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Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

At CMRE, it’s not just about the science. It’s about building trust and confidence in resilient systems. An interview with Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, ItalyTell us a little about yourself and CMRE. What does CMRE do, and how do you see your mission evolving?I came here from the Pentagon, where I was the science advisor for the director of operational test and evaluation. My experience has been working with operators on systems that they’re getting ready to field.

Bird's-eye view of the Asaka Maru using "FlyingView". Image: MOL

MOL Trials 360 Birds-Eye-View Tugboat

Japanese shipping line Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) collaborated with Oki Electric Industry (OKI), to launch a joint study on the use of OKI's bird's-eye view monitoring system to monitor a 360° field of view around a tugboat.The system was installed on the tugboat Asaka Maru and a preliminary experiment was conducted, said a press release.As a tugboat approaches a large vessel for assistance, only a small part of the vessel's hull can be seen from tug's bridge, and therefore, the tugboat…

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BIMCO Offers Bunker Fuel Price Monitoring

BIMCO has developed a monitoring service for bunker prices, with data provided by MABUX, which is now available to all BIMCO members. The new interactive graphs allow price fluctuations in the major bunkering hubs of Singapore and Rotterdam to be tracked. They will show the bunker prices for 380cST HSFO (high sulphur fuel oil) and MGO LS (marine gas oil low sulfur), both in USD per metric ton, as well as the spread between the two fuel types, with data available since June 2017.

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TRAC Interstar Rebrands to FYX

TRAC Interstar, a leading provider of emergency fleet services, is changing its name to FYX Fleet Roadside Assistance. The new name blends TRAC Interstar’s 35 years of service excellence with next-generation road service technology for the intermodal and trucking industries. The FYX technology platform helps fleet managers and owner-operators quickly access quality repair services and receive real-time service updates.TRAC Interstar has delivered the highest quality road service solutions to the trucking industry since 1983.

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Westug Live with AI-assisted Dispatch

Perth-based Harbor towage operator, Westug Pty Ltd (Westug) has announced their successful start with the OptiPort AI-assisted Dispatch system in its new Port Hedland operation to ensure long-term, efficient and sustainable towage services in the port on behalf of KOTUG for Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue). The announcement was made alongside the official start of Westug’s towage operations in the world’s leading and largest dry bulk export port with an annual export volume of over 500 million tons of iron ore…

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Klaveness Partners BHP on Shipping, Logistics Platforms

BHP’s Maritime and Supply Chain Excellence team and Klaveness Digital have partnered to develop CargoValue, a shipping and logistics platform, to improve the way the industry collaborates and shares scheduling and vessel information.The concept will enable BHP and its partners to access the same shipping information in real-time, customers on the platform can also see the shipping schedule and calculate impact on their inventory and production.As a first proof of concept, BHP…

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Minerva Marine Chooses RINACube

Ship Management company Minerva Marine intends to invest in one of the latest industry digital technology solutions for the real-time monitoring of its fleet. RINACube, RINA’s digital platform, will be deployed on Minerva’s fleet, to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness by enabling, through the collection and analysis of data, shore and seagoing personnel to make more informed decisions. RINA’s platform will show real-time ship and voyage related data as well as KPIs and…

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BSM Releases LiveFleet Mobile App

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) announced the launch of its LiveFleet mobile app, available on iOS and Android.Developed in partnership with software experts at MariApps Marine Solutions, also member of the Schulte Group, LiveFleet is a vital component of BSM’s PAL 4 ship management enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. With the release of the new LiveFleet app, ship owners will benefit from access to near real-time operational, technical and financial information anytime, anywhere.

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Enhanced Vessel Tracking via Oceans X

Oceans X is a new web-based platform that allows a wide variety of users such as port agents, bunkers suppliers, port chandlers, port authorities, banks and others to track and monitor tankers and dry cargo vessels globally and in real-time. Oceans X’s vessel monitoring technology uses a combination of automatic identification system (AIS), artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive data analytics to add value for the user.For example, sing Ocean X’s Distance tool feature, which is available to all users for free…

Study Highlights Benefits of Crew Management

A new two-year study from researchers at Solent University entitled, ‘The Effective Crew Project’[i] has highlighted that stable crewing can improve safety, wellbeing and financial outcomes.The research examined the benefits and challenges of implementing stable and fluid crews within the merchant shipping industry. It found that stable crewing results in improved accountability and responsibility leading to better vessel maintenance, reduced maintenance costs and shorter handover times.

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Airbus Enhances OceanFinder capabilities

Aerospace solutions provider Airbus Defense and Space has upgraded its digital maritime service to detect and track vessels around the globe.First launched in 2018, OceanFinder leverages Airbus’ advanced constellation of optical and radar satellites, combined with real-time global Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, and the latest in automated analytics, to support a broad range of critical applications across defense and security, shipping, oil and gas, and insurance…

(L-R) Konecranes S-Series, M-series and C-series. Images: Konecranes

Konecranes Rolls-out 3 Innovative Products

Finland's Konecranes, which specialises in the manufacture and service of cranes and lifting equipment for the ports and terminal industry, has announced the launch of three new lifting products that refresh its portfolio.The additions to their portfolio include the innovative new S-series, which uses a synthetic rope to delivers enhanced lifting performance and longer-lasting use. S- and M-series cranes will offer real-time data and insight via the yourKONECRANES customer portal…

CODA Elects Plumb to Board of Directors

Coda Octopus Group, Inc. (CODA) (Nasdaq: CODA), a leader in real-time 3D sonar technology and real-time subsea intelligence, announced the election of J. Charles Plumb, Captain, USNR (Ret.) to its Board of Directors. Captain Plumb was elected at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders.Captain J. Charles Plumb is a retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot and former Vietnam Prisoner of War. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service, and his military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the P.O.W. Medal.

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NAVTOR, ScanReach Collaborate to Monitor Fleet Ops

NAVTOR and ScanReach signed an agreement that that is intended to supply shipowners with a connected, comprehensive and real-time view of vessel and fleet operations.The collaboration will connect an onboard wireless IoT platform to a secure channel for sharing data between ship and shore, with the goal to deliver a seamless stream of information running from onboard sensors to land-based facilities, and back, enabling optimal decision-making, 24/7.“Both ScanReach and NAVTOR share the vision of utilizing technology to enable smarter shipping…

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CargoSphere Launches Maersk Spot

CargoSphere, the neutral rate network for container shipping, has announced the launch of Maersk Spot on its rates platform. The Maersk Spot product offers customers a loading guarantee and a fixed price at booking. This integration will enable customers to access Maersk Spot rates together with their confidential contract rates in a single rate search on CargoSphere.Since August of 2018, Maersk has been live on CargoSphere and digitally distributing its confidential rates to shippers using CargoSphere eSUDS (electronic Smart Upload and Diagnostics Solution) and the CargoSphere Rate Mesh.

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ONE Expands Reefer Fleet

Container line Ocean Network Express (ONE) is adding another 6,000 refrigerated containers (reefers) to its fleet as the trade continues to outperform that for conventional boxes.The new Reefer would expand its current refrigerated container (reefer) fleet of 240,000 TEU. Reefers include 500 units equipped with advanced Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology which slows down the respiration and ripening process to maximize the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.These reefer containers…

Transforming Today’s Transportation Terminal for Tomorrow’s Technology

LTE/5G industrial wireless prepares terminals for a digital future.Having implemented successive waves of digital technology over the last few decades, most terminal operations in ports worldwide have a variety of wired and wireless network technologies ranging from UHF and VHF, over wireless sensor networks (WSN) and LPWA, to Ethernet, meshed wireless and Wi-Fi — each supporting a different application of the terminal. With today’s 4G/LTE networks and the coming of 5G, it is now possible to consider consolidating many of these digital applications onto a single…

New ‘Eyes’ on the Prize

Tappan Zee Constructors ‘See’ Below Hudson River with Trimble Marine Construction Systems and Teledyne Marine Imaging.Since 1955, the Tappan Zee Bridge has been a critical thoroughfare for New Yorkers commuting between Rockland and Westchester Counties, located approximately 20 miles north of Manhattan and across the Hudson River from each other. However, a heavy increase in traffic and exponentially increasing maintenance costs ultimately lead to the decision to replace the historic bridge. The new Governor Mario M.

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Shipbuilder: Data-Driven Ops Help Maritime Companies

In the data infographic, released by Shipbuilder, you can discover the most notable advantages of switching to data-driven operations for maritime companies. Geert Schouten, director of Shipbuilder: ”We have been active in the maritime sector for eight years now and help shipyards and yacht builders to digitally transform, from document-driven to data-driven. For them this means making business future proof with the help of our knowledge based data management system. They turn away from keeping track of all data in email, Word or Excel or even odder, within binders.

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Maersk, Blackbuck Partner for Intermodal Logistics

Maersk, a leader in integrated container logistics, has announced its partnership with BlackBuck, India’s largest online marketplace for trucking, to provide an online marketplace for containerized trucking in EXIM logistics in India.The Indian government has set ambitions to reduce logistics cost from 14% of the GDP to less than 9% by 2022. The new platform will be owned and operated by BlackBuck with Maersk supporting BlackBuck to develop compelling industry specific solutions.

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MTR100: #1 Wendy Schmidt

The editors of Marine Technology Reporter are pleased to share that Wendy Schmidt, Schmidt Ocean Institute & Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, has taken the top spot in the 14th Annual "MTR100". The full print and electronic edition of Marine Technology Reporter will be available shortly. Until then, presented here is the full story on Wendy Schmidt and the Schmidt Ocean Institute.According to Wendy Schmidt, we live in a pivotal time that requires us to reexamine humanity’s relationship with the ocean. In a fast-paced and changing world, Mrs.

KVH Joins SMN for Tech Initiative

Maritime innovator KVH has announced it has joined the Smart Maritime Network (SMN) as one of the founding members of the initiative dedicated to supporting collaboration and standardization in the development of IT systems for the shipping sector. As a founding member, KVH will participate in Smart Maritime Council meetings with a select group of maritime technology developers, systems integrators, and vessel operators to discuss issues relating to the compatibility, standardization…

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Xeneta: Trade War Impacting on Far East

Look beneath the surface of a relatively calm month for long-term contracted ocean freight rates and, says Oslo-headquartered Xeneta, industry observers will see a maelstrom of activity, adjustments and market uncertainty.According to the latest XSI Public Indices report from Xeneta, the leading ocean freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform, July saw a marginal decline in rates of 0.4%, with a marked fall in the Far East export benchmark. Meanwhile US exports and European imports performed well.The global index has now fallen by 2.4% since its all time high in May this year…

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CSP Zeebrugge Terminal Deploys Navis N4

The terminal operating systems (TOS) provider Navis announced  that CSP Zeebrugge Terminal, part of COSCO Shipping Ports, has successfully gone live with Navis N4.The unit of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, the terminal connecting European market will use N4 to focus on real-time data sharing and efficiency for better service.The terminal…

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Unarmed Guards Deployed to Navigate Gulf

Shipping companies are hiring unarmed security guards for voyages through the Middle East Gulf as an extra safeguard after a wave of attacks in the region, security companies involved said.Relations between Iran and the West are increasingly strained after Britain seized an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar this month. Britain also said last week that one of its warships had to fend off Iranian vessels seeking to block a UK-owned tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz.As the risk of escalation grows…

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JIT Trial Cuts Emissions

"Just-In-Time" (JIT) operations have the potential to cut the time ships spend idling outside ports and help reduce harmful emissions as well as save on fuel costs.According to International Maritime Organization (IMO), this can be achieved by communicating in advance the relevant information to the ship about the requested time of arrival - allowing the ship to adjust to optimum speed. A desktop trial in Just-In-Time ship operations has yielded positive results, showing emissions…