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IMarEST discusses future of automation in the shipping sector

IMarEST launched a report focusing on the future of automation in the maritime industry, the role of the seafarers in this future and the challenges that may follow. The findings were based on the views of shipowners, ship operators, ship managers, regulators and other stakeholders that participated. 

New AI engine to detect blade damage of wind turbines

Swiss UAV technology company Sulzer Schmid and artificial intelligence specialist NNAISENSE teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence engine to automatically detect rotor blade damages on wind turbine. The initial version will be able to flag all areas of concern on any given damaged blade.

Port of Long Beach secures $4.8 million security grant

The Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest seaport in the US, will receive a grant of $4,777,500 from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, to enhance safeguards and upgrade its infrastructure network.

New research to help ships locate blue whales to avoid collisions

A new model seeks to enable stakeholders to identify where endangered blue whales are most likely to be, so that ships can avoid hitting them. The research was published after relating the movements of more than 100 tagged blue whales to daily oceanographic conditions.

India to use facial bio-metric data for seafarers

India claims that it has become the first country in the world to issue Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID), capturing the facial bio-metric data of seafarers. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, MoS (I/C) Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, initiated the project in New Delhi, on August 28. He also handed over the new BSID cards to five Indian seafarers.

US Navy completes its largest cloud migration

The US Navy completed recently the largest system migration to the cloud, as a a critical step in modernizing financial management capabilities. Nearly $70 billion flows into the US economy annually through Navy ERP, which manages more than half the Navy’s finances.

India launches online grievance redressal mechanism for seafarers

As the Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai informed, it has issued a circular on August 21 regarding its grievance redressal mechanism, as well as registration of complaints from Indian seafarers. In order to overcome procedural delays and expedite resolution of seafarers, grievances, the grievance redressal mechanism is being launched online for registering grievance and obtaining response thereon.

Watch: An underwater internet of things

To investigate the unexplored oceans covering most our planet, researchers aim to build an underwater network of interconnected sensors that send data to the surface; — an underwater “internet of things.”  MIT researchers could use a battery-free underwater communication system that uses near-zero power to transmit sensor data.

Maersk to establish digital trucking partnership in India

Maersk will be cooperating with BlackBuck, an Indian online marketplace for trucking, aiming to provide an online marketplace for containerized trucking in export/import logistics in India. The  platform will be open to the whole industry. This move comes as India plans to decrease logistics costs from 14% of the GDP, to no more than 9% by 2022.

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