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DNV GL rolls out remote surveys for ships

All DNV GL-classed vessels are now able to utilize the possibility of remote surveys for some inspections. This means that a DNV GL surveyor will not be required to travel to the vessel, but can provide support by using an online connection or video streaming link, instead.

Blockchain could boost transparency in fisheries, says new study

Blockchain could boost transparency of the aquaculture sector by providing a means to trace and record the entire fish supply chain, according to a new report by DNV GL and Deloitte. The report suggests that data from the ‘bait to plate’ could be stored in a publicly available blockchain.

ABS: Guidance on safe use of Remote Inspection Technologies

ABS published guidance notes on the use of remote inspection technologies, detailing best practices for their use on class surveys and non-class inspections. The guidance notes cover pilot-operated unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely operated underwater vehicles and robotic crawlers, collectively known as remote inspection technologies (RITS).

Remote electronic monitoring can end EU overfishing, report says

A report called ‘Legal Opinion on Video Monitoring on Fishing Vessels with Special Focus on Other Comparable Cases’ was published on March 7, showing that the use of video monitoring, or Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM), can be used on board EU fishing vessels to ensure proper catch reporting, and end illegal discarding of fish.

Portuguese ports install Vessel Traffic Service solution

The Portuguese Ports of Lisbon and Setúbal/Sesimbra have installed a Vessel Traffic Service solution, manufactured by Wärtsilä. The systems aim to enhance the efficiency of these ports by reducing waiting time for vessels and allowing just-in-time pilotage. The VTS software has extensive functionalities, and the solution is modular, scalable, and accessible for future upgrade developments.

HPC completes yard optimisation and simulation study for Chilean Puerto Central

Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) presented the most promising simulation outcome to Chilean Puerto Rico Central (PCE) concerning the yard optimization and simulation study to the full satisfaction of Puerto Central. The benefits arising from the simulation are an insight into future-proof multi-purpose operation that enables advanced container operations without affecting bulk and RoRo operations. 

Singapore begins pilot project for e-bills of lading

Singapore will begin a pilot project during 2019 to shift paper-based bills of lading into electronic ones. This measure aims to reduce delays when container ships dock and unload in the country. In order for the e-bills of lading to keep up with international standards, changes will also be made to the Electronic Transactions Act. The pilot will be called TradeTrust and was announced on March 4.

FEPORT welcomes agreement on European Maritime Single Window

FEPORT welcomed the European Parliament’s TRAN (Transport and Tourism) Committee’s adoption of Provision Agreement on proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window Environment. FEPORT believes that the agreement provides a solid basis for cutting the administrative burden on ships, while also respecting existing investments in reporting channels.

Watch: Maritime unprepared for three emerging technologies in next 10 years

The maritime industry does not feel prepared for digitalization was the main finding of Global Maritime Issues Monitor 2018 report, launched in conjunction with the Forum’s Annual Summit in October. The survey shows that ‘big data’, ‘blockchain’ and the ‘IoT’ are expected to have the most significant impact on the sector in the next ten years.

Smart Functions Validation and Verification

During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Demetres Armanes, Senior Engineer, ABS, discussed Smart Functions, which are becoming increasingly common onboard marine and offshore vessels, providing crew and support personnel with key information to aid in decision- making.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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