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News in numbers


Percentage of respondents who said they were somewhat/very comfortable with the idea of autonomous shipping in China, according to a recent study by global law firm Kennedys. 


According to the same Kennedy’s study, the percentage of respondents who said they were somewhat/very comfortable with the idea of autonomous shipping in Hong Kong. 


The investment offered by International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) as part of a second-phase expansion that could double the capacity of the Port of Congo.


The rough number of ocean-going vessels required to cut sulphur emissions by more than 80%, according to the new sulphur cap


The number of states that committed to ratifying IMO’s 2012 Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety at the Torremolinos Ministerial Conference in October. 


Rough estimate of the number of ocean-going vessels expected to have scrubbers installed by 2020. (as of December 2019)

In quotes

Kitack Lim, (ENMC) Secretary-General of the IMO, following the launch of a new project launched alongside the UN Food and Agriculture Organization to reduce plastic litter from ships and fisheries.

Plastic litter in the oceans is harming fish, marine mammals and seabirds and threatening the entire marine ecosystem. IMO has been at the forefront of addressing this issue from the perspective of shipping and dumping at sea and this global project will further strengthen efforts within the fishing and maritime transport sectors to pilot, demonstrate and test best practices to deal with marine plastic litter. Our ambition is to move the maritime transport and fisheries sectors towards a future with no plastic waste entering the sea, and to share our successes with other sectors that could be encouraged to strengthen their efforts too.

Michael Biltoo, partner at global law firm Kennedys, following the launch of a report into opinions on fully automated polling 6,000 people across

Greater automation in the sector is inevitable: there now needs to be a clear call-to-action on governments to create modern legal frameworks providing appropriate protocols on the behaviours of vehicle technology. If we are to achieve the public trust necessary, solutions need to also be provided around the storage, usage and sharing of the masses of data which will be collected by the next generation of autonomous vessels. This will require a collaborative approach across government, vessel manufacturers, software developers, insurers, law enforcement and consumer groups.

Electrification – maybe that’s a black swan. Maybe by 2050 we will have found a way to include decarbonized electricity within the maritime sector. That would be transformational.

Top stories

German container shipping firm Hamburg Süd has introduced a Remote Container Management (RCM) system for reefer container shipment monitoring. Part of Danish shipping giant Maersk, Hamburg Süd launched RCM after completing successful trials. In November 2017, Maersk acquired Hamburg Süd for approximately $4bn. Using the RCM platform, clients can monitor various parameters within the reefer container in real-time, including relative humidity, temperature and concentrations of O₂ and CO₂. Leveraging this data, users can observe their supply chain, ensure that it is more efficient and reduce operational costs. According to Hamburg Süd, RCM platform enables users to access online probe data for cold treatment cargo. Hamburg Süd and Maersk have already installed the solution on their reefer container fleet.

Source: Ship Technology

Dutch shipbuilding company Damen has partnered with home-grown tech firm VSTEP Simulation to jointly establish a lab for developing simulation solutions for the marine sector. Damen noted that the new development will expand the capabilities of VSTEP’s existing NAUTIS Maritime Simulation platform into engineering applications. The collaboration is expected to establish new avenues for Damen’s research and development (R&D) programmes. Based at Damen’s Gorinchem base, the laboratory is scheduled to start operations in February 2020. Initially, the lab will prioritise ship design, engineering and software development to enable naval architects and engineers to model potential changes in design. Using virtual reality, they will be able to observe how the changes would affect other aspects of the ship performance.

Source: Ship Technology

Dutch container terminal operator APM Terminals has initiated the global launch of its new advanced application monitoring solution that can identify issues before they affect operations. Designed to ensure applications run steadily at their designated speed, the solution improves terminal efficiency and business stability, while also maintaining consistency of peak moves per hour. APM Terminals global capability manager David Pickup said: “This industry-first provides the same level of service normally only provided by advanced IT companies to their customers.” APM Terminals’ TOS Support teams and Global Core Capability Centre (GC3) have developed the solution based on Riverbed and Elastic technologies. The new monitoring tool tracks end-to-end performance such as application architecture, code, servers, databases, disk space, user endpoints, and more. The data is transferred into a central dashboard that Maersk global Command & Control Center in the UK and the GC3 support team controls round-the-clock.

Source: Ship Technology