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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Veth Propulsion Delivers 4000th Thruster

July 3, 2019
Veth Propulsion Delivers 4000th Thruster

Veth Propulsion's 4000th thruster has become a special, golden one. The international manufacturer of ship propulsion machinery from Papendrecht, the Netherlands, will mount the thruster on the Protoporos 15, one of fifteen ferryboats owned by Greek ship owner, the Tsokos family.

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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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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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Three Companies Nominated for Maritime Innovation Award 2019

June 26, 2019
Three Companies Nominated for Maritime Innovation Award 2019

From seventeen entries, the Maritime Innovation Award jury has selected its three nominees: Conoship with their eConowind unit, Huisman Equipment BV with a new offshore crane design and Value Maritime with a "plug and play" scrubber. The winner will be announced at the Maritime Awards Gala 2019 on 4 November.

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Dutch Partners for Developer of New Wind Turbine Blade Lifting Method

June 24, 2019
Dutch Partners for Developer of New Wind Turbine Blade Lifting Method

Van Oord and Mammoet have entered into a partnership with scale-up Verton to develop a new lifting method for installing wind turbine blades. The method is to shorten installation cycle times and make installation safer for operators.

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European Inventor Award for Dutch Antifouling Solution

June 21, 2019
European Inventor Award for Dutch Antifouling Solution

The European Patent Office (EPO) has presented Dutch materials scientist Rik Breur with the European Inventor Award 2019 in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) category. Breur has developed a non-toxic wrap for marine structures and ships that prevents biofouling.

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LeanShips Project Achieves 3.5% Fuel Savings for Ships with CPPs

June 19, 2019
LeanShips Project Achieves 3.5% Fuel Savings for Ships with CPPs

A newly designed Energy Saving Device (ESD) for ships with controllable pitch propellers can save some 3.5 per cent in fuel. This was confirmed after sea trials with Grimaldi’s Grande Portogallo, a 165 metres long Pure Car & Truck Carrier.

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ABB Launches Compact Turbocharger for Low-speed Marine Engines

June 12, 2019
ABB Launches Compact Turbocharger for Low-speed Marine Engines

ABB Turbocharging has optimised its turbochargers to suit small- and medium-bore two-stroke diesel and gas engines. The turbochargers operate on all fuels and their compact design allows installation in smaller engine rooms while still delivering the high-power density expected from larger turbochargers.

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Damen Presents New Shoalbuster Design at Seawork

June 11, 2019
Damen Presents New Shoalbuster Design at Seawork

Damen Shipyards Group has brought its new Shoalbuster design to Seawork Marine and Workboat Exhibition being held in Southampton this week. The new 27-metre long, 11-metre wide vessel was developed in response to recent Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) changes concerning crew accommodation.

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