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Regulatory update on autonomous shipping

Research and innovation bring the possibility of autonomy closer to realization and subsequently unmanned transports are about to enter the shipping industry. However there are some liability issues that need to be resolved.

COSCO Shipping Ports inks electronic supply chain platform partnership

Major container port operator COSCO Shipping Ports Limited signed a MoU with GLP China Holdings Limited and Eshipping, the e-commerce supply chain management platform Eshipping, to form strategic partnership. Cooperation of the three parties will begin in China at CSP’s terminals and gradually expand into its global network.

Chinese port of Caofeidian tests fully autonomous trucks

Stepping up its efforts to become the world’s first fully autonomous harbor by the end of the year, the Chinese port of Caofeidian will have 20 human-driven trucks replaced by autonomous terminal tractor-trucks. The port of Caofeidian, located in the city of Tangshan, currently handles around 300,000 TEU containers a year.

HMM joins forces with Oracle on smart shipping

South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine has started cooperation with California-based software company Oracle, to move its data to a cloud-based system. The company revealed intentions to find a technology partner for this purpose since early 2018 and is expected to move all of its data by 2020. 

More maritime companies use e-learning methods for training

In its MarTID survey initiative, the World Maritime University deals with maritime training, and especially training simulators. According to the report, the majority uses e-learning  as a training method, such as videos and simulators. Traditional classroom teaching, and simulation training are the most popular training tools for operators.

Soya shipment completed using blockchain

HSBC & ING Bank have used Corda blockchain technology to finance a shipment of soya beans from Argentina to Malaysia for food & agriculture conglomerate Cargill. The blockchain transaction involved a bulk shipment of soybeans from Argentina, to Malaysia, through Cargill’s Singapore subsidiary as the purchaser.

New report considers the feasibility of unmanned bridges

ABB released a report analyzing how today’s ships can occasionally sail the oceans with unmanned bridges. The report says that current technology may be able to provide the necessary framework, under which unmanned bridges can become a reality. The reduced workload will reduce fatigue and increase performance.

New collaboration to enable 3D printing in shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries’s Newport News Shipbuilding division will cooperate with 3D Systems to create additive manufacturing technologies expected to facilitate the adoption of metal 3-D printing in the naval shipbuilding industry. The collaboration will support future qualification and certification programs to implement this  manufacturing technology for the US Navy.

Indian Register of Shipping receives ISO 27001 certification

The classification society, Indian Register of Shipping informed that it has secured ISO/IEC 27001 certification for its Information Security Management System from the British Standards Institution. The ISO 27001 standard requires the management to examine its organisation’s information security risks, vulnerabilities and impacts, implement a set of information security controls to address risks that is considered unacceptable.

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