Tag: Innovation

EPS and Techstars accelerate MaritimeTech development through start-up initiative
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EPS and Techstars accelerate MaritimeTech development through start-up initiative

A new initiative formed by Singapore shipping company Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and technology accelerator Techstars aims to address some of the largest challenges the maritime industry faces today by investing in start-ups. Digital Ship asked Eastern Pacific Shipping’s (EPS’) head of open innovation, Gil Ofer, and Dhritiman Hui, managing director of Techstars to explain...

Skating robot helps shipowners optimise hull performance
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Skating robot helps shipowners optimise hull performance

The transfer of aquatic organisms and micro-organisms from their native habits to non-native ones via ships’ hulls is a problem costing the industry up to USD 30 billion each year[1]. A new ship-scrubbing semi-autonomous robot is helping owners and operators to deal with this issue to cut unnecessary fuel consumption and prevent ecological disruption. Known...

Implementing technology a minor part of shipping’s digital transformation
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Implementing technology a minor part of shipping’s digital transformation

Failure to achieve a successful digital transformation can be the result of relying too much on technology and not investing enough in people and organisational change, says Anthony Veder’s digital development manager, Sifra Westendorp. Speaking at Digital Ship’s maritime forum in Rotterdam yesterday, Ms Westendorp told delegates that she sees many companies focussing on how...

UK establishes centre for maritime innovation and technology
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UK establishes centre for maritime innovation and technology

A consortium of British companies, academia and government, have established a new national centre (MarRI-UK) to provide a collaborative innovation vehicle to jointly tackle innovation and technology challenges. Based at the University of Strathclyde, with hubs to be announced across the UK, the centre’s first focus will be on Clean Maritime. MarRI-UK will focus on...

Eastern Pacific Shipping and Techstars launch start-up accelerator
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Eastern Pacific Shipping and Techstars launch start-up accelerator

Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) and Techstars have announced a joint global MaritimeTech start-up accelerator. The EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered by Techstars will be based in EPS’ headquarters in Singapore and will begin accepting applications from April 2019. Ten companies will ultimately be selected to participate in the inaugural class. In November 2019, the class will...

Portugal launches maritime start-ups accelerator program
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Portugal launches maritime start-ups accelerator program

Portugal has launched a new program to accelerate start-ups in the maritime industry. The Bluetech Accelerator connects start-ups with key players in the sector to create a pioneering ecosystem of innovation and business acceleration for the Blue Economy sector. The first edition was introduced by Ana Paula Vitorino, minister of sea, Republic of Portugal last...

SEA Europe supports ambitious Horizon Europe programme
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SEA Europe supports ambitious Horizon Europe programme

SEA Europe, provider of services and activities for the maritime civil and naval industries, has called on EU Institutions to support an ambitious Horizon Europe programme to improve research and innovation funding into clean mobility, including shipping. In June, the European Commission launched Horizon Europe. With a budget of 97.6 billion, the programme aims to...

Wärtsilä partners with MPA to promote maritime technologies
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Wärtsilä partners with MPA to promote maritime technologies

Wärtsilä has partnered with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote maritime innovation and R&D. The partnership covers four different areas including digital acceleration, cyber-physical security, intelligent vessel and port operations. Wärtsilä and MPA will also support and leverage start-ups and small and medium enterprises in Singapore in these four streams. Marco...

Norwegian ferry completes testing of Wärtsilä autodocking technology
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Norwegian ferry completes testing of Wärtsilä autodocking technology

Wärtsilä has successfully carried out testing of its autodocking technology on Norwegian operator Norled’s Folgefonn ferry. The hybrid 83m long ferry, which was already installed with a Wärtsilä wireless charging system, completed tests between January and April this year, including actual harbour docking trials. All docking manoeuvres were done automatically with no manual control from...

Italy to get new Integrated Ship Design Lab
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Italy to get new Integrated Ship Design Lab

The Department of Engineering and Architecture (DIA) of the University of Trieste, Fincantieri and Intergraph Italia, part of Hexagon group, have announced the inauguration of an Integrated Ship Design Lab in Italy. The Laboratory will be used for research activities regarding instruments and methods for integrated ship design, for activities involving third parties (relationship with...

Cooperation concept to push innovative thinking in maritime trade
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Cooperation concept to push innovative thinking in maritime trade

Cargotech company, MacGregor, and international maritime business platform, SeaFocus, have announced a cooperation concept that will see them create new cooperation models to drive more efficient maritime trade and industry innovation. Intelligence Hunt is a concept developed by Seafocus that brings companies and cross-faculty international university students together. The idea is to “create new ways...