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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Drones Can Now Measure a Ship's Steel Thickness

July 8, 2019
Drones Can Now Measure a Ship's Steel Thickness

Visual inspections and steel thickness measurements are key elements of renewal surveys. To reduce survey time and cost, DNV GL has developed a new type of drone with ultrasonic technology that can measure steel thickness.

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Inmarsat Launches Arctic Broadband Service

July 5, 2019
Inmarsat Launches Arctic Broadband Service

In partnership with Space Norway, Inmarsat will launch the world’s first and only high-speed mobile broadband capacity for mobility segments in the Arctic region. High-speed connectivity is vital to Arctic offshore exploration as well as the growing number of merchant and cruise ships that transit the Northwest Passage.

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First Blockchain Container Reaches Rotterdam

July 2, 2019
First Blockchain Container Reaches Rotterdam

The first paperless, instantly financed and fully door-to-door tracked container made its way from Korea to the warehouse of Samsung SDS in Tilburg via Port of Rotterdam. This was made possible by Blockchain-based platform Deliver.

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AI to Optimise Towage Vessel Dispatchment

June 28, 2019
AI to Optimise Towage Vessel Dispatchment

PortX based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Helm Operations from Victoria, BC, Canada, have created an artificial intelligence (AI) assisted dispatching tool for towage vessels. By simplifying the dispatch management process, costs are reduced while ensuring an optimal schedule for port operators.

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North Sea Port Uses Underwater Robot to Inspect Quays

June 27, 2019
North Sea Port Uses Underwater Robot to Inspect Quays

As an alternative to deploying a diver, North Sea Port has conducted a quay inspection test in Terneuzen, the Netherlands, with an underwater robot. Using a robot means there is no diver at risk while ships can continue to sail in and out as usual.

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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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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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STC Group Orders Simulator Software for Maritime Training Centres

May 23, 2019
STC Group Orders Simulator Software for Maritime Training Centres

Maritime students at Rotterdam based STC Group will spend more time practicing their navigational skills after the school ordered new simulator classrooms. The systems will be ready for use by the end of August 2019, in time for the start of the new academic year.

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