• 2017 July 17 16:10

    Grant awarded to launch UK's first maritime autonomous systems testing service

    The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has awarded BAE Systems a grant of £457,000 to design and deliver the UK’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service, BAE systems said in a media release.

    Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems together with ASV Global (ASV), Blue Bear Systems Research (Blue Bear), Marine Electronic Systems (MES), SeeByte and the University of Southampton, will work together to provide the service’s infrastructure, with other organisations set to join later this year. Together the Solent LEP and partner organisations are investing £1.5 million in this project, the first of its kind in the UK.
     
    The new service will be ready for use later this year and customers will be able to conduct trials and test systems such as unmanned boats, air vehicles and autonomous sensors in a safe, controlled and realistic environment in the Solent. Backed by a comprehensive safety case, the service will make use of a secure maritime communications network and a mobile command and control centre, featuring the same technology BAE Systems provides to UK Royal Navy platforms.
     
    The new service was announced during a two-day launch event at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney, Portsmouth, attended by more than 100 guests from autonomous systems providers, local businesses, academia, the Armed Forces and other interested parties.
     
    BAE Systems’ Combat Systems Head of Technology Frank Cotton said: “Autonomous and unmanned systems are widely regarded as a vital technology for the future, but there is a great deal of work to be done if we are to unlock its true potential and understand how they are best integrated into wider systems. A wide range of organisations from the defence and commercial sectors, along with academia, have ambitions for this technology and this unique service will allow them to find valuable ways to use it whilst furthering its development. The Solent area has a growing number of world class organisations operating in the autonomy sector and we are excited to be working with ASV, Blue Bear, MES, SeeByte and the University of Southampton to launch this concept this week. It is anticipated that the full test service will go live later this year.”
     
    Solent LEP Maritime Chairman Ian Millen said: “The Solent is the heart of the UK’s Marine and Maritime sector and the assets we possess enable the region, its businesses and the UK economy to compete globally. From the Port of Southampton, the most productive port in Europe, to Portsmouth Naval Base, HQ of the Royal Navy and soon to be home to the largest aircraft carriers in UK history, the Solent is used to making waves on an international stage. The key to this success has always been founded in innovation and, through our investment to create the UK’s first autonomous systems testing service in the Solent, the LEP will ensure that the area and its businesses, large and small, continue to be a driving force for UK innovation for years to come.”
     
    In October 2016, BAE Systems and the test service partners successfully showcased their autonomous maritime capabilities in the Royal Navy’s ‘Unmanned Warrior’ exercise – the world’s first large scale demonstration of innovative maritime robotic systems. BAE Systems’ bespoke ACER (Autonomous Control Exploitation and Realisation) system provided a seamless flow of information from sensors on the unmanned boats to crews on the hosting warships. One of the unmanned boats used in the Unmanned Warrior exercise was BAE Systems’ Pacific Class 950 Unmanned Rigid Inflatable Boat which is capable of travelling autonomously at up to 47kts for up to 12 hours at a time. The autonomous technology on the Pacific Class 950 can be retro-fitted to existing boats.




2018 January 23

18:17 Ten new world class research institutes join the Nippon Foundation Nereus Program
18:02 492 vessels escorted by nuclear-powered icebreakers on NSR up 20% Y-o-Y
17:49 SMM 2018 is fully booked eight months to go before the event
17:31 Maersk Line joins NYSHEX as founding carrier member
17:27 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport down 11.9% to 5.9 mln t in 2017
17:04 NAVTOR strengthens the team with new Chief Technology Officer
16:46 Oil products, LPG shipments from Tamanneftegas terminal totaled 10.14 mln t in 2017, up 6% Y-o-Y
16:25 Szczecin-Świnoujście Port Complex handled nearly 25.5 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 5.4% Y-o-Y
16:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Dione with Ausca
15:34 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Gulf ports to North Europe and the Mediterranean
15:18 SDC Sub-Committee is focused on mooring matters
15:03 Environmental organizations and shipping industry call for carriage ban on non - compliant fuel
14:44 NIBULON’s fleet will be increased
14:23 President Varela from Panama visits the port of Rotterdam
14:03 RS joins the Association of Shipowners and Entrepreneurs of Marine Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan
13:55 RF Representative Office of Port of Hamburg Marketing congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
13:42 Incentive scheme for ‘Clean inland shipping and sustainable logistics in Rotterdam’
13:27 EBRD allocates USD 50 mln loan to NIBULON
13:03 Six vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 22-23
12:38 Bunker prices at the Far East ports of Russia show no significant changes (graph)
12:33 Aker Solutions wins subsea orders for Troll and Askeladd projects
12:16 Rosmorport appoints Evgeniy Pankratov as Acting Director of its Sakhalin Branch (photo)
11:49 CNIIMF congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
11:24 Vyborg Shipyard to deliver IBSV01 icebreakers Andrey Vilkitsky and Aleksandr Sannikov in 2018
11:01 Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 tops customer choice for large-flow ballast water treatment systems
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.48% to $69.36, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.58% to $63.94
10:22 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,129 points
10:08 Damen delivers five new harbour tugs to to Empresa de Navegación Caribe, Cuba
09:36 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 2017 grew by 18% to 13.84 mln t
09:17 Throughput of port Vyborg up 12% to 1.54 mln t in 2017

2018 January 22

18:10 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 3% to 17.55 mln t in 2017
17:53 Myanmar accedes to treaty covering bunker oil pollution damage
17:35 Hutchison Ports Thailand receives world’s largest quay cranes with advanced remote control technology at Laem Chabang Port
17:19 Port of Tallinn announces auction for equipment and structures of coal terminal in Muuga Harbor
17:05 ESPO supports more efficient but responsible management of waste from ships
16:50 Throughput of port Primorsk in 2017 down 11% Y-o-Y to 57.60 mln t
16:35 DP World and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (Niif) Partner to create platform for investments in ports, transportation and logistics sector
16:21 Rosmorport’s icebreakers assisted 269 vessels at seaports of Russia this winter navigation season
16:05 Port of Rotterdam Authority puts hybrid vessel into operation
16:00 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 11% to 103.29 mln t in 2017
15:34 Maritime engineering firm Intermarine UK opens new facility at Portland Port, Dorset
15:08 Boskalis supports V Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
15:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Gulf ports to North Europe and the Mediterranean
14:47 Damen signs contract with Canada’s Group Ocean for two Modular Multi Cats
14:26 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 10% to 53.64 mln t in 2017
13:59 Four vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 21-22
13:35 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 12,946 in RF spot market
13:12 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 2017 was flat Y-o-Y at 3.1 mln t
12:47 Kalinka Shipping congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
12:24 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,125 points
12:00 “K” Line announces delivery of 14000-TEU containership “MILANO BRIDGE”
11:36 Okskaya shipyard lays down the fourth oil barge of Project ROB20 for Paula Rise (photo)
11:13 Cargo traffic on Russia’s IWW in 2017 up 0.5% Y-o-Y to 118.6 mln t (photo)
11:00 “K” Line announces delivery of ‘Corona’ Series coal carrier “CORONA WISDOM”
10:25 Brent Crude futures price up 0.29% to $68.81, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.22% to $63.45
10:11 Suez Canal revenues up with a rate of 250 million dollars
10:02 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 4.8% to 20.75 mln TEUs in 2017
09:40 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 2017 up 4.1% Y-o-Y to 50.64 mln t (table)
09:19 Port of Singapore January-December volumes grow 5.5% to 626.17 million tonnes

2018 January 21

10:34 Piraeus Port Authority SA obtains Certificate for the Managing Adequacy System