In a bid to leverage the new technologies to drive operational efficiency, APM Terminals announced the introduction of drones at its inland services facilities in San Antonio and Santiago, Chile, so that safety supervisors can monitor activities more effectively and safely.
Norsepower Oy Ltd., together with project partners Maersk Tankers, Energy Technologies Institute and Shell Shipping & Maritime, announced the installation of two Norsepower Rotor Sails onboard ‘Maersk Pelican’, a Maersk Tankers Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel, targeting an emissions reduction of 7-10%.
An autonomous ship model has been successfully tested in Aker Arctic’s ice model test laboratory in Helsinki. The video shows how the ship model was able to detect obstacles in the ice tank utilizing onboard sensors, maneuver around them without operator input, and moor itself automatically to a target pier.
A ship navigation support tool jointly developed by NYK, MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Radio Co. Ltd. aims to allow users to easily plan routes using the handwriting function of the electronic navigational chart, in addition to managing and sharing operational data using integrated information, such as meteorological and hydrographical forecasts.
The US Coast Guard approved Cal Maritime’s Golden Bear Facility to work with DNV-GL as a sub-contracted laboratory for land based and shipboard testing of BWMS. The GBF, a facility onboard the Training Ship ‘Golden Bear’, is a practical environment for testing BWMSs to IMO and USCG standards.
China has initiated construction of Asia’s first testing facility for autonomous vessels in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, Saturday. The Wanshan Marine Test Field is a a 225 square nautical mile zone, where operators can test autonomous steering and obstacle avoidance. The test field will be the also the largest in the world.
The new area is open to both Norwegian and international organisations, in order to support the growth in development of new solutions for autonomous maritime operations. The test-bed is the third of its kind in the country and only the fourth such approved area in the world.
Parker Kittiwake offers a new analyzer, which allows the simultaneous testing of base number (BN), total acid number (TAN), insolubles, soot loading, viscosity, FAME and water content of oil samples on board a ship. The tool processes the raw data in a simple way helping the crew to maximise the operational efficiencies of their vessels whilst also preventing unplanned downtime and reducing costs, the company said.
Lloyd’s Register announced that it classed the first personal, composite submarine, the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, in accordance with its Rules for the Construction and Classification of Submersibles and Diving Systems.
Storfjord in Sunnmøre region is officially established as a test area for autonomous ships, following the signing of an agreement between the Norwegian Maritime Authority, the Coastal Administration and GCE Blue Maritime.
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