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World’s first digital Arctic-logistics management system launched

Gazprom Neft, part of Russian oil and gas company Gazprom, announced launch of the world’s first ever digital Arctic-logistics management system, aiming to ensure uninterrupted year-round shipments of crude produced and to improve efficiency in logistics management.

High resolution radar increases safety in busy ports

Wärtsilä launched its RS24 high resolution radar, which is the world’s first commercially available K-band maritime radar. The radar is able to detect far smaller objects and at a much higher radar resolution, in comparison to conventional S or X-band radars. It also enables small vessels and other potential hazards close to large ships to be visible. This promotes safety, especially in congested shipping lanes and busy ports.

World’s first hydrogen-powered ship in the port of Amsterdam

The Energy Observer, a former race boat powered with autonomous navigation with hydrogen, was docked in the Port of Amsterdam. The catamaran has been sailing for about six years, with 101 stops in 50 countries. The goal is to test hydrogen under extreme weather conditions. The vessels does not emit GHG and it is very quiet.

Norwegian partnership tests fuel cells for the first conversion of hydrogen hybrid ferry

ABB, SINTEF and Fiskerstrand are test fuel cells for the world’s first conversion of a hydrogen hybrid ferry. The tests aim to provide answers needed for Norwegian shipyard Fiskerstrand to convert an existing ferry to run on a combination of batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. ABB and the SINTEF Ocean laboratory will assess how fuel cells and batteries can function together for short-distance ferry operations.

Meeting the first female captain to launch a cruise ship

Captain Serena Melani will helm the newest cruise ship of the Miami-based cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the ‘Seven Seas Splendor’, becoming the first woman in cruise industry history to captain a new ocean cruise ship at launch, the company announced. 

World’s first deep ocean manned expedition launched

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the Five Deeps Expedition signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 11, making official the research on previously unexplored areas of the seafloor to be mapped and the resulting data made available for public use. 

Order made for world’s first mega-container ship retrofit to LNG

Hapag-Lloyd ordered the world’s first mega-container vessel, MV SAJIR, retrofit to LNG from MAN Energy Solutions. The pilot project will include the conversion of the current HFO-burning engine to a dual-fuel prime mover capable of running on HFO and LNG. The retrofit of MV SAJIR will be done at the Chinese Hudong/HRDD shipyard.

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