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Year in Review: Timeline of smart shipping developments in 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, the time has come for an annual review concerning smart shipping. This year, the shipping industry continued facing and taking part in major technological developments, providing maritime stakeholders with opportunities to explore new opportunities in the smart era in the field of autonomous vessels, connectivity onboard and cyber security, spreading the digitalization message across the whole industry.

Wärtsilä, PSA Marine join forces on smart and clean energy shipping

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä and Singapore-based PSA Marine have agreed to collaborate in the co-creation of smart technologies for the marine sector, with a focus on human-centric and deployable solutions. The intention is to integrate knowledge from the IntelliTug project with new configurations of clean energy sources.

The winners of first SMART4SEA – EUROPORT Awards announced

SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 SMART4SEA – EUROPORT Awards on e-navigation, cyber security, initiative, technology and ship operator that have showcased excellence and innovation within the maritime industry towards a smarter and more sustainable shipping.

Maersk succeeds first mango-reefer operation from Mumbai to London

Maersk completed its first successful shipped-mangoes operation from Nhava Sheva in Mumbai to London’s Felixstowe. Exporter Bombay Exports, exported 21 tonnes of Kesar and Badami mangoes into the time-frame of three weeks via Maersk’s reefer containers that use advance Remote Container Management (RCM) technology and container atmosphere technology. 

Chances arising from testing additive manufacturing

Wärtsilä Marine Solutions used additive manufacturing (AM) in order to create a crucial component for an inert gas system; In this technological step, DNV GL assisted in a time when initial production prototypes displayed an unexpected characteristic. 

Ports should prepare for autonomous transportation

The Hamburg Port Authority along with IAPH launched a study focusing on the impact the autonomous vehicles have on port infrastructure requirements. The study presents what needs to be done in the sectors of road, rail, waterborne, and aerial transportation, so that the port industry adapts automation. The study also provides recommendations on steps to be taken for port authorities being prepared for the technological progress.

LR partners with HGS on digital solutions boosting shipping

LR announced its collaboration with Hyundai Global Services, aiming to provide value to the maritime sector through digital solutions, by firstly appraising HGS’s Smart Ship System as ‘Digital Class Ready’. Both partners will conduct tests on the system, that will be installed and operate on a ship, to acknowledge if the system is ready to comply with data-driven classification requirements. 

Abu Dhabi ports signs MoU with Dell technologies

Abu Dhabi ports announced that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dell Technologies, with the aim of joining their expertise in maritime and IT to develop technology based concepts, solutions and services, mostly for the marine sector.

Enabling the smart ship

While speaking at the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in London, Dana Jongens, Safety Services Manager, Inmarsat Maritime focused on smart ships, the future of the maritime industry and the adoption of IoT that will enable the transfer of data from ship to shore. 

Baleària commits to innovation and sustainable growth

In 2018, Baleària handled 4.320.000 passengers, an increase of 11% and 1.209.000 vehicles, an increase of 17% on its 23 routes with an overall of 1.109.000 on its five international routes. Cargo accounts for half of Baleària’s business, with a growth of 3.5%.

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