• 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 March 23

18:16 NDQ sets up in Maritime Logistic Zone in Zeebrugge
18:06 COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard delivers a module carrier
17:55 Zelenodolsk Plant and Krylov Centre striving to expand cooperation
17:36 Rhenus takes a 40 percent shareholding in the ARKON Shipping Group
17:16 Nakilat transitions LNG Mesaimeer to in-house management
17:12 MABUX: The state of uncertainty on global fuel market
17:06 Port Bronka is officially announced as a deepwater port
16:52 Anglo-Eastern, Optimarin and Saga join forces for ground-breaking Manila-based BWT training facility
16:40 MacGregor and Rolls-Royce to explore implications of autonomy for container ships
16:10 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.1% to 1.36 bln t in Jan-Feb'17
16:03 DHT Holdings announces acquisition of 11 VLCCs from BW Group
15:48 Port of Singapore throughput up 7% to 99.15 mln t in Jan-Feb'17
15:25 SENAN takes delivery of four Interceptor 1102 vessels from Damen
14:52 Corvettes of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet carried out artillery strike on ship detachment of conditional enemy
14:29 Rail Baltica progress discussed with the European Coordinator Ms. Trautmann
14:01 VSTEP and Damen sign cooperation agreement for Royal Bahamas Defence Force project
13:46 Murmansk Region Governor Marina Kovtun took part in “Fishery in the Arctic" conference
13:13 Project Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN Port Channel (Phase-II) gets governmental approval
12:55 Heading towards the 2020 sulphur limit highlighted during maritime industry events in Denmark
12:34 Unique crane equipment delivered to Zvezda shipbuilding complex
12:12 Ulstein Verft is about to complete ship service on the sixth ship this year
11:51 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:30 Two NYK vessels receive Panama Canal's Green Connection Award
11:17 First fish terminal created at the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (photo)
11:01 APL extends cargo assurance for protection against cargo-in-transit risks
10:31 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of container vessel with 15 years charter
10:13 Brent Crude futures price up 0.75% to $51.02, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.79% to $48.42
10:10 THE Alliance starts new Mediterranean services
09:59 German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food awards Damen Fisheries Research Vessel contract
09:52 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,190 points
09:36 CITLE offers market entry to western China
09:19 Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd.’s result for 2016

2017 March 22

18:50 FAS Russia oblidges NCSP transfer revenue from its monopolistic activities into the federal budget
17:45 Ukraine’s water transport carried 1,000 passengers in Jan-Feb'17, down 32%, Y-o-Y
17:24 Caspian Flotilla ships are getting ready to participate in the Sea Cup 2017 international contest
17:06 Svitzer purchases newbuild 80 tbp ASD escort tug
16:51 ORBCOMM, Pole Star and Weatherdock launch Class B vessel tracking solution
16:30 USC of Russia and ZPMC (China) sign memorandum of cooperation (photo)
15:46 RF Transport Ministry sees prospects of creating dry bulk area of port Taman in 2020-2025
15:21 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from April 1st, 2017
15:00 Rosmorrechflot appoints Harbour Masters of Dikson and Dudinka ports
14:25 Handling and mooring tariff changed in the Kaliningrad Seaport
14:02 Navantia chooses MAN main and GenSet engines to power two fleet-support-tanker newbuildings
13:33 Port Bronka sees promising possibilities in containerization of dry bulk cargo
13:02 ABS Executive delivers wake-up call on cyber risks
12:34 Ship systems and equipment meeting underway
12:05 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport in Jan-Feb'17 fell by 30.2% to 0.3 mln t
12:01 Crowley and Penn Terminals sign multi-year stevedoring and terminal services agreement for Puerto Rico – North Atlantic Service
11:46 Bunker market at Russian port of Novorossiysk sees mixed price movements
11:09 Damen InvaSave external ballast water treatment system receives IMO type approval
10:51 Latvian Shipping Company publishes audited annual report 2016
10:30 Crowley launches LNG-powered ConRo ship at VT Halter Marine
10:14 Brent Crude futures price down 0.31% to $50.80, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $48.08
10:00 GTT to equip new Hyundai Heavy Industries’ LNG carrier
09:38 Bunker prices are going down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:33 MOL announces name changes of wholly owned subsidiary in Europe
09:17 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,200 points

2017 March 21

17:49 Nissan chooses the Port of Gdansk - another automotive contract at the port
17:26 USPA to simplify contract documentation in accordance with FIDIC standards
16:50 USPA specified criteria and documents necessary to obtain status of port operator