s onshore 3D printing micro-factory, the Airbus Skyways drone navigated autonomously along pre-determined ‘aerial-corridors’ in...

Bourbon completes remote survey using DP system
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Bourbon completes remote survey using DP system

MAC, a Bureau Veritas (BV) company and Kongsberg Maritime have completed a remote inspection and audit survey on a Bourbon vessel using Kongsberg’s dynamic positioning (DP) system. The Kongsberg Maritime DP Digital Survey, developed in collaboration with Bourbon and Bureau Veritas was tested on the offshore support vessel (OSV) stationed off Angola. The digital tool...

Eco Marine Power establishes new research institute
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Eco Marine Power establishes new research institute

Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) has developed a research institute to link together ship and marine related research projects and locations to share knowledge around renewable energy and green shipping technologies. EMP, which develops renewable energy focused fuel and emissions reduction technologies for shipping and offshore applications, will lead research by the institute on the...

TT-Lines and Wärtsilä successfully complete remote guidance testing
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TT-Lines and Wärtsilä successfully complete remote guidance testing

TT-Lines and Wärtsilä have completed testing of Wärtsilä’s remote guidance service, a solution for improving the efficiency of vessel repair and maintenance. Simulated remote guidance service situations were carried out on the navigation equipment on the bridge and shaft line seals and bearings in the engine room of the RoRo ferry Huckleberry Finn, operated by...

Color Line improves cost and compliance with proactive maintenance
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Color Line improves cost and compliance with proactive maintenance

Using forward planning for the replacement of critical navigation components means shipowner can best manage operating expenses.  Sperry Marine, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, is undertaking a refit and maintenance programme of the navigation systems of two cruise ferries for Norwegian operator Color Line. The largest cruise ferries currently operating, Color Fantasy and Color Magic...

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...