A new initiative to create an open source digital platform for the creation of ‘digital twins’ for ships has been launched, with a ceremony at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre in Ålesund, Norway.
Rolls-Royce reports that results from the £1.3 million MAXCMAS (MAchine eXecutable Collision regulations for Marine Autonomous Systems) research project have demonstrated that the operation of autonomous vessels can meet, if not exceed, current collision avoidance (COLREG) rules.
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has agreed a deal with ABB to equip two new shuttle tankers, contracted to Statoil, with a range of new systems aimed at creating “better efficiency and lower emissions than any comparable tanker.”
The free, confidential helpline for seafarers provided by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) can now be accessed using the instant messaging app Viber, expanding the range of contact options for international crews in need of support.
Wärtsilä has agreed a deal to acquire Transas for €210 million, to leverage its navigation, simulation and monitoring systems in accelerating the development of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine Ecosystem concept.
Container shipping blockchain start-up 300cubits has announced the successful completion of the first trial shipment in its smart contract system, deployed on the Ethereum blockchain.
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has announced the acquisition of Nettitude, a provider of cyber security services to companies in various industries with 140 employees worldwide.
Speedcast reports that it is partnering with SRH Marine to provide a new Navigation as a Service (NaaS) product, offering distribution of electronic navigational charts and updates over satellite, managed by Speedcast’s SIGMA Gateway platform linked with SRH’s Pilot service.
Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC), a subsidiary company of China State Shipbuilding Corporation group (CSSC), has signed a licence agreement with Lloyd's Register (LR) for use of its ShipRight FastTrack software.
The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has launched “several projects” to help the industry adapt to changes in regulations and technologies, as well as identify barriers to autonomous ship operations, according to chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen.
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