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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...

STM’s e-navigation services praised by industry players
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STM’s e-navigation services praised by industry players

Sea Traffic Management’s (STM) services for improving connectivity, facilitating information exchange, and driving maritime efficiency have been recognised by industry players during the International e-navigation Underway conference, held on the DFDS cruise ferry, Pearl Seaways. During the conference, delegates visited the bridge and were able to see STM’s services and solutions in action, amongst other software...

Port of Rotterdam announces clean shipping incentive scheme
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Port of Rotterdam announces clean shipping incentive scheme

The Port of Rotterdam has announced a new financial support scheme for inland shipping bodies under its incentive scheme for ‘Clean inland shipping and sustainable logistics in Rotterdam’. Inland shipping bodies have until February 28, 2018, to submit a proposal for projects that result in reductions in fuel consumption, greenhouse gases, and air emissions. Applications...

Hempel launches new hull performance system
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Hempel launches new hull performance system

Coatings specialist, Hempel, has today launched its new Systems for Hull and Propeller Efficiency (SHAPE) platform, combining elements of hull and propeller efficiency optimisation to give expert advice and solutions to shipowners and operators. SHAPE is a system that is designed to increase fuel savings and operational efficiency by analysing the performance of hull and...

Baltic route data sharing system initiated
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Baltic route data sharing system initiated

Vissim and the Finnish Transport Agency, backed by the EU-funded EfficienSea2 project, have partnered on a digital route sharing mechanism to allow different VTS systems in the Baltic to efficiently share information. Surveillance system manufacturer Vissim has been able to successfully integrate route data provided to the Finnish Transport Agency’s navigation service, ENSI (Enhanced Navigation...

Port of Venice to get LNG bunkering terminal
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Port of Venice to get LNG bunkering terminal

The Port of Venice is undergoing research to determine the feasibility of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering barge at the Italian port. Thanks to European financing, the Port System Authority of the Northern Adriatic, in collaboration with the Tugs Riuniti Panfido is studying, the design and realisation of an LNG transport barge for distribution...

KR upgrades e-fleet management program
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KR upgrades e-fleet management program

The Korean Register (KR) has launched the second edition of its fleet management program, KR e-fleet v2. KR first launched the fleet management program in 2011 to provide shipowners and operators with real-time information on vessel performance, enabling them to make the necessary preparations for a ship survey and international convention audits. KR, which is...

Industry calls for carriage ban on non-compliant fuels
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Industry calls for carriage ban on non-compliant fuels

Players in the global shipping industry and leading environmental organisations have made a joint call to prohibit the carriage of non-compliant marine fuels once the 0.5% Global Sulphur Cap takes effect on January 1, 2020. In a joint statement made to the International Maritime Organization, environmental and shipping organisations have proposed a carriage ban on...

Gas Natural Fenosa and Baleària sign LNG bunkering contract
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Gas Natural Fenosa and Baleària sign LNG bunkering contract

Gas Natural Fenosa and Baleària have signed an exclusive 10-year liquefied natural gas bunkering contract, which will see the gas company provide ports operated by Baleària with LNG. The contract will initially apply to all ports of Barcelona, Valencia, and Algeciras, and will eventually extend to all peninsular ports operated by Baleària. The contract will...

Harnessing digitalisation to optimise performance of LNG carriers
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Harnessing digitalisation to optimise performance of LNG carriers

Shipping is going digital and the industry is making use of data and technical solutions that offer deeper insight into operational efficiency. However, going digital is only beneficial for an organisation if data collection systems and platforms are focussed across an entire organisation, reports Wärtsilä company, Eniram, in its latest white paper titled, Transforming LNG shipping...

Fjord1 newbuilds to feature automation and electric propulsion systems
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Fjord1 newbuilds to feature automation and electric propulsion systems

Norwegian Control Systems (NCS) and its sister company, Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) are to deliver automation and hybrid propulsion systems for nine newbuild Fjord1 ferries. The supply agreement includes five complete automation systems, NCS’s Concept Bridge solution with a large electro engineering package, electric and hybrid propulsion systems, bridge solutions, automation, battery and charging systems....