DIMECC, leader of the ‘One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem’, has opened what it says is the first globally available test area for autonomous vessel projects in Finland. The test area will be open to anyone wishing to examine the success of their research into unmanned ship systems in open waters, the company says.
Shipping giant Maersk has posted its Q2 financial results for 2017, showing a strong 8.4 per cent growth in revenues – however, the company has noted that the unexpected costs of the ‘NotPetya’ cyber-attack it suffered at the end of June will impact negatively on next quarter’s results and could run up to US$300 million.
UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has agreed a deal with Speedcast to provide end-to-end communication services on board its fleet of four cruise ships, including VSAT and land-based 4G/LTE connectivity.
NAPA reports that it has updated its performance monitoring and reporting systems to support compliance with EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) legislation, providing users of NAPA Shipping Solutions, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN and NAPA-DSME Power with options to generate MRV reports.
Satellite AIS data company exactEarth has announced that its exactTrax small vessel monitoring technology has been incorporated into the VMS Track-Pro Class B AIS transponder developed by Weatherdock of Nuremberg, Germany.
Pacific International Lines (PIL), PSA International and IBM Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore and trial proof of concept (POC) blockchain-based supply chain business network systems.
A group of nine recent Norwegian graduates, working as part of a project with DNV GL, have developed a smart ‘robot container’ concept vehicle, with built-in cooling systems and the ability to sail to ports autonomously without any human interaction.
Intelsat has announced a deal with Brazilian company Mareste Equipamentos e Serviços de Telecomunicação, under which the South American service provider which will use Intelsat capacity to deliver communications for maritime customers with small vessels.
The freight ferry Stena Scotia, operated by Stena Line, has completed implementation of ABB’s DEGO IV speed governor and actuation software package, used to control the vessel’s propulsion system and reduce fuel consumption by minimising roll and rudder movements.
Briese Schiffahrt, a general cargo, multipurpose and heavy lift vessel operator headquartered in Leer, Germany, has appointed the Korean Register (KR) as its provider of European Union Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (EU-MRV) services.
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