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Navigation, Autonomy & New Technologies

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.
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.
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.
Rolls-Royce reports that it has signed a new agreement with Associated British Ports (ABP) and global towage operator Svitzer, part of the Maersk Group, to develop a range of digitisation and ship intelligence systems for use in port operations.
NYK, and its Group companies MTI, Keihin Dock Co, and Japan Marine Science (JMS), have announced their participation in a demonstration project being carried out by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) to demonstrate remote operation of an unmanned ship.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service reports that it has been selected to join a Singaporean government project to develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for the city-state, and will receive dedicated funding for its proposed shore-to-ship delivery system as part of the programme.
ChartCo has announced the launch of a new e-navigation and compliance platform called OneOcean, incorporating data from its existing environmental management systems to help crew plan the handling of waste and minimise the risk of a faulty discharge, as well as integrating its passage planning and document management applications.
Wärtsilä’s Seals & Bearings division is to upgrade the repair and maintenance options for its products with the launch of new augmented reality and ‘smart glasses’ technologies.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced the launch of an ambitious research partnership in Japan aimed at developing an advanced navigation support system for use at sea.
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