The International Maritime Security Associates, INC (IMSA) launched a shipboard based cyber security assessment tool to assist the industry be in line with the IMO 2021 cyber security regulations.
ABS and Keppel Offshore & Marine continue their smart collaboration now integrating Smart functions into the world’s first smart LNG bunkering vessel, FueLNG Bellina.
ECSA launched the SKILLSEA project, which aims to ensure that Europe will be in line with the digital transformation and ensure that the region’s maritime professionals possess key digital, green and soft management skills for the rapidly changing maritime labour market.
2020 was a long-waited year with the industry focusing on the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap. Yet, what all of us did not expect was the reality; COVID-19 became a fear and concern for the shipping industry. The industry, though, managed to float and not sink, with key stakeholders and players bringing innovative ideas to the table to improve the industry’s digitalization, at a time when it is most needed.
Automation has always been a controversial concept within shipping, mostly led by the fear of technology overtaking the place of people. Now, the pandemic brings a new reality, with the lockdown measures and traveling restrictions making automation important, but also a challenge to the future of the work environment, as the world is now required to combine people, algorithms and robots, in a more efficient way.
In today’s smart environment, e-navigation remains a controversial subject of discussion, with some supporting that its aim is to assist operations, while others believe that seafarers may find it difficult to trust an autonomous system.
Following the developments in automation, Ocean Infinity announced that it signed a contract for eight 78-metre, optionally crewed robotic vessels to be added at its Armada fleet. It is stated that the new vessels will be controlled by people onshore and will initially only utilise a skeleton crew onboard. In addition, they will be capable of working with no personnel offshore whilst also consuming solely renewable fuel such as ammonia.
European researchers are taking part in a project designing ships with varying degrees of autonomy, in efforts to improve trade and moving of goods in Europe, which has been facing barriers due to labour shortages.
Tokyo-based shipping consortium and its partners launched a proof of concept test to demonstrate remote control and collision avoidance algorithms on actual vessels as part of its ROBOSHIP project.
Major shipping players developed a roadmap for the development of smart and autonomous sea transport systems. The roadmap is one result of the MoU signed between SINTEF Ocean and TCOMS in June 2019.
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