• 2018 September 24 10:28

    Smart shipping to be under the spotlight at Seatrade Maritime Middle East

    The impact of the rapid evolution of smart technology is becoming increasingly evident in the maritime industry, with new technologies up to and including unmanned vessels and autonomous logistics operations set to transform the way people and goods are being moved around.

    With Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and big data driving radical new solutions in the transformation to intelligent ships, there is no questioning smart shipping’s capability to redefine the fundamentals of shipping operations. In the wake of the explosion of new technologies and automation that are shaping the biggest revolution in shipping since the arrival of the diesel-engine ships, the upcoming edition of Seatrade Maritime Middle East will introduce a whole new concept to the region - Motion: “This House believes that the shipping industry is not ready to embrace smart shipping”, following the format of a Parliamentary Debate, on the opening day of the event.

    The Seatrade Parliament Debate will bring together five leading figures from the regional shipping industry and from around the world to discuss fundamental questions such as what does the industry seek to achieve through capitalizing on new technologies; how real are the efficiencies they offer and what regulatory framework amendments would be needed prior to implementation. Three debaters will speak for the motion and three against. This will be followed by a floor debate involving members of the audience and, following a summary of the arguments on both sides, a vote will be taken on the motion.

    Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, said: “Smart technology holds immense potential to accelerate and enhance the future of the maritime industry. However, despite a range of benefits, the application of these technologies to shipping processes poses several challenges. Keeping pace with these developments, the upcoming Seatrade Parliamentary Debate seeks to examine the readiness of the regional shipping sector in incorporating smart technologies, and ways to navigate its associated challenges.”

    Jasamin Fichte, Managing Partner, Fichte & Co will chair the Debate and speakers for the motion will include Khalid Hashim, Managing Director, Precious Shipping; Ali Shehab Ahmad, Deputy CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC); and Captain David Stockley, COO, Oman Ship Management Company.

    René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine and Oskar Levander, SVP Concepts and Innovation, Rolls-Royce Marine will be speaking against the motion.

    To be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE, from October 29 to 31, 2018, Seatrade Maritime Middle East 2018 will feature more than 150 exhibitors from the sector to attract a huge number of visitors including shipowners, ship operators, ship managers, charterers, superintendents, senior management and other industry professionals involved in the procurement of equipment and delivery of services within the maritime, offshore, oil and gas and ports industries to network and to explore new opportunities.

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2018 December 12

19:08 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:30 MEYER WERFT handed over AIDAnova to AIDA Cruises
18:21 IMO led panel discussion on wreck removal challenges at Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference in London
18:00 Rosneft develops innovations for Russian Zvezda super-shipyard
18:00 Newbuilding methanol carrier for Proman Shipping named CASTARA
17:46 Damen signs with Port Nelson for ASD Tug 2411
17:37 Almaz shipyard lays down icebreaker of Project 21180М, Yevpaty Kolovrat, for RF Navy
17:14 Comprehensive plan for NSR development to be ready by February 2019 – Yevgeny Ditrikh
16:49 Investments in the Arctic by 2024 estimated at RUB 5.5 trillion - Dmity Kobylkin
16:23 Vladimir Putin orders to look into creation of port SEZ at Olya port in Arkhangelsk Region
15:50 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% Y-o-Y to 746.8 million tonnes (detalization)
15:26 Okskaya Sudoverf launches first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
15:02 American Petroleum Institute (API) awards bolt fatigue testing program contract to DNV GL
14:25 Giant Octopus added to the CPC’s stock of ER equipment
14:01 London hosts global port environment experts
13:20 Pola Anatolia, dry cargo ship of RSD59 design, successfully passed sea trials
13:01 Newcastle Container Terminal to deliver savings for regional NSW
12:36 Sovcomflot BoD considered the Group’s financial plan for 2019 and a forecast for 2020-2021
12:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Ismene with Koch
11:49 Yury Trutnev appointed as head of revised State Commission for Arctic Development
11:22 Three icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 11-12
11:00 COSCO SHIPPING Ports partners with Abu Dhabi Ports to create regional trading hub and Middle East gateway for Belt and Road
10:47 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’18 up 15% Y-o-Y to 22.9 million tonnes
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 1.16% to $60.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $52.3
10:11 Full bonded area is opened in Port Bronka
10:01 WMU welcomes ITF General Secretary and President
09:59 GTT receives an order for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
09:44 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,364 points
08:28 Boskalis Ndurance’ cable trencher successfully tested at Alexiahaven
08:05 Maritime Blockchain Labs announces new consortium to improve crew management

2018 December 11

17:59 ASW Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet makes a call to the Republic of Djibouti
17:33 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet conducted training exercise in the Sea of Japan
17:10 Port of Antwerp International to consult USPA on tariff setting, concession and environmental policy
16:46 Van Oord supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
16:21 Yamal LNG reached full capacity
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Indian Subcontinent & Pakistan to North Europe
15:32 Georgia Ports Authority on track for 4.3M TEUs in 2018
15:20 Four new sponsors confirmed to join line-up at 2019’s Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
15:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Middle East to North Europe
14:48 Draft law on Arctic administration approved in the third reading by Russia’s State Duma
14:32 ECSA welcomes the decision by the EU Commission to update the EU list of ship recycling facilities
14:02 Global Ship Lease announces new long-term charter agreements with CMA CGM
13:32 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and Wonsild Dry to merge as of January 2019
13:15 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 11M’18 grew by 13% Y-o-Y to 45.61 million tonnes
13:02 COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports inaugurate CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal
12:46 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% to 746.81 million tonnes
12:13 Alfa Laval sells more than 100 GCU units for LNG newbuilds
12:01 Overseas Shipholding Group and American Shipping Company jointly announce extension of tanker charters
11:44 One icebreaker escort operation performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 10-11
11:40 The second phase of IMO-implemented safe and sustainable ship recycling project in Bangladesh starts
11:17 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:58 NYK сoncludes long-term charter agreement for three LNG carriers with MC
10:30 MAN Cryo and partners develop marine liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system
10:05 Port of Gdansk reports new quarterly record
09:39 Brent Crude futures price up 0.37% to $60.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.31% to $51.16
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,385 points

2018 December 10

18:08 US major retail container ports imports reach 2 million containers in October 2018
17:50 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 67,300 for its environmental programme in 9M’2018, up 6% YoY
17:27 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 322 ships in navigation season 2018-2019