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MIT Honors ABB as 'Disruptive Company' Innovator

MIT Technology Review’s 2013 list of 50 disruptive companies shows that innovation is far from dead. The development of the breaker , announced by ABB last November, marked the resolution of a 100-year-old challenge. Thomas Edison’s inability to find a solution for interrupting high-voltage DC is one of the reasons why he lost the War of the Currents in the 19th century and why today’s grids are mostly built on alternating current (AC). The innovation makes it possible for the first time to create a grid based on high voltage direct current (HVDC)…

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Ferry Safety and Technology Conference 2017

There is a convergence of new advances in technology for ferries AND quantum leaps in ferry operations in Asia, Africa and North America. Can operating a ferry be made better safer and cheaper? Yes, says technology. What’s exciting about this year’s Ferry Safety and Technology conference, the Third Annual, is the promise of technology – how telematics, affordable sensors, and graphic visualization – enhance safety, and vastly benefit the quality and cost of operations. This isn’t a conference for nerds and geeks – it’s for those of who need to use technology to understand it.

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Why Attend the Ferry Safety & Technology Conference?

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) will host its upcoming Ferry Safety and Technology Conference May 11 and 12 in downtown New York. Besides the awards to winners of the Ferry Design Competition, there are many reasons to attend the conference. Below are a dozen. 1 - Learn about innovative new ferry systems in Africa, Asia and North America – ferry systems from which we can learn and that will need safety, communications, IT, training – equipment and services. 2- Listen to ferry operators from Bangkok, Manila and Abidjan as they speak about their challenges and successes.

Hamburg Süd Launches Free App

Hamburg Süd has just released a free app for smartphones and tablets that is available for its customers to download. The Hamburg Süd app allows customers to access information about Track & Trace, timetables, offices and news wherever they may be. The new app was developed jointly by Hamburg Süd and the IT consultancy Capgemini. It is available for Android and iOS operating systems in both German and English, and can be downloaded to the operating device from the Google Play Store (Android) or from Apple iTunes (iOS).

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Flexport & the Changing Face of Shipping Logistics

Ryan Petersen and his Flexport team are seeking the help re-write the global logistics playbook. Ryan Petersen is the founder and CEO of Flexport. He is also the founder and ex-CEO of ImportGenius.com, the largest provider of business intelligence to the import-export industry. Armed with an MBA from Columbia and a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley, he is also a licensed customs broker and freight forwarder, with his built company squarely around an online dashboard backed by leading venture capital firms like Founders Fund, Google Ventures and Bloomberg BETA.

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Wärtsilä introduces its Eniram SkyLight 2.0

Eniram, a Wärtsilä company, has introduced a major update to its performance monitoring system targeted at commercial shipping operators. The Eniram SkyLight 2.0 adds nautical maps, weather layers, and route importation to make predictive analysis and proactive planning more available. The updated system can visualise a vessel’s route from economic, environmental, and safety perspectives. Together with the weather and route information, SkyLight 2.0 includes the possibility to switch between updated nautical maps and Google maps as a background within SkyLight’s ‘fleet’…

AWT: First Service Using Global AIS for Accurate Vessel Monitoring

AWT Launches First Service Using Global Automatic Identification System for Accurate Vessel Monitoring. AWT Global AIS Service Expands Coverage to Include Terrestrial Data and Satellite Data. SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 13, 2011 – Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) today announced the launch of its global Automatic Identification System (AIS) service, AWT Global AIS. AWT is the first in its market to provide this innovative service, using satellite data to more accurately monitor vessels beyond coastal regions on a global scale.

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Google Consortium to Lay 'FASTER' Trans-Pacific Cable

Google and five other large companies team up to build a cable under the Pacific Ocean that will deliver incredibly fast internet speeds informs system supplier NEC Corporation. A consortium of six global companies have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” which will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million.

HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from the Coast Guard’s medium range surveillance fleet Photo USCG

Search on for Cruise Ship Passenger

Coast Guard aircrews continued searching through the day and into the evening Saturday, after beginning a search Friday for a woman who fell from a cruise ship - about 200 miles southeast of Galveston-, Texas. See map at : www.google.com/maps/@27.6743155,-96.8294863,6z. Samantha Broberg, 33, was reported missing to the ships personnel Friday around noon, which caused the Carnival Liberty to search the ship for her. She was not found aboard the ship, but they reported that video showed her falling overboard from the 10th deck at around 2 a.m.

Google Demonstrates Liquid Galaxy

BLUE: Ocean Film and Entertainment

If necessity is the mother of invention, then the pressing needs of our ocean explain the spawning of innovation at BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit (BLUE). This annual multi-disciplinary summit is a convergence of bright minds with big hearts focused on expediting ocean conservation - now when it’s needed most. BLUE sets in motion a mix of ocean all-stars mobilized by a supportive environment of breathtaking (and sometimes gut-wrenching) films, creative ideas and new technology.

Raymarine Nav Displays Stream to Android Devices

Free RayView wireless video streaming app for new c-Series and e-Series available for Apple iOS and now Android devices. Raymarine announced the release of its Raymarine Viewer app, RayView, for Android tablets and Smartphones. The new app, available now in the Google Play Android store, joins the previously released RayView app for Apple iOS devices like iPhone and iPad. Taking advantage of the built-in Wi-Fi networking in its new c-Series and e-Series Multifunction Displays, the RayView app enables boaters to view the screen from their multifunction display right on their mobile device.

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Rotterdam Port to Focus on Sustainability

The Port of Rotterdam Authority recently launched a new campaign: ‘Building a Sustainable Port’. “Sustainability involves more than just the environment. We have committed to a large number of initiatives and we will gladly present them,” says Port Authority CEO Allard Castelein. The Port Authority works hard to ensure that Rotterdam’s port and the surrounding area are safe, healthy and attractive. Castelein: “Building a sustainable port means working to create economic and social value. In this context, focus is on matters like water safety, solar power and the Port Welfare Committee.

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Mystery Barges Emerge on Both US Coasts

Two cargo barges have popped up on either coast of the country, prompting wild rumors about whether Google is behind the floating enigmas and what projects could possibly be in store, reports the Christian Science Monitor. On the edge of Treasure Island, an old Navy base in the San Francisco Bay, the 250-foot long, 72-foot wide, four-story tall cargo barge with the registration BAL 0010 is not open to the public, and is heavily guarded at all times. It is also attached to a warehouse called Hangar 3, which has also been heavily guarded since it started working with a new tenant last year.

Maritime Industry Responds to Typhoon in the Philippines

Shipowner groups, unions and welfare organizations are pulling together in response to the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. One of the main concerns is for Filipino seafarers, who represent more than 20% of the world's seafarers, to be able to contact their families and loved ones back home. Already, the Mission to Seafarers and Sailors Society are providing free phone cards, sims and wifi to Filipino seafarers who visit their centers all over the world.

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Google Maps Goes Coastal with Unmanned Boat

A new high-tech unmanned vessel, launched with the help of Google, will use innovative technologies from the boatbuilding and mapping fields to map shorelines and raise awareness of the impacts of global sea level rise. Originally designed to be worn by backpackers, Google's proprietary Street View Trekker camera system was provided on loan to the San Francisco Baykeeper organization, allowing them to create bay-level maps. It plans to use the imagery collected—nearly 500 miles of coastline ranging from San Jose to Antioch, California—on its website and for educational purposes.

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Rolls-Royce, Google Cloud Sign Landmark Deal

The maritime industry's exhaustive push toward autonomy just received a boost in the form of a deal signed between Rolls-Royce and Google to develop further its intelligent awareness systems. The agreement was signed at the Google Cloud Summit in Sweden, and it allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea.

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz.

LA Port Chief Wins Conservation Award

Port of Los angeles Executive Director Receivs Peter Benchley ‘Excellence in Solutions' Ocean Conservation Award. Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., has been named the 2012 recipient of the Blue Frontier Campaign’s Peter Benchley Ocean Award for  “Excellence in Solutions.” The Blue Frontier Campaign is a national marine conservation activist organization working to improve ocean policies in coastal states. The Peter Benchley Award is named in honor of lifetime marine wildlife conservationist Peter Benchley, best known for writing the bestseller novel ‘Jaws’ in 1974.

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APL Launches Container Tracking Mobile App

APL has launched a mobile application to help shippers track containers from place of loading to delivery destinations. APL Box Track, available for download from both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, is designed to offer convenience and visibility, allowing APL shippers to trace and track their containers while on the go. Its intuitive interface enables users to bookmark their queried container number for a one-touch access after an initial search. Additionally, search results on the APL Box Track application can be shared over emails…

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New Apps Aim to Save Fuel, Accelerate Cargo Flow

The Northwest Seaport Alliance said it is set to launch two new mobile applications in early November aiming to help speed the flow of containers through port facilities and along local freight corridors, reduce idling-related air emissions and save fuel at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. DrayQ aims to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around marine cargo terminals, and DrayLink will interconnect the drayage community to better dispatch, track and record container moves from pickup to delivery.

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4000 HP Tug for Brazil Port

The Estaleiro Rio Maguari, a shipyard in the District of Icoaraci in Belem, the capital of the State of Para in the Amazon estuary (See google earth 1 degree 17 minutes South and 48 degrees 26 minutes West) is currently finishing up a 4000 HP Z-drive harbour tug for Hermasa Navegação da Amazônia. The owners are a part of Hermasa a large producer of soya beans with 2.5 million tons exported in 2007. The new tug, named Stefanolocks, is 85.3 ft by 29.2 ft with a molded depth of 15.7 ft. Propulsion power will be a pair of Cummins QSK60-M each delivering 2000 hp at 1,800 rpm.

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Seapilot Unveils Navigation APP for Android Devices

Seapilot, the recreational brand of True Heading NSA and leading manufacturer of recreational Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions and app navigation, announced today the release of its award-winning Seapilot Navigation app for Android devices. Capitalizing on the huge success of the Seapilot Navigation app for Apple iOS, the new app is now downloadable for free on Google Play for Android-compatible smartphones and tablets. Designed to the highest of standards, the…

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Deurganck Dock Gets Smart

With an annual freight volume of nearly 9 million TEU the Deurganck dock is by far the main centre of container handling in the port of Antwerp. But this tidal dock on the left bank of the Scheldt is also well on the way to becoming a hotspot for innovation. Thanks to a “smart quay” and an automatic sounding boat, shipping operations and berth maintenance in Antwerp’s largest dock will become a good deal more efficient. “The smart quay will enable us to make more efficient use of the berths available in the dock.

New Bureau Veritas App, PSC Ready, helps ship managers and crews prepare for Port State Control inspections. - Photo BV

BV Adds ‘PSC Ready’ to its Digital Portfolio

‘PSC Ready’ assists ship managers and their crews in planning and ensuring readiness for port state control inspections. ‘PSC Ready’ is a cloud-based and secure application, downloadable for both IOS and Android. The application helps ensure that ship owners are able to focus on all the requirements needed to be ready for PSC inspections. The benefits of ‘PSC Ready’ include:   * Helping ensure compliance with applicable requirements  * Enhancing ship maintenance by developing crews’ awareness of safety…

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XPO Logistics Unveils Voice Tracking

XPO Logistics Inc, the largest provider of last-mile deliveries for heavy and bulky items in North America, unveiled on Wednesday voice-enabled delivery tracking through Amazon.com Inc's Echo or Alphabet Inc's Google Home speakers.XPO believes it is the first large delivery and warehousing company in the world to offer consumers the ability to get delivery tracking updates, or schedule and reschedule deliveries, using smart speakers, the company said at a conference in Atlanta.The voice-enabled technology…

ClassNK Releases Mobile App for PSC Inspection

Classification society ClassNK has released the Arrival Checklist  for PSC, the preparatory checklist mobile app for PSC inspections. Arrival Checklist  for PSC digitalizes the updated contents of ClassNK’s Port State Inspections Pocket Checklist and is now available for smartphones and tablets. Arrival Checklist  for PSC allows users to access the checklist with greater ease and efficiency during preparatory checks of onboard equipment and others prior to arrival into port. The app was developed as a ship management solution to help minimize the risk of PSC detentions and deficiencies.

Capt. Ted Bernhard

Master & Commander: Capt. Ted Bernhard

From a boy who wanted to be a swashbuckler like Errol Flynn to a Maine Maritime graduate to hopping aboard a grain ship bound for Egypt, Captain Theodore “Ted” Bernhard has led a quintessential maritime life. A ship driver with 37 years of maritime experience, Bernhard has spent half of his adult life at sea, the last 20 years on containerships with Matson, the ubiquitous U.S. commercial maritime presence in the Pacific Ocean. Life at sea in 1979 – with no cell phones, no internet and no email – was fairly different than it is today, but was it better? Was it worse?