• DAKOSY and dbh digitalize the release process for...

    A German joint solution for the digitalized release process of import containers is being developed by the service providers DAKOSY AG, Hamburg, and dbh Logistics IT AG, Bremen, both of whom specialize in port community systems. By the end of the year, the first shipping companies and forwarders will be connected to the platform, which will be henceforth marketed under the label “German Ports.”


  • Could battery-powered container ships serve...

    The advent of lower cost solar and wind electric power has prompted development of energy storage technologies, including low-cost, grid-scale energy storage batteries. While some grid-scale energy storage systems are non-mobile, it is actually possible to adapt other grid-scale storage technologies for mobile operation in mega-scale transportation vehicles, such as ships. The size of container ships has increased over the past 40 years, with the largest ships offering up to 24 times the capacity of the smallest container ships.

  • Patrick Terminals selects HPE GreenLake to...

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced Patrick Terminals, Australia’s leading container terminal operator, has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform to provide next-generation IT in an as-a-service model to bring new levels of automation and agility to its terminal operations in Australia. By leveraging the HPE GreenLake platform and HPE compute, storage, networking, and services, Patrick Terminals runs their mission critical applications in a private cloud with an as-a-service operating model, combining the agility and economics of the cloud with the security, compliance and performance of on-premises IT.


  • Unmanned minesweeping boats show promise in...

    The long-delayed minesweeping system for the U.S. Navy's Independence-class Littoral Combat Ship series has completed its initial operational test and evaluation period, according to Naval Sea Systems Command. 


  • Battery-powered foil-assisted catamaran for inner...

    As demand increases for new forms of zero-emission transportation to support cities in their efforts to reduce emissions, a Swedish start-up company has an innovative design for a foil-assisted catamaran powered by batteries that they say can revolutionize waterborne transit. Green City Ferries said its catamaran built of carbon fiber provides energy efficiency, sustainability, and speed.


  • Japan’s MOL explores use of robotics to solve...

    Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is exploring a novel solution for the growing lack of seafarers as well as the need to improve safety and efficiency in its ocean-going shipping operations. MOL announced that it will undertake a study with Japan’s MELTIN to explore the adoption of MELTIN's remote-control robotic technology in MOL's ocean shipping-related operations.



Gladding-Hearn to Build Hybrid-electric CTV for Mayflower Wind

U.S. offshore wind farm developer Mayflower Wind announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding/Duclos Corporation of Somerset, Mass. for the specification, design and manufacture of a Jones Act-compliant, hybrid battery diesel electric crew transfer vessel (CTV).


A bigger picture on autonomous ships

WORK to develop a regulatory framework within which autonomous ship technology can operate is well underway at the International Maritime Organization, with multiple submissions heard on the topic at the 104th session of the Maritime Safety Committee, October 4-8, 2021.


New Engines and Automation Improve 25-Year-Old Ferry’s Performance

By adding new engines and automation systems aboard a high-speed ferry, Spanish operator Balearia reports that it has been able to significantly lower fuel consumption and emissions in effect providing new life for a 25-year-old vessel. The upgrades were undertaken with Rolls-Royce's new mtu engines and automation and remote access systems, and according to Balearia and Rolls-Royce have truly future-proofed the high-speed catamaran Avemar Dos.


Autonomous Vessels are Becoming a Commercial Reality

The Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2021 conference brought together the largest public and private entities in maritime autonomy. Over the span of two days, leading stakeholders discussed the full range of issues in the field, including current and future IMO actions; cybersecurity; data management; real-world USV interaction; control systems; collision/obstacle avoidance; and the future of mariners in the autonomous world.