Ericsson and China Unicom to provide 5G system at Port of Qingdao

Ericsson and mobile service provider China Unicom are set to provide a 5G smart harbour system at the Port of Qingdao, Shandong, China.

The partnership comes after the completion of successful technical solution verification at the port.

The latest move lays the groundwork for deployments in other ports across the globe.

Wärtsilä to provide maintenance solution to Tokyo LNG Tanker

Wärtsilä signed an agreement to provide a long-term maintenance solution to Tokyo Gas subsidiary and Japanese LNG shipowner Tokyo LNG Tanker.

The Wärtsilä optimised solution will support Tokyo LNG Tanker in various maintenance needs for three 165,000m³ LNG tankers.

Vessels are powered by four nine-cylinder and one six-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF engines.

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K LINE and Technos Mihara to launch ship hull inspection project

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K LINE) and Japanese firm Technos Mihara are set to launch a ship hull inspection and maintenance development project.

The project will adopt a new hull inspection and maintenance method using a drone and image analysis system.

K LINE noted that the company found an improvement in ship hull inspection accuracy after carrying out multiple on-site trials with aerial and underwater drones.

ABB to supply integrated power to Icelandic’s electric ferry

ABB is set to supply integrated power to a 70m-long hybrid-electric ferry, which is under construction for the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration at Crist shipyard in Poland.

The new ferry has a 550-passenger and 75-car capacity. It is expected to take 3,600 13km trips a year between Landeyjahöfn on the mainland and the Westman Island.

Designed by StoGda Ship Design & Engineering from Gdańsk, Poland to operate in electric mode most of the time, the vessel is scheduled to be delivered this year.

DP World to acquire P&O Ferries for $421m

DP World announced the acquisition of the holding company of P&O Ferries and P&O Ferrymasters (P&O Ferries) in a deal valued at £322m ($421m).

In 2006, DP World acquired P&O Ferries but sold off some assets to Dubai World, its major shareholder.

At that time, DP World won a three-month battle to assume control of P&O Ferries, after the withdrawal of PSA in Singapore.

Inmarsat installs Fleet Xpress on Lindblad Expeditions cruise ship

Inmarsat installed its Fleet Xpress on-board Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic’s new adventure cruise ship, National Geographic Venture.

Built by Nichols Brothers yard in the US, the 73m-length expedition ship has been designed to explore the coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels.

National Geographic Venture is an ice-strengthened expedition ship and caters to more remote destinations. It has a capacity to accommodate 100 guests supported by 50 crew.

UN officials say Ireland’s AWS breaches rights of migrant workers

Four United Nations (UN) experts said that Ireland’s Atypical Work Scheme (AWS) introduced for non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals in the fishing industry breaches the human rights of migrant workers.

Special rapporteurs mentioned in a letter to the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan that the 2016 scheme may be failing to avoid modern slavery.

They criticised the scheme governing protection and labour rights for migrant fishermen.

GE to provide electric propulsion technology for Seaside EVO ships

GE’s Marine Solutions secured a contract from MSC Cruises to provide the marine electric propulsion technology for two new Seaside EVO ships.

Seaside EVO Ships will join the existing MSC Cruises fleet and 14 will use GE’s electrical propulsion.

Built by the Fincantieri shipyard, the two cruise ships have a 169,400 gross tonnage and a total guest capacity of 5,632. They will adopt new design features and maritime technologies.

Boskalis to sell stake in SAAM SMIT Towage for $201m

Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) signed an agreement to sell the equity stake held by the company in SAAM SMIT Towage to SAAM for $201m.

Under the terms of the agreement, the complete enterprise value of SAAM SMIT Towage is valued at $560m.

The towage joint venture (JV), which was formed between Boskalis and SAAM in 2014, covered the respective towage activities in Brazil, Panama, Mexico, and Canada, at that time.

Valmet to service automation systems on four Celebrity Cruises vessels

Valmet entered a service agreement with Celebrity Cruises to repair the company’s DNA integrated automation systems currently installed on four Celebrity Cruises vessels.

Vessels include Millennium-class ships currently deployed in the US such as Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Constellation.

As part of the four-year agreement, Valmet will boost the performance, safety and availability of the systems.