Rolls-Royce and Stena Line to work together to develop intelligent awareness for ships

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB, to collaborate in the development of its first intelligent awareness system.

Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings. This will be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems; such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role.

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A marine warranty surveyor should be engaged to reduce cargo shifting risk says London P&I Club

London P&I Club is calling for a marine warranty surveyor to be engaged to reduce the risk of shifting deck cargoes

London P&I Club is calling for a marine warranty surveyor to be engaged to reduce the risk of shifting deck cargoes

Due to a recent increase in the incidence of deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather, the London P&I Club said it supports a recommendation to appoint a marine warranty surveyor to supervise high-risk marine construction and transportation project operations where appropriate.

“In the past year, LOC has seen many deck cargoes shifting in heavy weather,” Paul Walton, a director with international marine consultant LOC (Hong Kong), said.

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Martek Marine named on major €67M maritime drone contract

Martek Marine are part of the disruptive technology coming to the maritime world through the deployment of drones

Martek Marine are part of the disruptive technology coming to the maritime world through the deployment of drones

Martek Marine has been awarded a ground breaking two year Remotely Piloted Aircraft Services (RPAS) contract from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The services offered will fulfil part of the world’s largest ever maritime drone contract.

Part of a five year EMSA strategy of improving coastguard monitoring and surveillance of maritime activity valued at EUR 67 million, the service provision from Martek Marine not only includes the RPAS, commonly known as drones, but also the pilots, long-range antennae, mission control vehicles and ground crew. Video and drone sensor data will be streamed live to a control centre, to allow EU Member States to make prompt decisions on intervention actions. Continue reading

P&I Club advises the use of soundings in conjunction with new Singapore Mass Flow Meters regulations

The use of Mass Flow Meters in Singapore without the additional check of bunker soundings is not recommended says North P&I

The use of Mass Flow Meters in Singapore without the additional check of bunker soundings is not recommended says North P&I

The North of England P&I Association Limited (North of England P&I) has warned vessel operators that, despite new regulations in Singapore that make the use of Mass Flow Meters mandatory for bunker deliveries, operators should still utilise soundings before and after deliveries.

“The introduction of Mass Flow Meters for bunker operation in Singapore is a welcome development. Unfortunately it appears that although the equipment has changed, the behaviour of some unscrupulous suppliers has not,” said the P&I Club.

The organisation says, with reports that piping irregularities have been identified on some bunker tankers, it is possible that some quantity of bunkers could be syphoned back into the bunker vessel’s tanks during the process of bunkering.

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Consultation open on a new MGN – Marine Casualty and Marine Incident Reporting to the MAIB

The MAIB would like to consult on a new Marine Guidance Note to replace MGN 458. This note describes the process and the information required for reporting marine casualties and marine incidents to the MAIB.

MAIB would welcome your comments on the proposed MGN which should be forwarded by email to Helen Johnston. This consultation will be open for 30 days and will close on Wednesday 19th April 2017.

This consultation and the comments received will be posted on the consultations page of Gov.uk.

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