Press room

Yara Marine Opens Shanghai Office. From left to right: William Gao, Michael Chang ( general manager) Alice Li, John Jiang
Yara Marine Opens Shanghai Office. From left to right: William Gao, Michael Chang (General Manager) Alice Li, John Jiang

13 DECEMBER 2018

Yara Marine responds to growth with move to new office in Shanghai

Shanghai, China: Yara Marine Technologies has officially opened its new office in Shanghai to meet increasing demand for exhaust gas cleaning systems for newbuilds and retrofit projects.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

12 DESEMBER 2018

Executives must watch both sea and air amid trade war tensions, warns Xeneta

Oslo, Norway: As the ongoing trade war between the US and China continues to send tremors of uncertainty through the global economy, Xeneta is advising senior executives to keep a close eye on fluctuating ocean and air freight rates. In an unpredictable geopolitical environment, highlighted by last week’s arrest of Huawei’s CFO in Canada, the leading freight rate benchmarking and market intelligence platform says shippers need agile logistics strategies, with the option of shifting transportation mode whenever necessary.


SeaStar Alliance.jpg
SeaStar Alliance

12 DECEMBER 2018

Jotun and Kansai Paint build relationship to meet marine and protective demand

Sandefjord: Jotun, a global leader in marine coatings, and Kansai Paint, a leading coating supplier in Japan, have signed an agreement to develop their existing alliance. The partners are now looking to emulate the success they’ve achieved in the Marine segment in the Protective Market.


Andreas Brekke, CEO, Miros Group
Andreas Brekke, CEO, Miros Group


28 NOVEMBER 2018

Miros Group and Ulstein Belga Marine with record OSD delivery to Petrobras

Sea-state monitoring leader Miros Group is set to supply eight Oil Spill Detection (OSD) systems to Brazilian oil major Petrobras in the world’s largest x-band radar-based OSD surveillance and response contract to date. The agreement is in partnership with Ulstein Belga Marine, primary supplier to Petrobras, and includes radars and thermal imaging cameras for Petrobras Mobile Offshore Production Units (MOPUs) in the Campos Basin. Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2019.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Xeneta unveils XSI Public Indices, delivering monthly insights on long-term ocean freight rate development

Oslo, Norway: Xeneta is utilizing its database of over 85 million contracted freight rates to deliver a unique monthly snapshot of long-term rate developments in the container industry. The new Xeneta Shipping Index (XSI™) Public Indices report, launching today, provides a detailed overview of the busiest global trade corridors, allowing users to gauge regional developments and track trends for key markets.


Optimarin – tried, tested and market established BWT systems
Optimarin – tried, tested and market established BWT systems

27 NOVEMBER 2018

Optimarin enables Subsea7 USCG upgrade in ‘a couple of hours’

Optimarin has demonstrated how easy it is for existing Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) to be upgraded to full USCG compliance with a visit onboard Subsea7’s Seven Pacific.


Andreas Brekke, CEO, Miros Group
Andreas Brekke, CEO, Miros Group


26 SEPTEMBER 2018

Miros launches real-time sea state data as a cloud-integrated service

In an industry first, ocean surface measuring leader Miros Group will make dry measurements of sea state available through the cloud as a service. For customers, this means flexible access to real time data without having to cover the investment in data collection and transfer equipment.


Per Martin Tanggaard
Per Martin Tanggaard


24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Nor-Shipping heads to UN, UN heads to Nor-Shipping, as global leaders gather to help build sustainable ocean activity

Over the course of the next two days Nor-Shipping is joining a host of business leaders, NGOs, diplomats and politicians at the UN headquarters in New York to help plot a pathway for sustainable commercial activity in the ocean space. Nor-Shipping Director Per Martin Tanggaard will assist a group working on the development of the UN Global Compact’s Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform, before hosting the next high-level meeting on the initiative in Norway at Nor-Shipping 2019.


Ardmore Seavaliant
Ardmore Seavaliant


24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Optimarin expertise secures huge Ardmore order

Optimarin has secured one of its biggest orders to date with the news that the ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist has been selected to supply 36 systems to Ardmore Shipping. The units will be fitted across 18 advanced chemical and product tankers, with delivery due to commence in February next year.


Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen
Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen

10 JULY 2018

DESS Aquaculture chooses Optimarin for newbuild wellboats

DESS Aquaculture, a joint venture between Solstad Farstad and John Fredriksen’s Marine Harvest, has signed a contract to install Optimarin ballast water treatment (BWT) systems on its four newbuild 3,500m3 capacity wellboats. The agreement pushes the number of systems sold by Optimarin so far this year beyond the 50 mark, with recent orders also received from Besiktas Shipping, Eureka Shipping, Solvang, Koyo Kaiun and Ahrenkiel, amongst others.


Event Director Oliver Taylor, Vice President, Marine Business Unit, Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch Risto Ahvo and Chief Engineer Power Electronics Terje Rogne on stage with the Engineering Team of the Year award
Event Director Oliver Taylor, Vice President, Marine Business Unit, Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch Risto Ahvo and Chief Engineer Power Electronics Terje Rogne on stage with the Engineering Team of the Year award

02 JULY 2018

Yaskawa Environmental Energy wins 'Engineering Team of the Year' award

Finland: Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch won 'Engineering Team of the Year' award at the Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The award was won for the extraordinary achievement of conducting a successful Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for The Switch Electronic Bus Link breaker (EBL), customized to a specific vessel’s needs, within a six-month window.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

27 JUNE 2018

Xeneta transforms ocean freight rate negotiations and launches XSI™, new index contract offering

Oslo, Norway: Xeneta, the leading ocean freight rate benchmarking and market intelligence platform, is launching a product that aims to transform the way shippers, freight forwarders and carriers conduct freight rate negotiations. The Oslo headquartered firm has created a new offering, Xeneta Shipping Index (XSI™) that allows all parties to set rates at transparent, efficient and fair prices that directly follow market fluctuations. This ensures all stakeholders get the right price for their products and services, relationships are improved and complex, time-consuming negotiations become efficient.


Life at sea can be challenging enough without mental health concerns. OSM is campaigning for positive change.
Life at sea can be challenging enough without mental health concerns. OSM is campaigning for positive change.


25 JUNE 2018

OSM launches mental health campaign to safeguard 11,000 seafarers

OSM has chosen The Day of the Seafarer to launch a global campaign aimed at safeguarding and improving the mental health of its 11,000 crewmembers. The year long initiative, christened How Healthy is Your Mind: An OSM Seafarers’ Guide to Positive Mental Health, will be pushed out across the 500 plus vessels managed by the business, addressing an increasingly pressing, but often overlooked, industry issue.


Representatives from three of the partners building up a Norwegian catapult center for smarter and greener energy systems: Hege Økland from NCE Maritime CleanTech, Asbjørn Halsebakke from The Switch Norway, and Gunnar Birkeland and Bernt Henrik Hellesøe from Unitech. Photo: Øyvind Hjelmen
Representatives from three of the partners building up a Norwegian catapult center for smarter and greener energy systems: Hege Økland from NCE Maritime CleanTech, Asbjørn Halsebakke from The Switch Norway, and Gunnar Birkeland and Bernt Henrik Hellesøe from Unitech.

Photo: Øyvind Hjelmen



08 JUNE 2018

New catapult center for smarter and greener energy systems

Finland: NCE Maritime CleanTech, a business cluster in which The Switch Norway is active, is establishing a new Norwegian catapult center to build up expertise and testing facilities for the partner organizations in the cluster. The center will be at the forefront in making the Norwegian marine industry greener, smarter and more innovative.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

06 JUNE 2018

Xeneta data powers DNB Markets forecasting model, keeping customers ahead of the market on Maersk

Oslo, Norway: DNB Markets has developed an ‘earning’s crystal ball’ by working with Xeneta, the leading global ocean freight benchmarking and market intelligence platform. The investment bank has tapped into Xeneta’s up to the minute long- and short-term ocean freight rate data to accurately forecast the earnings of Maersk, the world’s largest global shipping line, before they are released to the public.


Jotun Painting on Board
Jotun Painting on Board

04 JUNE 2018

Jotun simplifies customers’ marine onboard maintenance with unique SeaStock Management Solution

Sandefjord: Jotun has launched an innovative solution that brings simplicity, predictability and optimal quality to the process of marine onboard maintenance.

SeaStock Management Solution will see Jotun effectively assuming full management of its customers’ onboard maintenance. This encompasses condition surveys, full ordering and logistics, direct communication with vessels, business and technical reviews, optimizing products for individual requirements, and crew education. It is the first offer of its kind on the market.

Commenting on the service launch, Habibe Escobar Meléndez, MSc. DryDock & SeaStock Concept Manager in Jotun explains: “Onboard maintenance is an essential but specialized area that requires time, understanding and commitment. Often conducted in difficult conditions, by crew that may lack sufficient training, there is a risk of poor quality application – leading to premature corrosion – and excessive paint consumption. Then of course there is the commitment from management required to order, monitor and optimize the process to achieve the best efficiency, costs and results.


Nor-Shipping logo
Nor-Shipping logo


01 JUNE 2018

Nor-Shipping evolution continues with bold new logo and ocean ambitions

Nor-Shipping is continuing its modernizing drive with a new logo that affirms its commitment to its core maritime audience, while demonstrating a desire to open up to new business opportunities within the ocean environment. The move follows confirmation from Nor-Shipping Director Per Martin Tanggaard that the event week would be positioning itself as ‘your arena for ocean solutions’ for its next outing in 2019, and beyond.


Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen
Optimarin CEO Tore Andersen

28 MAY 2018

Optimarin says BWT market is accelerating as system orders and revenues rocket

Ballast water treatment specialist Optimarin says that a recent surge in new business orders and revenues is indicative of positive developments within the BWT market. The Norwegian headquartered firm, which has now sold close to 600 of its USCG-approved Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS), has shattered its initial growth forecasts for the year to date, with both orders and income up by over 50% year-on-year.


Oliver Steeds, Nekton CEO – Diving into an ocean of possibilities
Oliver Steeds, Nekton CEO – Diving into an ocean of possibilities

24 MAY 2018

Deeper understanding:
Exploring ocean potential with Nekton

Opening Oceans Conference

Oliver Steeds wants to dive to the depths, of both the oceans and maritime data, to push back the frontiers of knowledge and enable sustainable ocean development. It’s a mission that, he believes, simply cannot wait.


Dussler – looking to accelerate Xeneta's growth Stateside
Dussler – looking to accelerate Xeneta's growth Stateside

23 MAY 2018

Xeneta hires Dussler to spearhead US growth as database of ocean freight rates tops 55 million

Oslo, Norway & New York, New York: Xeneta is moving to accelerate the growth of its North American operation with the appointment of Florian Dussler as General Manager and VP Sales, Americas. Dussler, previously VP Americas for logistics software firm Transporeon, will head Xeneta’s New York office and aim to grow both awareness and market share for the leading global freight benchmarking and market intelligence platform. The news comes as Xeneta announces it has now built its database to over 55 million contracted rates, while also welcoming some major names to its community of global shippers.

Xeneta, which crowd-sources data from more than 700 leading international businesses to provide real-time rates transparency, opened its US office in late 2016 to take advantage of the world’s largest container shipping market. Since that point it has grown both its market presence and offering, launching into the air freight segment while expanding its ocean freight data from 60,000 to over 160,000 port to port pairings.


22 MAY 2018

Jotun Australia is formally open for Yacht business with complete yacht coating solutions

Jotun Australia is very pleased announcing the introduction of yachting products to the Australian Yacht and Superyacht industry. With reputation for quality, technical support and service, customers are now offered complete yacht coatings solutions.


NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes
NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes

22 MAY 2018

NAVTOR Anticipates Global PAYS Acceptance In The Wake Of Japanese Approval

Pay As You Sail pioneer NAVTOR has welcomed the decision by the Japanese Hydrographic Office to formally approve the use of PAYS for ENC. Almost all hydrographic offices have now accepted PAYS as a method for distributing digital charts, and the Norwegian e-navigation specialist believes full global acceptance is on the horizon.

NAVTOR introduced the PAYS concept to the market with its DNV GL type approved offer in 2012. Since that point PAYS has emerged as a preferred solution for shipowners and operators, with approximately 80% of NAVTOR customers now opting for the delivery method.


The Switch’s advanced and proven DC-Hub concept, with the unique EBL, is expected to see tremendous growth. The DC-Hub is a much more efficient way to distribute energy, eliminating the need for auxiliary equipment such as transformers and AC switchboards, saving space and money.
The Switch’s advanced and proven DC-Hub concept, with the unique EBL, is expected to see tremendous growth. The DC-Hub is a much more efficient way to distribute energy, eliminating the need for auxiliary equipment such as transformers and AC switchboards, saving space and money.

17 MAY 2018

Successful Factory Acceptance Test for The Switch EBL within six-month order window

Finland: The Switch Norway, part of Yaskawa Corporation’s Yaskawa Environmental Energy Division, is celebrating the successful completion of a Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for its Electronic Bus Link breaker (EBL). It is the first time the new EBL, a key element within its game-changing DC-Hub, has undergone a FAT.

The procedure was conducted in Trondheim under the supervision of class society DNV-GL and the undisclosed end customers. There were no issues recorded with the first three EBL units to undergo stringent testing, with a further three to undertake the same process prior to delivery on an advanced offshore vessel.

“We only received the original order in September last year, so it’s been a tight turnaround,” comments Asbjørn Halsebakke, General Manager, The Switch Norway. “However, our dedicated development team in Trondheim worked in close cooperation with The Switch’s sourcing department in Finland, and assembly and engineering in Stord, to pull out all the stops and deliver a product that is tailored to the specific vessel’s needs. It’s been a real team effort and we, and more importantly the customer, are delighted with the end product.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

16 MAY 2018

Xeneta achieves Gartner Cool Vendor status for real-time ocean freight rates intelligence

Xeneta, the leading global real-time and on-demand ocean freight rates benchmarking and market intelligence platform, has been named a Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Execution 2018 by acclaimed technology research firm Gartner, Inc. The Norwegian headquartered business, which also has offices in New York and Hamburg, was singled out for its ability to give users real-time, personalised market insight, unlocking value for ocean freight rate negotiations.


Geir Sekkesaeter
Geir Sekkesaeter


30 APRIL 2018

Revolutionary OSM Maritime Operations Centre paves way for next generation of Ship Management through advanced analytics, with future growth through AI and drones

Leading ship management firm OSM is in the final stages of completing a Singapore-based Maritime Operations Centre that will transform decision-making, efficiency and performance for its global customer base, while highlighting a new, sustainable path forward for the industry.

The facility, developed in partnership with Azendian Solutions, a Singapore based analytics company, will initially allow OSM to connect all its data sources around the world. In the near future, the operations centre will not only be the main pillar of OSM’s Technical Management offerings to the market, but it will also be a maritime innovation hub, with plans to develop game-changing technologies through an ecosystem of digital partnerships.

It marks, according to OSM CEO Geir Sekkesaeter, an important step forward for the company, its customers and the industry as a whole.


Offshore
Offshore


30 APRIL 2018

Jotun’s unique offshore maintenance system builds market position by slashing coating application cost and extending maintenance intervals

Houston/Sandefjord: Jotun has revealed that since launching the world’s first NORSOK compliant system 1 for application by brush and roller on mechanically prepared steel one year ago, its innovative solution has gone on to gain approval for more than 20 different specifications with major asset owners.


The Switch has delivered over 1,000 rugged Power Drives for the past 10 years to hundreds of vessels operating around the world
The Switch has delivered over 1,000 rugged Power Drives for the past 10 years to hundreds of vessels operating around the world


11 APRIL 2018

The Switch becomes Yaskawa Environmental Energy Division with major investment in R&D and drive train testing up to 15 MW

Finland: 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.


NAVTOR and WNI: Charting the way forward for safe, efficient and intelligent navigation solutions
NAVTOR and WNI: Charting the way forward for safe, efficient and intelligent navigation solutions

09 APRIL 2018

NAVTOR joins forces with Weathernews International to enhance service and lay foundations for artificially intelligent routing solution

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.


Pravin Kirolikar, Managing Director of Goltens Dubai
Pravin Kirolikar, Managing Director of Goltens Dubai


03 APRIL 2018

Goltens Worldwide bolsters Middle East and India teams

Senior staff step up in the latest round of promotions at Goltens Worldwide:

Goltens Dubai
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.

Goltens India
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.


CEO Geir Sekkesaeter
CEO Geir Sekkesaeter


26 MARCH 2018

OSM transforms crew management and communication with Seafarer App

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.


Henning Voss, Portrix
Henning Voss, Portrix

14 MARCH 2018

GEODIS teams up with Portrix Logistic Software to provide instant online pricing via WebQuotey

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.


NavStation 4.1 with AENP integration demonstrated on a big 84” touchscreen monitor. NAVTOR Product Manager Gaute Fossmark and NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes
NavStation 4.1 with AENP integration demonstrated on a big 84” touchscreen monitor. From the left: NAVTOR Product Manager Gaute Fossmark and NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes

13 MARCH 2018

NAVTOR claims world first with ADMIRALTY e-Nautical Publications integration into NavStation

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.


Geir Sekkesaeter
Geir Sekkesaeter

28 FEBUARY 2018

OSM looks to boost Mozambique maritime education as part of UN Global Compact commitment

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.


Yxney Maritme CEO Gjord Simen Sanna and SolstadFarstad Environmental Engineer Svein Erik Isaksen seal the MarESS deal
Yxney Maritme CEO Gjord Simen Sanna and SolstadFarstad Environmental Engineer Svein Erik Isaksen seal the MarESS deal

28 FEBUARY 2018

Solstad Farstad and Yxney Maritime join forces to further develop Solstad Green Operations®

Skudeneshavn, Norway: 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.


Kai Latun, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer in Yara Marine
Kai Latun, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer in Yara Marine


20 FEBUARY 2018

Goltens teams up with Yara Marine on SOx scrubbers

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.


Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund
Xeneta CEO Patrik Berglund

19 FEBUARY 2018

Xeneta’s desire to provide full picture of ocean freight rate data sees 161% growth over past year

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.


Henning Voss, Founder and CEO, Portrix
Henning Voss, Founder and CEO, Portrix

12 FEBUARY 2018

Hermes entrusts Portrix Logistic Software to deliver enhanced global rate management and efficiency

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.


Henning Voss, Founder and CEO
Henning Voss, Founder and CEO, Portrix

30 JANUARY 2018

Portbase partners with Portrix to deliver one-stop VGM shop for Dutch shipping community

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.


Nor-Shipping – on the move outside Norway for the first time
Nor-Shipping – on the move outside Norway for the first time


29 JANUARY 2018

Maersk, Statoil and OECD to discuss future ocean development at Opening Oceans Conference

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.


Nikos Ioannou, Managing Director of Benelux Overseas
Nikos Ioannou, Managing Director of Benelux Overseas

25 JANUARY 2018

Benelux Overseas expect reduced maintenance costs and enhanced efficiency with fleet-wide Jotun SeaStock agreement

Athens, Greece / Sandefjord, Norway: 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.


NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes together with NAVTOR CTO Anders Holme
NAVTOR CEO Tor Svanes together with NAVTOR CTO Anders Holme

23 JANUARY 2018

NAVTOR strengthens the team with new Chief Technology Officer

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.


CEO Alexander Fuglesang
CEO Alexander Fuglesang


04 JANUARY 2018

Statoil joins subsea JIP

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.


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Leading global tanker owner Odfjell has been involved with the collaborative development of the new PassagePlanner module, and believes it can help them simplify task and increase efficiency in day-to-day operations. Photo credit: © Odfjell SE 2009


02 JANUARY 2018

Passage Planning leap forward at heart of NAVTOR’s NavStation 4.0

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.