Two subsidiaries of CSSC Offshore & Marine Engineering (Comec) have received Chinese government grants totalling RMB41.59m ($6.04m) to undertake projects on developing high-tech equipment.

Dutch tank storage firm Vopak is developing innovation pilots in Singapore with the use of drones and robots to achieve smart tank terminal operations.

As with many other industries, key players in maritime are increasingly spurred on to accelerate innovation and adopt new technologies in a bid to stay ahead of the curve.

The port of Amsterdam will be launching trials monitoring system to explore Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) usage in its airspace as part of the port’s innovation strategy.

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.

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Shanghai Municipal Government to jointly promote ship and offshore engineering and other high valued services in Shanghai.

France’s CMA CGM has inked an agreement with Freightos to advance digitalisation in shipping, making CMA CGM becoming the first ocean carrier listed on Freightos’ online freight marketplace.

Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL) has announced the start of a scaling phase of its first demonstration project aimed at enhancing traceability and trust in the bunker fuel supply chain from the supply source to the receiving vessel.

ABB has completed a trial of a remotely operated passenger ferry near Finland’s Helsinki harbour, paving the way for autonomous shipping.

Singapore’s ST Engineering has announced a suite of greener engineering solutions for the maritime industry to help them cope with stricter IMO regulations and embark on the overall direction towards innovative operations.

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