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SMW 2021: Maritime Drone Estate launched as Test Bed for Drone Technologies

MDE provides a conducive space to test bed and develop drone technologies for maritime applications such as shore-to-ship deliveries and remote ship inspections.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (20 April) officially launched Singapore’s first Maritime Drone Estate (MDE) today, in conjunction with the 15th Singapore Maritime Week.

Located near Marina South Pier with close proximity to the anchorages, the MDE provides a conducive space to test bed and develop drone technologies for maritime applications such as shore-to-ship deliveries and remote ship inspections.

At the launch event this afternoon, Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport, loaded a 3D-printed part into a drone carriage and witnessed the drone deliver its package from the MDE to a vessel at the nearby anchorage.

“Technology has played a pivotal role in helping the maritime sector remain resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. The launch of the Maritime Drone Estate marks an important milestone in advancing Singapore’s journey towards the use of emerging technologies in the maritime sector,” said Senior Minister Chee.

“As we embark on this exciting future, we look forward to supporting our industry partners and growing more start-ups to build a thriving maritime innovation ecosystem.”

As part of the launch event, 11 industry players showcased their cutting-edge drone technologies, engineering systems, additive manufacturing, and communication services that can provide innovative drone solutions for the maritime sector.

The companies present at the event were Airbus, Avetics Global, F-drones, Garuda Robotics, M1, Nova Systems Asia, Skyports, ST Engineering, ThyssenKrupp, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, and Volocopter.

Drone technologies have the potential to transform traditional maritime operations such as shore-ship deliveries and remote inspections of ships and container cranes. Innovative applications of drone technologies can bring benefits such as increased productivity, reduced need for manpower and lower costs.-

The MDE supports the development of drone applications in the maritime context, through the provision of a sandbox for the test-bedding of technologies and operations.

This sandbox is part of the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map to invest in new port capabilities through harnessing emerging technologies, to build a thriving maritime innovation ecosystem and strengthen Singapore’s position as an international maritime centre.

Nine companies have conducted trials at the drone estate. These included shore-to-ship use-cases by companies such as Wilhelmsen and Airbus, Foodpanda and ST Engineering, and F-drones.

CWT Aerospace conducted trials using drones for surveillance while Avetics Global trialled beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drones for surveillance and remote ship inspection.

In other innovative applications, Airbus and M1 with the support of Infocomm Media Development Authority, are conducting 5G network and technology trials to enable safe and robust maritime drone operations, while Nova Systems Asia tested the use of an unmanned aircraft traffic management system to enable large-scale drone operations.

Companies interested in conducting trials at the MDE can contact MPA.

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Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport, and Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

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SMS Chee interacting with industry players who showcased their cutting-edge drone technologies, engineering systems, additive manufacturing, and communication services, that can provide innovative drone solutions for the maritime sector.

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The drone carrying the 3D-printed part to a vessel at a nearby anchorage.

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 21 April, 2021

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Singapore: TotalEnergies Marine Fuels completes first digital bunker operation with MOL

TotalEnergies adopted Bunkerchain’s eBDN system, Touch and Sail, and subsequently supplied marine fuel to MOL-owned car carrier “Swallow Ace” on 2 February.

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TotalEnergies Marine Fuels on Thursday (29 February) said it conducted its first digital bunker delivery for Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in Singapore.

TotalEnergies adopted Bunkerchain’s eBDN system, Touch and Sail, and subsequently supplied fuel to a MOL-owned car carrier, Swallow Ace, on 2 February, successfully issuing an eBDN in the process.

The transaction was also successfully transmitted to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore through the digital bunkering platform.

The operation places TotalEnergies Marine Fuels among the first bunkering companies in the world to digitalise its fuelling operations.

Louise Tricoire, Vice President of TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, said: “We are really proud of this achievement which not only improves the efficiency of our bunkering operations but ensures our processes are fit for purpose as the shipping industry transitions to a decarbonised future.”

“This operation keeps us ahead of regulatory requirements in Singapore and demonstrates our commitment to sustainability in the maritime sector and our approach to supporting our customers in their operations.”

Digitalizing bunkering eliminates the risk of human errors and saves on paperwork conducted during the operation by a number of people at varying times, some of which involves physical contact by crews from vessel to vessel as signatures are gathered and documents swapped. Just under 40,000 man-days a year could be saved by the industry by digitising bunkering, according to the MPA.

TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has been working with Bunkerchain since late 2022 when the two companies were involved in a biofuels bunkering trial directed by the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonization (GCMD). As part of that trial, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels partnered with the Jurong Port Universal Terminal (JPUT) and Bunkerchain to issue Electronic Certificates of Quantity (E-CQ) and Electronic Certificates of Quality (E-COQ).

Furthermore since 2020, TotalEnergies has been at the forefront as one of the earliest suppliers to commence issuing e-BDNs for its LNG bunker operations in Europe, utilising its chartered bunker vessels, the Gas Agility and Gas Vitality. Both vessels are owned by MOL.

 

Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Philippe Guichot
Published: 4 March 2024

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Kongsberg Digital and Royston combine electronic marine fuel management systems

Combined solution allows customers to maximise investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications.

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A partnership enabling ship owners to optimise fuel consumption, enhance transparency, and promote decarbonisation of vessel operations by combining Kongsberg Digital's Vessel Insight with enginei – Royston's Electronic Fuel Management System was started on Tuesday (27 February).

Royston, with over 40 years of experience in marine engineering, has established itself as a trusted service provider to blue-chip customers across various market sectors. With a global presence, enginei is used in more than 300 vessels worldwide. This modular and solution-oriented fuel management product incorporates advanced tools to provide valuable insights to ship crew and onshore operational staff.

enginei offers reliable data and dynamic reports, which are recorded and visually represented on a touchscreen bridge display and online dashboard. By reducing fuel consumption, enginei helps improve the carbon footprint and enhances the bottom line, enabling clients to remain competitive, compliant, and cost-efficient.

The combined solution of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital's vessel-to-cloud infrastructure, and enginei exemplifies the power of industry collaboration. The combined solution allows customers to maximise their investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications. As regulations and industry demand more accurate fuel consumption data, our combined solution delivers a reliable and centralised source of important information, fulfilling reporting needs and enabling data-driven decision-making.

"This partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Royston represents a significant milestone in the maritime industry's digital transformation journey. By harnessing the power of data and advanced technology together, we will help ship owners make more informed decisions, enhance efficiency, and contribute to lower carbon emissions in the maritime industry.", said Kim Evanger, Director of Ecosystem P&A at Kongsberg Digital,

"We are excited about the opportunities this partnership brings," said Sarah Wade, CEO of Royston Limited. "By leveraging our respective strengths and capabilities, we are well-positioned to deliver unparalleled value to our clients, enabling them to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth in today's dynamic market."

"By working together, we are accelerating innovation, reducing carbon emissions, and equipping our clients to thrive in an increasingly digital environment. This collaboration is a prime example of our devotion to helping our clients succeed and our commitment to quality."

 

Photo credit: Kongsberg
Published: 1 March 2024

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel, says firm.

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of technology group Wärtsilä, on Tuesday (27 February) introduced an Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia as a bunker fuel. The system is available for both liquid and gaseous fuel.

The Wärtsilä AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.

In line with shipping’s transition to decarbonised fuels, ammonia is widely seen as one of the most promising new fuel candidates.

It offers a huge reduction in CO2 emissions, almost zero sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, and similar reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

“At Wärtsilä Gas Solutions we have more than 50 years’ experience in handling ammonia onboard ships,” said Stein Thoresen, Head of Sales Marine, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

“This experience, along with our deep understanding and development of high efficiency cargo handling systems in general, has led to the introduction of this system, which we see as a key enabler for decarbonised operations. The AFSS is designed to be robust and reliable, under even the most challenging sea conditions.”

The AFSS is suitable for both newbuilds and as a retrofit for existing vessels. It can be installed as an integrated cargo handling and fuel supply system on ships carrying liquified gas especially those able to trade ammonia as cargo, such as VLGC’s and MGC’s.

It can also be installed as a self-standing fuel supply system on IGF-coded vessels with either low or high-pressure systems, or a combination of both.

A system consisting of pumps and heat exchangers is used to supply the engine with a stable and reliable fuel flow, at the correct pressure and temperature.

The AFSS systems are equipped with proven components, including the necessary purge gas treatment system. Due to the need for high cleanness of the fuel, proper filtering is installed upstream and is embedded in the system.

The first Wärtsilä Ammonia Fuel Supply Systems will be installed on two new gas carriers being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea for Exmar LPG. These Medium Gas Carrier newbuilds will be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel engines capable of operating with ammonia.

 

Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Published: 29 February 2024

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