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Ulstein, Schottel to promote digitalization in maritime

Ulstein and Schottel announced that they will begin a cooperation to take the next step in automation and digitalisation within marine operations. Namely, the former Ulstein subsidiary, Ulstein Blue CTRL, will continue as an independent company under the name Blue CTRL. Both Ulstein and Schottel will own 50% of the shares in the company. Deliveries from the company will be based on the X-CONNECT platform. 

New UK maritime innovation centre to focus on decarbonization

A consortium of UK companies, academia and government, have formally established a new national centre for maritime innovation and technology (MarRI-UK). The centre is expected to provide a collaborative field for the maritime sector to address innovation challenges. The first area of focus is Clean Maritime.

Indonesian terminal receives automated RTG cranes

An Asia-Pacific container handling terminal is looking towards the future for ports, as it seeks to automate rubber-tyred gantry container handling systems to increase efficiency and safety benefits. Terminal Petikemas Semarang (TPKS) in Semarang, Central Java, extended the world’s first commercially operated fleet of Konecranes Automated Rubber Tyre Gantry cranes with nine new ARTGs.

Singapore, China ink MoU to enhance maritime collaboration

On the sidelines of the 2019 Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum (MPF), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a MoU with the Waterborne Transport Research Institute (WTI), an agency under China’s Ministry of Transport.

Port of Amsterdam tests sailing drone for inspecting ships at locks

The Port of Amsterdam announced a pilot project deploying a sailing drone that inspects the depth of marginal ships at the locks of IJmuiden, in a bid to gain experience in new technologies in nautical processes. The experiment is underway this week, 8-13 July.

STM presents results of STM Validation project

Although the STM Validation Project was finished on June 30, the Sea Traffic Management, STM, initiative is continued. The project involved more than 300 vessels, 87 organisations, 12 simulator centres assisted by more than 500 mariners,  38 partners from 13 countries joined by 37 associate partners from around the world.

Denmark plans digital register of shipping

The Danish Maritime Authority revealed plans to start developing the new digital Danish Register of Shipping, expected to be operational by 2020. With a digital register of shipping, it seeks to reduce administrative burden and lower costs for business communities.

UK opens its first maritime innovation hub

The UK Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, visited the Port of Tyne to open the UK’s first Maritime Innovation Hub based at the Port of Tyne. The Innovation Hub consists of a number of organisations including Port of Tyne, PD Ports, Nissan, Connected Places Catapult, Accenture, Royal HaskoningDHV and Ubisoft.

Gemini Shippers enters Blockchain in Transport Alliance

New York-based shippers association Gemini Shippers Group announced it has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA), an organization seeking to developing best practices and standards for blockchain in the transportation industry.

Watch: Ports of Auckland sets out automation plan

The Ports of Auckland informed that it plans to launch a staged automation process, beginning with its Northern Berth which is due to start in February 2020. The port aspires to complete the infrastructure work, which is needed to apply automation, during 2019.


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