Chinese firm Yuanben reports that it has signed a ‘Blockchain Technical Service Cooperation Agreement’ with the Maritime Silk Road Platform, created by Zhuozhi Logistics Group, that will see the companies work together to provide blockchain services for global maritime freight.
Wärtsilä has announced plans to build a new €200 million Smart Technology Hub in Finland, which will act as a centre of research, product development and production for the company when it opens in 2020.
Zurich-based maritime software company MESPAS has launched a new web-based trading platform to link vessel operators and maritime suppliers, to increase efficiency in their procurement processes.
Maritime satcom provider Marlink has announced two new partnerships with We4Sea and Transmetrics, to expand its portfolio of digital services for shipping clients and assist them in improving fuel efficiency and reducing operating costs.
V.Group has announced a tie-up with management consultancy Accenture to develop a new project called Embark, which aims to enhance crew management through the introduction of an in-house shared services model which leverages technology to optimise key processes.
Älvtank has begun an implementation project with Sea IT of Sweden to deliver a range of technology systems to two new vessels that are being added to the Älvtank fleet.
Maritime satellite antenna manufacturer Intellian has refuted media reports that cyber vulnerabilities in shipboard antennas could allow the systems to be hacked and used as a ‘microwave-based weapon’, telling Digital Ship that there is “no practical way” of successfully carrying out such an attack.
Germany-based Vertom-Bojen has agreed a new deal with NSSLGlobal to roll out VSAT services across its globally-trading fleet, the companies report.
Danish dry cargo and product tanker operator NORDEN reports that it is to use the SEDNA software package as its new communication platform for transaction management and team collaboration, replacing e-mail as the default mode of communication for the company’s teams.
YARA reports that it has signed a deal with shipyard VARD worth approximately NOK 250 million (US$30 million) to build the autonomous container vessel Yara Birkeland, scheduled to be delivered for launch in early 2020.
JRC/Alphatron Marine has launched two new products for the bridge electronics market, introducing their ProLine packages, consisting of a range of navigation equipment, as well as a new ready-to-assemble version of its existing AlphaBridge integrated bridge system.
Common Structural Rules Software LLC, a joint venture company formed by ABS and Lloyd’s Register (LR), has released a software upgrade which aims to simplify compliance with current and pending IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR).
PC Maritime has launched a new route optimisation system, developed in line with the latest ECDIS standards to allow exported vessel routes to be reviewed and modified by ship managers, port authorities and relevant shore-based authorities.
Euronav has begun the rollout of the SERTICA maritime software platform from Logimatic across its fleet of approximately 50 vessels, with the first ship in the programme now successfully installed.
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