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Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have completed a successful demonstration of what they claim is the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in an archipelago south of the city of Turku, Finland.

DNV GL has issued its first SmartShip descriptive notation to a very large ore carrier (VLOC), the vessel Pacific Vision, which has been delivered by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard to China Merchants Energy Shipping Company.

Wärtsilä reports that it has successfully completed a further round of test procedures of its automated dock-to-dock solution, on the 85m ferry ‘Folgefonn’ owned by Norwegian operator Norled.

FUELTRAX has release FUELNET Generation 5 (GEN-5), the latest version of its fuel data processing network which adds collection, storage, tracking and processing of weather data metrics, activity time-stamped and linked to vessel geolocation.

Trelleborg has announced the launch of SafeTug, a new software system that aims to assist tugboat operators and ports in optimising efficiency through real-time data sharing.

Marine data intelligence company GreenSteam has launched a new version of its fuel saving software platform GreenSteam Manager (GSM), adding machine learning technology and a new user interface.

Xeneta has launched a new Xeneta Shipping Index (XSI) Public Indices report, which utilises its database of over 85 million contracted freight rates to deliver a monthly snapshot of long-term rate developments in the container industry, including an overview of the busiest global trade corridors, allowing users to monitor regional developments and track trends for key markets.

Bureau Veritas reports that it has introduced online ‘third-party’ verification services for maritime procurement, provided by its Assurance Solutions’ team and delivered through its partnership with bluester announced in September 2018.

Global Eagle Entertainment has agreed a new deal with French-owned cruise line PONANT for the delivery of new technology and satellite television services to its existing fleet and for six newbuild ships.

BIMCO has announced that it is developing a new clause for its standard contracts to deal with cyber security risks and related incidents that might affect the ability of contracted parties to perform their obligations.

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