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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...

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...