Carnival to carry out $200m renovation on Carnival Triumph

Carnival Cruise Line is set to revamp one of its existing vessels, Carnival Triumph, with an investment of around $200m.

The two-month-long renovation is scheduled to take place at a dry dock in Cadiz, Spain, from 1 March.

Following the dry dock renovation, the vessels will be renamed Carnival Sunrise and join Carnival’s Sunshine class of vessels.

Report shows reduction in CO2 emissions from container shipping sector

A report from global nonprofit business network BSR unit Clean Cargo Working Group revealed that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from ships operated by 22 of the world’s major ocean container carrier lines witnessed a drop last year.

The Trade Lane CO2 Emissions Factors report includes data from over 3,200 ships operated by the 22 ocean container carrier lines.

According to the report, the average CO2 emissions per container per kilometre from the 22 lines, which represent 85% of the world’s containerised shipping, fell by 1% from 2016 to last year.

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Marlink and We4Sea partner to deliver fuel efficiency solutions

Marlink signed a partnership agreement with the Netherlands-based start-up We4Sea to provide innovative fuel efficiency solutions to the maritime industry.

Under the strategic deal, We4Sea will utilise Marlink’s broadband satellite communications network, digital solutions and contacts to further test, develop and mature its fuel efficiency solutions.

The deal will help Marlink achieve its Smart Connectivity strategy, which seeks to support the company’s customers’ digitalisation process and business efficiency through new applications and business models.

Kongsberg to power Grimaldi’s nine Ro-Ro vessels

Kongsberg Maritime secured a set of contracts from China’s Nanjing Jinling Shipyard to provide power and hybrid systems to nine Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessels ordered by Italy’s Grimaldi Group.

The deals are worth more than NOK400m ($47m). They include an option for three more vessels, increasing the total value of the deal to more than NOK500m ($59m).

As part of the deals, Kongsberg will deliver and install large battery systems, shaft generators, frequency converters and energy management systems on the vessels called Grimaldi Green 5th Generation.

Vard to build autonomous electric container vessel for Yara

Vard secured a contract worth approximately Nkr250m ($29m) from Yara to build an autonomous electric container vessel named Yara Birkeland.

Yara Birkeland is slated to be built under a collaboration that was initially formed between Yara and technology company Kongsberg in May 2017.

The completed container vessel is expected to be delivered from Vard’s Brevik yard in Norway by 2020.

Maersk and IBM develop blockchain shipping solution

AP Moller – Maersk and tech giant IBM developed a solution called TradeLens for applying blockchain in the global supply chain.

Developed under a collaboration agreement reached between Maersk and IBM in January, TradeLens features IBM Blockchain technology that allows multiple trading partners to collaborate through a single-window transaction without compromising details, privacy or confidentiality.

The blockchain-enabled shipping solution can be used by shippers, shipping lines, freight forwarders, port and terminal operators, inland transportation, and customs authorities to interact more efficiently by accessing real-time shipping data and documents.

Wärtsilä to build €200m Smart Technology Hub in Finland

Wärtsilä announced plans to build a next-generation innovation and production centre, Smart Technology Hub, in Vaasa, Finland, with an investment of €200m.

The centre is expected to house Wärtsilä’s current functions and employees in central Vaasa, as well as the logistics and maintenance workshop operations in Runsor, Finland.

The Smart Technology Hub is part of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine and Smart Energy visions. The company plans to spend €83m in advanced testing and production technology to be installed at the hub.

Japan’s MLIT selects MOL’s autonomous shipping project

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) selected a joint demonstration project proposed by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and partners on autonomous shipping.

Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMST), and Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) are also involved in the project, which is associated with automated and autonomous operations of vessels’ berthing and un-berthing activities.

It has been selected for MLIT’s FY2018 autonomous vessel demonstration project with an aim to bring vessels with autonomous berthing and un-berthing into service by 2025.

PSA to buy 60% stake in Ashcroft Terminal in Canada

PSA International, through its wholly owned subsidiary PSA Canada Holdings, signed an investment agreement to purchase a 60% interest in Canada’s Ashcroft Terminal (AT).

The terminal is situated around 300km east of the Port of Vancouver (POV) and comprises 320 acres of freehold industrial land.

Two railroad lines, Canadian National (CN) Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, run through the facility to move import and export cargoes to and from POV, across Canada, as well as Chicago and other North American markets.

Becker Marine and partners test alternative power supply for ship

Becker Marine Systems, in collaboration with container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA), tested an alternative power supply system for ships at the Port of Hamburg in Germany.

The test was carried out at the beginning of this year as part of a joint pilot project launched by the companies in 2016.

The partners conducted a series of trials using a prototype of Becker LNG PowerPac system on some of Hapag-Lloyd’s 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container ships at the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) situated at the Port of Hamburg.