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Silverstream Technologies wins UK grant to advance machine learning and AI
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Silverstream Technologies wins UK grant to advance machine learning and AI

Silverstream Technologies, which manufacturers air lubrication for the shipping industry, has been awarded an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant in collaboration with the University of Southampton to advance machine learning in the maritime sector. The two-year partnership will see an Associate of the University of Southampton, secured under the programme, work with Silverstream’s...

Kongsberg Digital acquires Danish maritime software company COACH Solutions
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Kongsberg Digital acquires Danish maritime software company COACH Solutions

Kongsberg Digital has acquired supplier of software solutions for vessel performance and monitoring, COACH Solutions. The new name will be KONGSBERG COACH Solutions. COACH’s vessel performance monitoring system was developed by Danish shipping company Clipper Group. In 2016 COACH was established as an independent company – COACH Solutions ApS – which has grown rapidly. Its...

Ulstein maps road to hydrogen-powered future
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Ulstein maps road to hydrogen-powered future

Ship designer Ulstein has revealed its vision towards a marine hydrogen future, following the introduction of its first hydrogen fuelled, zero emission design in 2019, which showed that zero emission ships can be realised with today’s off-the-shelf technology. The ULSTEIN SX190, a zero emission DP2 construction support vessel is Ulstein’s first hydrogen powered offshore vessel....

Switching to a DC grid to solve the power challenge
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Switching to a DC grid to solve the power challenge

A big weakness of conventional AC electrical systems on ships is that they´re generally cumbersome, inefficient and potentially expensive to maintain, says Carlo Cecchi, director, business development, Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch. Switching to a DC grid based on state-of-the-art modular technology offers a unique degree of flexibility, improving energy efficiency and helping to...

Whitepaper reveals how instantaneous crankshaft torque can prevent engine failures
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Whitepaper reveals how instantaneous crankshaft torque can prevent engine failures

Datum Electronics has released a new whitepaper that demonstrates how a single sensor, which continuously measures instantaneous crankshaft torque, can measure engine degradation and efficiency in real time, avoid its imminent failures and improve a vessel’s energy efficiency. In an effort to enhance vessel efficiency and expand the lifespan of the equipment, an increasing number...

Sailing on sustainability: the comeback of wind power?
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Sailing on sustainability: the comeback of wind power?

As the shipping industry ramps up efforts to decarbonise, initial sea trials onboard a Maersk tanker fitted with Norsepower Rotor Sails indicate that wind power has the potential to play a significant role in a low carbon ocean transport system. Early results from a sea trial onboard the 109,647 DWT Maersk Pelican fitted with two...

Stena Bulk introduces low-carbon shipping options
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Stena Bulk introduces low-carbon shipping options

Following Stena Bulk’s successful biofuel trial in April, the company is now introducing low-carbon shipping options for its customers. Biofuel has the potential of putting shipping on the trajectory towards IMO’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, without having to wait for new technology and zero-carbon fuels to emerge as commercially viable options. Stena’s recent trial,...

Digital development turbocharged by half a decade due to pandemic
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Digital development turbocharged by half a decade due to pandemic

The global pandemic is turbocharging digital development in the maritime industry by half a decade, facilitating new ideas and a new exploratory mindset to realise the potential of this decade and the next decade, says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. The global COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the maritime industry’s status quo of...

MSC expands carbon neutral programme
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MSC expands carbon neutral programme

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has extended its MSC Carbon Neutral Programme to clients worldwide following successful roll out of the initiative to selected countries last year.   Partnering with global climate solutions provider South Pole, the programme was developed in 2019 to improve sustainability and reduce emissions throughout the MSC fleet. The programme allows shipping...

New efficient ships won’t be enough to curb CO2 emissions, say scientists
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New efficient ships won’t be enough to curb CO2 emissions, say scientists

The shipping sector ‘can’t wait’ for new, low-carbon ships to enter its fleet if it is to cut CO2 emissions in line with Paris Agreement targets, according to a University of Manchester study published in the new journal BMC Energy. While measures to cut shipping’s pollution tend to focus on new ships, new research from...

Synergy Group CEO urges shipping to accelerate decarbonisation
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Synergy Group CEO urges shipping to accelerate decarbonisation

Shipping should urgently implement a range of short-term efficiency gains to reduce carbon emissions while also embracing more radical long-term sustainability challenges if it wants to get ahead of the regulatory curve, says Captain Rajesh Unni, CEO and founder of ship manager Synergy Group. Speaking during ‘The Path To Decarbonisation’ session of the 10th Annual...

MOL invests in methanol development with NIW deal
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MOL invests in methanol development with NIW deal

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is investing in low carbon development and methanol manufacturing company Northwest Innovation Works. Under the agreement, MOL will provide and operate purpose-built next-generation ships to serve the planned methanol facility at the Port of Kalama in southwest Washington, USA. With the support of MOL, NWIW will improve its global reach to...