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Newcastle College presents VR offshore wind training facility

Newcastle College’s Energy Academy in Wallsend installed an Immersive Hybrid Reality offshore wind training facility. This is a virtual reality system to help train future engineers, as it replicates working conditions experienced by wind turbine engineers operating on offshore wind farms.

IBM works on blockchain solution to improve supply chain transparency

MineHub and IBM will collaborate to use blockchain technology in order to improve operational efficiencies, logistics and financing and reduce costs in the mineral concentrates supply chain. The first case will be established on the MineHub platform and will manage concentrate from Goldcorp’s Penasquito Mine in Mexico during its path to market.

Zeaborn, BlocBox collaborate on blockchain project for maritime safety

Zeaborn Ship Management, Singapore, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BlocBox, the developer of a blockchain protocol to collaborate on a blockchain based project to ensure the safety of ships at sea. The company has planned to build an immutable distributed ledger with blockchain technology to solve the challenges of retrieval of black box data, transparency, predictions and ownership in the maritime and aviation industry. 

Digitalization to benefit oil and gas sector, report says

Despite the increasing speed of technology and innovation that is pressuring the industry, oil and gas CEOs consider technological disruption as more of an opportunity, 2018 KPMG CEO Outlook: Oil & Gas, reported. Namely, AI and robotic solutions can create models to predict behavior or results more accurately.

Tallink, TalTech partner to develop smart ship solutions

Estonian shipping company Tallink Grupp and the TalTech Estonian Maritime Academy started a scientific collaboration with the aim of developing smart ship solutions, for the next two years, according to Tallink’s press release. Both parties agreed on the 100.000 euros cooperation and started to work on a variety of solutions concerning Tallink’s vessels.

Russian Navy places more than 30 underwater drones on combat duty

According to TASS, the Russian Navy aspires to put more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable underwater drones on combat duty. The ‘Poseidon,’ also known under Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6 or “Kanyon” by the U.S. intelligence community, is propelled by a miniaturized nuclear reactor.

Autonomous ships will not replace conventional cargo ships, report says

On 15 January the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the World Maritime University published a flagship report called ‘Transport 2040: Automation Technology Employment – the Future of Work’. The report analyzes how the global transport industry will change because of automation and advanced technologies.

Italian partners team up to innovate ports

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has entered into a preliminary collaboration agreement with financial institution Cassa depositi e prestiti (CDP) and natural gas infrastructure company Snam, aiming to implement medium-term strategic projects for the innovation of port facilities in Italy and of sustainable technologies applied to maritime transport.

Blockchain based bills of lading project to move to the next phase

After ZIM’s first-ever pilot of paperless Bills-of-Lading based on blockchain technology, ZIM and selected customers are testing the new platform as a way for trade activities on multiple shipping lanes. The exploratory transactions showed that the blockchain technology can not only replace paper but also enhance current activities which depend on emails, fax and other existing tools.


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