• 2017 March 20 17:49

    Rolls-Royce and Stena Line to work together to develop intelligent awareness for ships

    Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB, to collaborate in the development of its first intelligent awareness system, the company said in its press release.

    Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings. This will be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems; such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role.

    Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Digital & Systems – Marine, said: “We have been exploring and testing how to combine sensor technologies effectively and affordably for some time. Pilot projects such as this will allow us to see how they can be best adapted to the needs of a commercial vessel and its crew and allow us to develop a product which better serves both.

    “Successful pilots and product development programmes are also an important step towards the further development of remote and autonomous vessels and meeting our goal of having a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade.”

    Harry Robertsson, Technical Director at Stena Teknik, expert technical advisors to the Swedish ferry company, said: “Stena Teknik continuously conducts research and development in the marine technology sector. This project gives us an opportunity to explore how new technologies can be integrated with the systems we already have on-board and to provide a more informed view of a vessel’s surroundings in an accessible and user friendly way. This will give our crew an enhanced decision support tool, increasing the safety of our vessels.”

    Rolls-Royce expects to be able to undertake an Approval of Concept and have its intelligent awareness product commercially available later in 2017.

    The system builds on experiences from R&D work worldwide. The intelligent awareness system will benefit from Rolls-Royce’s extensive experience in the Tekes funded project Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), which has been running since June 2015. The company has been conducting a series of tests of the sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions on board Finferries’ 65 metre double ended ferry Stella, which operates between Korpo and Houtskär in the Archipelago Sea on the southwest coast of Finland.




2017 April 26

18:05 East-Asia workshop boosts seafarer training
17:47 IMO’s support for knowledge-sharing and capacity-building in Africa highlighted at 3rd conference of AAMA
17:30 CMA CGM & Adani Ports create joint-venture to run Mundra Port’s new container terminal for 15 years
17:06 ABS facilitates Polar Code Operational Assessment
16:53 DNV GL launches new PSC Planner application
16:29 Port fleet of Baltic Sea Tug Agency (Ust-Luga port) expanded with two new tugboats (photo)
16:02 Maritime and Port Authority in Singapore honours “K”LINE Group Company
15:33 ABB launches Shipping 4.0 with search for ‘Power of the Future
15:02 Scorpio Bulkers announces agreement to time charter-in one Ultramax vessel
14:48 Tall ship Khersones arrived in Sochi (photo)
14:32 Prosafe awarded Johan Sverdrup contract
14:17 Klaipėdos Nafta starts allocation of LNG terminal capacities
14:02 TechnipFMC awarded subsea contract for ExxonMobil Liza in Guyana
13:46 Cargo shipments by North-Western Shipping Company up 7% to 1.35 mln t in QI’2017
13:32 China launches its first home-made aircraft carrier
13:02 “LSC Shipmanagement” adds to the fleet its biggest tanker – “Elandra Eagle”
12:43 Hyundai Heavy Industries posts largest ship orders in 3 years
12:38 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg spent RUB 3.6 mln for implementation of the ecological programme in QI’2017
12:15 Krasnoye Sormovo to launch second chemical tanker of Project RST27 built for Volgotrans on 5 May 2017 (photo)
11:47 Rail Baltica project to boost Baltic economies
11:44 Damen TSHD 650 launched for Gippsland Ports
11:20 Vladimir Putin attended launch of project to manufacture marine gas turbines at Saturn plant in Rybinsk (photo)
10:56 Transneft Druzhba increased delivery capacity of Baltic Pipeline System – 2 up to 36 mln t
10:33 HMS Severn visits port of Cardiff
10:11 Brent Crude futures price down 0.13% to $52.50, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.18% to $49.47
09:48 Indicative bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg (graph)
09:29 Vasily Kornilyev appointed as Acting Chairman of Astrakhan Region Government (photo)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,154 points

2017 April 25

18:35 NYK vessel rescues yachtsman in the South Pacific
18:05 Crowley implements new terminal operating system in Puerto Rico
17:53 Two million tonnes of oil produced at LUKOIL’s Vladimir Filanovsky field
17:35 Solstad's extraordinary general meeting approves merger plans
17:12 IAA PortNews congratulates Damen on its 90th anniversary!
17:05 JAXPORT records 13 percent growth in Asian container shipments in first six months of fiscal year 2017
16:35 The Color Line vessel shortlisted for the Next Generation Ship Award
16:05 Evergas announces namegiving ceremony for 7th Dragon vessel
15:55 Multipurpose Reloading Complex increased financing of its ecological programme by 5.6 times
15:31 Yilport Ferrol Container Terminal welcomes first container vessels
15:19 Volga Shipping Company opens navigation season on Upper Volga (photo)
15:08 New coal carrier enters service for JERA Trading Singapore
14:54 Tanker Lilaste of LUKOIL-BUNKER's Murmansk branch will undergo scheduled repair by July 2017
14:33 ABS Guide helps prevent dropped objects
14:19 Gazprom Neft drills first ever multi-hole “fishbone” well on the Arctic shelf
14:03 HRADF names the highest bidder for Thessaloniki Port
13:53 TSHD Severnaya Dvina starts dredging at main navigation canal of port Arkhangelsk (photo)
13:32 Navios Maritime Partners announces acquisition of one capesize vessel
13:02 APL enhances China-Indonesia trade lane with new China Southeast Asia Service 6
12:37 Ventis and OSM form JV for “K” Line LNG vessel crewing
12:06 Vostochny Port participated in 15th specialized international conference “Coaltrans China”
11:42 Bunker prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:18 Ukraine’s water transport carried 2,000 passengers in Jan-March'17, down 43.6%, Y-o-Y
10:59 First shiploader delivered to Vostochny Port’s Phase 3 (photo)
10:24 Brent Crude futures price up 0.44% to $55.37, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $49.44
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09:33 Port of Gdansk throughput up 0.7% to 8.86 mln t in Jan-March'17
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,170 points

2017 April 24

18:07 DOF Subsea purchased shares in Canadian Subsea Shipping Company AS
17:49 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 9.3% to 0.9 mln t in QI’2017
17:30 Shearwater GeoServices receives TGS Irish Atlantic Margin award
17:02 DOF awarded extension with Statoil for the vessel Skandi Vega