Photo: Øyvind Hjelmen
08 JUNE 2018
Finland, June 8, 2018 – 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.
06 JUNE 2018
June 6, 2018 – 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.
04 JUNE 2018
Sandefjord, 4 June 2018. 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.
01 JUNE 2018
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.
28 MAY 2018
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.
24 MAY 2018
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.
23 MAY 2018
May 23, 2018 – 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 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.
22 MAY 2018
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.
17 MAY 2018
Finland, May 17, 2018 – 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.
16 MAY 2018
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.
30 APRIL 2018
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.
30 APRIL 2018
Houston/Sandefjord, 30 April 2018. 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.
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.