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Fleet Optimization & Innovation Headlines of the Week- April 5, 2018 

News of the Week
April 5, 2018 

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Kongsberg already has been working on autonomy, including Hrönn, an unmanned multi-purpose utility vessel, is due to start servicing offshore sites this year. (Photo courtesy of DNV GL / Kongsberg Maritime)

Photo courtesy of DNV GL / Kongsberg Maritime

World’s First Autonomous Shipping Company Formed
April 4, 2018

Wilhelmsen and KONGSBERG establish world’s first autonomous shipping company: Massterly

The road toward autonomy has taken a major step with the announcement that Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg are collectively taking the next step in autonomous shipping by offering a complete value chain for autonomous ships, from design and development, to control systems, logistics services and vessel operations. The new venture is dubbed “Massterly”.

Courtesy ABS
Photo courtesy of ABS

ABS Unveils e-Certificates

April 3, 2018

ABS announced the launch of e-Certificates. Continuously available, tamper-proof, independently verifiable and secure digital equivalents of traditional ABS paper certificates, e-Certificates are now available to ABS’ entire classed-fleet, subject to individual Flag Administrations’ authorization. Traditional paper certificates are always still available.

Shipping Industry Confidence Reaches Four-Year High

April 1, 2018

Shipping confidence reached a four-year high in the three months to end-February 2018 among shipowners, but charterers have different feelings, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.

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Less Than One Degree Could Determine Ice-Free Arctic

April 2, 2018A range of less than one degree Fahrenheit (or half a degree Celsius) of climate warming over the next century could make a significant difference to the probability of future ice-free summers in the Arctic, new University of Colorado Boulder research shows.

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Preview: MEPC 72’s Action Agenda

March 24, 2018
The upcoming Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), 72nd session, starting April 9, will discuss the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships and is expected to adopt an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

Photo courtesy of Maersk

Maersk-IBM Blockchain JV Gets Nod from EU Regulator

March 30, 2018
Danish A.P. Møller Mærsk group (Maersk) has secured clearance from the European Commission for its proposed creation of a joint venture with the U.S.-based IT expert International Business Machines (IBM).

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Study: More Than a Quarter of Seafarers Polled Reported Signs of Depression

March 28, 2018
More than a quarter of seafarers reported showing symptoms of of depression, according to a study of seafarers’ mental health presented this month during a Wellness at Sea conference this in London.

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