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Friday, April 19, 2019

Digital Solutions News

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, Dr Lam Pin Min. Photo: MPA

Singapore Seeks Marine Digital Transformation

Singapore's maritime sector is preparing to ride the wave of digitalisation as a means to chart next phase of growth. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will focus on digitalisation to help companies innovate and improve productivity over the next three years, said Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health.The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) will also present the Singapore Maritime R&D Roadmap 2030 to optimise R&D efforts and resources for greater value co-creation within the maritime industry.Ms Quah Ley Hoon…

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Wärtsilä Launches High Resolution Radar

The technology group Wärtsilä has launched its RS24 high resolution radar, the world’s first commercially available K-band maritime radar. By detecting far smaller objects and at a much higher radar resolution than conventional S or X-band radars, the RS24 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. The technology has been developed by Guidance Marine, a Wärtsilä company.The first orders for the Wärtsilä RS24 have been received and delivered…

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ZIM: Higher Revenues, But a Loss in 2018

The biggest cargo shipping company in Israel, Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM) reported a revenue of nearly $3.25 billion in 2018, the highest in the last 4 years, reflecting an increase of 9.1% compared to $2.98 billion in 2017.However, the global container liner had a net loss in 2018 of $119.9 million, including an impairment loss of $38.0 million with respect to vessels classified as held for sale, compared to net profit of $11.4 million in 2017.Adjusted earnings before interest…

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A.P. Moller-Maersk Accelerates Transformation

Progress on the transformation of A. P. Moller - Maersk continued in 2018. Customers benefited from integrated offerings, digital solutions and robust network improvements. Since 2016, the topline has grown by 43%, to $39bn in 2018, an additional $12bn in turnover.“In 2018, we made significant progress in implementing our strategy. With the expected demerger and listing of Maersk Drilling in April, the separation of our Energy-related businesses will be almost complete. We have successfully integrated Hamburg Süd…

Who Wins in Shipping’s Battle for Data?

Weather has to be one of the most important building blocks of any digital operations solution. But, that’s only one of dozens of individual variables. Building a data management solution that navigates the unexpected, and not just the low hanging fruit, is the way to go.One of the most fiercely fought battles in shipping today is the battle for data. On a weekly basis, we see companies of all stripes – ship managers, owners, class societies, equipment manufacturers and even coating suppliers – investing in their own digital solutions and fiercely competing for control over data: the new oil.

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Marlink Extends VSAT Contract with Transpetrol

Satellite communications specialist Marlink has been awarded a contract renewal to expand its Sealink VSAT service to international ship owner Transpetrol.The provider of satellite communications services for the maritime industry claimed that the higher levels of guaranteed bandwidth ensure global connectivity for 14 strong tanker fleet.The renewal secures access to Marlink’s global network and specially-chosen business critical VSAT solutions for the entire tanker fleet and…

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Maersk Launches Startup Accelerator

AP Moller - Maersk has launched India-focused OceanPro, a 120-day accelerator program to give shipping and logistics startups an opportunity to partner with Maersk to bring innovative technology solutions to ease the global supply chain for customers and further accelerate global digital transformation.“We recognize the immense potential of India’s technology and digital talent and are looking to capitalize on these capabilities to help the logistics industry worldwide, to reinvent itself,” said Søren Skou, CEO, A.P.

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BSM Singapore Relocates to Larger Office

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has relocated to a new, larger Singapore office in the Republic’s Central Business District.The new premises now house Bernhard Schulte, the group’s ship owning arm, alongside with BSM, the third-party ship manager and MariApps, the Group’s digital solutions company.“BSM’s presence in Singapore has grown steadily in recent years and we believe that the new ‘Bernhard Schulte House’ will cater to the future growth and expansion of the group’s entities in Singapore…

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DNV GL Rolls-out Digital Hub in Singapore

DNV GL has launched a digital hub in Singapore as part of the transformation of the oil and gas, maritime and energy industries toward digitalization, including increased cyber security and smart infrastructure.The new Singapore hub is called Digital Consulting and Smart Cities, and will include three teams covering smart cities, cyber security and digital development – including support for DNV GL’s open industry platform Veracity.The digital hub, part of DNV GL – Digital Solutions…

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5000th Ship Installed Inmarsat Fleet Xpress

The 5,000th ship installation of Inmarsat Fleet Xpress, the world’s only high-speed, globally-available Ka-band VSAT service designed for mobility and available from a single operator, is set to be completed by the close of the month.Following its launch in March 2016, Fleet Xpress has emerged as the market-leading pathway to digital transformation as shipping companies seek to deliver improved vessel and fleet efficiency, boost profitability and enhance seafarer wellbeing.The latest data compiled by the respected…

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DNV GL Rolls-out Cloud Shore Monitoring Module for Navigator Port

DNV GL is launching a completely renewed Shore Monitoring module for Navigator Port. Installed on more than 2500 vessels, Navigator Port is the industry's leading port clearance solution.With a strong focus on the user experience, this module is the first of DNV GL's next generation fleet management solutions to be developed on the latest cloud technology.Most shipping companies find it challenging to keep on top of crew work and rest hour compliance. It is essential to have the same view and information on board and in the office.Navigator Port’s Shore Monitoring module is a user-friendly…

Peter Schroder, Chief Digital Officer in Maersk Tankers and Aleksander Stensby, Managing Director of Klaveness Digital. Photo: Klaveness Digital

Klaveness Digital and Maersk Tankers Enter Digital Partnership

Klaveness Digital and Maersk Tankers have joined forces to drive the development of intelligent digital solutions.The partnership will give Maersk Tankers access to Klaveness Digital’s digital platform, enabling the company to store and manage large volumes of commercial and operational data. This will bring digital solutions to the market faster and bring cost benefits to both parties.Klaveness Digital has developed a cloud-based digital platform for storing, processing and exporting commercial and operational shipping data to tailored applications and users.

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Partners to Leverage AI to Optimize Maritime Logistics

Transmetrics’ digital solution optimizes marine logistics using AI technologies and Marlink’s global multi-band networkMarlink has signed an agreement with Transmetrics to establish a strategic business partnership aimed at predictive logistics optimization for maritime customers. The agreement will enable Transmetrics, a Forbes-awarded start-up, to leverage Marlink’s broadband satellite communications network, digital solutions and contacts to further develop maritime logistics innovations.

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Hyundai Merchant Marine Joins NYSHEX

The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), the innovator of the first reliable digital forward freight contract for global container shipping, announced the addition of Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) as the newest carrier member to join the exchange.HMM joins a group of innovative carriers – Maersk Line, CMA CGM, Hapag Lloyd, OOCL, and COSCO – who have embraced the value of digital contracting and fully enforceable ocean freight contracts as a new offering for their customers. Model introduced by NYSHEX that is proven by a 99.8% fulfillment rate…

Redzic Joins Caterpillar as Digital Enabled Solutions VP

The board of directors of Caterpillar Inc. has appointed Ogi Redzic as a vice president to lead the company’s Digital Enabled Solutions Division (DESD), effective July 30, 2018. He will be based in Caterpillar's Chicago office and report to Group President of Customer & Dealer Support Bob De Lange.DESD is comprised of the company's data analytics group, the enterprise data hub, equipment management tools, Cat Connect technologies and customer experience portals.Redzic takes over for Caterpillar Vice President Julie Lagacy, who has led DESD on an interim basis.

Håkan Larsson, Chairman. Photo: Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Acquires Syngin Technology

Wallenius Wilhelmsen, the global finished vehicle logistics provider, has signed an agreement to acquire 70% of the membership interest in Syngin Technology  for an initial purchase price of USD 22 million on a cash and debt free basis. "The future of logistics lies in combining digital services, physical assets and a deep understanding of logistics flows. With Syngin we boost our digital capabilities, setting us up to better support the changes we see in our customers' needs for the future", says Craig Jasienski, President and CEO of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen group.

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DNV GL Invests in Public Blockchain Service Provider VeChain

DNV GL, the risk management and quality assurance company, has bought a stake in leading public blockchain service provider VeChain as it looks to use the technology to develop new digital assurance solutions. The acquisition builds on the strong relationship between the two firms and follows the recent launch of My Story, a blockchain enabled digital assurance product which gives a new level of insight into supplier and product information. DNV GL took the step to buy the minority stake as it recognises the growth potential in both the VeChain and the technology it is advancing.

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Bahri Chooses Digital Strategic Partner

Saudi Arabia based Bahri Group, one of the largest ship owners in the Middle East and the largest owner of very large crude carriers (VLCC) in the world, has opted for digital solutions from Singapore based MariApps Marine Solutions to help meet its ship management software requirements. Majid Al-Shenaiber, Senior VP, Information Technology, Bahri Group, and Sankar Ragavan, CEO MariApps Marine Solutions, signed the agreement at the Bahri offices in Dubai on May 13. MariApps said it will roll out the latest version of the ship management Enterprise Resource Platform (ERP)…

Klas Bendrik (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL Hires Bendrik as Chief Digital Transformation Officer

Klas Bendrik will join DNV GL September 1 as Chief Digital Transformation Officer to support DNV GL’s digitalization and IT strategy. Bendrik will be based at the DNV GL headquarters in Høvik, Norway and will be a member of DNV GL Group’s Executive Committee and report to Group President and CEO Remi Eriksen.“Digitalization is central to our strategy. DNV GL invests 5 percent of its revenue on research, development and innovation, and now more than 60 percent of this is dedicated to our digital transformation,” Eriksen said.

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Port of Rotterdam Authority Launches New Pronto Application

Port of Rotterdam Authority presented the first version of its new digital application Pronto. Pronto constitutes a major step forward when it comes to improving efficiency for the some 30,000 vessels that call on Rotterdam every year. The application allows ships visiting the port to cut their waiting time by an average of 20 percent. The application enables more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, as well as the precise planning and coordination of a range of vessel services, including bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning.

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MINSHIP Boosts Digitalization with DNV GL

MINSHIP Shipmanagement, based in southern Germany, has chosen DNV GL’s ShipManager fleet management software solution for its fleet of dry cargo vessels.MINSHIP is optimizing processes as they are managing a growing fleet. A key part of the optimization involves replacement of various separate systems and spreadsheets for ship management activities with a user-friendly and integrated fleet management solution.“Our future outlook focuses on becoming more digitalized,” says MINSHIP Deputy Fleet Director Christian Altmann.

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ZIM Turns Around, Posts Profit for 2017

The biggest cargo shipping company in Israel ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has posted adjusted net profit of $50 million in 2017, compared to adjusted net loss of $150 million in 2016. The net Profit was $11 million, compared to net loss of $163 million in the comparable period of 2016. It has recorded a total revenues were $2.99 billion in 2017, compared to $2.54 billion in 2016, registering a 17% increase. During 2016-2017, the container shipping industry went through…

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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.

NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes with new CTO Anders Holme (Photo: NAVTOR)

NAVTOR Hires Holme as Chief Technology Officer

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR said it has appointed Anders Holme for the role of Chief Technology Officer. Holme will manage teams that work across offices in Egersund, Norway, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Russia, the U.S. and U.K. NAVTOR’s main software development takes place at the company’s head office in Egersund and its dedicated base in St Petersburg. “There is a growing appreciation within shipping that new technology can unlock real operational advantages and business opportunities,” Holme said.

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Transas Conference to Plot Industry’s New Course

Moving from smart talk to practical solutions and learning from other industries will be the twin themes of an industry event scheduled for Vancouver in March. Technology will be an enabler, but the maritime industry will have to be prepared to change its model to be a candidate for a smarter digital future. Meeting the real enterprise challenges blocking shipping’s digital journey is the focus for the Transas Global Conference 2018, whose ‘Enterprise Change’ agenda brings together global business leaders…

KDI - NSG Digital (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Digital Acquires a Share of NSG Digital

Kongsberg Digital and NSG Digital have collaborated since the beginning of 2017 on developing a new logistics system called NSG E2E. Kongsberg Digital is purchasing a 34 percent ownership share in NSG Digital, a subsidiary of the supply base and logistics company NorSea Group. NorSea Group, controlled by Wilhelmsen, is joining forces with Kongsberg Digital to digitalize the supply chain in the oil and gas and offshore wind industries. Kongsberg Digital and NSG Digital have collaborated since the beginning of 2017 on developing a new logistics system called NSG E2E.