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  • Developing world’s first fully remotely...

    Building on previous efforts at testing a remotely controlled tugboat in Copenhagen harbor, a new project is launching to develop the world’s first commercial tug to be fully operated from a remote operation center onshore. Tug and towboat operator Svitzer will be working with Kongsberg Maritime and ABS in a project expected to run for several years to jointly develop RECOTUG.

     

  • Kongsberg Maritime unveils advanced AUV

    Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled the next generation of its advanced autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The HUGIN Endurance can operate up to 15 days, enabling extended survey and inspection missions far from shore.
     

  • Cardo Crew launches new mesh communication...

    Cardo Crew, an expert in global wireless intercom solutions that specialises in providing reliable, hands-free wireless intercom for teams on the move, has launched its new mesh communication solution that could transform Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and dramatically improve communications and safety in the maritime sector.

     

  • SES Government Solutions to provide new portable...

    SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, today announced the award of a new portable maritime solution task order against the single-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) low-latency High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services. The solution leverages the O3b MEO satellite constellation operating 8,000km away from Earth.

     

  • Bearing brings AI-powered operational...

    Bearing exits stealth mode and launches its AI-driven operations optimization platform, which provides a wide range of actionable insights to shipping companies, leading to improved efficiency, safety and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Bearing’s platform is powered by highly accurate ship performance models built on real-world data, allowing it to predict fuel consumption, speed, and other performance factors much more accurately than existing solutions on the market. (e.g., Bearing’s typical prediction accuracy for fuel consumption is over 98% per voyage, compared to a typical existing accuracy of 80%).

     

  • Solid sail and mast to be installed for...

    French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique is continuing efforts to develop and commercialize its solid sail technology for large ships. Developed from an R&D program begun in 2008, the sail is an innovative application of composite materials and a rigging system that has been tested on a smaller scale aboard Jean Le Cam’s sailboat as well in trials with Ponant. The promising technology has also drawn interest from large ship operators including MSC.

     

  • Semi-autonomous sailings start aboard shortsea...

    The development of autonomous shipping took another step forward with the first sailing of a semi-autonomous shortsea cargo vessel between the Belgian ports of Zeebrugge and Antwerp. The program, which seeks to expand on previous efforts on inland waterways, is viewed as the first step towards autonomous sailing.

     

  • Bearing brings AI-powered operational...

    Bearing exits stealth mode and launches its AI-driven operations optimization platform, which provides a wide range of actionable insights to shipping companies, leading to improved efficiency, safety and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Bearing’s platform is powered by highly accurate ship performance models built on real-world data, allowing it to predict fuel consumption, speed, and other performance factors much more accurately than existing solutions on the market. (e.g., Bearing’s typical prediction accuracy for fuel consumption is over 98% per voyage, compared to a typical existing accuracy of 80%).

     

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JLT Mobile Computers offers free guide on how to boost productivity and throughput in ports and container terminals

After 25 years in business, JLT Mobile Computers, a leading supplier of reliable computers for demanding environments, is making available the benefits of its expertise in a series of ‘how to’ guides designed to help new and existing customers make the right strategic technology decisions to optimize their operations. Focusing on the IT problems faced by port and container terminal operators, the third expert guide in the JLT series identifies five key areas that challenge a port’s throughput, and gives IT and operations managers practical tips on how to turn these IT headaches into their port’s smartest assets. The new JLT guide for rugged IT environments in ports and container terminals is available for free download here.

 
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Fincantieri and Enel to develop electric-powered port infrastructure

Fincantieri and the Italian energy technology company Enel X will work together to build and deploy new technologies to support improving the environmental performance and operations to port infrastructure with electricity-powered solutions for ground logistics services. The move comes as the Italian shipbuilder seeks new growth business and opportunities to expand its infrastructure and non-shipbuilding revenues.

 
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Royal Navy takes delivery of autonomous vessel testbed

The Royal Navy’s experimentation division NavyX has welcomed a new autonomous vessel into its service. Named Madfox, it is based on the L3Harris Mast-13 vessel, which has been operated by the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) on a series of trials with the Royal Navy for the past 18 months.

 
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Enhanced drilling, Transocean develop enhanced kick detection system

Norwegian offshore drilling technology and equipment company Enhanced Drilling has, in partnership with offshore drilling contractor Transocean, developed a system called Enhanced Kick Detection (EKD), which enables rapid kick detection in drilling operations and gives the driller information regarding fluid gains and losses in operation, and reduces time spent on flow checking.

 
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China to build largest, electric powered research vessel

In its latest effort to expand its presence in maritime operations, China announced that it plans to build its largest maritime scientific research vessel. China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and the Guangdong Institute of Intelligent Unmanned System agreed to build the vessel. Reportedly they plan to deploy the ship in the South China Sea.

 
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