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Smart Marine Ecosystem

During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Giannis Moraitakis, E&A Business and Sales Development, Wärtsilä Greece, highlighted that, as the world is moving toward a more and more connected future, the opportunities offered through smart technology will foster a new era of collaboration and knowledge sharing with customers, suppliers and partners.

NYK launches ship management platform to reduce burden for crews

Japanese shipping company NYK has developed a new platform for ship management, aiming to reduce burdens for onboard crew, thus helping them to work comfortably and concentrate on ship operations. The data will be shared with five ship-management companies, overseeing about 260 vessels to realize further safety.

Woodmac: Digitalization can bring major cost savings for upstream sector

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. 

MOL, partners launch smart ship control project

Japanese MOL announced that it has joined forces with Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Weathernews Inc. to launch the Fleet Optimal Control Unified System (FOCUS), a project that will gather and apply ship operation data to ensure safer, more environmentally friendly ocean transport.

New tool to improve fishing efficiency and sustainability

Fishing vessels worldwide discard as many as two of every five sea creatures they catch. In response, Stanford scientists have developed a new software tool which can help fishers target the most productive fishing spots while avoiding unwanted or protected species such as sea turtles and dolphins.

Building global intelligent ports

The concept of “intelligent port” has emerged in the last decade, with many ports deploying Internet of Things, cloud-computing technologies, geographic information systems and computer simulation technologies, to optimise various aspects of port operations and enhance production efficiency.

Australian government inks technology deal with IBM

The Australian Government has awarded IBM a new AU$1B, five-year technology partnership, involving IBM hardware, software and cloud-based solutions, and including joint innovation programs in quantum, cyber security, and research aimed at furthering the government’s digital transformation agenda.

Maritime digitalization to reshape supply chain, says new report

New digitization solutions, such as big data, blockchain, automation, drones, and robotics, are enabling the maritime freight industry to introduce game-changing approaches that will significantly reduce or eliminate non-value-added activities, according to new report from ABI Research.

EU report explains EU GDPR law

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights released the report “Handbook on European data protection law”, providing an overview of the EU’s and the Council of Europe’s applicable legal frameworks. The handbook explains key case law, summarising major rulings of both the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.

Port of Rotterdam tests monitoring system to ease container transport

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is starting a test project with Barge Terminal Tilburg and Certus Port Automation. The program aims to enable cargo owners and terminal operators to monitor more precisely the time at which a container can be transferred for further transport.

Poll

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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