• Cooperative control brings ‘smart shipping’...

    Drones are not the only autonomous vehicles at the forefront of automating deliveries and human services — ships may be about to turn the corner, assisted by helpful tugboats. Researchers at the Delft University of Technology in China have developed a control strategy for ships and their partnered tugs to navigate windy and somewhat unpredictable environments safely and efficiently. They published their results in the August 2021 Issue, IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica.


  • China’s First Fully Electric Tugboat Enters...

    China reported that it has put into service its first fully electric tugboat, one of a small number of electric tugs in the world. The first electric tug was launched a year ago by a Turkish shipyard while the United States’ first electric tug is not due to enter service until mid-2023 built for Crowley Maritime.


  • BIMCO and CIRM software log is now ISO standard...

    BIMCO and CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime) have taken the concept of the onboard software log to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to automate and modernise it. As a result, the ISO has published a new standard on a ship software logging system to be used for operational technology onboard ships.


  • PSA and RHT to collaborate on esg digital assets...

    PSA International Pte Ltd (“PSA”) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the RHT Group of Companies (“RHT”) to explore co-creation and investment in Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) digital assets solutions to further advance the goals of decarbonisation in ports and supply chains.


  • APM Terminals launches Electronic Pass Approval...

    Digital approval of pass requests has been launched at Global Ports’ terminals in St. Petersburg – First Container Terminal (FCT) and Petrolesport (PLP). Global Ports is a joint venture that combines the global expertise of APM Terminals (30.75%) with the local knowledge of Delo (30.75%). The acceptance of paper requests will no longer be carried out from July 22, 2021.


  • Looking to the future, container terminal of Port...

    Navis, the provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for leading organizations throughout the global shipping industry, announced that Container Terminal of Port of Durres (CTPD) has successfully completed a significant step change in its terminal operations with the transition from previously manual operations to Navis’ N4 SaaS. The implementation of Navis’ innovative solution allows CTPD to streamline day-to-day operations utilizing the Navis cloud and lay the groundwork for continuous terminal innovation moving forward.


  • JNPT becomes first Major Port to operationalise...

    Since its inception, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), one of India’s premier container handling Ports, has been working towards adopting sustainable solutions in its operational area. In a major push under green port initiatives and with a vision to achieve sustainability goals, Shri Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT, today deployed 9 electric vehicles for the employees of JNPT to travel within the port area, in the presence of Shri. Unmesh Sharad Wagh, IRS, Deputy Chairman, JNPT, HODs, and other stakeholders.


  • Ultra-thin solar panels deployed on hatch covers...

    A Dutch start-up company is working on a novel application of solar panels to make inland shipping vessels operating from Rotterdam more environmentally friendly and sustainable. With access via the Maas and Rhine rivers and links with the Main and Danube that enables transport to the Black Sea, inland shipping is a significant element of the operations from the Port of Rotterdam.



DAKOSY and dbh digitalize the release process for „German Ports“

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 Transatlantic trade?

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 reinvent how shipping containers move from ship to shore

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.