Vickers Oils has opened its 1,700 square metre state-of-the-art R&D laboratory, as well refurbishing its existing laboratories, to support its strategic expansion plans. The opening marks the completion of a four-year project to modernise and extend the company’s facilities. Read more “Vickers Oils Makes Major Facilities Investment”
The annual Global Run Bodrum took place on 28 April, bringing people together in the event ethos of ‘Run for Hope’. Sponsored by Global Ports Holding plc and Global Investment Holdings, Global Run Bodrum brought sportsmanship, competition and celebrations to the city. Bodrum Cruise Port hosted the event and was the start point for participants. Read more “Sixth Global Run Bodrum Breaks Records”
The 46’ x 17.5’ high tunnel catamaran George Ryan recently arrived in Juneau after departing Port Angeles, Washington three days prior. The vessel was built by Armstrong Marine USA for Alaska Tales Whale Watching, located in Juneau. Alaska Tales also operates a 42’ catamaran, Jay Ellis, built by Armstrong in 2017. Read more “New Armstrong Marine Catamaran Arrives in Juneau, Alaska”
AEGIR-Marine (expert in the field of stern tube seals and services for maritime propulsion systems) was assigned with an NK Class Type Approval. The newly certified seal assembly will be available for customers worldwide as of today. They are an addition to our Type Approval from several other major classification societies. Read more “AEGIR-Marine Seal Assembly Receives ClassNK Type Approval”
NAPA, the leading maritime software, services and data analysis provider and ChartWorld, the leading digital chart agent, have today announced their partnership to provide revolutionary artificial intelligence-driven voyage planning and optimization.
Oliver Schwarz, ChartWorld’s Business Development Director, commented, “In today’s era of constant regulatory change and cost volatility, vessel efficiency and safety are more important than ever. Through the integration of ChartWorld’s industry-leading voyage planning with NAPA Fleet Intelligence, shipping’s most powerful software for optimized vessel operation, we have created a solution that reliably gives owners and operators the information they need to make the most cost effective and time efficient choices for their fleets.”
Schwarz continued, “With the adoption of ECDIS, voyage planning has become increasingly complex. Best-practice risk management requires ‘four eyes’ on voyage planning, with the master verifying the second mate’s plans. Onshore personnel can use the MyRouteAppraisal (MyRA) solution to pre-check onboard navigation planning for additional certainty, as well as comparing different route alternatives for the same voyage.”
The solution developed by NAPA and ChartWorld includes modules for evaluating the operational efficiency of past voyages, and then using this data to optimize the efficiency of future transits where there are similar variables and trends. Past voyages are automatically evaluated via datasets collected from ChartWorld’s route network to find improved routes the vessel could have taken. These voyages are also automatically analyzed by NAPA’s algorithms for operational efficiency, taking into account wave conditions, weather, and other factors that affect the voyage.
Risto Kariranta, Director of Services, Shipping Solutions at NAPA, commented, “As a former mariner I know all too well how laborious voyage planning can be even on a clear day with calm seas. Our partnership with ChartWorld provides a solution I could only dream of having available when I was on the bridge. Additionally, by using our AI-based algorithms operators are able to reduce the cost of each voyage, execute it more safely and with far less work for the crew onboard.”
Under this partnership, ChartWorld has signed a re-seller agreement with NAPA allowing for a range of NAPA services to be provided as an integral part of ChartWorld’s MyRouteAppraisal (MyRA) platform. MyRA, combined with NAPA’s vessel performance enhancements provides charterers, ship operators, and onboard personnel with a range of advanced tools related to voyage planning. Charterers, for example, will be able to evaluate the cost of voyages for different destinations with different schedules. They also can share these plans in real-time with ship operators and onboard crew. Read more “NAPA and ChartWorld Partner to Provide AI-Driven Voyage Planning”
ABS published the Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units (Smart Guide) to help marine and offshore owners and operators capitalize on their operational data. Read more “ABS Unveils Industry’s First Notations for Smart Functions”
Finnish cruise ferry operator Eckerö Line will soon be using a new bridge display technology that shows a sensor-generated visualization of the ship and its surroundings. The system – ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision – is intended to help increase situational awareness, particularly during docking and in busy waterways. It will soon be installed on the ferry MS Finlandia, which makes three runs per day between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. Read more “Eckerö Line Deploys 3D Ship Display for Situational Awareness”
China’s craze for the swim bladder of the totoaba, a giant Mexican fish, has driven it close to extinction. Dubbed “aquatic cocaine," trade in the delicacy is banned, but smuggling is still a major problem. There is new hope, however, thanks to increased awareness of the issue in China and better cooperation with both Mexico and the United States, a major transit point. Read more “Cracking Down on the Swim Bladder Smugglers”
Two crewmembers of the icebreaking cargo ship Vasiliy Golovnin died during a voyage between Antarctica and South Africa, according to union officials. Read more “Two Crewmembers of Russian Icebreaker Die on Antarctic Voyage”
The UK Chamber of Shipping is warning that French and Greek proposals for a worldwide speed reduction rule could delay the transition to a low-carbon future. In the lead-up to MEPC 74, France has proposed a new IMO speed limit on several vessel classes in order to achieve CO2 emissions reductions. Fuel consumption rises quickly with vessel speed, and small reductions can potentially result in large savings. Read more “UK Chamber: Speed Limits May Not Help Decarbonization”