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EMSA to improve maritime surveillance using drones

EMSA has secured four contracts for maritime surveillance services based on remotely piloted aircraft systems. These contracts aims to improve maritime surveillance capabilities to European agencies and member states.

New underwater robots successfully tested for Royal Navy

A new type of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) has been successfully tested off the Orkney Isles in northern Scotland during a marine robot demonstration coordinated by the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC).  The trial seeks to help the Royal Navy better understand how to deploy and operate marine autonomous systems.

MOL adds VR training in ‘snap-back zones’

MOL announced the addition of a new training session on “Snap-back zones” to its mariner safety education program using virtual reality (VR) goggles and VR technology. The tool aims to improve seafarers’ risk perception by enabling them to visualize and virtually experience onboard accidents.

Oil majors begin crude oil trading on blockchain platform

In line with the rising interest on blockchain technology for trade industry in recent years, oil and gas companies will be able for the first time to finalising crude oil deals on a live blockchain-based platform. Blockchain has been viewed by many as a solution to transactions inefficiencies, as well as a way to improve transparency and reduce the risk of fraud.

Drone to help in Norwegian frigate salvage operation

An underwater drone, usually used for hull inspections of shipping and offshore vessels, will now help the Norwegian Armed Forces during the marine salvage operations of the wrecked frigate KNM Helge Ingstad.

ASEAN: Port industry needs to address technology disruption

Technology is disrupting and transforming the way the port industry operates, while it is expected that more port operations will be automated in the longer term, noted Mr. Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore at the opening ceremony of the 44th ASEAN ports association meeting on 27 November, Singapore.

Legal uncertainty still surrounds e-bills of lading, report says

Law firm Clyde & Co, along with the ICC Banking Commission, have launched a report regarding the legal status of electronic bills of lading. The report analyzes whether the law reflects the technological change that is taking place in the international trade sector.

Modern Terminals joins TradeLens blockchain project

Modern Terminals, the second largest container terminal operator in Hong Kong, has joined the TradeLens project, a blockchain-enabled technological solution developed by Maersk and IBM, aiming to minimize traditional shipping documentation and ease transactions in the global supply chain.

New WTO report analyses potential impact of blockchain on trade

Amid rising interest on blockchain, the World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a new report seeking to demystify the technology and analyse its capacity to transform world trade. The publication explores how the technology could enhance areas related to WTO work and examines challenges that will have to be tackled to unlock the technology’s potential.

ISO issues first set of global standards for drones

As part of the increased use of drones worldwide, the ISO has published a draft version of the first ever set of standards for drone operations to apply globally, in a bid to make drone operations safer and more efficient. The rules are expected to be adopted worldwide in 2019 and to this end, ISO has invited professionals, academics and businesses to submit comments by 21 January.

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