Newcastle College presents VR offshore wind training facility

Newcastle College’s Energy Academy in Wallsend installed an Immersive Hybrid Reality offshore wind training facility. This is a virtual reality system to help train future engineers, as it replicates working conditions experienced by wind turbine engineers operating on offshore wind farms.

IBM works on blockchain solution to improve supply chain transparency

MineHub and IBM will collaborate to use blockchain technology in order to improve operational efficiencies, logistics and financing and reduce costs in the mineral concentrates supply chain. The first case will be established on the MineHub platform and will manage concentrate from Goldcorp’s Penasquito Mine in Mexico during its path to market.

Digitalization to benefit oil and gas sector, report says

Despite the increasing speed of technology and innovation that is pressuring the industry, oil and gas CEOs consider technological disruption as more of an opportunity, 2018 KPMG CEO Outlook: Oil & Gas, reported. Namely, AI and robotic solutions can create models to predict behavior or results more accurately.

ABS, Fleet Management Limited to promote cyber security

The ABS FCI Cyber Risk model was developed after a two-year research contract between ABS and the Maritime Security Center. It was launched in June 2018, and quantifies cyber security risk, giving owners and operators a strategy to limit cyber risk onboard a vessel.

Mega trends affecting shipping up to 2025

There are five global shifts reshaping the maritime world and the industry has already started innovating in order to meet them. So, what the future of shipping will look like in 2025? Which are the implications for shipowners and crew right now and in the future?

Autonomous ships will not replace conventional cargo ships, report says

On 15 January the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the World Maritime University published a flagship report called ‘Transport 2040: Automation Technology Employment – the Future of Work’. The report analyzes how the global transport industry will change because of automation and advanced technologies.

Blockchain based bills of lading project to move to the next phase

After ZIM’s first-ever pilot of paperless Bills-of-Lading based on blockchain technology, ZIM and selected customers are testing the new platform as a way for trade activities on multiple shipping lanes. The exploratory transactions showed that the blockchain technology can not only replace paper but also enhance current activities which depend on emails, fax and other existing tools.

Port of Rotterdam uses self-learning computer to predict vessel arrival

Currently, computers use the sea of data that are produced these days for self-training. The Port of Rotterdam is now investing in this development with Pronto, an application for standardised data exchange on port calls. Today, about half of shipping companies, agents, terminals and other nautical service providers in the port use the system.

Smart shipping drives change in the industry

Digitalization is a constant theme in shipping right now; smart technologies are already making a great impact on the industry. 2018 was an interesting year for shipping, with major developments in the field of digitalization and further steps toward the so-called smart shipping era.


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