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OSV Powers Up for Deepwater Efficiency the Island Offshore Way

which in a general downturn is not always easy to secure. According to Mr Walaunet however, while the sector might have been a bit behind on investment, more funds are becoming available.“We’ve done a lot over the years to reduce fuel usage. Working on hull designs, ship designs, optimizing machinery and configuration of vessels has all provided environmental and financial efficiencies. We’re now investing in and deploying hybrid solutions using battery packages and digital technology to optimize our operations. For most vessels we see tangible savings not just on fuel use, but also through

SMD Quantum EV. Photo: SMD

Remotely Operated Vehicles: Thinking out of the Box

from standardised building blocks. Saab Seaeye, a firm well versed in all-electric vehicles, has been making noises in this direction, using the smarts it’s been developing for the Sabertooth for new electric vehicles.Another firm looking to enter the resident vehicle space is UK-based subsea machinery firm SMD. During Offshore Europe, it launched its Quantum EV ROV. While the Quantum EV ROV made the headlines, what SMD launched was a technology suite, rather than a single ROV, based on an open-electric framework for whatever shape vehicle is required and that can be adapted for a variety of

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MOL Develops Engine Diagnosis Application

Japan's largest carriers of containerized and other cargo Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced an agreement for joint development of the next-generation engine failure sign diagnosis application, in partnership with ClassNK Consulting Service, IHI Power Systems, and Mitsui E&S Machinery.The four companies are looking to develop the application by fusing ClassNK's "CMAXS LC-A/e-GICSX"(CMAXS) and MOL's FOCUS "Fleet Optimal Control Unified System", which is intended to enhance safe operation and reduce environmental impact through advanced information and communications

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Semtech, Wilhelmsen, TTI Team-up for Maritime IoT

goes hand in hand with the group’s onboard app store project, ShipOS, headed by RaaLabs.”Traditionally, sensor data on ships is carried through wired systems, or managed via periodic manual readings. However, LoRa-based wireless sensors can monitor many variables, including condition of machinery, fuel efficiency, environmental metrics, and cargo, and this data is used to conduct preventive maintenance.An established tool in the onshore manufacturing sector, predictive maintenance decreases the risk of vessel idle time due to repair or incidents. In addition, the system can optimize the

Minister Price. Photo: Australian Govt

World First: Patrol Vessels Deploy 3D Printers

the regular supply chain can provide.Minister for Defense Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, congratulated the Charles Darwin University’s Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, along with industry partner SPEE3D, for producing the cutting edge and uniquely Australian capability.“This high-tech machinery enables metal components to be produced quickly and efficiently, meaning our ships can get back on the water without delay,” Minister Price said.“Benefiting both the Navy and industry, the knowledge transfer gained using this capability also positions the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance

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CargoSmart Intros Connected Reefer Solution

end customers to enable cost reductions, optimize supply chain operations, maintain shipment asset quality, and deliver premium services to customers.CargoSmart Connected Reefer Solution comes with an AI algorithm that analyzes container usage and maintenance history to accurately predict the reefer machinery condition and to fulfill strict PTI requirements in advance. With the AI-enabled monitoring, the quality and reliability of reefer boxes are highly enhanced and PTI costs are substantially reduced

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Oil and Gas Industry Adopts VR

Using the VR system, an employee can get hands-on training on different kinds of equipment and devices without affecting normal work routines. Furthermore, it is equipped to replicate a wide range of emergency situations that employees could potentially face in real-life while working onsite with heavy machinery, thus ensuring they are ready to deal with any unforeseen event.”GlobalData identifies Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Gazprom, Halliburton, Shell, Saudi Aramco and Sinopec as among the leading adopters of VR technology in oil and gas operations.The oil and

Two new Robert Allan Ltd custom-designed pusher tugs are now being operated along the Amazon River system by Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd)

New Pusher Tugs for Hidrovias do Brasil

wheelhouse providing maximum all-round visibility with a split forward control station for unobstructed vision to the foredeck working area as well as to the convoy of barges ahead. The design accommodates up to 17 people with a large galley and mess on the main deck. The deckhouse extends aft over the machinery space and the main propulsion equipment is comprised of three Wärtsilä 8L20 Main Engines capable of operating on HFO connected to Schottel SRP 1215 Z-Drive units. Two Caterpillar C18 Diesel Gen-Sets are fitted in the tugs’ main machinery space at the main deck level, and the vessels

Thyssenkrupp’s MUM concept. Image from Thyssenkrupp.

Robotics: The Next Gen in Subsea Vehicles

for Equinor and Seabed Geo Solutions. “There are also nodes that are placed on the seabed by an ROV. There are others where you dump them over the side with concrete ballast and some propelled alternatives. Our system will remove the necessity for large specialist vessels with heavy handling machinery and time consuming ROV operations.”Groups of Oceanids can be deployed fast and sensor point granularity (i.e. area coverage and therefore how much data be retrieved) can be increased, he says. This is thanks to 69 degrees to vertical autonomous lateral displacement capability, with each node

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Contract award for OOSV

its commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).BCS will supply a ship control and monitoring system for the OOSV. The system is designed to provide ship personnel with all the basic alarms and status information they require in order to maintain the safe and efficient operation of the machinery, auxiliary systems and other relevant equipment. The system features built-in self-diagnostics, an intuitive, user-friendly interface and a fail-safe redundant network to enhance safety and reliability. BCS has previous experience working on NSS projects having been subcontracted by Hawboldt Industries

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