Maritime Journal | Damen Verolme Rotterdam wins refit contract for drilling rig Stena Don

Damen Verolme Rotterdam (DVR), one of Damen Shipyards Group’s most experienced yards in the repair and refit of complex offshore structures, has been awarded a contract by Stena Drilling for a refit of its drilling rig Stena Don. The vessel will arrive at DVR in October 2018 and is expected to remain there for around three months. The most significant aspect of the works will be the installation of an eight-point mooring system prior to the rig being deployed off the UK’s Shetland Islands.

Eight-point mooring system

Preparations are already underway at DVR to ensure that the installation of the mooring system can begin as soon as the Stena Don arrives at the yard. Various elements of the system need to be manufactured. These include the anchor chain blisters and sponsons which, weighing 1,200 tonnes in all, are currently being fabricated at Damen Shipyards Mangalia, ahead of being transferred to Rotterdam. “Maritime Journal | Damen Verolme Rotterdam wins refit contract for drilling rig Stena Don” verder lezen

MOL autonomous shipping project targets 2025 for ‘practical use’ of vessels

The Japanese Government has selected a joint demonstration project proposed by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and others to test automated berthing, collision avoidance and remote monitoring systems with the goal of bringing autonomous vessels into service by 2025.

A statement from MOL referred to autonomous shipping’s ability to “significantly reduce” human errors and accidents while also “reducing the workload for mariners”.

“Human errors account for 80% of marine accidents, and since automated and autonomous operations of vessels can significantly reduce human errors, they have the potential to make a great contribution to reducing marine accidents,” the statement said. “Furthermore, autonomous operations hold great promise in reducing the workload for mariners and represent a fundamental change in ocean transport.”

MOL announced its participation in the project a week after the 25 July decision by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism, which, it said, “aims to achieve practical use of autonomous vessels by 2025” based on a target set by the Japanese Government in 2017.

MOL will partner in the project with the Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding (MES-S) arm of the Mitsui Group, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMST), and Akishima Laboratories (a division of MES-S).

Berthing and unberthing are some of the most difficult phases of ship operation, according to the group, and the demonstration project will use seagoing vessels to test and improve autonomous technologies.

During the 2018 fiscal year, the group will conduct demonstration tests using TUMST’s training ship Shioji Maru. In 2019 tests will take place on a larger, unnamed domestic ferry vessel.

The project will leverage the MOL smart ship project’s environmental and safety technologies, MES-S Group’s ship operation dynamic positioning and control technology and TUMST’s academic knowledge of autonomous ship operations.

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Japanese project will demo autonomous berthing and unberthing

Source: Marinelog

AUGUST 3, 2018 — Autonomous ship berthing and unberthing are to be trialed by a Japanese group that includes Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMST) and Mitsui Zosen’s Akishima Laboratories.

The auto berthing and unberthing project is being carried out under the auspices of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT).

“Human errors account for 80% of marine accidents, and since automated and autonomous operations of vessels can significantly reduce human errors, they have the potential to make a great contribution to reducing marine accidents,” says MOL. “Furthermore, autonomous operations hold great promise in reducing the workload for mariners, and represent a fundamental change in ocean transport. Through this project, MLIT aims to achieve practical use of autonomous vessels by 2025.”

Berthing and unberthing are some of the most difficult phases of ship operation. The demonstration project will identify technical issues by demonstrating autonomous operation with a real vessel and studying ways to achieve its practical use.

In this fiscal year, the demonstration test will be conducted by using the TUMST training ship Shioji Maru, with a test planned for the next fiscal year that will use a large-size ship in a domestic ferry service.

In addition to demonstration tests of auto berthing and un-berthing, project members also plan to conduct tests of remote monitoring and auto collision avoidance.