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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Shipowners want practical applications to implement the smart opportunities of today that build foundational capabilities for autonomy in future, writes Derek Novak, Vice President, Technology, ABS.
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