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2018 will bring real applications of digitalisation to shipping
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2018 will bring real applications of digitalisation to shipping

The shipping industry can expect to see real applications of digitalisation in 2018, improving the flow of information and the ease of procedures, says Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General Technology, Security & Regulations at BIMCO. Pedersen believes that in 2018 there will be an increasing number of on-board digital applications made to ships as...

Dutch company, Port-Liner, to launch zero emissions barges
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Dutch company, Port-Liner, to launch zero emissions barges

The Loadstar has reported that Dutch company Port-Liner is to build two fully electric barges to operate in the Netherlands. The battery powered barges will be capable of carrying 280 containers, and according to the Loadstar, the first 6 barges are expected to remove 23,000 trucks from Netherlands roads per annum, replacing them with zero...

Vessel performance optimisation: what do the experts say?
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Vessel performance optimisation: what do the experts say?

In the era of digitalisation, pursuing total vessel optimisation is the challenge. This is the thought NYK Line’s Dr. Ando Hideyuki, Senior General Manager, Monohakobi Technology Institute, shared with participants at Digital Ship’s first Vessel Performance Optimisation event, held in Copenhagen last year. This was the first event in a series of forums planned to help shipowners and...

Baltic Exchange forms Baltic LNG Panellists Group
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Baltic Exchange forms Baltic LNG Panellists Group

The Baltic Exchange has formed the Baltic LNG Panellists Group to help the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market evolve in the shipping industry. Affinity, Braemar ACM, Clarksons and SSY are the LNG Panellists Group’s first members and are currently assessing a range of LNG routes before reporting moves to a trial phase. The Baltic Exchange...

ABS updates fleet management software package
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ABS updates fleet management software package

ABS reports that it has issued a new release of its Nautical Systems (NS) Enterprise fleet management software, now including a new business intelligence module called NS Insight and a Cloud-based NS Voyage Manager. The updated software also offers access via mobile applications for iOS and Android devices, as well as an expanded NS Autologger...

Canada introduces new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations
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Canada introduces new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations

Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations to include safety and pollution prevention measures that are related to vessel design and equipment, vessel operations, and crew training. The new regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada’s domestic legislation and are designed...

SEA\LNG welcomes Societe Generale as first financial institution
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SEA\LNG welcomes Societe Generale as first financial institution

An industry coalition that is driving the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, known as SEA\LNG, has announced the addition of the first financial institution to the coalition, Societe Generale. The financial institution will bring its financial perspective on LNG to the coalition and assist with developing frameworks to support uptake...

COACH Solutions launches weather routing service
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COACH Solutions launches weather routing service

COACH Solutions, a provider of advanced vessel performance monitoring technology, has launched a weather routing module, COACH Voyage Optimisation. Developed in-house, COACH Voyage Optimisation monitors voyages 24/7 and optimises them in relation to a vessel’s ETA, weather, fuel consumption and the condition of the vessel. If there are significant changes in the weather forecast, COACH...

Turkish training ship installs GMDSS systems
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Turkish training ship installs GMDSS systems

TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, has completed the installation of a range of SAILOR GMDSS systems, including Inmarsat Mini-C and maritime radios, on board a new training ship for Turkish maritime cadets. The SAILOR 6000 GMDSS systems will be used on board the Ro-Ro/Passenger ship ‘SAMSUN’, which was recently chartered and converted for training...

Emission-free ships to get 20% discount at Port of Amsterdam
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Emission-free ships to get 20% discount at Port of Amsterdam

The Port of Amsterdam is offering vessels with a zero-emission propulsion system a 20% discount on inland harbour dues for the Amsterdam and Zaanstad port waters. The discount is part of the Green Award programme, a certification scheme that rewards ships for reducing their emissions and improving their environmental performance. Green Award introduced a Platinum...

80% of LNG specialists believe LNG will be a widespread marine fuel
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80% of LNG specialists believe LNG will be a widespread marine fuel

80% of specialists in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector believe that LNG will become a widespread fuel for ships in 2018, according to Oil & Gas IQ. The business intelligence firm for the hydrocarbons industry surveyed over 500 LNG specialists involved in the LNG bunkering supply chain, with well over half considering LNG to...

German port joins initiative to develop infrastructure for LNG
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German port joins initiative to develop infrastructure for LNG

RWE Supply & Trading and Duisport have joined forces to develop infrastructure for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Port of Duisborg, Germany. The program will see the companies develop and implement a joint sustainable logistics concept for the provision, storage, distribution and utilisation of LNG to replace diesel fuels. The first step will be...