Shell Marine has agreed with global maritime contractor Van Oord for the supply of lubricants for its vessel fleet.

Van Oord will deploy Shell Marine’s Marine Integrated Lubrication and Expert Solutions (MILES), under the five-year agreement.

The MILES solution is designed to offer customised technical services and high-performance lubricants to customers.

Van Oord also intends to optimise the oil usage and lubrication feed rates with the help of Shell Marine’s LubeMonitor 4T programme.

Shell Marine’s team of field engineers will assist Van Oord in lubrication surveys, vessel evaluations and technical support.

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has partnered with Hitachi Europe to promote the usage of artificial intelligence (AI) technology on ships to minimise the fuel usage and environmental impact.

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The collaboration will review the existing digital framework on-board the ships and will use advanced AI solutions to discover key factors contributing to higher fuel consumption of Stena Line.

The deployment of AI technologies will enhance the operational efficiency and reduce operational costs.

“The refurbishment works at the harbour will enhance its capacity to handle 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent container unit (TEU) vessels.”

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has agreed to provide a funding of $49m to South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) to support the deepening works at the Charleston Harbor.

The funding is included in the Fiscal Year 18 Work Plan of USACE and will help the authorities in deepening the harbour to 52ft to the Wando Welch Terminal. The upgrade will also increase the entrance channel’s depth to 54ft.

Scheduled for completion in 2021, the refurbishment works at the harbour will enhance its capacity to handle 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent container unit (TEU) vessels.

ABB has secured multiple contracts for the deployment of its Ability Marine Advisory System – Octopus marine software on-board nine heavy-lift vessels.

The vessels are currently stationed at the Tengiz oil field expansion project in Kazakhstan. The project is undertaken by Tengizchevroil (TCO), a joint venture of Chevron, ExxonMobil, KazMunayGas, and LukArco.

The installation of Octopus is intended to enhance the efficiency and safety of the vessels by providing key information such as maps, environmental data, and vessel traffic.

ABB will also deploy sensors on each vessel to gather real-time roll and motion data of the vessel and its cargo, as part of the contracts.

Metal Shark has completed the acquisition of the assets of Horizon Shipbuilding upon receiving approval from the US Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Alabama.

Horizon’s 35-acre shipbuilding facility in Alabama is now owned by Metal Shark. The facility will be used by Metal Shark to design and build steel vessels and repair old vessels.

Travis Short, the CEO of Horizon Shipbuilding, will join Metal Shark as executive vice-president.

DFDS has acquired 98.8% shares in UN Ro-Ro from Actera and Esas for €950m ($1.12bn).

UN Ro-Ro operates a fleet of 12 ferries and owns port terminals in Istanbul, Turkey, and Trieste, Italy.

The ferries owned by UN Ro-Ro are now part of the DFDS fleet.