• 2019 March 16 12:37

    RINA: Investing in industry 4.0 for growth

    With the so-called fourth industrial revolution comes the concept of a “smart factory”, where manufacturing processes are boosted by digital technologies including automation, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, big data and machine learning.

    Italy is the second largest manufacturing country in the EU, known for its broad scope of products, flexibility and innovation. But after the 2009 financial crisis, the Italian manufacturing base was exhausted. Machines were old. There was limited cashflow for investment. To encourage an upgrade in manufacturing assets, the Italian government introduced a “hyper-amortisation” measure in the 2017 and 2018 budgets. This tax measure basically offers a 150 percent increase in the value of investments in new tangible devices and technologies, purchased or leased, that enable the Industry 4.0 transformation. Companies can also benefit from tax relief for investments in intangible capital goods such as software and IT systems, with an additional 40 percent increase in value.

    Assets that fall under the hyper-amortisation measure are capital goods controlled by computerised systems or managed by appropriate sensors and drivers, as well as intangible assets such as software, systems and system integration platforms and applications. Investment in these assets allows better interaction between personnel, processes and machinery, speeds up decision-making, improves productivity and quality and satisfies demand in a more targeted and cost-effective way.

    In terms of success so far, this measure gets full marks: the Italian Confederation of Enterprises, Confindustria, has recorded sustained growth in all main sectors of the economy and the Ministry of Economic Development has recorded strong growth in the turnover of asset-supplying companies.

    To take advantage of the tax benefits, a formal attestation of conformity is required stating that the asset has certain specific technical characteristics and is interconnected with internal or external digital systems. In Italy, this is the first time that fiscal benefits depend upon strict technical examinations.

    RINA is one of the certification bodies accredited to issue the required attestation of conformity. The verification process spans a preliminary document analysis to an in-field verification of conformity and is carried out by a multidisciplinary team from our Certification and Industry Business Units. Over the last two years, we have performed such verifications for hundreds of companies. The process has been refined through specific monitoring tools, experimentation and sharing best practices.

    Along with certification, we are often asked to support companies with digital consulting and specific training modules. New smart and attested assets may be the building blocks of the digital transformation, but consulting and training are essential to exploit their full potential. And as a true partner to companies, we don’t just talk about digital transformation, we do it ourselves. Our RINACube cloud-based “platform of platforms” offers a space where key enabling technologies such as digital twins and blockchains can be tested risk-free by customers before integration into their own processes.




2019 March 18

18:26 American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier loads Army aviation unit cargo in Thessaloniki
18:16 Wagenborg SPMTs to relocate giant MV-piling rig at the port of Rotterdam Maasvlakte
18:05 RF President launched Balaklavskaya and Tavricheskaya TPPs and Port substation in Taman
18:00 Indian Register of Shipping wins 5-year contract to provide Emergency Response Services for 33 vessels of The Shipping Corporation of India
17:36 Kawasaki Heavy Industries delivers bulk carrier Divinegate for Indigo Marine Shipping
17:30 NCSP Group’s consolidated cargo turnover for January 2019 increased by 3.3% to 12.063 million tonnes
17:05 Fincantieri starts works in Ancona on the new ship for Viking
16:38 RF Government allows LNG transportation along Northern Sea Route by certain foreign ships
16:32 Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft delivers sixth new building Ro-Ro for SIEM
16:27 Castor Maritime announces time charter contract for Panamax vessel with Oldendorff Carriers
16:13 CMA CGM announces GRR from East Coast South America to West Africa, East Africa, South Africa, Arabian Gulf and West Coast North of India
15:52 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 19,421 in RF spot market
15:51 Two NYK tugboat subsidiaries to merge
15:33 Global Ports Holding and MSC Cruises announce agreement to support Antigua
15:20 Iceberg to develop design and engineering documentation for nuclear-powered icebreaker of project 10510, Leader
15:13 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
14:33 CMA CGM to apply GRI from Canada West Coast to worldwide destinations (Excluding Africa, EU, Russia and USA)
14:01 MSC adds vessel to its Lone Star service from Asia to USEC and Gulf of Mexico
13:46 Victor Gusev appointed General Director of Nakhodka Sea Fishing Port
13:27 Jumbo wins offshore subsea decommissioning project in North Sea
13:11 The largest fuel tanker to enter Port of Newcastle
12:55 10 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 17-18
12:31 Contship Italia S.p.A. has entered into negotiations with MSC for sale of MCT
12:10 Maersk Line announces FAK rates – Scope Far East Asia to Mediterranean
11:51 Russia, Finland satisfied by shipping and environmental cooperation in Baltic and Arctic regions
11:32 Navig8 Chemical Tankers enters into sale and leaseback agreements with ICBC for four 37,000 DWT product oil/chemical tankers
11:02 Incheon Port container volumes up 7.5% to 266,000 TEU in January 2019
10:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.18
10:15 SCF achieved adjusted profit of USD 6.9 million for 2018 vs USD 5.3 million loss for 2017
09:54 USA, EU and Canada impose sanctions on several Russian shipyards
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.21% to $67.02, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $58.61
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 730 points
08:07 Port of Oakland cargo volume down 1.3 percent in February 2019
07:26 Port of Long Beach container volumes down 9.8 percent in February 2019

2019 March 17

17:04 HII installed main mast of USS George Washington (CVN 73)
15:12 Anthony Veder expands its fleet with new 30 000 cbm LNG carrier
14:48 Ingalls Shipbuilding hosts keel-laying for America-class LHA 8
13:08 Bouchard takes delivery of ATB unit M/V Evening Breeze and Barge No 252
11:30 SCHOTTEL propulsion systems for IMR vessel “Paul Candies”

2019 March 16

16:48 Borr wins contract in Mexico for premium jack-up rig duo
15:39 Meyer Turku floats out LNG powered cruise ship Costa Smeralda
14:43 KfW IPEX-Bank: Two additional transport vessels for Royal Arctic Line A/S financed
13:51 Kirby closes the acquisition of the Cenac Marine Services marine transportation fleet
12:37 RINA: Investing in industry 4.0 for growth
11:32 DP World reports 20% revenue growth in 2018

2019 March 15

18:29 IMO strengthens coal moister control
18:04 NORDEN invests in West African region
17:08 Wärtsilä's installation of three energy storage systems onboard of offshore construction vessel to deliver fuel and emissions savings
16:44 Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachments supporting the World Food Programme
16:19 TNG secures time-charter employement for product tanker MT Velebit
16:05 Hapag-Lloyd starts new service connecting Turkey and US East Coast – TNE Service
15:46 Finnpilot invests in safety work and the digitalisation of navigation
15:24 Teekay Tankers announces changes to Board of Directors
15:05 CMA CGM updates ISPS (vessel) surcharge
14:40 Ice-class buoy tender of Project 02780М, named Fortuna, joins Rosmorport’s fleet
14:26 Wärtsilä successfully tests remote guidance service capabilities
14:05 New cruise ship for Royal Caribbean to leave Papenburg on Tuesday, March 19 2019
13:07 Port of Virginia volumes up to 228,151 TEUs in February 2019
12:35 14 vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on March 14-15
12:07 Equinor receives the authorities’ approval for extending the life of eight installations on the Norwegian continental shelf