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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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.

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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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Singtel Enhances Maritime Connectivity with Starlink Integration

Singtel, a leading Singaporean telecommunications conglomerate, has announced a significant enhancement to its maritime digital offerings through a partnership with Starlink. This collaboration is set to revolutionise the maritime industry by leveraging advanced technologies to improve operational safety, efficiency, and crew well-being.

Integration of Starlink’s Advanced Satellite Technology

Boosting Digital Solutions: Singtel plans to integrate Starlink’s low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband service into its maritime digital solutions, particularly into its iSHIP platform. This platform includes Paragon, a cutting-edge system for 5G edge computing and cloud services​​​​.

Enhanced Connectivity and Efficiency: The partnership with Starlink will provide ship operators with enhanced connectivity and low-latency capabilities, enabling real-time data analysis. This technological advancement is expected to lead to increased productivity, reduced fuel consumption costs, and improved operational maintenance​​​​.

Singtel’s Multi-Orbit Strategy for Maritime Services

Global Coverage and Resilience: Singtel, renowned for its multi-band satellite network, including both LEO and geostationary orbit (GEO) offerings, ensures continuous connectivity even in demanding maritime conditions. Starlink’s constellation of over 5,000 satellites can provide comprehensive maritime coverage with download speeds of up to 200 Mbps, accommodating vessels of all sizes​​.

Paragon Platform for Seamless Connectivity: Singtel’s Paragon platform is designed to manage and automate the switching between different satellite communication services, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity for ships. This system allows vessels to leverage edge computing and host mission-critical applications either onboard or ashore​​.

Commitment to Industry Innovation and Growth

CEO’s Vision for Digital Adoption: Singtel Digital InfraCo CEO Bill Chang expressed that adding Starlink to Singtel’s suite of satellite communications solutions aligns with their multi-orbit strategy. This strategy aims to enhance the resilience of satellite connectivity in the maritime industry and encourage the rapid adoption of digital technologies​​.

The integration of Starlink into Singtel’s maritime portfolio marks a pivotal development in maritime digitalisation. It signifies Singtel’s commitment to driving industry innovation and growth by providing ship owners and operators with superior connectivity solutions and technological capabilities.

About Singtel
Singtel is a global leader in telecommunication services, committed to bringing cutting-edge digital solutions to various industries, including maritime operations.

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Wärtsilä to Power ADNOC’s New LNG Carrier with Advanced Technology

Wärtsilä, a leader in marine technology, has announced a significant collaboration with ADNOC Logistics and Services to provide its highly fuel-efficient and low-emission technology for a new LNG carrier. This deal includes supplying four Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines for the final vessel in a series of six newbuild 175,000 m3 LNG carrier vessels, marking a continued commitment to sustainable maritime operations.

Innovative and Sustainable Solutions

The Wärtsilä 34DF engines, renowned for their high performance and lower emissions, are part of a comprehensive package that also includes the Wärtsilä greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction package. This technology was selected for its ability to provide superior operational efficiency and a significant reduction in the vessel’s environmental footprint. The engines, known for minimizing methane slip, will ensure that ADNOC’s LNG carriers operate with reduced energy consumption, fewer emissions, and lower operating costs.

Rajan Khanna, Head of Sales for Middle East at Wärtsilä, expressed pride in the collaboration: “We are honoured to have been selected to supply engines for this important series of six modern LNG carriers. The Wärtsilä 34DF engine will help ADNOC Logistics & Services’ LNG carriers in reducing energy consumption, fewer emissions, and lower operating costs, and when operating on LNG has minimized methane slip.”

About the Vessels

These LNG carriers, being built at the Jiangnan Shipyard in China, represent the latest in maritime innovation and sustainability. Scheduled for delivery in 2025 and 2026, they are part of ADNOC’s strategic move to expand its fleet while emphasizing environmental responsibility and operational efficiency.

Commitment to Sustainability and Efficiency

Wärtsilä’s technology aligns with ADNOC Logistics and Services’ commitment to sustainable growth and operational excellence. By incorporating Wärtsilä’s advanced solutions, ADNOC is setting new industry standards for environmental performance and fuel efficiency in the LNG carrier segment.

About Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. The company focuses on innovation in sustainable technology and services, helping customers improve their environmental and economic performance.

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Adora Magic City Sets Sail: China’s First Domestically Built Cruise Ship Equipped with Wärtsilä Solutions

China marks a significant milestone in its maritime industry with the Adora Magic City, the nation’s first domestically built large cruise ship, ready to embark on its maiden voyage. This ground-breaking vessel is equipped with a suite of advanced solutions from Wärtsilä, a global leader in innovative maritime technologies.

Wärtsilä’s Technological Contribution

Wärtsilä ANCS has outfitted the Adora Magic City with a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art solutions, including the NACOS Platinum Valmatic automation and control system, valve control system, low location lighting, navigation system, engine and bridge control room console, and a smart motor control unit. The vessel also features Wärtsilä’s bow thruster system and dynamic trim system, alongside supplies of cable and steel parts.

Thomas Heldarskard-winnerskjold, Director of Automation & Navigation at ANCS, highlights the project’s significance: “The cruise industry has always been a key focus for ANCS in providing innovative automation and making navigation capabilities possible. The Adora Magic City not only represents a leap forward for China’s shipbuilding industry but also allows new opportunities for the cruising industry in China.”

Ship Specifications and Maiden Voyage

The Adora Magic City is a marvel of modern shipbuilding, measuring 323.6 meters in length and with a gross weight of 135,500 tonnes. It can accommodate up to 5,246 passengers in its 2,125 guest rooms. The ship, which boasts 16 floors and 40,000 square meters of public living and recreation space, is scheduled for its first commercial voyage on January 1, 2024, initially covering routes in Northeast Asia, with plans to expand to China-Southeast Asia routes later on.

Zhou Qi, Project Manager at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, CSSC, underlines the project’s impact: “The project’s importance lies in its role as a symbol of China’s prowess in shipbuilding, and Wärtsilä ANCS, with their innovative products and continuous support, have allowed us to set new standards in China for the luxury cruising industry.”

A Symbol of Pioneering Shipbuilding

The successful launch of the Adora Magic City underscores China’s capabilities in constructing large-scale, luxury cruise ships. This vessel is not only a testament to China’s advancements in the maritime sector but also sets a new benchmark for luxury cruising in the country.

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Four New Purus Gas Carriers to Operate with Wärtsilä Cargo Handling Systems

Wärtsilä, a Finnish maritime technology group, is set to supply Cargo Handling Systems (CHS) for four new medium gas carrier vessels, which are expected to predominantly carry ammonia. These vessels, boasting a capacity of 45,000 m³ each, are currently being constructed at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) for Purus, a company with bases in the UK and Singapore.

Innovative Technology for Enhanced Operations

The inclusion of Wärtsilä’s CHS in these vessels is a testament to the company’s leadership in developing advanced solutions for gas cargo handling. This technology is pivotal for enhancing the safety, reliability, and efficiency of operations on these carriers.

Strengthening Industry Partnerships

Patrick Ha, Sales Manager for Cargo Handling Systems at Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, highlighted the significance of this project. He noted that the order strengthens Wärtsilä’s position in the medium gas carrier market in Korea and expressed satisfaction in continuing their robust relationship with HMD. Adding Purus to Wärtsilä’s list of references marks an important milestone for the company.

This collaboration between Wärtsilä and HMD is a continuation of their successful partnership, having worked together on several newbuild projects. The new vessels are expected to commence commercial operations in the latter half of 2025, with Wärtsilä’s equipment scheduled for delivery to the yard in the third quarter of 2024.

About Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions is renowned for its innovative systems and lifecycle solutions for the gas value chain, focusing on gas handling in seaborne transport, gas to power, and liquefaction. They are a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets.

About Purus

Purus Marine operates in the gas transport and offshore wind industries, owning a large fleet of gas carriers and vessels. They are a world leader in providing global energy customers with maritime services, at the forefront of decarbonising the maritime sector.

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CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal Digitalises Berth Data Sharing

CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal (CSPADT), located in Khalifa Port and a joint venture between China’s COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports Group, has made a significant advancement in digitalising its operations. The terminal has agreed to implement the Portchain Connect system, an innovative move set to revolutionise the quality and speed of its berth alignment process through digital handshakes and data sharing with shipping lines.

Enhancing Efficiency with Advanced Software

Portchain Connect will allow CSPADT to receive real-time schedule and move count updates directly from carrier systems. This direct communication enables CSPADT to swiftly respond and counter-propose to align vessel schedules with the terminal’s berth plan. Additionally, Portchain Connect provides an overview of all vessel calls and supports the digital transfer of berthing information to relevant parties, aiming to eliminate issues associated with manual communication and improve schedule reliability.

Streamlined Operations and Improved Schedule Reliability

CSPADT’s adoption of Portchain Connect is a significant step toward optimising its berth alignment process. The platform’s ability to provide real-time updates and facilitate quick responses ensures better alignment of vessel schedules with the terminal’s operational plans. This improvement in data sharing and communication is expected to enhance overall efficiency and schedule reliability at the terminal.

Commitment to Continuous Improvement

Thor Thorup, CCO of Portchain, expressed excitement about working with CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal. He emphasised the importance of facilitating streamlined data exchange to drive efficiencies in the berth alignment process and the commitment to continuous improvement of the platform based on user feedback.

About CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal

CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, inaugurated in December 2018, is the first overseas semi-automated greenfield container terminal of COSCO SHIPPING Ports. It represents a strategic partnership that strengthens the maritime connectivity between the UAE and China, contributing to the regional economy and trade.

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