Hong Kong is gearing up to use drones to monitor emissions from ships. Mainly, from 1 January 2019, all vessels within Hong Kong waters are to use fuels compliant with sulphur regulations, not exceeding the 0.5%. The sensors developed have been fitted on the drones and they measure the pollution content present in the smoke plume that is released by vessels.
RIMS BV have received two certifications from DNV GL and the Indian Class Register, to use Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces. New regulations that IACS issued, want to ensure a certain quality standard to service suppliers who want to use drone technology during close surveys. RIMS can showcase that drone technology with skilled pilots, is able to reduce the safety risks.
EMSA informed that the Spanish maritime safety agency SASEMAR is using its Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in the southern province of Huelva, for identifying and monitoring oil spills, as well as for additional assistance during search and rescue missions.
Although the delay was long concerning weather conditions, the salvage process for the sunken Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad is almost completed, and the Norwegian Navy expects to raise it on February 7 for transport to a nearby naval base. Salvage divers managed to remove the majority of the frigate’s missiles and torpedoes for disposal. As the torpedoes were too sensitive to be transferred, they were destroyed nearby.
Hong Kong authorities aim to fight air pollution coming from vessels with the help of flying drones that will monitor ship emissions. Newly designed sensors can detect pollutants from vessels up to 50 metres from source, with move set to be launched by end of 2019. The drones were designed by the University of Science and Technology.
The Norwegian Maritime Authority issued five fines for breaching sulphur regulations during 2018 in comparison with two in 2017. Except the five violation fines, NMA sent three additional notices for breach sulphur regulations, which are being processed for the time being.
According to TASS, the Russian Navy aspires to put more than 30 Poseidon strategic nuclear-capable underwater drones on combat duty. The ‘Poseidon,’ also known under Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6 or “Kanyon” by the U.S. intelligence community, is propelled by a miniaturized nuclear reactor.
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.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced on December 20 that it participated in a demonstration test of ship class survey using aerial drones to inspect an MOL-operated coal carrier in service. The test reassured the benefits of using drones to monitor rust, corrosion, and the presence of cracks.
As 2018 is running out SAFETY4SEA is picking the hottest smart issues per month at a glance; from significant challenges to worth mentioning developments that made 2018 an important year for the maritime industry especially when it comes to the smart shipping era.
Amendments related to the IBC Code23/08/2019
Key requirements from the BCH Code amendments23/08/2019
- Loss Prevention
Lessons learned from fire due to faulty mobile phone charger23/08/2019
Pointe-Noire terminal in Sept-Îles to improve its infrastructure23/08/2019
Port of Vancouver to strengthen resilience to climate change23/08/2019
Port of Hamilton's capacity to increase23/08/2019
Canada fines vessel for breaching speed restriction in Gulf of St. Lawrence23/08/2019
Watch: Vopak Terminal Botlek well underway23/08/2019
JAXPORT records its best ever July for container volumes23/08/2019
Two new dual-fueled tankers using methanol join the Methanol Institute23/08/2019