Getting closer to 2020, our industry is under pressure to innovate sustainably and show its change-ready profile to the strict climate-alerting regulations. While remarkable progress has been made, it is of much interest to look where the inefficiencies lie as well as how close we are to properly manage CO2, SOx & NOx challenges and meet the goals and aspirations set by IMO.
During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Soren Vinther Hansen, COO, Vessel Performance Solutions, advised operators on how to structure a clear vessel performance management system, providing an overview of the systematic feedback loop needed for the different stakeholders involved in the performance management process.
At the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit last October, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative sat down with industry leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities in shipping, explains Mr. Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, SSI and Nicole Rencoret, Head of Communications and Development, SSI.
Mr. Johan Backas, Managing Director at Eniram, a Wärtsilä Company mentions that the shipping industry has successfully adapted to technology evolution, highlighting that smart technology is the key in enabling and unlocking the fleet’s efficiency potential. However, the challenge for all industry stakeholders is to become ‘more open’.
Mr. Salvatore d’Amico, Fleet Director of d’Amico Group, notes that there is still a large gap in the required standards on board dry cargo ships compared to oil tankers. Therefore, operators need to go beyond compliance with industry’s standards regardless the type of vessel and at the same the shipping industry itself needs to raise the bar.
Digitalization is rapidly transforming the business of international shipping. Efforts to enhance ship efficiency and sharpen commercial focus on fleet performance and profitability are being buoyed by the use of smart technology and the application of big data, argues Beat Guettinger, Head of Tekomar for ABB Turbocharging.
While speaking at last SMART4SEA Conference, Mr. Frank Coles described the maritime constituency as ‘Citizens Against Virtually Everything’ (CAVE) when it comes to connectivity advances, insisting on adapting to new demands.
Machine learning, already widely spread in numerous areas of digital life, the financial sector and science, is also finding its way into industrial and shipping applications, argues Dr. Panos Theodossopoulos, CEO Propulsion Analytics.
Recent developments open the way for cruise ships to enhance energy efficiency using waste heat energy, energy storage and fuel cells, according to Foreship. Development in battery technology gives the ability to the cruise sector to exploit hybrid power.
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