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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 

Onboard carbon capture just a temporary measure, MAN says

MAN Energy Solutions expects e-ammonia to be the most cost effective solution for shipping to cut emissions, with the company aiming to deliver its first ammonia-powered engine late next year

Sustainability Man

Top 10 class societies 2023

The world’s leading classification societies are fundamental to the decarbonisation and digitalisation of shipping. The year 2023 has seen a flow of communications from class regarding approvals in principles for new carbon-reduction technology and concept designs for alternative fuel vessels — even including the once-derided nuclear power. Meanwhile, LRs Nick Brown steps down from two-and-half years as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies, to be replaced by Rinas Roberto Cazzulo in January 2024

Top 100 People Classification

South Korea to boost presence in green and autonomous vessels

Japan and China also have plans for autonomous vessels with test voyages underway

Sustainability South Korea

IEA warns of carbon capture pitfall

Inconceivable volumes of carbon capture and storage would be needed to align with 1.5°C policy targets, IEA argues

Sustainability Technology and Innovation

K Line ship completes test voyage with autonomous navigation system

Japanese company says the system can navigate routes and steer to avoid collisions

K Line Technology and Innovation

Singapore launches first fully electric cargo vessel

The vessel can cut operational costs by up to 50% compared with conventional vessels when factoring in energy efficiency and lower maintenance costs

Sustainability Containers

Danish tech firm Danelec buys cash-strapped AI innovator Nautilus Labs

After burning through $48m of Microsoft funding, the innovative AI platform developed by New York tech firm Nautilus Labs has been bought out by Danish technology provider Danelec

Technology and Innovation Consolidation

China Merchants Group launches carbon platform

The chairman made a plea for openness and collaboration in the shipping industry

Sustainability Technology and Innovation

Energy efficiency methods can significantly reduce ship underwater noise, new study finds

Marine conservation NGO Okeanos supports a 3 decibel per decade reduction target for underwater noise, while worst-case scenario in the new study suggests ambient noise levels could increase by up to 2.6 decibels by the year 2050

Sustainability Environment

Wärtsilä launches dual-fuel ammonia engine

The Finnish engine designer plans to sign its first commercial contract to sell its ammonia engine in early 2024 with Norway-based Viridis

Wartsila Technology and Innovation

OSG’s Sam Norton to optimise his Jones Act tankers rather than build new ones

With prices for newbuilding Jones Act tankers estimated at more than $200m, Overseas Shipholding Group chief Sam Norton believes optimising his tankers’ propulsion systems and making other incremental efficiency gains will let the company cut emissions, while affording it breathing room to evaluate what comes next

Tankers and Gas Ship repair
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