• 2019 August 2


    Damen: The evolution of bollard pull (and the benefits it has brought)

    In the world of tugs, the most commonly used measure of power is bollard pull. Simply put, bollard pull is the pulling power of a tug, typically measured by the force exerted on a shore-located bollard. “This is the static bollard pull, with a vessel speed of zero knots,” explains André de Bie, Damen Senior Design & Proposal Engineer Tugs. “But of course the situation at sea or in a port is, in general, never static and the speed is almost never zero. This is a dynamic situation and can’t be compared 1:1 with the static bollard pull.”

  • 2019 August 2


    StormGeo offers a course towards data quality

    What has a weather routeing expert got to say about the future of digitalisation across the whole spectrum of shipping operations? Quite a lot, it turned out, when I met Svein Kåre Giskegjerde, vice president for shipping at StormGeo. StormGeo is a Norwegian company with offices worldwide that supplies weather intelligence and other support services across a number of industries worldwide, including shipping, oil and gas and renewable energy. But acquisitions and other agreements have brought it into a larger orbit that embraces fleet management, data handling and digitalisation.