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Watch: MOL trials underwater drone for vessel bottom inspection

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd announced that it conducted a test on a remotely operated subsea vehicle (subsea ROV) to inspect the submerged areas of the hull on an MOL Marine-operated cable-laying ship. Those taking part to the test, confirmed the operability of the subsea ROV.

DNV GL launches AI research centre in Shanghai

DNV GL launched an artificial intelligence research centre in Shanghai, aiming to find solutions to improve its audit, inspection and survey services. DNV GL aims to develop new solutions based on AI technology, such as computer vision. The new research centre will grow up to eight staff by the end of 2019. In addition, blockchain has become a key technology to the company’s assurance operations.

Hapag-Lloyd to use XVELA to improve transparency in transportation supply chain

XVELA, a maritime business network for ocean carriers and terminal operators, announced that Hapag-Lloyd plans to implement its collaboration services to improve transparency throughout the transportation supply chain and more efficiently employ assets and resources. The first phase of this rollout will use XVELA’s services to enhance communication and collaboration between Hapag-Lloyd planners and terminal partners.

Denmark aims to a future of smart shipping

Denmark aims to a smart and sustainable future with the launch of ShippingLab this March. The platform will be used for maritime research, development and innovation and consists of 30 partners. The project is scheduled to run for three years.

Internet of Things leads component trade expansion

Demand for electronic components used in Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices has driven the value of trade in international imports of information and communications technology (ICT) goods in 2017 to reach $2.1 trillion, according to UNCTAD. 

Israeli blockchain start-up conducts first international shipment

Israeli-based blockchain start-up ‘LogChain’ completed its first full cycle of an international blockchain-backed maritime shipment. The shipment consists of beverages from Belgium to Israel and was completed with the use of end-to-end digitized LogChain platform which handled all features of the supply chain, including electronic bill of lading and Letter of Credit.

Port of Zeebrugge unveils digital tools ahead Brexit

Belgium’s Port of Zeebrugge unveiled two tools to allow a fluent flow of cargo to and from the UK, in view of the extra customs administrations which will be implemented after the Brexit deadline. The two tools are presented under the development of the RX/SeaPort data sharing platform.


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