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ABB improves voyage efficiency with new advisory system function
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ABB improves voyage efficiency with new advisory system function

ABB has launched a new functionality for its ABB Ability Marine Advisory System, OCTOPUS, which is designed to increase voyage efficiency and safety of project cargo. The latest addition to the OCTOPUS portfolio will help project cargo shipowners estimate the expected forces that the cargo will encounter in transit, without the need to preconfigure the...

Spliethoff upgrades weather routing software
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Spliethoff upgrades weather routing software

Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group reports improvements in operational efficiency since upgrading its weather routing services by installing the latest version of MeteoGroup’s Ship Performance Optimisation (SPO) system across its fleet. The latest version of the weather routing solution, SPOS9, calculates the optimum route using a variable speed routing algorithm that takes into account waves, swell, currents...

Methanol gets the go-ahead as a sustainable marine fuel
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Methanol gets the go-ahead as a sustainable marine fuel

A research project on the use of methanol as a marine fuel on small ships has concluded that there are no obstacles to the efficient use of methanol in a converted diesel engine. The Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) project, which has received support from The Methanol Institute found that using methanol in a converted engine...

Wärtsilä completes on-board testing of enhanced navigation systems
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Wärtsilä completes on-board testing of enhanced navigation systems

A testing programme on board Carnival’s Costa Atlantica using Wärtsilä’s navigation systems has shown to increase the crew’s understanding of the ship’s trim and raise awareness of operational efficiency and safety. Eniram Trim was used to analyse the Atlantica’s hydrodynamic characteristics. Information was gathered by attitude sensors on the vessel’s hull and automation and bridge...

Thorco Projects selects COACH Solutions’ weather routing service
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Thorco Projects selects COACH Solutions’ weather routing service

Thorco Projects, part of the Thornico Group, has selected COACH Solutions to provide a weather routing service for its fleet of multipurpose vessels. COACH Solutions’ Voyage Optimisation service will be integrated on board vessels across the fleet. The voyage optimisation solution monitors voyages 24/7 and optimises them in relation to a vessel’s ETA, weather, fuel...

Denmark plans to ratify convention on hazardous and noxious cargoes
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Denmark plans to ratify convention on hazardous and noxious cargoes

Denmark has presented its plan to ratify the 2010 International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS). The convention establishes a comprehensive regime to provide compensation for costs, including clean-up and restoring the environment in the event of an incident involving HNS...

Bomin launches 0.1 per cent sulphur fuel in ARA region
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Bomin launches 0.1 per cent sulphur fuel in ARA region

Supplier and trader of marine fuel, the Bomin Group, has announced that it will begin delivering ultra-low sulphur fuel oil (ULSFO) to vessels calling in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp region (ARA). The ULSFO contains a maximum of 0.1 per cent sulphur, meaning that it is compliant with the IMO’s global sulphur cap regulation to enter into force...

BIO-UV selects Rivertrace to represent its BWTS across Asia
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BIO-UV selects Rivertrace to represent its BWTS across Asia

Ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer, BIO-UV, has signed an agreement with water monitoring company, Rivertrace, to represent its BWTS, BIO-SEA, in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. BIO-SEA combines mechanical filtration and high dose ultraviolet disinfection to eliminate the transfer of aquatic microorganisms from one region to another where they have the potential to...

LR-led research suggests biofuel may be the best option for zero-emissions shipping
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LR-led research suggests biofuel may be the best option for zero-emissions shipping

Biofuels may be the most feasible low-cost zero-emission fuel for some shipowners and operators in a post-2030 shipping industry, finds latest research. In a report prepared by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), the most likely cost-effective alternatives to fossil fuels including hydrogen fuel cells,...

24Vision.Solutions installs voyage optimisation software
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24Vision.Solutions installs voyage optimisation software

24Vision.Solutions has selected COACH Solutions to deliver weather routing and noon reporting to its fleet of bulk carriers. COACH Solutions’ Voyage Optimisation system will be installed on board the vessels. It is a cloud-based weather routing service that enables users to generate optimised routes directly in the browser. Vessels are constantly monitored and alerts are...

Cyprus, Greece, and Israel sign oil pollution prevention plan
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Cyprus, Greece, and Israel sign oil pollution prevention plan

Cyprus, Greece, and Israel have signed an Implementation Agreement on the Sub-Regional Marine Oil Pollution Contingency Plan to provide effective reaction to spill and facilitate cooperation among the countries in the field of oil pollution preparedness and response. Prior to the agreement, the three countries have worked to strengthen the regional response mechanism ‘Regional Marine...