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 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 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).
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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New Zealand to adapt MARPOL Annex VI in reducing shipping emissions23/03/2019
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US seizes 1 million pounds of smuggled Chinese pork22/03/2019
OPEC crude production falls to lowest level in four years22/03/2019
- Cyber Security
Norsk Hydro cyber-attack a clear indicator of cyber risk22/03/2019
How the Port of Antwerp plans to become a Multi-Fuel Port22/03/2019
Wärtsilä's 10 rules to ensure safety22/03/2019
- PSC Focus
Panama Maritime Authority urges for immediate PSC reporting22/03/2019