• Developing unmanned fireboats to improve...

    One of the new technologies that is being developed is looking at how unmanned vessels can be used to expand capabilities and increase safety for the operators. A Singapore-based company, Zycraft, announced that it is developed unmanned fireboats.


  • How COVID-19 has driven a technology revolution...

    Last year, satcom specialist IEC Telecom[i] highlighted that demand for digital technology had risen tenfold as maritime businesses embraced new ways of working during the coronavirus pandemic. But why has it taken a pandemic to change attitudes to technology?


  • JLT Mobile Computers offers free guide on how to...

    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.


  • Royal Navy takes delivery of autonomous vessel...

    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.


  • Fincantieri and Enel to develop electric-powered...

    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.


  • Enhanced drilling, Transocean develop enhanced...

    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.


  • China to build largest, electric powered research...

    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.



Uhnder and Yunshan deliver digital radar to accelerate smart port automation

Uhnder, Inc., the leader in digital imaging radar technologies for automotive and logistics mobility applications, and Yunshan Technologies Ltd., a leading systems integrator of industrial and vehicle millimeter wave radar products and autonomous driving systems, have delivered a digital perception radar sensor solution for use in autonomous trucks operating in shipping ports. China Merchants Port (CMPort) is a recognized early technology adopter and is deploying digital perception radar in a fleet of autonomous trucks operating at its Mawan Smart Port in Shenzhen. The Mawan Smart Port is CMPort’s leading project site for the deployment of the latest intelligent port technologies.


HHI uses AI for fire monitoring as first AI safety management system

Shipowners and shipbuilders are working on new ways to leverage emerging technologies to enhance operations in the shipping industry. In the latest development, South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Group announced that it has succeeded in developing an artificial intelligence-based fire monitoring system. The system, which is another step toward unmanned ships, also earned classification and flag state approvals.


OPT's PowerBuoy deployed offshore Chile

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) said Thursday that Enel Green Power (EGP) has deployed OPT's PB3 PowerBuoy off the coast of Las Cruces, Chile to support the country’s transition to clean energy.


ABS Consulting and Verifavia Shipping partner to deliver turnkey IHM solution to maritime industry

ABSG Consulting Inc. (ABS Consulting), a global risk management consulting company, has partnered with Verifavia Shipping, the leading independent global provider of carbon emissions verification and Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM) services, to offer a turnkey solution for IHM compliance that supports continuous monitoring and annual maintenance of the inventory of hazardous materials onboard vessels.


Nigerian ports now 70% digitalised — Shippers’ Council

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, on Friday disclosed that the ports in the country had attained 70 per cent digitalisation. Bello made this known at a news conference on the first quarter activities of the council in Lagos. He said that the 70 per cent digitalisation was lower than 90 per cent targeted by the council in the first quarter of 2021. According to him, the council targeted 90 per cent digitalisation in the first quarter of the year, unfortunately, did not achieve it although it was still pursuing it in earnest. “Most of the ports in the world are digitised, Nigeria cannot be an exception.