12 APRIL 2018
Finland, April 11, 2018 – Yaskawa Corporation is making a multimillion-euro investment to strengthen the R&D capabilities of The Switch and purchase new equipment at the company’s factory in Lappeenranta, Finland. The investment will enable drive train testing of up to 15 MW. The Switch will now become Yaskawa European’s Environmental Energy Division, leading the Japanese company’s global business in the marine, wind and turbo/industry segments.
09 APRIL 2018
Global e-navigation leader NAVTOR and Weathernews inc.(WNI), the world's largest private weather service company, have signed a collaboration agreement. The contract will see NAVTOR significantly upgrading its weather information offering within its route planning software NavStation, while also working with the Japanese headquartered firm to develop a ground-breaking artificial intelligence (AI) routing service. This, NAVTOR claims, could revolutionise route planning, efficiency and safety within the maritime industry.
03 APRIL 2018
Senior staff step up in the latest round of promotions at Goltens Worldwide:
Goltens has appointed Mr. Pravin Kirolikar to the position of Managing Director of Goltens Dubai. Kirolikar makes the move from Goltens India, where he served as Managing Director for eight years. Starting his career as a professional marine engineer, Kirolikar sailed for 13 years before going ashore to work as a marine surveyor for the Indian Register of Shipping. Prior to joining Goltens, Mr. Kirolikar worked in after sales services for Wärtsilä India for 12 years. Kirolikar holds degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Indore, and marine engineering from DMET- Mumbai.
Replacing Mr. Kirolikar as Managing Director for Goltens India is Mr. R Sudharshan, moving up after serving seven years as Operations Head for Goltens India. With a background in engineering, Sudharshan managed power plants for seven years where he was responsible for erection/commissioning and maintenance of power plants and earth moving equipment. Prior to joining Goltens, Mr. Sudharshan worked in after sales services for Wärtsilä India for 10 years as Senior Manger.
26 MARCH 2018
OSM crewmembers can now look to their phones to manage their lives at sea, and on shore, with the launch of a revolutionary mobile app. Created by a team of in-house developers, the new app, released this week, gives seafarers an instant overview of all relevant documentation, vessel assignments, communication with the company, pay slips, and much more. For OSM, and its global client base, the development means increased efficiency, management capability, and control.
OSM currently boasts a pool of more than 11,000 qualified seafarers, delivering tailored management services to well over 500 vessels worldwide. The new mobile app gives everyone of them a ‘one-stop-shop’ digital platform for the complete management of their professional lives, making administration easier, more secure and, as CEO Geir Sekkesaeter explains, completely connected:
“Our seafarer app is transformational in terms of its simplicity,” he states. “All personal data, including experience, training, certification, medical records, and payroll can be accessed and managed from our crewmembers’ phones, and from our onshore office facilities. The crew can see what documents they have submitted, any information they may be missing, and check to ensure they are completely compliant with the requirements for relevant vessels.
14 MARCH 2018
GEODIS, one of the world’s biggest transport and logistics operators, has chosen Portrix Logistic Software (PLS) as a partner for generating transportation quotes to its customers online. PLS is integrating its WebQuote solution, an extension of its leading Global Price Management (GPM) software, with GEODIS’ web portal IRIS.
13 MARCH 2018
NAVTOR has announced that the world’s first digital chart table, NavStation, is now the first software to offer fully integrated ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publications (AENPs). The feature has been added as an option on the upcoming NavStation 4.1 release, and will simplify information management for navigators, and support route planning and compliance with SOLAS regulations and Port State Authorities.
28 FEBUARY 2018
OSM Maritime Group is aiming to make the shipping industry accessible to all as part of its pioneering involvement in the UN Global Compact (UNGC) initiative. The ship management company, which provides tailored services to over 500 vessels worldwide, has signed a MOU to re-launch the Mozambican Higher School of Nautical Sciences. It is also actively working to increase the number of females in its global pool of 11,000 qualified seafarers.
OSM is one of the first companies in the ship management segment to join the UNGC. The Norwegian-headquartered business has now submitted an initial report detailing its desire to set new industry standards, with a focus on the four key UNGC areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environmental Protection, and Anti-Corruption.
As ‘quality education’ is a UN Sustainable Development Goal prioritised by OSM, the Mozambican project is, according to CEO Geir Sekkesaeter, a perfect fit.
28 FEBUARY 2018
SolstadFarstad and Yxney Maritime AS have completed a pilot project to develop and roll out the Yxney fuel efficiency and emission reduction software MarESS. During the pilot, the combination of MarESS and skilled crews generated significant fuel savings for SolstadFarstad and their clients, leading to the contract for implementation for the entire fleet.
20 FEBUARY 2018
Goltens and Yara Marine Technologies have entered into a non-exclusive global engineering and installation pact for Yara’s SOx Scrubber System from 2018, including sales representation in North America, the Middle East and Singapore.
High-level speakers and panellists for the new event include OECD’s Claire Jolly, Head, Innovation Policies for Space and Oceans (IPSO) Unit, Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, Senior VP, Corporate Sustainability, Statoil, and Vice CEO of Maersk Group, and CEO of Maersk Energy Division, Claus V. Hemmingsen.
19 FEBUARY 2018
Xeneta has shown its commitment to provide users with the world’s most comprehensive real-time overview of ocean freight rates by increasing its data coverage by 161% in the last year alone. The Oslo-headquartered benchmarking and market intelligence platform now crowd sources 45 million data points from a community of over 700 leading businesses, covering more than 160,000 port to port pairings.
The result is, according to Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund, unparalleled insight into the constantly fluctuating ocean freight rate market.
12 FEBUARY 2018
Hermes, a global leader in logistics and retail value chain services, has appointed Portrix Logistic Software (PLS) to provide its market leading Global Price Management (GPM) solution. PLS will deliver a comprehensive service covering GPM Rate Management, Quotation Management and Allocation Management helping Hermes drive greater rate transparency, predictability and efficiency across its worldwide operations.
30 JANUARY 2018
The Dutch shipping community is set to enjoy a seamless way of consolidating and sharing Verified Gross Mass (VGM) data thanks to a new partnership between Portbase and Germany’s Portrix Logistic Software (PLS). Portbase, which runs a unique Port Community System in the Netherlands, will now use Portrix’s VGM solution to enrich the Portbase service Notification Verified Gross Mass to ensure its customers enjoy easy compliance with the latest SOLAS requirements.
29 JANUARY 2018
Key figures from Maersk Group, Statoil and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development have signed up to discuss future ocean business opportunities, demands and strategies at Opening Oceans Conference 2018 (OOC). The event, Nor-Shipping’s first outside its Norwegian home, will see c-level executives gather in Copenhagen on 2nd and 3rd May to examine how to responsibly realise the huge potential of the ocean, gaining the understanding, partners and tools to equip businesses for the way ahead.
25 JANUARY 2018
Athens, Greece/Sandefjord, Norway 25 January 2018. Benelux Overseas, a leading owner and operator of advanced LPG carriers, has signed a two-year agreement with Jotun for its SeaStock maintenance solution. The Smart Pack solution, which includes a range of tailored high quality Jotamastic primers and superior topcoats, will enable the Greek-headquartered firm to slash maintenance costs and reduce waste while enhancing efficiency and environmental performance across a portfolio of 15 globally trading vessels.
With the long life of a coating system and effective protection of facility assets growing in importance, Thermosafe was developed to enhance operational efficiency, cut costs, reduce maintenance and increase on-site safety. Thermosafe compromises five products created to suit specific extreme environments – including temperature ranges from -196C to 1000C, thermal exposure, corrosion, fire, cryogenic spills and heat enabling better corrosion protection and reduced maintenance needs.
Jotun SeaStock is designed to offer unbeatable asset protection. The anti-corrosion performance of the primers combines with the superior flow qualities and durability of the topcoats to provide a smooth, long-lasting and high quality finish. This extends the time between maintenance painting operations. As a result, paint consumption is reduced and the efficiency increased with the use of less man-hours, less waste and significantly less cost.
23 JANUARY 2018
E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has appointed Anders Holme for the role of Chief Technology Officer. Holme is a veteran of many companies which include IBM, NOV, Aker Solutions and Lyse. He will enhance NAVTOR with a wealth of business and software expertise, allowing consolidation and expansion upon its leading position in the delivery of innovative navigation solutions.
04 JANUARY 2018
Norwegian major Statoil is the latest addition to a Joint Industry Project (JIP) set to revolutionize subsea boosting pumps.
Ask an equipment manufacturer for cheap, light, and strong, and most will tell you it can’t be done. Fuglesangs Subsea, project manager for the JIP, will tell you otherwise.
“We think we’ve cracked the code,” says CEO Alexander Fuglesang. “This project has the potential to deliver improvements in all three areas: cost, weight, and reliability.”
Statoil joins Aker BP, Lundin, and National Oilwell Varco in the DEMO2000 JIP. The project aims to bring the Fuglesangs Subsea Omnirise single-phase booster to market by early 2019.
“Once we eliminated the single biggest problem with subsea pumps, all the other pieces fell into place,” Fuglesang says. That problem was the mechanical shaft seal, the source of 70 % of subsea pump failures.
02 JANUARY 2018
NAVTOR has announced the launch of NavStation 4.0, updating the world’s first digital chart table with a new passage planning module to greatly reduce on-board and fleet-wide administration duties. Key features include the automatic logging of passage plan information, digital checks to reduce human error, and the unique ability to share routes across fleets, so any vessel or management office with NavStation software can access planned routes for assessment and future sailing.