While it is more exciting to think of technology in maritime as being about futuristic robot-like fully autonomous ships and other high-tech applications, the reality is that many practical and applicable technologies are already here and can be usefully applied to make a significant difference in the near future.
Wartsila has completed the installation of a hybrid energy system onto Viking Princess, the world’s first offshore vessel to be equipped with battery technology to replace and reduce the use of traditional generators aboard the ship.
DNV GL has introduced a new ‘Virtual Trial’ application for yards and owners, allowing them to see the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of hull efficiency at their desktops.
Wärtsilä is expanding its footprint in vessel positioning acquiring Guidance Marine.
Rolls-Royce and Google have made a pact to develop further its intelligent awareness systems, which are believed to be essential to making autonomous ships a reality.
China’s Wison Offshore & Marine has introduced an innovative offshore floating tower solution with condensate or oil storage, offering a new option for the oil and gas sector in the shallow to medium-depth waters.
Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has developed an in-house LNG regasification system for LNG-FSRU, claiming that the system is able to minimise corrosion from sea water and reap higher energy effciency.
France’s container carrier CMA CGM has inked a seven-year partnership with IT consulting firm Infosys to simplify and transform the shipowner’s IT applications.
Technology group Wartsila has introduced a new portfolio of hybrid-powered, environmentally-friendly tugs branded as the Wartsila HYTug series.