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Port of Rotterdam, partners announce container logistics blockchain pilot

ABN AMRO, the Port of Rotterdam and Samsung SDS are launching a pilot based on blockchain technology. The goal is a complete, paperless integration of physical, administrative and financial streams within international distribution chains. The pilot involves the transport of a container from a factory in Asia to Netherlands.

Abu Dhabi Ports, MSC to create blockchain solution

Maqta Gateway, an Abu Dhabi Ports subsidiary, announced that it will conduct its first testing of international blockchain solution ‘Silsal’, along with  a maritime operator. This will happen in cooperation with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. ‘Silsal’ provides a link between stakeholders across the trade community using the electronic ledger system.

EU launches network to enhance the use of drones

The EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc initiated the European network for drone demonstration projects. The network aims to share knowledge on how to keep drone operations safe, secure and green. It focuses on the U-space: a system that connects all drones flying in the air and that makes all drones visible for authorities and citizens.

Port of Riga signs agreement for better use of digital solutions

The Freeport of Riga Authority signed the 3rd Shenzhen Declaration, whose goal is to improve port collaboration regarding implementation of digital solutions, as well as the storage, use and processing of big data. The Port of Riga signed the declaration during the ‘The 13th China International Logistics and Transportation Fair’.

MPA Singapore sign agreements for 3D printing facility

The MPA Singapore signed two MoUs for Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. An MoU with PSA, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and 3D MetalForge will establish the world’s first on-site AM production facility for port applications; and. MPA will aklso collaborate with NAMIC and the Singapore Shipping Association on an AM Joint Industry Programme for marine parts.

New algorithm helps in creation of more resilient offshore platforms

Engineers at MIT have created an algorithm that presents the types of extreme events that are likely to take place in a complex system, such as an ocean environment, where waves of various magnitudes, lengths, and heights can create pressure on a ship or offshore platform. The researchers can simulate the forces that extreme events can generate on a structure.

Digitalization will drive the future of energy transition

Digitalization is not new, but it’s development is happening fast across all industries, as it is becoming a vital part of the energy system and the energy transition. In fact, digital technologies will make power systems worldwide more connected, intelligent, efficient, DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook mentions.

Watch: First unmanned platform starts production off Norway

On 14 October, the Oseberg Vestflanken 2 field in the North Sea came on stream. Remotely-operated from the Oseberg field centre, the new Oseberg H platform is the first unmanned platform on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, with recoverable resources at 110 million barrels.

US Navy to install first 3D-printed metal part on warship

On 11 October, the US Naval Sea Systems Command announced approval of the first metal part created by additive manufacturing for shipboard installation. A prototype drain strainer orifice (DSO) assembly will be installed on USS Harry S. Truman in 2019 for a one-year test and evaluation trial.

DNV GL: Full application of 3D printing in maritime may take 3 to 5 years

DNV GL sees great growth on the adoption of Additive Manufacturing in maritime and ONG industries, noted Dr. Ing. Sastry Yagnanna Kandukuri, Global Additive Manufacturing Lead at DNV GL, adding however that it will likely take 3 to 5 years before the full-scale application of 3D printing. 

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