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Inmarsat Offering Crews Discounted Voice Calls

Inmarsat has formalized a 50% discount for crew voice calling services available for up to 40,000 ships in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on seafarer well-being.The maritime satellite service provider is also ensuring that calls made to the SeafarerHelp service provided by welfare organization ISWAN (International Seafarers’ Welfare Assistance Network) are available free of charge. In addition, Inmarsat is working with crew healthcare specialist Vikand and software platform provider FrontM…

Patrik Berglund (Photo: Xeneta)

Contracted Rates to Fall Long-term Due to Conoravirus -Xeneta

The container shipping segment appears to have caught coronavirus, with the industry suffering its first monthly fall in long-term contracted ocean freight rates since October 2019. According to the latest XSI Public Indices report from Xeneta, March 2020 saw a small dip of 0.5% in rates after a sustained period of growth. Although these symptoms look mild, the future is characterized by growing uncertainty, with widespread economic disruption and looming global recession likely…

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Port Canaveral Launches RO/RO Division

The official grand opening of the Port Canaveral vehicle processing facility was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the arrival of 730 new vehicles aboard the 653-foot-long vessel Wisteria Ace, the first vehicle carrier to call at the Port’s facility. The new automobiles were discharged at the Port’s 16-acre auto processing facility located alongside South Cargo Pier 4. Another carrier is scheduled to arrive next week with more than 850 new autos aboard.“A port-operated…

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Traxens Joins EU DataPorts Project

French supply chain data services company Traxens has joined the new European DataPorts project, aimed at creating a data platform for cognitive ports of the future.DataPorts is an EU-funded, three-year project with a budget of $7.3 million (€6.7 million). It is coordinated by the Technological Institute of Informatics (ITI) in Spain.According to a press release from the Container IoT company, today, only three per cent of container terminals are automated. However, the future…

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OSM to Install TM Master on Fleet

OSM Maritime Group extended its partnership with Tero Marine, as the Norwegian tech company now prepares to install its TM Master suite on the remaining OSM fleet globally.The frame agreement with Tero Marine means that all vessels with various planned maintenance systems across the OSM fleet would be standardized on TM Master. TM Master is currently installed on close to 70 vessels across OSM’s Norway and Singapore managed fleets. With OSM’s vision in the ship management segment…

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Wärtsilä Navi-Port Tested for Just-in-time Sailing

Wärtsilä, together with project partners Carnival Maritime and HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center (HVCC), announced they have implemented and tested a new solution for just-in-time sailing.Together, the partners have achieved the exchange of data between ship and shore under real-life conditions, thereby enabling optimal port arrival. The applied solution, Wärtsilä Navi-Port, has received approval in principle from Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore for meeting the classification…

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Hapag-Lloyd Launches Reefer Monitoring Tool

The German company Hapag-Lloyd announced the adoption of a new real-time remote monitoring system for its reefer containers -  Hapag-Lloyd LIVE.The tool increases the transparency of the cold chain by offering customers a number of data sets about the condition and location of their reefer containers.The product will initially be launched to a selected group of customers and will gradually be made available as the reefer fleet of some 100,000 containers is being outfitted with…

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Damen Completes Triple Refit for CMV

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam has completed extensive annual repair and maintenance programs on three cruises ships operated by the UK’s leading independent cruise line Cruise and Maritime Voyages ahead of their winter season.The triple cruise ships are Magellan, Marco Polo and Astor.First to dock at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) was the 222-meter, 46,000 GT Magellan for a four-week schedule of works that included comprehensive cleaning and inspections, repairs to the main and auxiliary engines, the overhaul of the bow and stern thrusters and the servicing of the liferafts.

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Ørsted, US Unis to Study Whales in OWP

Danish developer Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind has signed a research partnership  with Rutgers University, the University of Rhode Island and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to support academic research activities related to offshore wind.The group is set to launch the Ecosystem and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (ECO-PAM) project.Ørsted signed an initial memorandum of understanding with Rutgers University in May 2019 to support academic research activities related to offshore wind.

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MOL Intros Lighthouse Information Platform

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has begun operation of a new data platform called ‘Lighthouse’, to provide real time transport information to dry bulk shipping customers and stakeholders.The platform is a service that allows those involved in the transport process, such as shippers and vessel operators, to safely, unitarily, and in real time, share and monitor various kinds of information related to ocean transport, such as vessel schedules ,weather, ocean conditions…

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Telemar Launches BridgeLink

Telemar, the Marlink Group company, launched its BridgeLink solution.Telemar engineers will use the BridgeLink Smart Maintenance Application to provide pro-active support to reduce potential down-time and increase efficiency of Bridge Electronics hardware as well as associated software maintenance and repair.“BridgeLink will enhance our efficiency in servicing our customers’ needs in terms of bridge electronics maintenance,” said Giorgio Santantonio, General Manager, Telemar Italy.

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Research Vessel Equipped with Integrated IoT System

KVH Industries, Inc. and Kongsberg Digital completed the installation of their first joint maritime IoT system on an active working vessel.The team installed a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT connectivity and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform on Simrad Echo, a Norwegian research vessel owned and operated by Kongsberg, which will continue normal operations during the pilot maritime IoT project. Together, KVH Watch and Kognifai Vessel Insight provide an integrated infrastructure…

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Hamburg Süd Launches Remote Container Management

All Hamburg Süd customers can use the new Remote Container Management (RCM) technology for their reefer container shipments. RCM monitors parameters such as temperature, relative humidity, and the concentrations of O2 and CO2 within the reefer container in real time. The added value of using RCM is that it enables customers to use this data to monitor their supply chain better, to make it much more efficient and reliable, and to thereby leverage great potential for cost savings.

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SSY Strengthens Big Data Capability

Simpson Spence Young (SSY) is partnering with Gothenburg based tech company Marine Benchmark.This new partnership will enhance and strengthen SSY's client offering, as Marine Benchmark will bring a competitive advantage by providing expertise in statistical analysis across a wide range of maritime market data. Meanwhile SSY's resources and reach will further strengthen Marine Benchmark's presence in the global market for maritime research and data.Mark Richardson, Chairman of SSY commented…

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NYK Advances Maritime Autonomy

As the marine industry evolves toward autonomous operations, one of the sticking points traditionally has been centered on maintenance and answering the question: “what happens when machinery needs fixed?”Helping to advance the technologies is the NYK Group, which recently finished a concluded a joint research agreement for developing advanced condition-based maintenance (CBM), a new maintenance and management process for ship machinery which eschews the maritime practice of time-based maintenance (TBM).

The Wärtsilä Expert Insight digital product uses AI and advanced diagnostics to relay data to the customer.

Taking CBM to the ‘Next Level’

As ship owners increasingly use data to schedule ship equipment maintenance, evolving from a calendar-based to a condition-based maintenance (CBM) regimen, Wärtsilä launches its Expert Insight predictive maintenance product, a digital product designed to enable customer support to be delivered proactively by Wärtsilä Expertise Centers to ensure long-term accurate insight for their predictive maintenance strategies. The product is available in combination with a Wärtsilä Lifecycle…

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DP World Orders Terminal Tractors at Kalmar

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has concluded an agreement with long-standing partner the global port operator DP World for 38 Ottawa T2 terminal tractors for the company’s Caucedo terminal in the Dominican Republic.The order was booked in Cargotec's 2019 Q3 order intake, with delivery scheduled to take place during Q1 and Q2 of 2020.DP World Caucedo is a world-class marine terminal and free zone located in Punta Caucedo, 25 kilometers from Santo Domingo, which is the commercial and political capital of the Dominican Republic.Kalmar and DP World…

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New System Measures Shock Mitigation

CDG Coast Dynamics Group, Ltd. introduced KINETIX, a vessel and crew monitoring program for high-speed craft, designed to enable  maritime agencies to optimize their shock mitigation strategies using more complete data, more easily comply with legislation, and keep their personnel and assets safer.KINETIX consists of lab-quality, marine-grade sensors that integrate with the vessel’s shock mitigation seating, while specialized software records data in a compact, marinized housing.

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CargoSmart Intros Connected Reefer Solution

CargoSmart, the provider of global shipment management software solutions, announced its brand-new CargoSmart Connected Reefer Solution, a one-stop reefer cargo management solution for ocean carriers and shippers.The AI and IoT-enabled solution features end-to-end information transparency, including enhanced reefer container Pre-Trip Inspection (PTI) support, real-time container status monitoring updates, and predictive cargo arrival status. It allows carriers to offer best-in-class performance to shippers with lowered operating costs.

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MCI Signs EchoPilot Deal

Marine Components International (MCI) in the UK has been chosen by Denmark’s Daniamant to distribute its British-designed EchoPilot forward-looking 3D sonar systems (FLS 3D).Dorset-headquartered maritime company supplies a wide range of high-end marine products to leading yacht builders and shipyards worldwide. MCI managing director Andy Scott said he is delighted to welcome EchoPilot to MCI’s portfolio.“EchoPilot is a pioneer in Forward Looking Sonar ever since patenting the World’s first forward looking sonar in 1992…

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Diversity, Tech on Tap at WISTA Conference

A top hostage negotiator, the CEO of a company which supplies environmental products to ship owners and operators and the heads of two maritime technology firms are all part of an impressive line-up of speakers scheduled to speak at the 2019 Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) AGM & Conference which takes place next week from Tuesday, October 29, to Friday, November 1. The four-day event is being hosted by WISTA Cayman Islands and is expected to bring over 200 maritime experts from 30-plus countries.

At the 2019 CEDA Dredging Days, IADC’s Secretary General René Kolman (right) bestows the 2nd Young Author Award 2019 to Ms Liesbeth De Keukelaere (left) for her contribution to the paper “Mapping water quality with drones – test case in Texel”. Photo: IADC

De Keukelaere Wins IADC "Young Author Award"

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) bestowed the Young Author Award to Liesbeth De Keukelaere, R&D Professional at VITO in Belgium. IADC’s Young Author Award is given annually to “stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”. The award is granted at industry-leading conferences, with a winning young author selected from the proceedings of the CEDA Dredging Days 2019, held on November 7-8, 2019, in Rotterdam…

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Trelleborg Upgrades Safety at PrimePort Timaru

Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation has supplied its latest navigation and piloting solution to PrimePort Timaru in New Zealand, as part of an upgrade in order to increase capacity at the port and facilitate the accommodation of larger vessels.Enabling the port to berth Rio-class ships, which can handle up to 5,900 TEUs, PrimePort has installed Trelleborg’s SafePilot CAT MAX. The solution consists of heading and positioning units, which can communicate with each other and the pilot’s display via Wi-Fi.

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RINA, VRMedia Kiber Team

Classification society RINA signed an agreement with VRMedia, an augmented and virtual reality company, to boost the development of remote inspection technologies to carry out ship inspections using VRMedia’s Kiber system.Kiber is a wearable hardware and software fully integrated system for remote assistance, that allows the consultation and sharing of real time information between several participants through augmented reality tech.With the Kiber Helmet, a headset equipped with a video camera…

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ChartCo Relocates Offices to the Heart of Rotterdam

In a move which supports ChartCo’s ongoing expansion, the company is relocating from Driemanssteeweg 200 to Parmentierplein 20, Rotterdam with a brand-new technology office, thereby siting the firm at the epicenter of Europe’s largest port.ChartCo’s new central location will help to support customers and provide an excellent base from which to present the company’s innovative products. ChartCo’s dedicated Dutch sales and support team will also be based at the new site from October 18…

Logixboard Raises $4.2m to Expand Platform

Logixboard, the digital partner for freight forwarders, has announced it raised a $4.2 million seed round to expand its platform and fuel product innovation. Social Leverage led the round, with participation from F-Prime Capital, Founders' Co-op, Techstars Venture Fund, Liquid 2 VC, Bragiel Brothers, and Tom Gonser, the Founder of Docusign. Logixboard also announced Social Leverage Partner, Gary Benitt, has joined the company's Board.Many of the challenges that burden freight forwarders today stem from siloed systems, unstructured data, and the lack of a centralized customer offering.