FPSO Remotely Positioned During Maintenance on the North Sea

July 19, 2019
FPSO Remotely Positioned During Maintenance on the North Sea

Fugro has conducted the first fully remote floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel heading control operation in the North Sea. The project included remote configuration of the positioning systems, the assisting anchor handling vessel and the dive support vessel.

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Drone Inspects Ships' Depth in Port of Amsterdam

July 12, 2019
Drone Inspects Ships' Depth in Port of Amsterdam

The Telemetron, a sailing drone that inspects the depth of ships at the locks of IJmuiden shows that drones can do more than just fly. The aim of this pilot, a collaboration between Port of Amsterdam, the Dutch Customs Office, Seabed and Maritime Robotics, is to gain more knowledge of sailing drone technology.

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Mitsui and Tokyo University Test Autonomous Vessel Berthing

July 12, 2019
Mitsui and Tokyo University Test Autonomous Vessel Berthing

Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, Mitsui OSK Lines and the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology have completed 54 autonomous berthing operations using a virtual pier set on the open water off the coast of Japan. The demonstration project was conducted using the university's training ship Shioji Maru.

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Dutch SME Catalyst Fund Supports Dredging Robot Project

July 1, 2019
Dutch SME Catalyst Fund Supports Dredging Robot Project

The company Aqitec Water Systems in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, has received 20,000 euros from the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Catalyst Fund Drechtsteden. The company uses this co-financing to carry out a feasibility study for a dredging robot.

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Remote Digital Survey Pilot of DP Systems Completed

June 11, 2019
Remote Digital Survey Pilot of DP Systems Completed

DNV GL, Kongsberg Maritime (KM) and Subsea 7 have concluded pilot testing of a digital dynamic positioning (DP) survey application. The tool takes data directly from a vessel’s control systems and transmits this to a secure cloud, where it is available for assessment by expert verifiers, class, and vendors.

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New Voyage Planner Uses AI to Select Sailing Route

June 11, 2019
New Voyage Planner Uses AI to Select Sailing Route

Technology group Wärtsilä has launched its new Navi-Planner. This voyage planning system utilises a large navigational databases and artificial intelligence (AI) to auto-create a safe sailing route. It also cuts onboard voyage planning from five hours to thirty minutes.

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Wärtsilä Auto-docking System on Sale

June 3, 2019
Wärtsilä Auto-docking System on Sale

Ships docking by themselves has become reality now that technology group Wärtsilä from Finland has booked its first order for SmartDock. This makes it the world’s first commercially available auto-docking solution and is a significant step towards the realisation of autonomous vessels.

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Port of Rotterdam Sends Container Full of Sensors Across the Globe

May 28, 2019
Port of Rotterdam Sends Container Full of Sensors Across the Globe

The hyper-smart Container 42 has left the port of Rotterdam for the first leg of a two-year data-collecting mission around the world. The container – which houses an array of sensors and communications equipment – is to contribute to the development of a "digital twin" for the port.

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European Shipbuilders to Collaborate on Vessel Connectivity

April 25, 2019
European Shipbuilders to Collaborate on Vessel Connectivity

A group of large European shipbuilders including Damen Shipyards has announced a new cooperative initiative to develop and demonstrate a connected vessel platform. This project is named Code Kilo.

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MOL to Use Augmented Reality on Board VLCCs

April 23, 2019
MOL to Use Augmented Reality on Board VLCCs

Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. (MOL) will install a navigation system using augmented reality (AR) technology on 21 MOL Group-operated very large crude oil carriers (VLCCs).

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