October’s top news stories

6 November 2017 (Last Updated November 7th, 2017 09:48)

Rolls-Royce and Google develop autonomous ship solutions, ICTSI expand Basra Gateway Terminal, and Odfjell Terminals to divest stake in Oiltanking Odfjell Terminal Singapore. Ship-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from October 2017.

Rolls-Royce teamed up with Google to further develop autonomous ship solutions

Rolls-Royce entered a deal with Google to further develop its intelligent awareness systems, which are able to help make existing vessels safer and assist in the development of autonomous ships.

The arrangement will see Rolls-Royce make use of Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to provide additional training to its artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system, which is used to detect, identify and track objects a vessel can encounter at sea.

The Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine is designed to use the same neural, net-based machine intelligence software that powers many of Google products, including image and voice search.


ICTSI to expand Basra Gateway Terminal in North Port, Iraq

International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) signed an agreement with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) and Basra Mas for the second phase of expansion at its Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) in North Port, Umm Qasr, Iraq.

The $100m expansion will see the development of two new berths, which will cover approximately 20ha of yard area.

It is expected to increase BGT’s annual container handling capacity by 600,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) to a total of 1.2 million TEU.


Odfjell Terminals to divest stake in Oiltanking Odfjell Terminal Singapore

A joint venture (JV) between Odfjell and Lindsay Goldberg known as Odfjell Terminals  signed a deal with an unnamed fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets to sell its 50% ownership stake in Oiltanking Odfjell Terminal Singapore for $300m.

The transaction value implies an enterprise value of approximately $330m for Odfjell Terminals’ share in the Singapore-based terminal. It expected to result in a net gain of roughly $135m for Odfjell.

The agreement is subject to customary regulatory approval and is scheduled to be closed by the last quarter of this year.


SHI secures $221m LNG FSRU order from Marubeni consortium

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) received an order worth roughly KRW250bn ($221m) from a consortium of Marubeni, Sojitz, and Pertamina to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).

The newly announced order for the 170,00m³ vessel represents SHI’s 19th LNG-FSRU newbuild deal.

The vessel will be the first to feature SHI’s own LNG regasification system, ‘S-Regas (GI)’.


Rapp Marine to equip Oregon State University’s new research vessel

Norway-based Rapp Marine was contracted by Gulf Island Shipyard to equip the US’ Oregon State University’s (OSU) new multi-mission regional class research vessel (RCRV).

The 193ft-long, 41ft-wide vessel is currently under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, Louisiana, US.

Rapp Marine will act as the overboard handling system single-source vendor (OHS SSV) for the vessel as part of the agreement.


German authorities urged to hold ACL accountable for breaching European waste laws

NGO Shipbreaking Platform urged the German authorities to hold Italy’s Grimaldi Group subsidiary Atlantic Container Line (ACL) accountable for allegedly violating European waste laws.

The Platform has accused ACL of deliberately selling two of its G3 vessels, including Swedish-flagged Atlantic Cartier and Atlantic Conveyor, for scrapping in South Asian yards.

The organisation has also blamed ACL for illegally exporting toxic waste to South Asia.


Camco Technologies to automate DP World’s Callao terminal in Peru

Belgium-based Camco Technologies secured a contract to design, install and commission a comprehensive gate automation system at DP World’s terminal at the port of Callao, Peru.

Camco will provide eight inbound and four outbound lanes equipped with OCR technology to the terminal under the arrangement.

An unmanned driver pedestals will also be provided to enable automated processing, as well as validation of truck and container data at the facility.,


Bahri Data partnered with DNV GL to jointly develop big data capabilities

Saudi Arabia’s national shipping company Bahri’s Data unit signed a deal with Norway-based classification society DNV GL to jointly develop new big data capabilities to address safety, quality and compliance issues within the maritime industry.

Data scientists from both Bahri Data and DNV GL’s Veracity platform have already started working on a prototype solution as part of the collaboration, which is expected to help vessel owners, operators, charterers, port authority operators and regulators to make safer and more informed decisions.

The solution is also intended to help maritime industry partners to understand major parameters with regards to a vessel’s safety and quality status, as well as historical background.


Western Australia committed to fixing issues at Broome Port

The Government of Western Australia committed to providing A$7m ($5m) to solve various issues at Broome Port, which is currently the largest deepwater port servicing the country’s Kimberley region.

The commitment is also expected to allow cruise liner Carnival Australia to return to Western Australia (WA) and withdraw its threat to discontinue services within the region.

Last year, the company expressed its intention to cease home-berthing its P&O and Princess Cruise ships in WA unless problems at various regional ports were properly resolved.


Abu Dhabi Ports unveiled Maqta Gateway trade digitalisation platform

United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Abu Dhabi Ports launched a new digital platform known as Maqta Gateway, which is expected to help the company digitalise its trade and improve overall efficiency.

Maqta Gateway is designed to provide digital services to various business units such as shipping agents, traders, freight forwarders, custom brokers and others.

The fully digitalised system supports the government’s ‘Abu Dhabi 2030’ vision and is capable of providing all the information required by port customers.