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Norway’s Wilhelmsen has introduced a new digital start-up named Raa Labs to speed up maritime digitalisation.

When it comes to talking about Wärtsilä’s digitalisation strategy Chief Digital Officer Marco Ryan stresses, stewardship and collaboration with customers and stakeholders, to find workable solutions, with a real business case, that will help shipping be more efficient and sustainable.

Vessel maintenance is key to ensuring operational efficiency. The formula is simple: if you look after your vessel then your vessel will look after you. It is well known that hull coatings can deliver significant fuel savings, but there are other areas in a ship where, if painted with the right coating solution, further efficiencies can be achieved for shipowners, shipyards and applicators.

Tsuneishi Shipbuilding is launching a new version of its kamsarmax bulker design with higher environmental and efficiency performance.

As the challenges mount for global shipping, there is a greater need for ever higher levels of efficiency. This was the premise for the setting up of the Port Call Optimisation Task Force, which was driven by calls from major shipping companies such as Maersk, MSC, CMA CGM and Shell for greater efficiency to help them plan their port and shipping operations better.

From environmental regulations to saving fuel there are many reasons why reducing the level of fouling a ship’s hull is something that owners and manager seek to do.

Underwater repair specialist Hydrex is seeing more work modifying propellers as owners look to reduce fuel consumption and therefore emissions with the introduction of the European MRV regulation.

Maritime software provider NAPA has launched a new concept of ship performance monitoring utilising cloud-based web service to deliver efficiency data for any type of ships.

Headlines in the shipping press recently declared “Owners are failing to get the cost benefits of fuel efficiency” and that the “Market fails to reward owners of efficient ships”.

The Dutch Postcode Lottery has funded a Carbon War Room (CWR) project to retrofit efficiency packages on three German-flagged heavy-lift vessels, with expected fuel savings of 25%.

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