The Paris MoU region and the Tokyo MoU performed a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation, including ECDIS, last year, an the Paris MoU has released its initial findings, saying the results are encouraging.
Port of Rotterdam project will support Dutch economy’s transition to low carbon
A waste-to-chemistry facility is to be built in Rotterdam following a project development agreement struck between the Port of Rotterdam and a consortium of companies comprising Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Enerkem.
The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for non-recyclable wastes, converting waste plastics and other mixed wastes into new raw materials, the consortium claims.
PortXL, a Rotterdam, Netherlands-based international accelerator for maritime and port-related technologies, has announced its selection of 14 startups to participate in a three-month accelerator program, set to begin in March.
In an announcement on Tuesday, PortXL said that the program reviewed 1,000 startups, selecting 14 companies that showed the most potential to innovate the port sector.
The world’s only accelerator dedicated to port technologies, Port XL’s program is mentorship-driven and aims to connect innovative startups with port industry leaders around the world.
Positioning and timing have been the foundation blocks for navigation since man first took to the oceans. Since the development of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in the late 1970s, position, navigation and timing (PNT) based on satellite input has been vital to many critical systems on board vessels, allowing receivers to determine location to a high-degree of precision (within a few meters) using time signals transmitted from space. The maritime industry relies on trustworthy PNT in transport infrastructure, navigation, communications, search and rescue applications, fishing operations, regulation and recreational boating.
Vessel autonomy is a longstanding source of interest in shipping circles, and it is gradually becoming a reality, at least in certain applications. Construction should begin on the first self-driving container feeder sometime this year. But at Maersk Line, the world’s biggest ocean carrier, autonomous shipping is met with a shrug.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Maersk CEO Soren Skou said that his firm already uses small crews on its giant boxships, and he doesn’t see much advantage in taking the last few people off the vessel. Even if there were a commercial reason to do so and the technology were available, “I don’t expect we will be allowed to sail around with 400-meter long container ships, weighing 200,000 tonnes without any human beings on board,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a driver of efficiency, not in my time.”
Others aren’t so sure. Rolls-Royce Marine has put considerable resources into researching and promoting merchant vessel autonomy, as have many other leading marine technology firms, and several governments have designated specific test areas where manufacturers can trial their autonomous vessel prototypes. Norway has three such areas – Horten, Trondheimsfjord and Storfjorden – and China designated its own 300-square-mile test region off Zhuhai earlier this month.
One of the first commercial autonomous vessels will be a containership, albeit a small one. The YARA Birkeland, an all-electric, 120 TEU feeder, will run between three ports in southern Norway. All are within about 30 nm of each other and all within the nation’s territorial seas. The shipyard for the Birkeland’s construction should be selected within the first quarter of this year and delivery is expected in 2019, with fully autonomous operation by 2020.
Na ruim 67 jaar trouwe dienst heeft de Sirius nu echt zijn laatste reis gemaakt. Het Greenpeace-schip wordt in Haarlem op duurzame wijze gesloopt. Met pijn in het hart nemen we afscheid van het schip dat van 1980 tot 2001 deel heeft uitgemaakt van de Greenpeace-vloot.
Helderste ster aan de hemel
De Sirius is een van oudste en bekendste Greenpeace-actieschepen. Het schip is in 1950 in Nederland gebouwd als een van de zeven loodsboten voor het Nederlandse loodswezen. Al deze boten kregen de naam van een ster, en zo ook de Sirius: de naam van de helderste ster aan de hemel.
The Efficiensea 2 project has begun tests of a new digital ‘Under Keel Clearance Service’ to support mariners in assessing the impact of tidal levels and weather on passage plans that include shallow water.
“A new digital test service could make it easier for mariners to assess how tidal level and weather affect their plans to pass through challenging passageways where shallow water poses a risk. Initially, for testing purposes, the service covers the Sound between Sweden and Denmark,” said a press statement.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) yesterday disclosed details of a new Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) which could help to improve situational awareness and safety.
Developed to cover an area of the Bristol Channel known as ‘The Bridge’, this ‘high density’ ENC displays depth contours at one-metre intervals, allowing ECDIS to set safety contours at corresponding levels to support navigation through shallow water.
Last October, the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy hosted the first-ever large-scale demonstration of marine robotic systems.
The exercise, known as the Unmanned Warrior Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) Demonstration Initiative, was billed as an opportunity for the Royal Navy to evaluate unmanned systems currently available around the world. The initiative was part of NATO’s “Joint Warrior,“ the largest military exercise in Europe.