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Technology & Innovation

Stay informed with the latest news, analysis and market insight on the technology and innovation bringing shipping into the digital age, driving new ideas and reshaping business models 

Blue Visby optimiser trial yields ‘significant’ CO2 savings

A voyage optimisation software trial yielded CO2 average savings of 17.3%, according to the Blue Visby consortium

Sustainability Dry Bulk

Stena to retrofit Irish Sea ro-pax pair for methanol fuel operations

Swedish shipowner will work with Wärtsilä and Lloyd’s Register to retrofit the 1,920 lane metre Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII. The project follows the successful, part-EU funded, conversion of the Stena Germanica in 2015

Technology and Innovation Ship repair

Greek start-up Harbor Lab raises $16m

Antonis Malaxianakis-led company is first to focus on streamlining of port call disbursements

Containers Technology and Innovation

NYK partners Drax to develop world’s first biomass-fuelled ship powered by wood pellets

Japan’s energy transition has led to increasing demand for fuel pellets from North America

Sustainability Technology and Innovation

DFDS ups electric Channel ferry ambitions as challenges ashore remain

British Ports Association policy director Mark Simmonds called it ‘brilliant news’, but added that ports needed government help on shoreside infrastructure

Sustainability Passenger

Emissions reporting driving Starlink uptake, says Seaspan

The need to automate emissions-reporting in the future has led one owner/operator to install Elon Musk’s broadband system across its fleet

Containers Technology and Innovation

Stena confirms ro-ro jumboisation project in China

Upgrading of the vessels Stena Foreteller and Stena Forerunner will include the addition of a fourth vehicle deck and shore power systems. The conversion contract has been won by China Merchants Jinling Weihai Shipyard, the same yard that won a newbuilding contract from Stena in 2023 for a pair of methanol dual-fuel ro-ro ships

Roro Ship repair

‘Power-hungry’ AI data centres and the future of LNG shipping demand

LNG shipping rates and LNG commodity prices are currently low, but the future demand outlook for electricity — and natural gas — has been jumpstarted by artificial intelligence data centres

Digitalisation Tankers and Gas

Nitrous oxide emissions are no laughing matter

More data is needed on how much N2O, also known as laughing gas, will be emitted from ships burning ammonia as fuel

Sustainability Fuels

CSSC’s tech firm and Evergreen trial onboard carbon capture

Sceptics remain cautious about the technology’s prospects because of concerns over limited supporting facilities and the energy consumption generated by the OCCS system itself

Sustainability Containers

Wärtsilä chief says shipyard capacity slowly improving

LNG carrier segment experiencing major bottleneck, but other segments have more shipyard capacity

Tankers and Gas Wartsila
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