Energy transformation and climate changes are posing serious challenges to international shipping, which, even though shipping is considered an efficient mode of transport, is under pressure to reduce its emissions, speakers said at the International Marine Intelligent Energy Efficiency Technology Summit 2018 held in Shanghai.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is continuing to boost innovations in shipping and port operations as its ongoing initiatives seek out new start-ups to develop new talent and ventures for the maritime sector.

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM), DNV GL, Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) and University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) have entered into a strategic partnership to set the tone for operational and regulatory framework in autonomous shipping.

A packed audience of nearly 200 heard strong opinions as to whether or not the maritime industry is ready to embrace smart shipping at a parliamentary-style debate held on the opening day of the Seatrade Maritime Middle East event in Dubai on Monday.

Wärtsilä has opened a technology Acceleration Centre in Singapore with its first project to develop an autonomous tug, or IntelliTug, in partnership with the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and customer PSA Marine.

Last week in shipping scrubbers, and whether they are a good investment continued to be a dominate topic, while kidnapping of seafarers in the southern Philippines remained a real threat.

Are the maritime industries about to be revolutionised by smart shipping or is the sector not yet ready for the fourth industrial revolution? It is a highly emotive subject and the Parliamentary Debate at Seatrade Maritime Middle East will see six leading industry executives, all with strong opinions debate the motion: “This House believes the shipping industry is not yet ready to embrace smart shipping”.

Wärtsilä has announced the introduction of its new Nacos Platinum solid state S-Band radar system. This next generation marine radar offering promotes safety via optimised target detection, regardless of the prevailing environmental conditions.

Wärtsilä is the latest big shipping name to tie up with a start-up, announcing an official partnership with theDOCK Innovation Hub, an Israel-based maritime-focused start-up accelerator.

Shipowners and managers are embracing new business philosphies and technologies against the challenging economic backdrop the industry faces, but seafarers remain their greatest asset according to KVH Videotel.

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