Autonomous vessels have become a recurrent theme in shipping debates in recent years but the focus has to turn to regulations to bring the topic forward, Dualog ceo Morten Lind-Olsen says.

With the IMO 2020 regulation just round the corner, shipowners are mostly catching up on understanding fuel compatibility and operational issues, but the equally important legal aspects have been largely left unsaid.

The parliamentary debate at Sea Asia roused the passions of speakers who really got into the playing the part of a political debate with the motion of - “This house believes that too much is expected of the shipping industry on environmental matters”.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has recently published a list of licensed bunker suppliers that are able to provide IMO 2020 compliant fuels in Singapore.

Inmarsat’s new Crew Xpress service onboard vessels is set for a full commercial launch this month, following its trial by a number of Asian shipping companies since January this year.

ClassNK (B2 – T01e) chose Sea Asia 2019 to announce the launch of its global data utilization platform IoS-OP (Internet of Ships – Open Platform), by its wholly owned subsidiary Ship Data Center Co Ltd (ShipDC).

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) (B2 –F01), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Singmarine, has embarked on the development of an autonomous tug to be operated by Keppel Smit Towage.

The shipping industry should be confident about near term prospect on the back of a positive macro environment, but the medium to long term future may present some concerns, according to Andreas Sohmen-Pao, chairman of BW Group and chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF).

As decarbonising shipping becomes mission critical for the industry classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched a Global Sustainability Center in Singapore.

An estimated 860,000 barrels per day (bpd) of bunker fuel demand will not be in compliant with the 0.5% sulphur content cap regulation set to be enforced from 2020, according to energy research consultant Rystad Energy.

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