LOC, part of AqualisBraemar LOC Group, has announced the launch of a new digital solution to enhance safety of marine operations within ports and harbours. The service will be based on the development of a digitised training library for port-based ship pilots, creating a structure for the retention of pilotage experience, and reducing risk of marine operations with 360-degree aerial views for pilot operations using drone technology.
Provider of port management software, Innovez One, has stated that of the 4,900 ports in the world, the majority are not yet using digital technology for even the most basic processes.
HHH Marine has signed a multi-year contract with port management information software provider, Innovez One, to digitise its fleet operations.
Ship manager Anglo-Eastern has completed the successful roll-out of DNV GL’s Navigator Port to its fleet of more than 600 vessels.
Navigator Port software is used onboard several thousand ships for management of port documentation, assisting seafarers in navigating the administrative and regulatory complexity of port clearance and passage through controlled waters.
“One of the most time-consuming tasks onboard is preparing port documentation,” said Captain Pradeep Chawla, managing director, QHSE and training at Anglo-Eastern. “We have brought in Navigator Port to reduce the administrative burden and ensure quality of the reporting. This is especially important on ships where the port of call is not known well in advance.”
“The addition of Navigator Port to our ships is part of our overall digital transformation effort across our fleet,” stated Capt. Bjorn Hojgaard, chief executive officer of Anglo-Eastern. “We are evolving our shipboard technologies for the future with smart solutions, and DNV GL’s offering complements our vision for a digitally enhanced fleet.”
Navigator Port facilitates compliance with requirements from charterers and port authorities. Approximately 1,400 port clearance forms are automatically filled in with ship data, so the required paperwork can be prepared in a few minutes. The system reports directly to maritime authorities, such as the Electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure (eNOAD) to the United States Coast Guard, and the Electronic Pre-Arrival Notification (ePAN) to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
In addition, Navigator Port includes a database of information about all the world’s ports and terminals based on publications and data from IHS Markit Ports & Terminals Guide, ADMIRALTY List of Radio Signals (Volume 6) and other sources. In all, paperwork can be reduced by up to 90 per cent.
“We’re very pleased about the successful implementation of Navigator Port across the Anglo-Eastern fleet. Navigator Port makes it easier for the crew to report accurately and efficiently, which ultimately means that they can focus on their primary responsibility: safe and sound navigation,” said Kenneth Vareide, CEO of DNV GL – Digital Solutions.
Guidance Marine, a Wärtsilä company, has launched a new high-resolution radar to improve safety in ports. The RS24 radar is the world’s first commercially available K-band maritime radar.
Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) has announced ambitious goals for 2019 and revealed its recent progress across the nine ports it manages.
Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation has announced that Terminal Puerto Arica (TPA) has gone live with the Navis N4 terminal operating system to better manage increasing volumes of cargo.
The UK government has made technological innovation a key element of its newly published Maritime 2050 strategy, which will include the creation of a ‘Maritime Innovation Hub’ at an as yet unnamed port by 2030.
Finnish gantry crane and port systems provider Konecranes has agreed to pilot UK-based start-up CargoMate’s port call optimisation technology from Q1 2019, to assess how the application can assist in minimising delays and idle time for container ships in port.
A group of ports located in the North East of the UK have joined a project aiming to pilot ‘smart’ digital initiatives and satellite-based systems to improve operations, as part of the Smart Port North East Testbed.
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