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Norwegian ferry completes autonomous voyage
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Norwegian ferry completes autonomous voyage

A Norled-owned ferry has completed a fully autonomous voyage using Wärtsilä’s automated dock-to-dock solution. The Folgefonn sailed between three ports, without any human intervention. To begin the voyage, the operator selected the next destination berth and set the system to ‘Sail’. This authorises the autonomous controller to take control of the vessel. The ferry left...

GreenSteam launches next generation of fuel analysis platform
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GreenSteam launches next generation of fuel analysis platform

GreenSteam has launched the next generation of its GreenSteam Manager (GSM) platform that offers advice on fuel efficient shipping. GSM uses machine learning to build a precise vessel performance baseline. It calculates how much fuel is wasted and where, the cost of this, and analyses specific problem areas such as hull fouling and trim. All...

P&O fined EUR 100,000 for burning high-sulphur fuel
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P&O fined EUR 100,000 for burning high-sulphur fuel

The captain of a P&O Cruise Ship, the Azura, has been fined EUR 100,000 by a Marseille court for burning high-sulphur fuel oil. The ship was found to be bunkering fuel with a sulphur content of 1.68 per cent, which is more than the 1.5 per cent permitted by the EU. The EU Sulphur Directive...

Hong Kong updates fuel reporting requirements
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Hong Kong updates fuel reporting requirements

ClassNK has released a technical notice that details the reporting requirements on sulphur emissions for vessels berthing in Hong Kong waters. Currently, vessels are required to use fuel oils with a sulphur content of no more than 0.5 per cent, liquefied natural gas, or other fuels approved by the Hong Kong authorities. This excludes the...

Subsea7 upgrades BWTS to meet USCG requirements
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Subsea7 upgrades BWTS to meet USCG requirements

An Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) installed on a Subsea7 vessel in 2015 has been upgraded to meet the ballast water treatment system (BWTS) requirements of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The  OBS was installed on Subsea’s Seven Pacific vessel in 2015. However, this was prior to the OBS USCG type approval that was achieved...

MOL implements initiatives to combat global warming
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MOL implements initiatives to combat global warming

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced its support for three initiatives to address the issue of global warming. The first initiative is a task force on climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD). TCFD is a task force established by Financial Stability Board (FSB), and its recommendations encourage companies to disclose information on climate change-related impacts and risks...

Høglund and Yxney Maritime launch fuel monitoring solution
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Høglund and Yxney Maritime launch fuel monitoring solution

Norwegian marine automation company Høglund has signed an agreement with Yxney Maritime to launch an integrated vessel performance monitoring solution. The plug-and-play system will give shipowners and managers access to real-time fuel consumption data and analytics, allowing for better decision making and improved ship and fleet fuel efficiencies. Høglund Marine Automation’s Ship Performance Monitor (SPM)...

OSM launches scrubber assistance programme
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OSM launches scrubber assistance programme

OSM Ship Management has launched a customer assistance programme to help shipping companies retrofit scrubbers in time for the IMO’s 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap in 2020. OSM’s project engineer Ilias Soultanias said that while the 2020 deadline is fast approaching, the industry is still quite indecisive when it comes to choosing a method...

ZIM reports highest revenue in four years
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ZIM reports highest revenue in four years

Global ship operator ZIM has reported a 4.7 per cent increase in total revenue in Q3 compared with Q2 2018. In Q3 the total revenue stood at US $840.7 million, the highest in the last 4 years. ZIM says that significant uncertainties in the global trade market driven by instability and volatility are continuing to...

StormGeo delivers integrated navigation and route optimisation platform
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StormGeo delivers integrated navigation and route optimisation platform

StormGeo has launched Navigator Solutions Portfolio, an integrated, navigational and route optimisation platform connecting on-board solutions to shore-based decision support. The Navigator Solutions Portfolio on-board solutions integrate all voyage-planning elements into one optimal workflow, with a focus on usability and connectivity. On-shore solutions connect the on-board navigation and route optimisation to shore-based commercial and technical...

Decarbonisation by 2050 is possible, finds report
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Decarbonisation by 2050 is possible, finds report

CO2 emissions from transport including shipping could reach zero by 2050 without radical changes in technology, finds a new report by The Energy Transitions Commission (ETC). According to the report, Mission Possible, which draws upon a set of analyses carried out by Material Economics, McKinsey & Company, University Maritime Advisory Services and SYSTEMIQ, reducing demand...