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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...

Human factors in vessel performance
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Human factors in vessel performance

The shipping industry is “missing a trick” by overlooking the impact that human factors can have on optimising vessel performance, says Patrick Joseph, master mariner and director of UIRTUS Marine Services. The UK Health and Safety Executive, defines human factors as “environmental, organisational and job factors, and human and individual characteristics which influence behaviour at...

ClassNK reorganises structure to support clients with sulphur cap
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ClassNK reorganises structure to support clients with sulphur cap

ClassNK has undergone structural changes to more quickly and efficiently support clients with the IMO’s upcoming 2020 global sulphur cap. One of the changes is an integration of the classification society’s point of contacts in order to help its customers understand and comply with the new regulation and to provide faster support. The points of...

Tres Solutions releases IMO 2020 module
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Tres Solutions releases IMO 2020 module

TVA receives a much-anticipated upgrade with its newly released Bunker Planning module, helping shippers with bunker planning and changeovers as January 1, 2020 quickly approaches. IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap On 1 January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will implement a new regulation for a 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap for marine fuels. Under...

Digital tools for performance optimisation: a ship operator’s perspective
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Digital tools for performance optimisation: a ship operator’s perspective

The shipping industry is transitioning to a more digitalised and connected way of operating, finding new tools and technologies to improve safety and operational efficiency. VPO Global spoke with one ship operator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) about the company’s approach to safety and environmental responsibility. The word ‘efficiency’ is regularly heard in the shipping industry...

Ship Finance to fit seven ships with scrubbers
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Ship Finance to fit seven ships with scrubbers

Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International (SFI) has confirmed that it will install scrubbers on a total of seven container ships ranging in size from 8,700 to 10,600 TEU. The charter period has been extended on some of the vessels, resulting in an increase of more than $160 million to the company’s fixed-rate charter backlog. In...

Joint Industry Guidance on 0.5 per cent sulphur fuels published
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Joint Industry Guidance on 0.5 per cent sulphur fuels published

A new Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.5 per cent sulphur marine fuel has been published to provide stakeholders across the marine fuels and shipping industries with guidance on these low-sulphur fuel blends. Developed by CIMAC, IPIECA, and IBIA among other organisations, the publication presents the specific safety and operational issues...

German ship manager signs up 55 vessels to Tekomar XPERT
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German ship manager signs up 55 vessels to Tekomar XPERT

Hamburg-based ship manager CPO Containerschiffreederei (CCPO) has secured a contract for ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT for its fleet of 55 vessels. Tekomar XPERT, a smart engine performance diagnostics software was adopted by CCPO during its initial release in 2015. In June, Tekomar XPERT for fleet web application was launched with the German ship manager confirming...