Seanergy and United Maritime Elevate Maritime Communications with Starlink Implementation

In an ambitious leap forward for maritime communications, Seanergy and United Maritime have teamed up with Navarino to integrate Starlink technology into their fleets. This partnership is a pivotal part of their strategy to enhance onboard connectivity and operational efficiency, marking a significant milestone in the maritime sector’s ongoing digital transformation.

Enhancing Connectivity at Sea

The integration of Starlink’s satellite internet services, facilitated by Navarino, aims to revolutionise the way maritime operations communicate. By providing high-speed, stable internet access, the initiative ensures that vessels are better equipped to handle modern communication and operational demands, improving both crew welfare and operational capabilities.

Collaborative Efforts for a Connected Fleet

The collaboration was initiated under the guidance of Stavros Vafeiadis, IT Manager at Seanergy, who highlighted the critical need for reliable and fast connectivity in maritime operations. Navarino, known for its innovative solutions in maritime communications, was the preferred partner due to its proven track record and supportive approach in implementing complex technological solutions.

A Model for Future Innovation

This project not only sets a new standard for maritime communications but also serves as a blueprint for other companies in the industry. The successful implementation of Starlink by Seanergy and United Maritime could encourage more maritime enterprises to explore advanced satellite internet technologies to enhance their operations.

About Seanergy and United Maritime

Seanergy and United Maritime operate a diverse fleet of 28 bulk carriers, standing out in the maritime industry for their forward-thinking approach to technology and crew welfare. Their commitment to innovation continues to drive their leadership in the sector.

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Fuel efficiency of Wärtsilä 31 engine a key consideration for newbuild Canadian Polar Icebreaker

Technology group Wärtsilä will supply the engines for a new Canadian Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker. The ship is being designed and built at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards and will be the flagship of the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking fleet. Because of the long operational range required for the vessel’s employment in arctic waters, fuel efficiency was a prime design consideration in the selection of the Wärtsilä 31 engine. The Wärtsilä 31 engine has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s most efficient 4-stroke diesel engine and was therefore considered an obvious choice. The order was booked by Wärtsilä in Q3 2023.

The 158 metre-long multi-mission Polar Icebreaker will operate under PC2 conditions with four 16-cylinder and two 8-cylinder Wärtsilä 31 engines, delivering 47 MW of power. The engines will be fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems for IMO Tier III environmental compliance. Wärtsilä will also supply the centre shaft line with a stainless-steel ice-class propeller, as well as Wärtsilä’s NACOS Platinum navigation system.

“Wärtsilä has a fine track record and years of experience in delivering high-class marine technologies including recently delivering the propulsion equipment for the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV), plus the diesel generator sets for the Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV) built at Seaspan for the Canadian Coast Guard,” commented Leo Martin, Senior Vice President – Programs, Seaspan Shipyards.

“The fuel efficiency of the Wärtsilä 31 engine was a determining factor in the award of this prestigious contract. However, equally important was our project delivery experience and service support across Canada. Furthermore, our previous cooperation with both the Canadian Coast Guard and Seaspan has been very successful, and we are honoured to be again working with them,” said Simon Riddle, General Manager, Naval Sales – Wärtsilä.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled to be delivered to the yard in 2025. When built, the new vessel will be the Canadian Coast Guard’s largest icebreaker and will replace ‘CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent’, which is due to retire at the end of the decade after 60 years of service. Seaspan Shipyards is known as a world class builder of high technology ice class vessels.

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Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo Europe 2024

The world’s leading exhibition and conference for maritime electrification, decarbonization and GHG reduction solutions will once again dock in Amsterdam – this June.

Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo Europe will feature 200+ leading exhibitors under one roof, PLUS a full three-day conference program with 40+ expert speakers!

Taking place at the Amsterdam RAI in the Netherlands, June 18, 19 & 20, the event will host over 200 exhibitors, including industry leaders such as ABB, Rolls-Royce Solutions, Volvo Penta, Wärtsilä, Zinus and Speedgoat – to name just a few! View the full exhibitor list here.
Alongside the exhibition is a world-leading conference featuring over 40 speakers, plus a separate conference on autonomous ship technology.

This is a global event for suppliers and engineers of electric and hybrid and autonomous marine systems to meet and discuss a more sustainable future and the technologies that will make it happen. Throughout the event, there will be plenty of networking opportunities to meet new suppliers and reconnect with industry peers.

Fast-track your fleet’s move to more sustainable operations by attending the world’s leading event for marine electrification, decarbonization, hybridization, future fuels, shore charging and low-carbon shipping solutions. Entrance to the exhibition is FREE of charge – just visit the event website to register for your entry pass: Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo Europe 2024 | Home (electricandhybridmarineworldexpo.com)

The show is ideal for companies ranging from small regional ferry fleet operators keen to reduce costs, through to international shipowners and operators wanting to learn more about tomorrow’s propulsion solutions, as well as boat builders and engine makers concerned about the latest emissions legislation. The event brings together R&D experts and engineers from across the marine sector, providing one of the best networking opportunities of the year.

The three-day conference program (for which rates apply) will bring together attendees from around the world to listen to over 40 expert maritime engineering and academic speakers from organizations including DNV, GE Power Conversion, Port of Amsterdam, Polish Register of Shipping, Rolls-Royce, the Maersk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, Wärtsilä Marine, Shell Marine and Vard Group.

Key highlights include a presentation from Elias Boletis, chair of the CIMAC Working Group 10. The working group provides a link between shipowners and the equipment manufacturers for the marine sector, and Elias’s presentation – The challenges to ship owners in the decarbonization process, and the responsibilities of equipment manufacturers – will unpick questions about the drivers of technological progress toward decarbonization in the marine sector. Are they pulled along by demand from shipowners or pushed forward by equipment manufacturers? What are the implications of either approach? Which would be best and should either do more of the same, less or something entirely different? This is a must-see presentation for any shipowner, OEM or equipment manufacturer who wants to understand how the technology enters the market and is applied to shipping.  

Another feature of the show is an area for autonomous ship technology, which has its own conference program where ship designers, classification societies, fleet owners, naval architects, research organizations and equipment suppliers will discuss the developments needed to make autonomous operation a reality and improve efficiency.

The expo will also host the revamped Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards, with a host of categories to better reflect the scale of innovation across the maritime propulsion industry. 

EXHIBITOR NEWS

At this year’s expo, Volta Future will present a revolutionary e-outboard with 222kW (300hp) continuous power and 790Nm. The next-gen e-outboard is called iWOP, which stands for invisible waterline outboard power-drive. 

The housing of the iWOP is much more compact than classic outboard housings and contains two specially developed, high-performance electric motors together with a directly cooled double inverter. Unlike other outboards on the market, the iWOP can be mounted not only on boats with transom (outboard) but also on boats with (normally) inboards instead of the sterndrive, enabling the provision of a bathing platform instead of an engine housing.

EPTechnologies will showcase solid-state batteries, which the company says represent a significant advance in battery technology. Unlike traditional lithium-ion batteries, which use liquid electrolytes, solid-state batteries do not. This fundamental difference enhances safety, cycle life and overall performance. They can be overcharged, heated to extreme values and even punctured with a projectile with no ill effects.

This opens new possibilities for applications. For instance, EPTechnologies can develop batteries equipped with a hardware override switch to bypass all electronic control systems if necessary. As overcharge, over-discharge, short circuits and similar issues have minimal impact other than reducing battery life, users can be assured of accessing the power they need, regardless of the situation.

At Autonomous Ship Expo, Wavefront Systems will present its new Vigilant 600 forward-looking sonar (FLS). Complementing the company’s Vigilant 1000 and 1500 systems, it allows autonomous surface and subsurface vessels to transform their underwater situational information. 

The provision of real-time navigational and obstacle avoidance data to onboard or remotely controlled systems enables safer operations in unfamiliar or dynamic environments by dramatically reducing the risk of collisions or grounding.

Patented technology capable of depth-finding at ranges ahead of the vehicle in excess of 20 times the prevailing water depth, combined with real-time data on poorly charted seabed features and water column obstacles, enables reactive navigational autonomy.

This and so much more will be on show at this year’s Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo Europe – see you there! Get your FREE expo entry pass here. 

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Entrance to the exhibition is completely free: go to Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo Europe 2024 | Home (electricandhybridmarineworldexpo.com) for the exhibitor list, show news, show layout, the full conference program and to register for your free entry pass!

ABS Endorses Light Structures’ SENSFIB Hull Stress Monitoring System with SMART PDA

In a significant advancement for maritime safety and digitalisation, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has awarded the SMART Product Design Assessment (PDA) to Light Structures’ SENSFIB Hull Stress Monitoring System. This recognition marks a pivotal moment in the industry, highlighting the system’s exceptional capabilities in enhancing structural health monitoring and prediction through its innovative fibre optic sensor-based approach.

Innovative Approach to Structural Health Monitoring

The SENSFIB system, distinguished by its Tier 3 Smart Structural Health Monitoring classification, utilises cutting-edge fibre optic technology to provide real-time, high-fidelity data on hull stresses. This data, derived from a network of fiber optic strain sensors and accelerometers, offers invaluable insights into the impacts of cargo loading, environmental conditions, and the passage of time on vessel integrity.

Enhanced Safety and Operational Efficiency

Vessels equipped with the SENSFIB system can now achieve the ABS Class notation SMART(SHM) Tier 3, signifying a global standard in hull and fatigue monitoring. This classification not only underscores the system’s reliability but also its contribution to safer maritime operations and condition-based maintenance strategies.

A Testament to Collaboration and Innovation

The certification was formally presented to Niklas Hallgren, CEO of Light Structures, at the ABS headquarters in Houston, symbolising a collaborative effort towards advancing maritime safety. Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, praised the certification as a testament to Light Structures’ commitment to structural health and the growing importance of SMART systems in the industry.

About ABS

ABS stands as a global leader in classification and technical advisory services for the marine and offshore industries, dedicated to promoting safety, design excellence, and the practical application of advanced technologies.

About Light Structures AS

Founded in 2001, Light Structures AS has emerged as the premier provider of fibre optic stress and fatigue monitoring systems, leveraging Fibre Bragg Grating technology to deliver bespoke solutions for maritime asset design, safety, and operations.

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Ambrey and Inchcape Shipping Services Forge Strategic Alliance to Elevate Maritime Safety and Security

Ambrey and Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) have announced a ground-breaking partnership aimed at redefining safety and security standards within the maritime sector. This collaboration merges Ambrey’s leading safety and security expertise with Inchcape’s extensive global network and operational knowledge, promising to deliver enhanced safety measures and improved commercial outcomes across the industry.

A Comprehensive Suite of Services

Under the leadership of Vice President Chris Greenwood, Inchcape’s dedicated Survey & Inspection Department will offer a wide array of services in collaboration with Ambrey. These services include Citadel Inspections, Ship Security Assessments, Anti-Piracy Ship Security Assessments, Ship Security Plan Reviews, and Port Security Assessments. This partnership is poised to significantly strengthen safety protocols, operational efficiency, and risk management in maritime operations worldwide.

Leveraging Global Expertise for Enhanced Safety

Inchcape Shipping Services, known for its trusted expertise and representation in over 85% of the world’s ports, brings to the table a deep understanding of commercial shipping operations. This, combined with Ambrey’s unparalleled risk management capabilities, aims to foster a culture of safety and best practices within the maritime industry, ultimately benefiting the sector’s safety and commercial viability.

A Union of Strengths for Unmatched Solutions

The alliance allows Inchcape to tap into Ambrey’s vast experience in safety and security, complementing its own global reach, data intelligence, and comprehensive marine services. This synergy is expected to set new benchmarks for safety and security solutions in the maritime domain, with both entities committed to driving significant advancements in industry standards.

Industry Leaders on the Partnership

Svend Stenberg, CCO at Inchcape Shipping Services, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, highlighting the combined potential to revolutionise maritime safety protocols. Chris Charnley, Group Managing Director at Ambrey, emphasised the partnership’s role in addressing the dynamic threats facing global shipping and the maritime sector, underscoring Ambrey’s commitment to innovation and leadership in maritime security.

About Inchcape Shipping Services

Inchcape Shipping Services stands as the premier Port Agency and Marine Services provider, with a rich history dating back to 1847. With a global footprint spanning 247 offices in 60 countries, Inchcape is dedicated to delivering smooth port calls and successful trade operations, supported by a team of over 3,200 professionals.

About Ambrey

Ambrey is recognised as a global leader in maritime security risk management, offering comprehensive solutions to safeguard crew, vessels, and cargo. With a robust team and a global presence, Ambrey combines unique data, insights, and technology to mitigate operational risks effectively.

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Norway Strengthens Maritime Cybersecurity with NORMA Cyber Collaboration

In a strategic move to fortify its maritime sector, Norway has enlisted the expertise of the Norwegian Maritime Cyber Resilience Centre (NORMA Cyber) to lead its cybersecurity initiatives. This partnership underscores Norway’s commitment to safeguarding its maritime industry against the escalating spectrum of cyber threats.

A Unified Front Against Cyber Threats

NORMA Cyber’s collaboration with Norwegian authorities is set to enhance the maritime industry’s defence mechanisms by facilitating the production and distribution of critical cybersecurity warnings, sharing vital information, and analysing cyber-related incidents. This initiative is spearheaded by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA), in conjunction with the Norwegian Maritime Authority, both of which serve as authoritative bodies on maritime security and preparedness.

Expanding Cyber Resilience Capabilities

With this new mandate, NORMA Cyber’s role extends beyond advisory services; the organisation will now actively participate in cyber crisis management, contribute to comprehensive reports, and collaborate closely with the NCA within the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). This expanded scope is anticipated to provide NORMA Cyber with deeper insights into cybersecurity trends and enable more effective dissemination of maritime cyber intelligence.

A Testament to Collaborative Effort

The decision to designate NORMA Cyber as a key player in maritime cybersecurity has been met with positive reception from industry leaders. Svein Ringbakken, CEO of The Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance Association (DNK) and chairman of the board at NORMA Cyber, expressed satisfaction with the authorities’ choice, highlighting the potential for enhanced security measures that benefit both the industry and society at large.

About NORMA Cyber

NORMA Cyber, the Norwegian Maritime Cyber Resilience Centre, stands at the forefront of cybersecurity efforts within Norway’s maritime sector. By leveraging cutting-edge technology and comprehensive industry knowledge, NORMA Cyber aims to protect maritime operations from cyber threats, ensuring the safety and efficiency of Norway’s maritime activities.

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AD Ports Group Embarks on a Strategic Expansion with Karachi Port East Wharf Takeover

AD Ports Group, a global powerhouse in trade, logistics, and industry, has recently inked a 25-year concession agreement with Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to spearhead bulk and general cargo operations at Karachi Port’s East Wharf. This landmark deal marks a significant expansion of AD Ports Group’s operational footprint and underscores its commitment to enhancing global trade dynamics.

A Joint Venture for Growth and Efficiency

The agreement facilitates the formation of Karachi Gateway Terminal Multipurpose Limited (KGTML), a joint venture between AD Ports Group and Kaheel Terminals. KGTML is set to develop, manage, and operate berths 11-17 at the East Wharf, promising to revolutionise the port’s capabilities in handling general cargo and bulk operations, including steel, paper, clinker, grains, and fertilisers.

Investment and Innovation

With an initial investment of $75 million earmarked for the first two years, covering upfront fees, prepayments, and infrastructural enhancements, KGTML aims to significantly boost the terminal’s efficiency and capacity. An additional investment of $100 million is projected within five years to further elevate the terminal’s operational standards, with an anticipated increase in capacity by 75%.

Strategic Control and Enhanced Operations

This new concession complements a previous agreement that granted AD Ports Group control over container operations at Karachi Port’s East Wharf, effectively consolidating its influence over the strategic maritime hub. The integration of these operations is expected to streamline processes, enhance safety and security measures, and significantly increase cargo handling capacity, with projections indicating a capacity to manage up to 14 million tonnes per annum post-investment.

A Vision for the Future

Under the leadership of Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, AD Ports Group aspires to transform Karachi Port into a dynamic global trade hub, equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge digital solutions. This vision aligns with the broader objectives of fostering economic diversification and establishing strategic partnerships that bolster regional and global trade networks.

About AD Ports Group

AD Ports Group stands at the forefront of facilitating trade, logistics, and industrial activities worldwide. With a rich heritage and a forward-looking approach, the group continues to expand its global presence, driving innovation and excellence in the maritime sector.

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ZeroNorth Expands Digital Horizons with Acquisition of Euronav’s FAST Platform

In a strategic move that underscores the accelerating pace of digital transformation in the maritime industry, Denmark-based technology firm ZeroNorth has announced its acquisition of the Fleet Automatic Statistics and Tracking (FAST) platform from Belgian shipping giant Euronav. This acquisition not only marks a significant expansion of ZeroNorth’s digital offerings but also heralds a new era of enhanced operational efficiency and sustainability in maritime logistics.

FAST: A Beacon of Digital Innovation

The FAST platform, renowned for its advanced high-frequency data collection capabilities, has been instrumental in optimising Euronav’s fleet operations. By facilitating real-time data acquisition from onboard sensors, FAST has enabled improved ship reporting, voyage optimization, and overall vessel performance. This integration of technology has led to notable reductions in fuel consumption and operational expenses, aligning with broader industry goals of sustainability and efficiency.

A Partnership for the Future

With this acquisition, Euronav transitions to a customer of ZeroNorth’s comprehensive platform, signaling a deepening of collaborative ties between the two entities. The integration of FAST’s capabilities with ZeroNorth’s platform is expected to yield significant advancements in data-driven maritime operations, offering a blueprint for the industry’s journey towards zero emissions.

Investing in a Sustainable Maritime Ecosystem

ZeroNorth’s Chief Growth Officer & EVP, Pelle Sommansson, emphasised the transformative potential of incorporating FAST into their platform, highlighting the pivotal role of high-frequency data in overcoming industry challenges. Euronav’s Operations Manager, Patrick Declerck, echoed this sentiment, underscoring the partnership’s alignment with Euronav’s sustainability ambitions and its impact on fostering a greener shipping industry.

About ZeroNorth

ZeroNorth is at the forefront of digital innovation in the maritime sector, dedicated to optimising vessel operations and promoting sustainability through cutting-edge technology solutions. With a focus on data-driven decision-making, ZeroNorth is helping shape the future of global trade and environmental stewardship in shipping.

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Wärtsilä and Carnival Corporation Extend Partnership to Advance Fleet Decarbonisation

Wärtsilä Corporation and Carnival Corporation have solidified their commitment to the maritime industry’s green transition by extending their performance-based agreement until March 2030. This extension builds on the successful partnership initiated in 2017, aiming to enhance the maintenance, technical support, and optimisation of 57 cruise ships across Carnival’s global fleet.

Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Cruising

The collaboration focuses on reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through advanced engine optimisation and fuel-saving technologies. This initiative aligns with Carnival Corporation’s ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, emphasising the critical role of innovation in sustainable maritime operations.

Expertise and Efficiency at the Forefront

Riccardo Cordara from Carnival Corporation highlighted the importance of the partnership with Wärtsilä in driving environmental sustainability efforts. Similarly, Wärtsilä’s Andy Dickinson underscored the value of leveraging their extensive experience and cutting-edge maintenance solutions to enhance cruise ship efficiency and environmental performance.

Comprehensive Support for a Greener Future

The agreement encompasses a wide range of services, including spare parts provision, technical audits, crew training, and a pioneering fuel savings program. This comprehensive support package is designed to ensure optimal performance and efficiency across Carnival’s fleet, contributing to the broader maritime industry’s environmental objectives.

About Wärtsilä Corporation

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative maritime technologies, offering a broad array of solutions that enhance the sustainability and efficiency of shipping operations.

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Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd Forge ‘Gemini Cooperation’ for a New Era in Ocean Shipping

Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd, two of the world’s leading shipping companies, have announced a ground-breaking partnership known as the ‘Gemini Cooperation.’ Set to commence in February 2025, this collaboration aims to redefine ocean network services through enhanced flexibility, reliability, and sustainability.

Strategic Partnership for Enhanced Services

The Gemini Cooperation: Beginning in February 2025, the Gemini Cooperation represents a long-term operational collaboration between Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd. This initiative is poised to deliver a more flexible and interconnected ocean network with industry-leading reliability​​​​.

Fleet Composition and Capacity: The cooperation will see a combined fleet pool of around 290 vessels, offering a total capacity of 3.4 million TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units). Maersk will deploy 60% of this fleet, while Hapag-Lloyd will contribute the remaining 40%, ensuring a balanced and robust presence across global shipping routes​​​​.

Focus on Decarbonisation and Reliability

Commitment to Sustainability: Both companies are dedicated to decarbonising their fleets, aligning with ambitious industry sustainability targets. Maersk aims for net-zero emissions by 2040, and Hapag-Lloyd targets 2045, showcasing their commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible maritime operations​​.

High Schedule Reliability: A key objective of the Gemini Cooperation is to achieve above 90% schedule reliability once the network is fully operational. This target underscores the partnership’s commitment to customer satisfaction and service excellence​​.

Leadership Perspectives

Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd: Emphasising the benefits of the partnership, Jansen states, “Teaming up with Maersk will help us to further boost the quality we deliver to our customers. Additionally, we will benefit from efficiency gains in our operations and joint efforts to further accelerate the decarbonisation of our industry.”

Vincent Clerc, CEO of Maersk: Clerc highlights the strategic importance of the cooperation, noting, “By entering this cooperation, we will be offering our customers a flexible ocean network that will raise the bar for reliability in the industry. This will strengthen our integrated logistics offering and meet our customers’ needs.”

Conclusion

The Gemini Cooperation between Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd marks a significant milestone in the maritime industry, promising enhanced service quality, improved transit times, and a strong focus on sustainable shipping practices. This partnership not only strengthens the capabilities of both companies but also sets a new standard for operational excellence in the global shipping industry.

About Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd

Maersk: A global leader in logistics services, operating in over 130 countries with a fleet of approximately 700 vessels.

Hapag-Lloyd: One of the world’s leading liner shipping companies with a fleet of 264 modern container ships.

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