Source: Tanker Shipping and Trade Fri 09 Feb 2018 by Paul Gunton
IMO agreed draft amendments today (9 February) to MARPOL Annex VI that would prohibit the carriage of fuel oil “used or carried for use on board ships” when that fuel oil is not compliant with the 0.5% global sulphur limit that comes into force from 2020. But there will be an exception for ships fitted with an approved “equivalent arrangement” to meet the sulphur limit – such as an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) or “scrubber”.
While unmanned ships and autonomous ports are technologically feasible, it will be quite some time before the global maritime community overcomes the fear and uncertainty associated with removing all human control of critical safety, security, and environmentally sensitive shipping operations. We do, however, stand on a precipice where technology has become an essential element of many onboard and shore-based systems that will continue to revolutionize the way shipping operations are conducted.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority and IBM have partnered on a multi-year digitisation initiative to transform the port’s operational environment using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in preparation for autonomous shipping.
The initiative will prepare the port’s entire 42km site to host connected ships as it bids to become the world’s smartest port. Cisco and Axians are also involved in the project.
The Port of Rotterdam is rolling out multiple digitalization initiatives in a bid to become the “smartest port in the world.” The massive seaport – the busiest in Europe and the 12th busiest in the world – handles over 460 million tonnes of cargo and 140,000 ships per year, and it wants to keep its lead by deploying cuttting-edge technology.
Underway from sea to #portofrotterdam, the EUROVISION draws 15,3 meters deep. With the assistance of tugs SMIT SEINE and SMIT HUDSON and the KRVE linesmen she moored alongside TEAM oilterminal jetty 2.
Increasing demand for port-related logistics real estate has resulted in the Port of Rotterdam Authority classifying a further 100 hectares of land at Maasvlakte 2 as a distribution park. ‘Distripark Maasvlakte West’ is currently the only available ‘greenfield’ site for distribution in the Port of Rotterdam.
“Distripark Maasvlakte West is now available for allocation,” stated Maarten de Wijs, Business Manager Distribution & Warehousing at the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “There is a lot of interest from the market. That’s because it’s a top location for both logistics service providers and shippers as well as real estate developers and investors.” The site has multimodal links by road, rail and water and is located just a stone’s throw from high-frequency deep-sea and short-sea connections. The new Distripark is also located conveniently for the A15, the Maasvlakte Plaza Truck parking area, the existing Maasvlakte distripark and the freight rail links between Maasvlakte and the European hinterland.
Reliable, user-friendly and integrated navigation and communications systems can help with decision making on a ship. That is where e-Navigation comes in.
International Maritime Organization (IMO) attended the e-Navigation Underway International Conference which takes place every year on board a ship travelling between Copenhagen and Oslo (24-26 January 2018).