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Monday, January 25, 2021

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Wärtsilä Solutions Increase Safety in Arctic Waters

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, to roll out a Wärtsilä Fleet Operations solution for Sovcomflot’s fleet of Arctic shuttle tankers.The aim is to promote sustainable development, and to increase the safety and efficiency of operations in the sensitive Arctic waters. Wärtsilä will also provide a core solution for the company’s fleet operation center. The order was booked in March 2019.The solution has been developed as a result of collaboration between Sovcomflot and Transas, a Wärtsilä company.

Port Security: If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port

ARES Security Corporation’s sophisticated AVERT C-2 platform integrates hundreds of disparate sensors and information sources to keep first responders aware of their immediate environment in real-time. In today’s dangerous and digital business environment, that also comes ‘just in time.’Retired U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM James Loy is widely credited with coining the now familiar phrase, “If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port.” In the choppy wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks…

Maritime Emissions: Ship and Port Toolkits Ready

A new set of toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports is now available from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global regulatory body for shipping.The Ship Emissions Toolkit and Port Emissions Toolkit have been developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, in collaboration with its strategic partners, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)."To reduce emissions across the maritime sector…

Wärtsilä acquires Transas

Wärtsilä announced today that it has acquired Transas, an innovative, digital solutions provider headquartered in the UK. This acquisition is a recognition of Transas’ strong position in the maritime technologies market and its technological leadership. The transaction will allow Transas to work within a global maritime company in delivering its solutions, bringing scale and value to the industry in need of innovation leadership. Transas is a global market leader in marine navigation solutions that include complete bridge systems, digital solutions and electronic charts.

Ecommerce giants, the Amazon’s and Alibaba’s, increasingly will gain control of the various transport segments to ensure that their supply chain is delivering to a greater degree of efficiency. “The freight forwarder is dead in my view. It is inevitable that more cargo booking, cargo management and cargo control will be online,” said Frank Coles, CEO of Transas. (Photo: Transas)

Disruption 'Powered by Transas'

Maritime Logistics Professional caught up with Frank Coles, the ubiquitous leader of Transas, fresh from his company’s user’s conference in Malta. In typical candor, Coles paints his picture of maritime and shipping’s future. With a captive audience of more than 400 clients in scenic Malta for several days earlier this year, one might be surprised when Frank Coles admits that the meeting was not all about Transas. “I wanted something completely different. I didn’t want to talk about Transas; I wanted to talk about the industry and what we can learn from aviation.

Frank Coles, Transas CEO (Photo: Transas)

The Perfect Storm of Digitalization and Commoditization

Frank Coles, Transas CEO, delivered the keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Malta. We are faced with the perfect storm in the next few years. Many will conclude it is all the fault of President Trump, but in fact it is actually nothing to do with him. If anything he is going to enable the industry to think smarter because he is also bringing change. The perfect storm is the one confronting the maritime industry. It is one which will disrupt all elements of the shipping industry – is technology-driven and in some cases is also self-inflicted.

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Transas CEO Weighs in on the Future of Maritime Operations

At the SMM 2016 in Hamburg, Transas CEO Frank Coles delivered the company's standpoint on the future of maritime operations. “However, it is has manifested as a picture of uncoordinated fragmented promises that lacks a structure and platform. Shipping needs a solution not an application. Shipping operations is the complete picture not just the smart phone,” he continued. Coles made the statements when talking about the power and potential of the Transas Harmonized Eco System of Integrated Solutions (THESIS).

Development on BWM highlights - IMO's R&D Forum

Ballast water management experts, meeting at the recent IMO-GloBallast R&D Forum in Canada, have showcased the latest developments in ballast water management and highlighted the areas where further research is needed, in order to prevent the spread of potentially harmful species in ballast water. Some 140 participants from IMO Member States, academia, private sector, testing facilities and the maritime technology industry were meeting at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal…

Unmanned Ships: How Close is the Autonomous Ferry?

The first remote-controlled ferry demonstrator could hit the water within four to five years thanks to a new wave of research into operational efficiency based on ship intelligence solutions. The prediction from Oskar Levander, VP for innovation, engineering & technology at Rolls-Royce Marine in Finland, will be explored at next month’s 40th annual Interferry conference in Copenhagen, where technical innovations will be a central theme of the trade association’s agenda. Levander…

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Technology Answers Risk and Security Questions

The job responsibilities of Maritime Professionals inevitably include the requirement to understand risks, analyze options for risk mitigation, and make strategic and tactical decisions to ensure the viability of the enterprise. Business leaders must also do this while balancing goals and objectives related to profitability, and return on investment. But how do you get that done? Today, promising decision support tools that enable executives to simplify the process of risk management – and reduce the time and cost associated with those tasks – are now on the market.

ECDIS Dislay with Decision Support Tools: Image courtesy of Totem Plus ECDIS

AIS & ARPA Role in Collision Avoidance: An Expert View

An article by Totem Plus ECDIS CEO Capt. Azriel Rahav, Ph.D. addresses the view held by some that AIS information should not be used for collision avoidance as the COLREGS do not make specific mention of it. Since the introduction of AIS in 2001, the question of “how to use AIS data on board” remains unclear. The “International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at sea 1972 (COLREGS)" have no reference to AIS but only to Radar. Consequently, many mariners are under the impression that AIS information SHOULD NOT be used for collision avoidance.

Charterers Take Lead in Contracting Most Fuel-efficient Vessels

Cargill, Huntsman Corp. & UNIPEC UK who combined charter over 350 million tonnes of commodities annually decide to charter only eco-friendly ships. Cargill, one of the world's leading international transporters, producers and marketers of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products, Huntsman Corporation, the global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals and UNIPEC UK Company Ltd, trader of crude oil and oil products, announce that they will only charter the more efficient vessels operating in the shipping market.