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On-board systemic failures increasing risk to safety, warns BV
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On-board systemic failures increasing risk to safety, warns BV

There is an increasing risk of marine casualties, incidents, and risks that are related to on-board systems and safety management, says Laurent Leblanc, marine operations vice president, Bureau Veritas (BV). According to LeBlanc, data and experience of the BV team show there are systemic failures on-board ships and an increase of system deficiencies related to...

Wärtsilä gets Notice to Proceed for liquid biogas plant
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Wärtsilä gets Notice to Proceed for liquid biogas plant

Wärtsilä has been given Notice to Proceed for a liquid biogas (bioLNG) plant to be built in Asker, Norway. The contract for the plant was awarded in April 2018 by VEAS, a Norwegian wastewater treatment and biogas producing company, and the Notice to Proceed was signed in December 2018. The new facility will comprise a...

Sperry Marine releases major upgrade to VisionMaster FT bridge software
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Sperry Marine releases major upgrade to VisionMaster FT bridge software

Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine has released a major upgrade to its VisionMaster FT bridge software. VMFT11 includes several key updates that support safety of navigation, including enhanced bridge alert management, an improved user interface and secure data exchange onboard ship and between ship and shore. A key driver behind the VMFT11 software update is to...

Green Marine and SNAME sign environmental sustainability agreement
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Green Marine and SNAME sign environmental sustainability agreement

Green Marine and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) have signed a partnership agreement to further their common goals in fostering greater environmental sustainability in the maritime sector. The agreement, signed earlier this year, will serve as a framework to enhance technical cooperation between the two parties and encourage the exchange of...

Port of Dover orders new environmental monitoring system
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Port of Dover orders new environmental monitoring system

A collaboration between OceanWise and Marico Marine is expected to result in the delivery of a new environmental monitoring system to the Port of Dover. OceanWise will design, integrate, and install a new system to monitor, manage and publish environmental data at the port. Robert Proctor, Oceanographer at OceanWise commented: “We will install a new...

Five reasons why Cyprus is a leading centre for international shipping
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Five reasons why Cyprus is a leading centre for international shipping

Cyprus’ maritime sector has grown rapidly in the last several years and today it is one of the top locations for shipping companies. It is also ranked 11th in terms of global fleet size and has its own dedicated deputy minister of shipping, boosting business and sustainability of its operations further. Here are five examples...

Demand for methanol in shipping highlighted in new seminars
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Demand for methanol in shipping highlighted in new seminars

A new series of free industry seminars that is touring the world promoting the use of methanol as a marine fuel has highlighted the growing interest in the fuel. Over 225 participants joined the seminar held in India and organised by Sea Commerce Consulting and Institute of Marine Engineers of India (IMEI) with support from...

Portable battery for at-sea emergencies undergoes trial
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Portable battery for at-sea emergencies undergoes trial

Eco Marine Power (EMP) in cooperation with Furukawa Battery and several shipowners is conducting an evaluation trial of the emergency MgBOX fuel cell battery to determine how the portable device can be best stored and used on ships. The MgBOX is a small and portable emergency magnesium (Mg) 300Wh air battery developed by Furukawa Battery....

Portugal enhances port efficiency with Wärtsilä VTS solution
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Portugal enhances port efficiency with Wärtsilä VTS solution

Wärtsilä has completed the installation and operational staff training for its Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) solution in the ports of Lisbon and Setúbal / Sesimbra in Portugal. The VTS systems increase the efficiency of ports by reducing waiting times for vessels and allowing just-in-time pilotage. The project includes two VTS control centres, seven remote sites...

Met Office joins Kognifai Partner Program
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Met Office joins Kognifai Partner Program

The Met Office has signed a partner agreement with Kongsberg Digital to offer meteorological and oceanographic data to its marine customers. The partnership with the Met Office will provide accurate weather forecasts and weather warnings to help maritime customers improve the safety and efficiency of their operations. The Met Office data will add to the...

Port of Rotterdam extends Green Award incentive to all tankers
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Port of Rotterdam extends Green Award incentive to all tankers

The first Green Award incentive provider, the Port of Rotterdam, has extended its incentive to reward liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and oil, product and chemical tankers of any size certified by the Green Award. The decision by the Port of Rotterdam means that these ship types holding the Green...

Wallenius Wilhelmsen supports scrubbers and joins CSA 2020
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Wallenius Wilhelmsen supports scrubbers and joins CSA 2020

Wallenius Wilhelmsen is the latest shipowner to join the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020), an organisation that provides education and support on the use of scrubbers for cleaner and compliant shipping operations. To comply with the IMO’s 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap, the Norwegian/Swedish shipping company plans to install scrubbers across 23 of its...