Wärtsilä developed the first targetless laser sensor for offshore wind farm applications, called ‘SceneScan Monopole’. The laser sensor aims to increase safety onboard service operation vessels. The system has undergone sea trials earlier in 2018, onboard the ‘Windea La Cour’, a purpose-built SOV.
Five of the largest container shipping companies, MSC, Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express, are planning to establish an association to pave the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability of the container shipping industry.
Nokia, ABB and Kalmar successfully conducted industrial trials that use the low latency capabilities of 5G to support applications and improve protection and efficiency in smart electricity grid and harbor automation. The trials are part of the Wireless for Verticals research project.
Software and information provider, INTTRA, presented the results of an industry survey, which tried to understand the appetite of businesses for digital transformation. Specifically, the survey found that 71% of the respondents are well on their way to full digitalization.
CargoX launched the CargoX platform which is an open, neutral, and accessible blockchain platform in the shipping industry. Through this platform companies can transfer documentation via a cryptographically secure environment. Participants to a closed process will be able to see who owns the document, while documentation can be changed or resent if necessary.
Cargo hold cleaning constitutes one critical aspect of the complex bulk carrier operations. A conventional bulk carrier may transport coal this week and soya beans the next week, which requires thorough wash-downs and cleaning. In this regard, Danish shipping company Norden announced it has tested a cargo hold robot which can be remotely operated to prevent risk and delays.
The Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center carried out a multibeam bathymetry survey and a land survey of Cannon Beach in Yakutat, Alaska. This aims to create a 3D map of the beach, under a US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management-funded project to assess wave energy in Alaska.
On 8 November, AMSA signed a contract to commence operations with Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROUVs) to investigate the containers lost from the YM Efficiency. The images of the ocean floor by the ROUVs will allow an assessment by salvage experts on whether the items can be brought to the surface safely and without causing more damage to the environment.
In an earlier insight, marine energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie identified up to US$150bn in annual operating cost savings that could be achieved in the energy and natural resources sectors through digitalisation. In its latest research, Woodmac takes a closer look at the likely digitalization impact on the upstream sector, noting that the oil and gas industry has always been at the cutting edge of technological innovation.
Marine support services company V.Group will unveil a new app for seafarers and an upgraded training centre in Manila as progress is ongoing on Project Embark. The app will be providing seafarer data to improve crewing performance and assist in planning.
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EU to fund LNG infrastructure project16/11/2018