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PureBallast 3 becomes first system to meet G8 testing requirements
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PureBallast 3 becomes first system to meet G8 testing requirements

Alfa Laval’s ballast water treatment system (BWTS), PureBallast 3, has become the first system to meet the revised International Maritime Organization (IMO) G8 testing requirements. The revised G8 guidelines are more stringent than the original ones and more in line with the higher demands the US Coast Guard requires for type approving a BWTS. On...

Lack of due diligence will be an expensive mistake, warns Coldharbour Marine’s CEO
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Lack of due diligence will be an expensive mistake, warns Coldharbour Marine’s CEO

Shipowners and operators require a greater understanding of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) and their applications in real-life situations, says Coldharbour Marine Chief Executive, Andrew Marshall. According to the BWTS expert, there is a high risk of operational failures and long-term reputational damage for those that take a low-cost, minimum compliance approach to meet the...

Japanese shipping company to trial solar and wind power solution
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Japanese shipping company to trial solar and wind power solution

Eco Marine Power (EMP), the company that provides renewable energy and fuel saving solutions for the shipping industry, has partnered with Japanese shipowner, Hisafuku Kisen K.K. of Onomichi, to test an integrated rigid sail and solar power system for ships, known as Aquarius MRE. Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) is an integrated system of rigid...

LSC Shipmanagement rolls out DNV GL maritime software solutions
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LSC Shipmanagement rolls out DNV GL maritime software solutions

Latvian shipping company, LSC Shipmanagement, has implemented DNV GL’s maritime software portfolio, which includes solutions for fleet performance management, port clearance, and ship management. The solutions will be applied to the entire fleet, enabling the shipping company to optimise its technical management, procurement, quality, health, safety, and environment, and crewing activities. According to DNV GL,...

Campbell Shipping to migrate to Fleet Xpress
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Campbell Shipping to migrate to Fleet Xpress

Inmarsat reports that it has reached an agreement with ship management company Campbell Shipping, headquartered in Nassau, The Bahamas, to migrate its fleet of dry bulk carriers to the Fleet Xpress VSAT service. The deal will involve migration from Inmarsat’s Ku-band XpressLink service to Fleet Xpress, which includes Ka-band VSAT and FleetBroadband as a back-up....

Offshore vessels to be fitted with Rolls-Royce battery packs
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Offshore vessels to be fitted with Rolls-Royce battery packs

Rolls-Royce Marine will deliver its battery-powered energy system to six platform supply vessels (PSVs), which have been built by the Cosco Guangdond shipyard in China. The vessels will feature Rolls-Royce’s Energy Storage Container System (ESSU); an upgrade of the existing Rolls-Royce ship design engineering package to match the new features; an upgrade of the Dynamic...

Japanese companies begin discussions to develop LNG bunkering business
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Japanese companies begin discussions to develop LNG bunkering business

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line), Chubu Electric Power, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) have begun joint discussions on the commercialisation of a new business to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to ships in the Chubu region of Japan. The four companies will discuss specific requirements for LNG customers and supply...

LNG charter rates to face continued pressure in 2018, reports Drewry
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LNG charter rates to face continued pressure in 2018, reports Drewry

Increasing vessel supply will keep liquefied natural gas (LNG) charter rates under pressure in 2018, despite strong growth in trade, according to global shipping consultancy firm, Drewry. In its latest LNG Forecaster publication, Drewry reports that LNG charter rates will remain pessimistic in the short-term because of the high fleet growth, compared with demand. High deliveries and...

AI-powered THESIS applications launched by Transas
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AI-powered THESIS applications launched by Transas

Transas has launched the first package of applications built on its Cloud-based maritime operations management platform THESIS, incorporating machine learning technologies with the aim of reducing the potential for human error on the bridge or substandard decision support from shore. The ‘A-Suite’ software package is designed to be used by vessel crews as well as...

SEA\LNG launches LNG bunker navigator tool
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SEA\LNG launches LNG bunker navigator tool

SEA\LNG, an industry coalition driving the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, has announced the launch of a new free-to-access online tool to improve understanding of the current, and rapidly evolving, LNG bunkering infrastructure landscape. The newly launched Bunker Navigator Tool provides users with access to the latest developments in the...

Rolls-Royce opens autonomous ship centre in Finland
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Rolls-Royce opens autonomous ship centre in Finland

Rolls-Royce has opened a new research facility in Turku, Finland, to focus on technologies to support the growth of autonomous systems in the global shipping industry. The new Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships includes a ‘remote and autonomous experience space’ aimed at showcasing the autonomous ship technologies Rolls-Royce has already introduced, as well...

Simwave and Kongsberg maritime simulation centre opens in Rotterdam
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Simwave and Kongsberg maritime simulation centre opens in Rotterdam

A new advanced maritime simulation suite has opened in Barendrecht, Rotterdam, following completion of a Site Acceptance Test (SAT). The Simwave Maritime Centre of Excellence facility, developed by Simwave B.V. and Kongsberg Digital,  will provide maritime companies and shipowners the opportunity to train in various aspects of vessel operation within the integrated simulator park. The...