The era of digitalization has made room for Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles to take place and become a powerful tool for ports and the overall shipping industry, playing a major role in a variety of ‘shipping duties’, such as surveillance, safety, accident and pollution reporting, representing the importance of technology in shipping.
January 16th, 2020, marked an important date as Safebridge alongside CIRM attended the IMO NCSR Sub-Committee 7th Session, held in London, United Kingdom to present the concept of e-certificates for the maritime industry.
Keppel Offshore and Marine (Keppel O&M) is using a 3D printing technology to produce high-value components for the offshore industry, with the technology accelerating production times, resulting to projects being quicker completed.
An intrepid NASA robot with the aim to search for signs of alien life in the solar system has excelled in its first road-test in Antarctica. In fact, it is said that a team of researchers and engineers spent three weeks at Australia’s Casey research station, testing the robot under the Antarctic sea-ice.
INESC TEC Insitute along with the energy company EDP, launched a project for the construction of the first real-time maritime robot testing center, used for offshore wind in Europe. Through this offshore project, development of monitoring and maintenance technologies for offshore infrastructures will get a boost.
The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) announced the first wave of £4 million funding, aiming to revolutionise the way warships make decisions and process thousands of strands of intelligence and data by using Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Thietus, technology research and innovation consultancy, launched a report according to which over $1 billion was invested in technology companies working in the maritime sector in 2019. Accordingly, the report highlights that startups and scaleups collected $1.14 billion in the shipping sector, playing a major contribution in the economy.
Royal Navy is planning to launch unmanned mine hunters and survey technology. Namely, a specialist autonomous kit has now been handed over into military service and will start live operations from March.
Hyundai Heavy Industries claims that it has developed a ship operation system by retrofitting its generator-engine model with advanced information and communication technologies. More specifically, it uses artificial intelligence to reduce fuel expenses by more than 10%.
Two submissions on port call optimization are currently being prepared for two major IMO Committee meetings this spring. The first one concerns the Just-In-Time (JIT) concept and the second one regards port call harmonization.
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