Living in the digital age, the way that a voyage is planned is easier and quicker since all data and information are available on demand, with just one click, and all updates are introduced immediately upon receipt.There are no doubts that the benefits of e navigation in respect of time and effort during Appraisal and Planning stage, are beyond expectations for navigators.
NYK Group finalised a research agreement to launch a developing condition-based maintenance (CBM) system, a new maintenance and management system to be used for the machineries of ships, while also has begun the verification of the system during the actual ship operation, providing a new way of fixing vessel’s machinery while it’s on operation.
Researchers at Tallinn University of Technology have developed a prototype of the autonomous ship “NYMO”, which aims to be used for parcel delivery, mapping the seabed, conducting rescue operations and detecting pollution.
Japan will acquire an autonomous underwater vehicle in 2020, in line with the Government’s search for industrially vital rare-earth elements, in what officials describe as the world’s first survey of its kind, according to Nikkei Asian Review. For the project, Japan will spend about 1 billion yen ($9.2 million), for the AUV and the rest of the equipment.
Maritime UK has launched an updated version of the industry Code of Practice for autonomous vessels, assisting owners and interested parties on following specific guidelines, focusing on safety, environmental protection and right choice of technical solutions.
In September 2019, shipping experts from around the world gathered at the IMO headquarters to discuss how to proceed on the topic of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS), at the first Intersessional Working Group (WG) on MASS, IMarEST informed.
Following Wärtsilä’s partnership with PSA Marine on developing the project of IntelliTug, both partners achieved a milestone after conducting the first trials at the Port of Singapore under real-world condition. In the following months, Wärtsilä and PSA Marine will keep developing the IntelliTug project, by testing and trialing in Singapore port waters.
During his presentation at 2019 SAFETY4SEA Hamburg Forum, Capt. Mark Bull, Director, Trafalgar Navigation, gave an insight concerning e-navigation, pointing out that we are on the threshold of a major change in our industry; it has already started and it is now picking up speed.
An unmanned surface vehicle (USV) completed its 68-day journey on October 22, sailing from Lymington in the UK to Newport, Rhode Island in the US, becoming the first autonomous vehicle to complete a westbound voyage, as well as the first unmanned technology to transit in both directions across the Atlantic.
The UK MCA chose UK’s Portland as a test site for a new online platform which will allow data sharing; In this way, MCA will be able to share data with additional organizations that will assist in the development and testing of MASS in UK waters.
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