The upgrade of current technologies or the development of new applications open a new world of opportunities. However, we are not talking about technologies that will appear in the distant future but about technologies that do not exist at present and are expected to come within the next five years. These will impact many industries and shipping in not an exception.
Dr. Grahaeme Henderson, President of the UK Chamber and Shell’s vice president of shipping, launched HiLo, a predictive modelling tool that aims to prevent ‘high-impact’ maritime events like explosions, collisions and groundings by recording the frequent low-level incidents that are pre-cursors to major incidents.
A research team consisting from the University of Tasmania and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution used the autonomous underwater vehicle ‘Sentry’ and the remotely operated vehicle ‘Jason’, in order to explore erupted materials from the Havre volcano during a 2015 expedition.
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Using a drone to connect the towline to an assisted vessel will drastically improve the safety margin of tug operations, as this will avoid the need for manoeuvring in the so-called danger zone, the company explains.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office announced that it is introducing regular tidal data updates to ADMIRALTY TotalTide. Version 18 will allow the UKHO to send new tidal data to mariners through ATT on a more frequent basis. This will allow mariners to access the latest tidal data when making predictions.
The company won the 2017 Maritime KVNR Shipping Award for its sustainable vessel ‘Egbert Wagenborg’ of the new ‘EasyMax’ type, which has a very low resistance due to optimal hull shape, both above and below the water, resulting in fuel savings.
KVH Videotel announced it has initiated a cyber security training programme, in cooperation with BIMCO, to address the threat of ransomware and other computer system attacks that could severely affect the safety of ships’ crew, systems, and operations.
Wärtsilä announced the opening of its first Digital Acceleration Centre, in a bid to accelerate innovation and new business ideas, including the industry’s most advanced intelligent vessel and other projects.
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