• 2019 May 25 15:25

    Svitzer begins sea trials of new line handling technology

    Svitzer, the leading global towage operator, announced that it has begun landmark sea trials of a new ‘industry-first’ remotely operated line catching technology prototype. The new innovative mechanism is being trialled on the vessel Svitzer Trym, in the company’s Scandinavian fleet, and could significantly improve safety standards and reduce risks for crews during the process of connecting with other vessels, one of the most critical elements of towage operations.

    Connecting heaving lines at sea is one of the most critical parts of day-to-day towage operations, and one which presents significant risk to crews, particularly from a centre lead forward position where we must operate very close to the connecting vessel. This is further influenced by other factors including wind, sea state, and the increasing size of vessels where the distance from the tug is significantly greater and requires more accurate throwing.

    Svitzer’s new prototype line catcher is remotely and safely operated from the wheelhouse and catches and secures the connecting vessel’s heaving line. With a wingspan of between 6 and 7 metres when activated, the crew on the connecting vessel has a larger target area to hit with the heaving line weight, and no member of the tug’s crew is exposed during the process. As well as enhancing safety standards, the automated catching arm prototype is also designed to increase the success rate of connecting the vessel to the tug, leading to safer and more efficient operations.

    Svitzer’s technical team in Copenhagen has been developing the remote line handling technology for the past year, and it will now be installed and tested over the coming months on Svitzer Trym to prove the concept. This will include documenting and analysing performance in a live operational environment and how the technology is impacted by weather other factors so that potential improvements can be made to further enhance safety and efficiency. The testing process will also define clear requirements and standards that will need to be implemented for the training of crews in effectively and safely operating the remote line catcher.

    The installation is being conducted in consultation and with final approval from leading classification society, Lloyd’s Register.

    Commenting on the development, Leonardo Sonzio, Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer Global, said: “At Svitzer safety comes first, and we have an obligation and duty of care to constantly look and evaluate how we can further improve safety standards for our crews, and increase efficiencies within our operations for our customers. Catching and securing a vessel’s heaving line is a key area that has always presented significant risk for towage operator crews. We have therefore spent considerable time and resource over the past year looking at how we can make a difference, and while we may be at the testing phase, we are hopeful that this new line handling technology is the step-change that is required, and will set a new benchmark for safety excellence within the market.”

    Leonardo Sonzio continued: “The shipping industry is rapidly changing, and in particular using new technologies and innovations as part of its continued drive to deliver more sustainable, efficient and safer operations. The towage sector must also evolve accordingly, developing and improving to meet the changing requirements of its customers and safeguarding the safety and wellbeing of the crews that operate on the front line. We know there is power in being a first mover and we do not want to sit still, particularly when our actions as an organisation can secure jobs in the future, and directly improve safety for our people and efficiency for our customers.”




2019 September 21

12:52 Kongsberg wins first full-scope expedition cruise vessel tender, with gensets and propulsion equipment
11:34 Rauma Shipyard bags Finnish Navy's four corvettes order

2019 September 20

18:41 Vostochny Port joins Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation as its permanent member
18:22 IAA PortNews offers photo release from 'Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet' conference held on NEVA 2019 zero-day
18:05 Global Ship Lease announces new five-year $268 mln credit facility for debt refinancing
17:24 Vostochny Port’s harbour services fleet presented at dedicated conference in Saint-Petersburg
17:05 F. A. Vinnen places entire fleet with Verifavia Shipping & Rina for IHM services
16:50 Helsinki Shipyard (Finland) to build two liners for polar cruises
16:35 COSCO SHIPPING Ports announces disposal of interest in various port assets and possible disposal of Taicang Terminal and Jiangsu Petrochemical Terminal
16:21 ABB presents electric power and propulsion solutions for icebreaking vessels at NEVA 2019
16:05 Port of Los Angeles protects overall clean air gains
15:19 Port of Riga rapidly increases volume of handled wood pellets
14:53 South Korean port to slash passenger vessel emissions with ABB shore power
14:15 Krasnoye Sormovo launches Pola Pelagia, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59З, for Pola Rise
13:30 Damen Shipyards Group is ready to ensure construction of electric water buses for rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg and Russia
13:12 MSC Cruises and Fincantieri unveil further details of MSC Seashore at coin ceremony
12:24 Victor Olersky sees promising future of electric river passenger ships in Saint-Petersburg and in Russia
12:09 Algoma Central Corporation announces agreement to acquire Croatian-built vessel
11:28 Specifications for 0.50% sulphur fuels and the PAS from ISO: IBIA explains
11:09 GTT obtains Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas for the Mark III Flex technology on ice-breaking LNG carriers
10:52 IBIA and S&P Global Platts collaborate to help shipping industry comply with IMO 2020
10:31 Workshop for training on emergency response, preparation and planning held in Manila
10:09 Van Oord and Shell test the use of biofuel on trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 316
09:50 State Duma ratifies Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $63.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.98% to $58.7
09:25 Lloyd’s Register, China Merchants, GTT, CNOOC, DSIC form jv to design LNG-fuelled VLCC
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,192 points
08:58 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 20

2019 September 19

18:04 Bibby Marine Services takes the next step to optimize walk-to-work operations
17:56 Marinet approves Poseidon maritime cyber security project
17:37 American Ethane reveals plans to order 17 VLECs
17:34 Wärtsilä’s Board of Directors decided on the distribution of the second dividend instalment
17:22 Marinet approves T2OT project for high accuracy positioning of seagoing vessels
17:04 VARD secures advanced stern trawler contract with Luntos
16:50 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 14,328 in RF spot market
16:34 Zeebrugge port authority invests in new 1,071 meter quay wall
16:04 RINA to classify Swedish Maritime Administration fleet
15:53 Marinet set to establish exports support center in Finland in 2020
15:34 MacGregor secures orders worth more than EUR 20 million for projects in Europe and Asia
15:05 Wärtsilä foresees a lower result for 2019
14:31 North Pole ice-resistant platform presented by Admiralteiskie Verfi at NEVA 2019
14:09 ABS announces LNG Cargo Ready notation for ethane carriers at Gastech 2019
13:46 Hyundai Heavy Industries receives AIP for new LPG carrier design
13:03 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 ABS and AEC сollaborate on newbuild VLEC fleet
12:17 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 171,200 tonnes of cargo in 8M’2019, down 28.5% Y-o-Y
11:58 PortNews-TV offers video on naming ceremony for PortNews tanker
11:36 International symposium on Anthropogenic Underwater Noise held in Hamburg on 10 September
11:09 LR awards DSME AiP for 98,000 m3 VLEC design with High MnA steel tank
10:42 Ships of RF Navy’s Caspian flotilla take part in Tsentr 2019 maneuvers
10:09 Singapore and Panama ink MoU to strengthen maritime relations
09:51 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $63.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.33% to $58.23
09:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 19
09:33 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,266 points
09:18 ABS grants AIP for two next generation gas carrier designs

2019 September 18

18:26 SGRE confirmed member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in 2019
18:03 MOL repays existing loans through issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project
17:48 Russia’s Rosmorrechflot and Ministry of Industry and Trade develop preferential leasing programme
17:30 Vympel DB develops concept design for Arctic cruise ship
17:22 Metal Shark delivers new foil-assisted catamaran excursion vessel to Pure Florida