Mr. Andreas Simeonidis, Marketing & Business Development Manager at Propulsion Analytics argues that technological developments have accelerated pace and entered shipping as well, however this is not the main issue. The big challenge lies with the impact that technology has on industry’s operations, or in other words what we call it as ‘’digital disruption’’ that aims to transform industry’s culture.
Mr. Johan Backas, Managing Director at Eniram, a Wärtsilä Company mentions that the shipping industry has successfully adapted to technology evolution, highlighting that smart technology is the key in enabling and unlocking the fleet’s efficiency potential. However, the challenge for all industry stakeholders is to become ‘more open’.
Mrs. Diane Gilpin, Founder & CEO of Smart Green Shipping Alliance, explains how renewable energy can break into shipping’s mainstream and improve energy efficiency. The emerging climate and resource challenges offer a massive commercial opportunity that we need to grab, she concludes.
Mr. Salvatore d’Amico, Fleet Director of d’Amico Group, notes that there is still a large gap in the required standards on board dry cargo ships compared to oil tankers. Therefore, operators need to go beyond compliance with industry’s standards regardless the type of vessel and at the same the shipping industry itself needs to raise the bar.
The Republic of Marshall islands issued a notice to remind that the 31st December 2018 is the SEEMP Part II deadline under MARPOL Annex VI, Regulation 22.2. The Administrator encourages RMI-flagged ships subject to this requirement to submit their SEEMP Part II to their ROs as soon as possible before the year-end deadline to avoid non-compliance.
Experts from the five Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres in the GMN network met for their second annual meeting, on 22-26 October, in London, UK, to promote ship energy-efficiency measures and technology transfer, under the GMN project, funded by the European Union and run by IMO.
Digitalization is rapidly transforming the business of international shipping. Efforts to enhance ship efficiency and sharpen commercial focus on fleet performance and profitability are being buoyed by the use of smart technology and the application of big data, argues Beat Guettinger, Head of Tekomar for ABB Turbocharging.
Spanish ferry operator Baleària announced construction of the world’s first fast passenger and cargo ferry powered by dual-LNG engines, being built in the Armon de Gijón shipyard. With a length of 125 meters and a beam of 28 meters, the new catamaran will have capacity for 1,200 passengers and 500 cars, which also makes it ‘the longest and highest-capacity fast ferry catamaran’.
MEPC 73 tightened EEDI requirements for certain ship types, but confirmed that ferries would be among the categories where it is appropriate to retain the original timeline and reduction rates. These had been set in three phases, requiring improvements of 10% by 2015, 20% by 2020 and 30% by 2025.
MOL will retrofit 80 of its operated bulkcarriers with a new service called NAPA Fleet Intelligence with Noon Report developed by NAPA Ltd. NAPA FI uses information from the vessel’s logs and AIS, to analyze propulsion performance. NAPA FI verifies the effects of measures to limit GHG emissions from MOL-operated vessels.
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