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Implementing technology a minor part of shipping’s digital transformation
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Implementing technology a minor part of shipping’s digital transformation

Failure to achieve a successful digital transformation can be the result of relying too much on technology and not investing enough in people and organisational change, says Anthony Veder’s digital development manager, Sifra Westendorp. Speaking at Digital Ship’s maritime forum in Rotterdam yesterday, Ms Westendorp told delegates that she sees many companies focussing on how...

GreenSteam acquires BMT Smart
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GreenSteam acquires BMT Smart

BMT has sold its UK-based SMART business to GreenSteam, a majority owned company of BP. The sale of SMART, a data collection and performance optimisation software solution, to GreenSteam, follows a strategic business review by BMT to focus on its core Infrastructure, Defence and Security, Commercial Shipping and Environmental divisions to commit to greater collaboration...

FUELTRAX introduces voyage planning tool
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FUELTRAX introduces voyage planning tool

FUELTRAX has introduced a new tool to help shippers plan multi-stop trips and accurately estimate time of arrival (ETA) by monitoring real-time speed changes. The voyage planning tool known as FUELNET Trip Planner operates with the ease of Google Maps and includes the following functions: –  Accurate ETA monitoring: Track each vessel’s ETA to any...

Cargill enters MR fleet into Maersk Tankers’ MR pool
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Cargill enters MR fleet into Maersk Tankers’ MR pool

Cargill and Maersk Tankers have announced a strategic partnership to reduce fuel consumption and emissions and improve flexibility for their customers. The partnership will see Cargill enter its medium range (MR) fleet into the existing Maersk Tankers MR pool, creating a new joint pool that will significantly increase the scope of its Medium Range (MR)...

COACH Solutions introduces IMO 2020 module
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COACH Solutions introduces IMO 2020 module

COACH Solutions has developed a simple overview to help operators manage the increasing demands posed by the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap. The new module will provide the operator with a constantly updated overview of which fuel types are onboard the vessel, in which port each fuel type has been bunkered and an estimate of...

Tymor Marine integrates AI into vessel stability system
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Tymor Marine integrates AI into vessel stability system

Aberdeen-based marine and naval architectural consultancy Tymor is embedding artificial intelligence (AI) into its ‘Measurement of Stability in Service’ system (MOSIS) to support the industry’s move towards autonomous vessels. Tymor’s MOSIS system measures a vessel’s vertical centre of gravity to provide vital feedback on vessel stability in variable conditions.  The company has now embarked on...

DNV GL calls for fuel flexibility in shipping’s decarbonisation
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DNV GL calls for fuel flexibility in shipping’s decarbonisation

Classification society DNV GL has called on the shipping industry for fuel-flexibility to boost its efforts in decarbonising the industry towards the IMO’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal. Reducing GHG emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2050 compared to 2008 levels as set by the IMO, requires the industry to adopt...

Blockchain-enabled logistics tool boosts maritime efficiency
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Blockchain-enabled logistics tool boosts maritime efficiency

Swiss company Singular Point has an ambition to re-shape and improve the way shipping and chartering activities are conducted. The company has developed a single platform blockchain-enabled solution to support the industry’s efforts in delivering efficient operations. VPO Global spoke with CEO and product manager of Singular Point, Mr Antonio Albiero about the new blockchain...

Masterbulk upgrades cargo ship with EMP fuel monitoring system
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Masterbulk upgrades cargo ship with EMP fuel monitoring system

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has integrated its Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) with the onboard fuel monitoring system installed on general cargo ship, MV Panamana, owned by Singaporean carrier Masterbulk. Aquarius MAS is a cost-effective fuel oil consumption (FOC) monitoring, alarm handling and data logging platform suitable for a wide range of ships. Aquarius...

Maersk confirms deal to produce IMO 2020 fuel
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Maersk confirms deal to produce IMO 2020 fuel

Maersk Oil Trading and Koole Terminals have announced the signing of an agreement to produce IMO 2020-compliant bunker fuel in Rotterdam. Production of 0.5 per cent sulphur marine fuel will take place at the Petrochemical Industrial Distillation (PID) unit, located at Koole’s Botlek site at the Port of Rotterdam. The toll distillation deal allows Maersk...

Videotel offers free training package on 2020 compliance
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Videotel offers free training package on 2020 compliance

Maritime training provider Videotel has announced that it is offering the maritime industry free access to its new training package, “The 2020 Sulphur Regulations – Achieving Compliance”. As the January 1, 2020 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap approaches, the free awareness video sets out the new regulations, where and how they apply, how they...

Clean Marine launches new scrubber application
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Clean Marine launches new scrubber application

Norwegian technology company Clean Marine is launching a next generation marine exhaust gas scrubber application to help shipping companies cut investment costs and operating expenditure. The newly developed SOx scrubber (“naked scrubber”) reduces total installed weight of infrastructure by more than two thirds, which means significant capex savings on the scrubber itself and no need...