Space Age

art1Q1 2017 — Some of the world’s biggest names started in a garage, but it’s not just floorspace that’s the issue, it’s about headspace too, as Dualog’s new Garage amply demonstrates, says K D Adamson. Continue Reading…


Ecochlor Submits U.S. Type Approval Application

art2April 10, 2017 — The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center has received its fifth application for ballast water management system type approval – for the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System manufactured by Echochlor, Inc. Continue Reading…

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Wärtsilä, Shipyards Partner on BWMS Retrofits

art3April 10, 2017 — The technology group Wärtsilä is in the process of signing agreements with a number of major shipyards, the latest being Keppel Shipyard Ltd (KSL) of Singapore. The agreements are intended to establish cooperation and communication between the parties in relation to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Convention for Ballast Water Management, which is due to enter into force in September of this year. Continue Reading…


Two more ferries to have automatic crossing system

art4April 11, 2017 — Rolls-Royce is to suppy Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven with an automatic crossing system for two new Multi Maritime designed double-ended plug-in battery-hybrid ferries. Construction of the vessels at Kleven’s Myklebust shipyard will start in May. Continue Reading…


Corvus, Scandlines Ink 10-year Service Deal

art5April 10, 2017 — Corvus Energy said it has been awarded a 10-year service and maintenance agreement for the entire Scandlines hybrid ferry fleet. The contract includes both traditional service and maintenance of the fleets’ energy storage systems, plus Corvus’ remote condition-based monitoring service, Watchman. Continue Reading…


MISC Signs up Entire Fleet for ECDIS Training

art6April 10, 2017 — MISC Berhad has chosen eMaritime Group’s ACAT online courses as its ECDIS type specific continuous personal development training solution. The agreement has enabled MISC to sign up its entire fleet while being able to effortlessly monitor all students progress themselves via an online portal on the three different systems throughout their fleet; namely JRC 901, JRC 9201 and FURUNO FEA. Continue Reading…

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M2M unit launched for IoT applications

art7April 5, 2017 — Rock Seven has launched a new two-way Machine-to-Machine (M2M) satellite communications system with integrated antenna for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, using the Iridium network. Continue Reading…


Ultrasonic antifouling grows as ‘green’ option for vessel owners

art8March 27, 2017 — By using sound waves, ultrasonic antifouling can prevent the growth of algae, barnacles and slime on boat hulls and interiors, and can protect sea chests and box coolers as well. The technology has been employed internationally from Europe to Australia, Japan, Chile and the Caribbean, and implemented on commercial, military and recreational vessels. More recently, these systems have caught on with yacht owners in North America. Continue Reading…


SHIPPINGInsight 2017

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 4.13.54 PMThe agenda and speakers list for SHIPPINGInsight 2017 is filling quickly.  Already more than 40 shipping company executives have confirmed their plans to participate in this year’s conference as moderators or speakers. See the list of top-level keynoters at  And while you’re at it, take a look at the growing number of maritime companies that have signed up as corporate sponsors.


Alfa Laval Sees Greater Interest in High Flow BWTS

art1March 30, 2017 — With the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention set to take effect in September, Alfa Laval said it has seen growing customer interest in ballast water treatment systems and in its PureBallast. Of particular note is interest in PureBallast systems with high flow capacities. Continue Reading…


AkzoNobel and Maersk Line partner on sustainability

art2March 30, 2017 — AkzoNobel and leading global container shipping company Maersk Line have signed a strategic sustainability partnership to reduce carbon emissions per container shipped by 10%. Continue Reading…


MacGregor and R-R to collaborate on autonomous box ships

art3November 1, 2016 — While talk of autonomous operations in the maritime sector have swirled for years, the talk becomes reality as Automated Ships Ltd. (an M Subs Ltd subsidiary) and Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the world’s first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations. Continue Reading…

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Philly Shipyard delivers second LNG-ready tanker to APT

art4March 30, 2017 — (PHILADELPHIA) — Philly Shipyard Inc., the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, on Wednesday delivered American Freedom, the second of four next-generation 50,000-dwt product tankers that it is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Inc. Continue Reading…


Big Data Makes Smuggling Harder to Hide

art5March 28, 2017 — For thousands of years, maritime authorities have relied on tip-offs, patrols, investigations and random inspections to find smuggled goods. Today they have a variety of additional methods at their disposal, and one of the most promising is also the most intuitive: looking at every vessel’s historical behavior. Continue Reading…

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eMaritime Exchange app for seafarers launched

art6March 28, 2017 — The eMaritime Group, headed up by ECDIS Ltd, has launched a free social network app for seafarers called eMaritime Exchange, for Apple and Android devices. Continue Reading…


Online registration is now open for SHIPPINGInsight 2017.
Register early to take advantage of advance discounts.


ABS executive warns cyber-risk ‘not going away’

art1March 22, 2017 — (STAMFORD, Conn.) — ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, participated in the 32nd annual CMA Shipping Conference and Exhibition in Stamford, Conn., where ABS Chief Operating Officer Tony Nassif shared his perspective on cyber-related challenges faced by the marine industry. Continue Reading…


AIS Meets IoT
How Technology is Set to Transform Global Ocean Trade and Supply Chain Efficiency

art2March 22, 2017 — Stephen Powell, AIS Team Manager at ORBCOMM, explores the evolution of vessel tracking and monitoring technology and looks into the future of smart global ocean trade and supply chains, harnessing satellite AIS, internet of things (IoT) connectivity and big data to deliver unprecedented levels of visibility and control. Continue Reading…

The Maritime Executive

MacGregor and R-R to collaborate on autonomous box ships

art3March 23, 2017 — MacGregor and Rolls-Royce are to collaborate on R&D exploring the impact of developments in autonomy for cargo ship navigation and cargo systems onboard containerships. Continue Reading…


Alternative Ferry Propulsion Systems: A Case Study

art4March 22, 2017 — Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) serves many ferry customers in North America. These clients read the trade publications and see various articles on new technologies such as hybrid propulsion, battery powered vessels or zero emission vessels. After finishing such an article they ask themselves: “What advantages would that technology bring to my operation and what will it cost?” To that end, EBDG developed some tools to help answer those questions. Continue Reading…


Global Eagle brings airline portal to cruise ships

art5March 14, 2017 — Global Eagle Entertainment has launched a new Airtime Portal for cruise ships, a platform to enable cruise ship operators to deliver Wi-Fi, instant messaging, social media, live TV, movies, games and news directly to passengers’ mobile devices anywhere on the ship. Continue Reading…


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Athens Calling

art1 Q1 2017 — It’s become a standing joke that in the twenty-plus years I’ve been travelling to Greece—and Athens in particular—I have never managed to actually set foot in the Acropolis. Every visit starts out with good intentions, a determination to carve out the time necessary to make it up the hill and finally take that all-important selfie that will prevent me being the butt of any more jokes. But every visit ends up the same, with me boarding the plane having failed to do so. Continue Reading…


Please, Get Real with Ship Recycling

art2March 15, 2017 — Last week five European ship recycling yards announced that they signed an agreement that establishes the European Ship Recyclers Group (ESR). In its statement ESR said: “Our first target is to create awareness of the recycling capacity in Europe which today is over a million ton. We have to ensure that our member yards are on the top of the ship-owners’ list for dismantling their ships. Our message is a clear one. If we can handle them let’s keep the E.U. flagged ships in Europe.” Continue Reading…

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Marlink Acquires IT Management Partner Palantir

art3March 17, 2017 — Marlink has acquired Palantir AS, a Norway-based maritime IT company specializing in remote IT management solutions. The Share Purchase Agreement whereby Marlink acquired100 percent of Palantir AS shares was completed on March 17, 2017. Continue Reading…


USMRC launches cyber awareness course for mariners

art4March 16, 2017 — The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC), Middletown, RI, has launched an e-learning course, Cyber Awareness for Mariners. Continue Reading…


Wärtsilä Launches SmartPredict

art5March 13, 2017 — The technology group Wärtsilä launches its latest innovation SmartPredict at this year’s Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from March 13 to 16. Developed by the company’s dynamic positioning unit, SmartPredict is designed to provide safer and more efficient vessel operations by reducing the risks associated with maneuvering. Continue Reading…


INTTRA Acquires Avantida

art6March 14, 2017 — Ocean shipping electronic marketplace INTTRA announced it has acquired Avantida, provider of empty container management services for ocean carriers. Avantida is headquartered in Belgium and currently conducts business in seven European countries. Continue Reading…

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Zukunft: Coast Guard funded in ‘flyweight’ class

art7March 17, 2017 — (WASHINGTON) — U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivered the 2017 State of the Coast Guard Address at the National Press Club on Thursday. Continue Reading…

professional-mariner-logoSHIPPINGInsight Forms Strategic Partnership with Morgan Events

email smallMarch 20, 2017 – NORFOLK, Va.,(Marine NewsWire) The organizers of SHIPPINGInsight today announced a strategic partnership agreement with Morgan Events LLC to co-produce the annual Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition and other future industry initiatives. Continue Reading…



Switching Between High and Low Sulfur Fuels

Screen Shot 2017-03-13 at 3.21.19 PMMarch 9, 2017 — In the latest edition of ExxonMobil Insights, technical liason manager John LaRese discusses best practices for changing between high and low sulphur fuels as vessels move in and out of Emission Control Areas. Continue Reading…

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Waste heat recovery project aims to cut shipping emissions

art2March 10, 2017 — The U.K.’s Energy Technologies Institute is launching a £3.6 million (about $4.4 million) waste heat recovery project aimed at cutting emissions and fuel consumption in shipping. Continue Reading…


New MAN Diesel & Turbo two-stroke can burn VOCs

art3March 10, 2017 — Research following delivery of the world’s first ME-GIE ethane burning two-stroke engine has opened up prospects for multi-fuel combustion including the combustion of waste gas. Continue Reading…


ABS Grants AIP for LNG-fueled Design Concept

art4March 10, 2017 — ABS has granted Approval in Principle (AIP) for the Seatransporter-DF, a dual-fuel design concept developed by Algoship Designers Ltd. of Nassau, Bahamas. The design has the capability to accommodate multiple engine types as well as Type-C or membrane containment systems for liquefied natural gas (LNGLF) (LNG) fuel. Continue Reading…


Rolls-Royce announces further R&D for ship intelligence

art5March 8, 2017 — (LONDON) — Rolls-Royce on Wednesday announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality and reap the benefits of increasing digitalization in the marine industry. Continue Reading…


See you at CMA!

2017_webbanner600x80_whiteThe SHIPPINGInsight team will be attending CMA this week, and we look forward to seeing our many friends in the shipping industry.  If you’d like to schedule a meeting with one of us, contact Frank Soccoli at +1.434.989.9041,


IBM and Maersk Ready Blockchain Technology

art1March 5, 2017 — Maersk and IBM have announced a new collaboration to use blockchain technology to help transform the global supply chain. Continue Reading…

The Maritime Executive

Langh Tech develops EGR water treatment system

art2March 2, 2017 —Having established a firm position in the market for exhaust gas scrubbers, Finland’s Langh Tech Oy Ab is now expanding its water treatment technology to new areas. Continue Reading…


ABS Advises on Hybrid Electric Power Systems

art3March 2, 2017 — ABS has published the ABS Advisory on Hybrid Electric Power Systems to help marine and offshore owners and operators make decisions about energy generation and storage. Continue Reading…


New Media Simulator Brings Maritime Exercises to Life

art4March 3, 2017 — Baltic Exchange based global crisis communications company, Navigate Response, has launched a social and mainstream media simulator to improve the realism of shipping industry exercises and enhance companies’ crisis response preparations. Continue Reading…

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Floating Ideas

art5Q1 2017 — Crew welfare has been the traditional driver for connectivity at sea, but as the balance now shifts to operational efficiency, could the real value lie in tapping the ‘global brain’? When might we see the first sea startup? asks Walter Hannemann. Continue Reading…


savethedateThe 6th SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition will take place Oct. 10-13, 2017, at the Marriott Spa & Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.  This is the one maritime technology event you can’t afford to miss.  Engage with more than 150 marine professionals in a collaborative environment, learn from experts about the new technologies that will propel the maritime industry over the next decade and network with your peers. Online registration will open soon at


All Hands

art1Q1 2017 — Many hands make light work, and shipping has big problems to solve, but for collaboration to thrive companies must stop overestimating the benefits of walking the road alone, says Sofia Fürstenberg. Continue Reading…

FuturenauticsEnvironmental regulations to shape tanker market

art2February 25, 2017 — Over the next five years, international environmental regulations will have a major impact on the tanker market, according to a recent report by marine transport advisors McQuilling Services, LLC. Continue Reading…

MarineLogReport: Banks at Risk Over Climate Change

art3February 26, 2017 — Carbon War Room (CWR) and University Maritime Advisory Services in the U.K. have released research that suggests climate transition pathways pose risks to the banks that hold $400 billion of global shipping debt. Continue Reading…

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Fosmax Mulls LNG Bunkering at Fos Cavaou

art4February 25, 2017 — France’s Fosmax LNG has announced that it is considering making short/medium-term investments to modify its existing facilities to make them capable of receiving both existing and planned small scale LNG vessels at the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal, near Marseille. Continue Reading…

MarineLink Transas, JRC announce global strategic partnership

global partnership conceptFebruary 23, 2017 — (PORTSMOUTH, England and TOKYO) — Digital solutions company Transas and Japan Radio Company (JRC), a leading global marine electronics company, have announced a new strategic partnership. The two companies will work together in research and development, product distribution and project collaboration. Continue Reading…


Who’s coming to SHIPPINGInsight 2017?

savethedateAlready, 36 shipping company executives have committed to participate in the 6th SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition. You can see the list at The organizers have set aside more than 19 hours for scheduled networking events to ensure maximum engagement and interaction between suppliers and ship operators.


Back to the Future

art1January 10, 2017 — Today’s maritime industry is driven by the traditional power plant first developed over a century ago.  Despite many advances, the modern iteration of Rudolf Diesel’s eponymous engine still has a peak efficiency of only fifty percent. Its inherent limitations mean that further reductions in fuel consumption and emissions simply cannot be achieved by the engine itself. Industry stakeholders therefore continually seek improvement through innovative technological advances in both engines and propulsion. Continue Reading…

The Maritime Executive

World’s Largest Plug-in Hybrid Vessel Ordered

art2February 17, 2017 — Ulstein said it has won a contract to build Color Line’s new hybrid passenger vessel to service Sandefjord – Strømstad from summer 2019. The ship will be constructed at Ulstein Verft in Norway. Continue Reading…


Effective Use of Big Data & Remote Monitoring

art3February 13, 2017 — The shipping industry is awash with excitement about the potential of Big Data, but views differ as to whether a fully-fledged Big Data strategy best serves the true requirements of vessel operators. Some have advocated a ‘small data’ approach – seeing greater benefit in improved extraction of the value hidden in existing data sets, pointing out that most of the data-centric optimization solutions offered to market so far are based on beefed -up versions of noon reports. Continue Reading…


EVOL LNG undertakes Australia’s first LNG bunkering

art4February 20, 2017 — Western Australia is leading the nation in providing access to a cleaner shipping fuel for marine vessels, with the first commercial bunkering operation undertaken by Wesfarmers’ EVOL LNG in the state’s north‐west. Continue Reading…


Smart Shipping: Transas CEO Sifts through the Hype

art5January 31, 2017 — We live in a world where we hear the words, smart ships, connected ships, unmanned ships, automated ships, etc. We hear statements about a digital shipping world and a forecast of new business models in shipping. It’s a confusing world, a fast moving world. What is the reality and how do we sift through the hype? Continue Reading…




Did You Know?
•    More than 30 executives from ship owners and managers have already committed to participate in SHIPPINGInsight 2017 as speakers or panel and roundtable moderators.
•    The conference organizers have scheduled more than 19 hours of dedicated networking events to encourage interaction and engagement among delegates at this year’s event.


Bands, Beams and Bytes

art1January 10, 2017 — Ship operators and satcom companies alike are talking up the perfect storm that is accelerating demand for high-throughput communications technology: bring-your-own-device connectivity, crew welfare and training, voyage planning, condition monitoring, cargo visibility, vessel management from shore and, ultimately, unmanned ships. Continue Reading…

The Maritime Executive

DNV GL’s New Veracity Industry Platform Unlocks Potential of Big Data

art2February 9, 2017 — DNV GL is launching a new industry data platform – “Veracity” – to help the maritime industry improve its profitability and explore new business models through digitalization. Continue Reading..


Frontline and DHT continue takeover spat

art3February 10, 2017 — The back and forth between John Fredriksen controlled tanker giant Frontline Ltd (NYSE:FRO) and DHT Holdings (NYSE:DHT) continues. Continue Reading…


Chinese Seafarers: An Invisible Group

art4February 11, 2017 — In recent years, China has emerged as a world leader in shipbuilding, shipowning and seafarer-supply. Why is it then that Chinese seafarers remain an invisible group as far as many of the nation’s legal protections are concerned? Continue Reading…

The Maritime Executive

Shipping versus the Volcano

art5October 2016 — Whether you think they’re a touchstone, or a smoking volcano, autonomous ships will be transformative, but don’t let them distract you from the real opportunity our roundtable participants clearly identified. Continue Reading…


Chairman and Keynote Speakers Announced for SHIPPINGInsight 2017

speakersCapt. Michael Wilson, president & COO of Laurin Maritime (Americas) has agreed to return as Conference Chairman for 2017.  Confirmed keynote speakers are Lois Zabrocky, president and CEO of International Seaways, Cameron Mackey, director and COO of Scorpio Tankers, Angus Campbell, executive managing director, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Roger Holm, president of Wartsila Marine Solutions.


Week of February 6, 2017

S-Mode: Have Your Say

art1January 31, 2017 — The concept of S-mode has been proposed under the agenda of the IMO e-Navigation initiative, and The Nautical Institute is now calling on the industry to have a say in its development. Continue Reading…

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Corvus to Supply Energy Storage for Hybrid Chemical Tanker

art2February 2, 2017 — Corvus Energy Inc. has announced  that it has been selected as the supplier of the lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for a new hybrid chemical tanker being built for Rederiet Stenersen AS of Norway. Continue Reading…


Seafarers’ Fatigue Report Launched at IMO

art3January 31, 2017 — InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, together with The Warsash Maritime Academy, has presented the findings of its fatigue study, Project MARTHA, to The International Maritime Organization (IMO). Continue Reading…

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Radio Holland, Cisco partner to boost maritime digitization

art4February 2, 2017 — (ROTTERDAM, Netherlands) — Radio Holland Group, specializing in installing and maintaining maritime communications, navigation and automation systems along the global shipping routes, has signed a strategical agreement with the American ICT company Cisco. The aim of the cooperation is to play a key role in accelerating digitization in the maritime sector by developing and offering maritime ICT solutions, for example remote monitoring and diagnostics services, data management and networks on board. Continue Reading…


Total and CMA CGM get set for stricter fuel regulations

art5February 1, 2017 — Preparing for ever stricter marine fuel regulations, Marseille, France, headquartered CMA CGM has signed a three year memorandum of understanding with Total, the world’s fourth-ranked international oil and gas company. Continue Reading…


Dear Life

art6October 2016 — You can’t put a price on health, but maintaining the health of seafarers is more than a moral choice for operators: it has positive commercial benefits, and thanks to the falling cost of technology, it’s a choice every ship operator can afford to make, writes Amy Berry. Continue Reading…


Did You Know?

piechartMore than 230 delegates from 10 countries attended SHIPPINGInsight 2016. That’s a 40% increase over the year before. How did they like it? Nearly 90% of delegates filling out the survey questionnaire rated the “Overall Value” to be Excellent or Good. Plans are underway for another successful event in 2017. Online registration will open soon at