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New partners join open simulation platform

New partners will take part in the Open Simulation Platform initiative, which was launched at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre in Norway on March 20. Last year Rolls-Royce Marine, The Norwegian University of Technology Science, SINTEF Ocean, and DNV GL signed a memorandum of understanding, to create a digital platform, for ships to use.

Vessels’ digital twin concept to develop Blue Denmark

DMA has focused on ‘Digital Twin’ concept for shipping, allowing access to every bit of information on a ship, from engine performance to hull integrity, available at a glance throughout the full lifetime of the vessel. A digital twin is a ”digital presentation” of a vessel with associated processes and systems, based on continuous data collection.

New simulator to be built for Mad Dog Phase 2

A new custom-built multi-purpose dynamic simulator will be created, to serve the Mad Dog Phase 2 project in the Gulf of Mexico. The new system wants to provide a realistic simulation environment. The simulator is expected to be delivered at least one year before first oil, in order to give time to train the operators.

Port of Long Beach starts Data-Sharing Project

The Port of Long Beach and GE Transportation will collaborate to improve cargo flow at the Port of Long Beach. The Port is launching a pilot program with GE Transportation to increase visibility, enhance real-time decision-making and optimize cargo movement through the Port. 

Oil traders to use blockchain for bills of lading

A number of oil companies, traders, and banks want to start using blockchain technology for bills of lading, the documents that verify cargo ownership in commodity trading. This development can result in less paperwork, costs, and errors.

Hyundai Heavy to use robots in ship construction

South Korea’s largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy announced it will use robots for ships construction for the first time in the industry, in a bid to improve efficiency and cut costs. HHI has recently completed a year of testing of a robotic system that automatically shapes a vessel’s 3-D curved surface at its shipyard in Ulsan.

BIMCO relaunches ship benchmarking system

Shipping KPI gives the ability to users to compare performance parameters between ships of similar type, tonnage, trades or flag states, while remaining anonymous. Users can compare 33 different Key Performance Indicators, such as budget performance, ship availability, contained spills and officer retention. The KPIs are based on 64 individual performance indicators. 

Internet of Things: How it works

The Internet of Things is a reality and gives us access to data from millions of devices, due to the convergence of multiple technologies today. The animated video, issued by IBM’s Think Academy, provides an insight on how it works. A “thing” is any object with embedded electronics that can transfer data over a network, without any human interaction.

How Automated Behaviour Monitoring works

EMSA released a leaflet describing Automated Behaviour Monitoring (ABM). ABM uses algorithms to detect certain patterns of ship behaviour for multiple…


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