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Jul 21, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) — Kenneth Research has published a detailed report on Autonomous Ships Market which has been categorized by market size, growth indicators and encompasses detailed market analysis on macro trends and region-wise growth in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Middle East & Africa region. The report also includes the challenges that are affecting the growth of the industry and offers strategic evaluation that is required to boost the growth of the market over the period of 2020-2025.

Industry Insights

The report covers the forecast and analysis of the Autonomous Ships Market on a global and regional level. The study provides historical data from 2015 to 2019 along with a forecast from 2020 to 2025 based on revenue (USD Billion). The study includes drivers and restraints of the Autonomous Ships Market along with the impact they have on the demand over the forecast period. Additionally, the report includes the study of opportunities available in the Autonomous Ships Market on a global level.

we have included a competitive landscape and an analysis of Porter’s Five Forces model for the market. The study encompasses a market attractiveness analysis, wherein all the segments are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

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Summary
Next generation modular control systems and communications technology will enable wireless monitoring and control functions both on and off board. These will include advanced decision support systems to provide a capability to operate ships remotely under semi or fully autonomous control.

The report forecast global Autonomous Ships market to grow to reach xxx Million USD in 2020 with a CAGR of xx% during the period 2020-2025.

The report offers detailed coverage of Autonomous Ships industry and main market trends. The market research includes historical and forecast market data, demand, application details, price trends, and company shares of the leading Autonomous Ships  by geography. The report splits the market size, by volume and value, on the basis of application type and geography.

First, this report covers the present status and the future prospects of the global Autonomous Ships  market for 2015-2025.

And in this report, we analyze global market from 5 geographies: Asia-Pacific[China, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Korea, Western Asia], Europe[Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Switzerland], North America[United States, Canada, Mexico], Middle East & Africa[GCC, North Africa, South Africa], South America[Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Peru].

At the same time, we classify Autonomous Ships according to the type, application by geography. More importantly, the report includes major countries market based on the type and application.

Finally, the report provides detailed profile and data information analysis of leading Autonomous Ships company.

By Region
**Asia-Pacific[China, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Korea, Western Asia] **Europe[Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Switzerland] **North America[United States, Canada, Mexico] **Middle East & Africa[GCC, North Africa, South Africa] **South America[Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Peru]

Key Companies
*Kongsberg
*Rolls-Royce
*ASV
*DARPA
*NYK Line
*Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
*HNA Group

Market by Type
*Maritime Autonomous Ships
*Small Autonomous Ships

Market by Application
*Commercial & Scientific
*Military & Security

The report covers the forecast and analysis of the Autonomous Ships Market on a global and regional level. The study provides historical data from 2015 to 2019 along with a forecast from 2020-2025 based on revenue (USD Million). In 2018, the worldwide GDP stood at USD 84,740.3 Billion as compared to the GDP of USD 80,144.5 Billion in 2017, marked a growth of 5.73% in 2018 over previous year according to the data quoted by International Monetary Fund. This is likely to impel the growth of Autonomous Ships Market over the period 2020-2025.

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Competitive Analysis:
The Autonomous Ships Market report examines competitive scenario by analyzing key players in the market. The company profiling of leading market players is included in this report with Porter’s five forces analysis and Value Chain analysis. Further, the strategies exercised by the companies for expansion of business through mergers, acquisitions, and other business development measures are discussed in the report. The financial parameters which are assessed include the sales, profits and the overall revenue generated by the key players of Market.

Key points covered in this report:
*The historical and current data is provided in the report based on which the future projections are made and the industry analysis is performed.
*The import and export details along with consumption value and production capability of every region is mentioned in the report.
*Porter’s five forces analysis, value chain analysis, SWOT analysis are some additional important parameters used for the analysis of market growth.
*The report provides the clients with the facts and figures about the market on the basis of evaluation of the industry through primary and secondary research methodologies.

ANSWERED TO THE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :

WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THE REPORT?
This market study covers the global and regional market with an in-depth analysis of the overall growth prospects in the market. Furthermore, it sheds light on the comprehensive competitive landscape of the global market. The report further offers a dashboard overview of leading companies encompassing their successful marketing strategies, market contribution, recent developments in both historic and present contexts.

WHAT ARE THE KEY SEGMENTS IN THE MARKET?
*By product type
*By End User/Applications
*By Technology
*By Region

WHICH MARKET DYNAMICS AFFECTS THE BUSINESS?
The report provides a detailed evaluation of the market by highlighting information on different aspects which include drivers, restraints, opportunities, and threats. This information can help stakeholders to make appropriate decisions before investing.

Key Topic Covered in this Report
*Market Growth Opportunities
*Leading Market Players
*Market Size and Growth Rate
*Market Growth Drivers
*Company Market Share
*Market Trends and Technological

The Autonomous Ships Market report highlight the economy, past and emerging trend of industry, and availability of basic resources. Furthermore, the market report explains development trend, analysis of upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics is also carried out. In the end, the report makes some important proposals for a new project of Autonomous Ships Market before evaluating its possibility.

Table of Contents
Part 1 Market Overview
1.1 Market Definition
1.2 Market Development
1.3 By Type
Table Type of Autonomous Ships
Figure Global Autonomous Ships Market Share by Type in 2020
1.4 By Application
Table Application of Autonomous Ships
Figure Global Autonomous Ships Market Share by Application in 2020
1.5 Region Overview
Table Region of Autonomous Ships
Figure Global Autonomous Ships Market Share by Region in 2020
Part 2 Global Market Status and Future Forecast
2.1 Global Market by Region
Table Global Autonomous Ships Market by Region, 2015-2019 (Million USD)
Figure Global Autonomous Ships Market Share by Region in 2020 (Million USD)
Table Price List by Region, 2015-2019
2.2 Global Market by Company
Table Global Autonomous Ships Market by Company, 2015-2019 (Million USD)
Figure Global Autonomous Ships Market Share by Company in 2020 (Million USD)
Table Price List by Company, 2015-2019
2.3 Global Market by Type
Table Global Autonomous Ships Market by Type, 2015-2019 (Million USD)
Figure Global Autonomous Ships Market Share by Type in 2020 (Million USD)
Table Price List by Type, 2015-2019
2.4 Global Market by Application
Table Global Autonomous Ships Market by Application, 2015-2019 (Million USD)
Figure Global Autonomous Ships Market Share by Application in 2020 (Million USD)
Table Price List by Application, 2015-2019
2.5 Global Market by Forecast
Figure Global Autonomous Ships Market Forecast, 2020-2024 (Million USD)
Part 3 Asia-Pacific Market Status and Future Forecast
3.1 Asia-Pacific Market by Company
Table Asia-Pacific Autonomous Ships Market by Company, 2015-2019 (Million USD)
Figure Asia-Pacific Autonomous Ships Market Share by Company in 2020 (Million USD)
Table Price List by Company, 2015-2019
3.2 Asia-Pacific Market by Type
Table Asia-Pacific Autonomous Ships Market by Type, 2015-2019 (Million USD)
Figure Asia-Pacific Autonomous Ships Market Share by Type in 2020 (Million USD)
Table Price List by Type, 2015-2019

About Kenneth Research:
Kenneth Research is a reselling agency which focuses on multi-client market research database. The primary goal of the agency is to help industry professionals including various individuals and organizations gain an extra edge of competitiveness and help them identify the market trends and scope. The quality reports provided by the agency aims to make decision making easier for industry professionals and take firm decisions which helps them to form strategies after complete assessment of the market. Some of the industries under focus include healthcare & pharmaceuticals, ICT & Telecom, automotive and transportation, energy and power, chemicals, FMCG, food and beverages, aerospace and defense and others. Kenneth Research also focuses on strategic business consultancy services and offers a single platform for the best industry market research reports.

Source: marketwatch


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The maritime space is now ready for disruption. A hundred years ago, a single ship was manned by 100 crew. Now, that’s just down to 15 or 30 at most. The trend continues as technology slowly replaces the jobs of seafarers.

Companies from startups to big businesses are developing autonomous ships that would run without a single crew on board. With today’s technology, these “crewless” vessel may soon roam the seven seas delivering cargoes to every port it calls to.

With the rise of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, smart data, 5G and the internet of things (IOT), these developments will serve as the building blocks for unmanned ships.

Human Error

Shipping accidents have plagued the oceans for many decades. Its not only costly but the effects like an oil spill lingers for decades. Human error is mostly at fault for they account 75% to 96% of marine accidents. Grounding, collision, fire, capsizing- you name them. Human element is involved.

Whenever a maritime incident occurs, the world turns its attention to shipping. This is because the magnitude is on a large scale and not only the environment is affected but human lives as well.

To minimize the human interface in a vessel, companies are racing to build autonomous ships. The “Captain” will be located somewhere on shore monitoring the vessel as it navigates. The ship itself will be packed with sensors aside from building it to be robust- able to withstand the toughest weather.

There are still debate as to the cost efficiency of unmanned ships since these will be very expensive to build including the technology required to run them. But since the human factor is taken out, crew expenses will also be removed. This includes seamen’s salary, their provision, insurance, living spaces, crew changes and many others. As the technology matures, autonomous tech may cost less as more robust and cheaper ones will be made available .

Automation

I asked my crew mates about unmanned vessels and they still believe that this will be possible after a hundred years. However, taking a second look about the equipment we have on board points to automation.

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) replaced the Radio Officer who was considered vital on board. He was very important that the ship is not allowed to sail without him. Then came the Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) which replaced the paper charts. Many years ago, engineers would be on watch 24/7 inside the Engine Room. Now, we have Unmanned Machinery (UMS) Space where they can sleep all night in their cabins leaving the engine room without any person.

These developments- small as they may be, follows a trend of race to zero: reducing the number of people on board until only the machines are needed to keep them running. This may look like a long shot but with today’s technology, the future will be promising to those who are prepared.

What do you think of unmanned vessels?

Monitoring and running vessels will soon be made available using laptop or any mobile devices as the industry shifts to autonomous shipping.

Source: marinestartups


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New York, July 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Emerging Technology Opportunities for Maritime Autonomous Ships” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05934512/?utm_source=GNW
Sensors are expected to be pivotal in development of connected and autonomous ships.

Apart from devices communicating with each other, future autonomous ships will interact with the environment around, thereby leading to various forms of business opportunities with the collected data. The scope of this research service is limited to technologies enabling autonomous ships only to sensors and electronics market.

This research service focuses on capturing emerging technologies enabling autonomous ships, industries best practices and use cases. Growth opportunity assessment was done to assess the pathway of sensor technology development, which will lead to making autonomous ships a reality. Key questions addressed in the research service:What are the various types of sensor technologies enabling autonomous ships?What are the benefits and applications of the technology?What are the key innovations and who are the innovators impacting autonomous ship development?What are the use case scenarios in the autonomous shipping arena? What is the impact of COVID-19 on autonomous ships?What are future growth opportunities?
Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05934512/?utm_source=GNW


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Machine learning (ML) is a process by which large caches of data are analyzed in order to find connections between different elements that human analysts would be unlikely to discover. In the future, all shipping companies will have access to machine learning tools to enhance their productivity. Seamlessly integrating these operations will not happen quickly. But developments in the technology and its adaptability quotient would trigger the adoption of ML in a larger scale in maritime soon.

With machine learning the seamen can detect and diagnose engine faults sooner. This in turn optimises the voyage. Early detection of malfunction prevents further damage and increases the life of a marine engine. By preventing further damage of an engine, the fuel consumption is also optimised which in turn reduces pollution. This is a chain of advantages which can be achieved by implementing machine learning technology in shipping.

Machine learning has made its own niche in maritime and supply chain management. Through it, the sectors are looking to improve their operational efficiencies and at the same time, reduce risks. While in shipping it is being used for network planning, container demand forecasting and the un-/pairing of container flows, the logistics and supply chain management are utilizing it to draw patterns and insights that are proving crucial for the evolution of these sectors.

Machine Learning and Maritime

PSA Marine, a Singapore based marine service provider partnered with Ernst and Young Solutions and began the development of a technology based on machine learning and AI – ‘Blue 5.0.’. Through it, the company plans to predict pilotage transit durations along with planning and allocating terminal resources more efficiently. With technologies like ‘Blue5.0.’ being developed, the maritime sector is also investing in some quality research work to develop machine learning models that could heavily revolutionize the sector.

A new approach incorporating the use of machine learning algorithms in developing a shipping emission inventory model has been suggested in a research paper titled ‘An application of machine learning to Shipping Emission Inventory’. The paper written by Vikram Garaniya (University of Tasmania), Rouzbeh Abbassi (Macquarie University) and Shuhong Chai (Australian Maritime College), published in the December 2018 edition of  The International Journal of Maritime Engineering, extensively discussed and identified 5 machine learning models that can be utilized to predict shipping emissions based on engine parameters like engine load information.

It also suggested that a vast scope of further research and development lies ahead where better pollutant monitoring can be achieved through machine learning algorithms, hence increasing the relevance of estimated emissions.

In addition to the shipping emission inventory, machine learning is also finding its place for maritime surveillance using ASI data streams. Development of a multi-task deep learning architecture model has been proposed for trajectory reconstruction, anomaly detection, and vessel type identification. Although the research is still underway, according to some reports, the on-going work in the field of introducing deep-learning, a sub-field of machine learning, to the maritime sector can revolutionize the maritime surveillance to a great extent.

Apart from the above-mentioned domains, the shipping sector is looking to improve on the following fronts by using machine learning algorithms along with sister technologies like IoT and Artificial Intelligence.

Maintenance: By deploying machine learning algorithms, a better schedule for maintenance work can be developed and thereby improving the liner services in the long term, especially during the times when a ship may need to be out of operations temporarily for maintenance work.

Freight Rates: Machine learning can help in handling the deficits and offer more reliable container capacity utilization; hence more consistent freight rates would prevail.

Sailing schedules: By using machine learning, better and reliable sailing schedules can be achieved as more accurate calculations would be there to predict the delays or estimate the time of arrival of the cargo.

Logistics: Machine learning will have potential impact on the global logistics chain. Machine learning can predict accurately on arrival of container shipments. Using information from a variety of sources across the supply chain—including live demand and pricing data. A more accurate demand forecast can also help to scale up capacity of the existing fleet.

Supply Chain Management

The supply chain management is utilizing machine learning algorithms to locate new patterns in supply chain data almost on a daily basis and use those patterns to improve the supply networks’ success. Improved demand forecasting and production planning, better supplier delivery performance, minimized supplier risk, improved supplier chain and transportation management, physical inspection and maintenance tasks, lower inventory and operation costs, quicker response time, extended life of supply chain assets are the key evolutions happened within supply chain management by the introduction of machine learning algorithms.

Platforms like Nautilus Labs, We4Sea and ClearMetals are working in the direction where ML driven data science is being used to provide effective solutions for voyage optimization, supply chain visibility, and sustainability.

The Way Forward

Although at present, the full potential of machine learning is still to be realized and implemented, machine learning algorithms are capable of churning through different data points and derive key relationships between variables that can assist in improving operations and networking of sectors like shipping, logistics, supply chain management, thereby making it a technology to watch out in the future.

The key to Machine Learning lies around the integration, implementation, and manipulation of data infrastructures as well as machine learning approaches designed for chemical and materials datasets. Machine learning approaches and capability has already revolutionized world’s major industries and shipping industry is next in the queue to take a giant leap towards digitalization and accelerate its working to a great extent.

Machine Learning is an interesting technology that has multiple applications in the maritime sector. The need of the hour is to carry out additional researches to uncover its full potential and harness its benefits to optimize efficiency, safety, productivity and skills of seafarers across the globe.

(References: www.blog.flexis.com; www.researchgate.net; www.forbes.com; www.porttechnology.org; IDTechEx; www.arxiv.org; www.bigdata-madesimple.com)


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China is set to boost its gasoline and gasoil exports from August as state-run refiners actively seek to clear the country’s surging oil product stockpiles with heavy rains and floods significantly denting domestic consumer and industrial fuel demand.

Since June, 23 provinces and Chongqing municipality have been suffering from heavy rains and floods. During the period, the region along the Yangtze river recorded the highest accumulative rainfall since 1961 at 410.4 mm, according to China Meteorological Administration.

As a result, the regions’ transportation, construction and broader industrial activities came to a grinding halt, putting the brakes on the domestic fuel demand recovery since the peak of COVID-19 pandemic during February-April.

Despite the set back in domestic fuel demand, Chinese refineries have been maintaining high run rates in order to digest record-high crude imports, prompting oil product inventory to surge.

An official from a Sinopec refinery in Wuhan said its oil product storage tanks were all full despite the plant’s throughput cut to about 80% since July 14 from over 100% previously.

Wuhan is one of the major cities located in the middle-stream of Yangtze river that suffered from floods.

China’s crude throughput reached an all-time high of 14.14 million b/d in June, up 9% year on year, data from National Bureau of Statistics showed.

The country’s crude throughput is expected to remain high in July as there are still a large number of crude oil cargoes to be discharged. More than combined total of 80 million barrels of tankers are still waiting in Chinese waters for more than 15 days because of the ongoing port congestion, data intelligence firm Kpler showed on July 21.
SINOPEC TO LEAD EXPORTS

The surge in fuel inventories has put a lot of pressure on China’s major fuel exporters to actively seek overseas outlets to clear their excess supplies at home.

As almost all the state-owned refineries along the Yangtze river are managed by Sinopec, it is necessary for the refining giant to manage the domestic demand-supply balance and lead the exports, industry and trading sources said.

“We have proposed an increase in product exports next month to the head office in order to offset product inventory pressure,” said an official at a Sinopec refinery in Shanghai.

China is expected to export 1.3 million-1.5 million mt of gasoline in August, while gasoil exports could possibly hit 2 million mt, a Beijing-based analyst said.

In comparison, China exported only 676,000 mt of gasoline and 1.45 million mt of gasoil in May, latest data from General Administration of Customs showed. The country is estimated to have exported less than 1 million mt of gasoline in June, and July shipments are expected at no more than 1.1 million mt, according to fuel marketing sources at state-run Unipec and Chinaoil.
ASIAN MARKET BALANCE

Tight supply in the Asian light and middle distillate markets would bode well for China’s increased exports, refinery officials and trading desk managers based in Singapore, Beijing and Seoul said.

South Korean and Japanese refiners have been maintaining their crude throughput levels and run rates low, providing Chinese fuel suppliers an opportunity to further ramp up exports to clear their excess stockpiles.

South Korea is estimated to have exported less than 3.2 million barrels of gasoline in June, down from 3.65 million barrels in May, 5.6 million barrels in April and 8.03 million barrels in March, according to data from Korea National Oil Corp.

The Japanese gasoline exports totaled 111,786 barrels in the four weeks to July 5-11, down 87% from 840,319 barrels in the same period a year ago, according to S&P Global Platts calculations based on the Petroleum Association of Japan data.

Industry sources reiterated that the extended lack of spot cargo availability owing to curtailed output from regional refineries has contributed to much of the strength seen in Asian middle distillate market in recent weeks.

However, rising coronavirus infections have injected fresh uncertainty on regional fuel demand recovery and Chinese oil product sales in the Asian export market.

“For now, it’s [gasoil demand] is still supported …. but people are worried that there will be lockdowns again,” an industry source said.

Reflecting Asia’s fragile gasoline demand recovery outlook, Platts data showed that the front month August-September 92 RON gasoline timespread flipped into contango at minus 7 cents/b at the close of Asian trade July 17. This was the first time in three weeks that the Asian gasoline timespreads have been negative.

“Overall demand hasn’t been enough to absorb the new cargoes,” a second Singapore-based source said.
Source: Platts


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EU Regulation no. 1257/2013 aims at preventing and reducing adverse effects on human health and the environment caused by ship recycling; it contains rules to ensure the proper management of hazardous materials on board.

Among such materials, a distinction is made between those that must not be present in new installations or new facilities (Annex 1):

  • Asbestos;
  • Ozone-depleting substances (e.g. CFCs, chlorodifluoromethane, halons, etc.);
  • PCB;
  • PFOS;
  • Antifouling compounds,

and those to be inventoried (Annex 2):

  • Any material from the above list;
  • Cd and its compounds;
  • Cr VI and its compounds;
  • Pb and its compounds;
  • Hg and its compounds;
  • PBB;
  • PBDE;
  • Polychlorinated naphthalene (over 3 Cl);
  • Radioactive substances;
  • Short-chain chlorinated paraffin (alkanes, C10-C13, chlorine);
  • HBCDD (brominated flame-retardants).

The Regulation approaches this issue taking into account the entire life of the ship, thus not only regulating demolition, but also all the phases of use. All newly built ships must be equipped with the Inventory of Hazardous Materials and owners of already existing ships have to prepare this document not later than December 31, 2020.
The Inventory is useful to identify and quantify the different types of hazardous materials and substances contained on board: in this way, it facilitates their responsible and environmentally sustainable disposal.
The Regulation applies to European ships that operate outside their own Member State in Europe and whose gross tonnage exceeds 500.

Mérieux NutriSciences tests all the materials and substances listed in Annex 1 and 2 of the Regulation and is a reliable partner for the analytical part, ISO17025 accredited, for consultants, engineering firms, certification bodies that follow their customers in the drawing up of the inventory or on board audits.

Source: merieuxnutrisciences


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Shipping hazardous materials can be a stressful business. Most carriers can accommodate some kinds of hazardous materials, but have specific policies and pricing for shipping HAZMAT. It’s common for carriers to outright refuse service for certain package contents.

Which carriers allow HAZMAT shipping?

If you are in a business of shipping hazardous materials, it’s best to get in touch with your carrier representative. They will help identify if the carrier allows shipping of the items you’re trying to transport as well as set up a process to do so safely and legally.

To help you get started with your research, read on for more information about these carriers’ policies:

FedEx:

FedEx offers a fairly extensive HAZMAT shipping service.

They have representatives to assist you with filling out all of the proper paperwork for your HAZMAT. In addition, they offer training for shipping HAZMAT, how they each treat hazardous materials, and more pertinent information.

UPS:

The UPS has a fairly extensive list of prohibited items. The list includes alcohol, animals furs, articles of “Exceptional value” and most HAZMAT items.

The UPS has semi-regular seminars and tutorials for sending hazardous materials. Check with the UPS hazardous support contact to determine if what you want to ship is on the approved HAZMAT list.

UPS One Balance Shipments must adhere to UPS policies.

USPS:

The United States Postal Service has a list of domestic and internationally banned items.
These items absolutely cannot be shipped under any circumstances with USPS. The list includes:

  • Ammunition
  • Air bags
  • Explosives
  • Gasoline
  • Marijuana

Despite these restrictions, however, you can still send many other hazardous materials. The best way to ensure the material you are sending is not restricted is to contact your local USPS.

How to: Ship HAZMAT with ShippingEasy

ShippingEasy provides support for the shipment of HAZMAT when shipped using your One Balance account.

Currently, HAZMAT labels are only available for users with a One Balance account, shipping domestic shipments.

IMPORTANT: ShippingEasy is only able to provide a label for your HAZMAT shipment. It is your responsibility, as the shipper, to ensure that your shipment meets the requirements imposed by USPS or UPS, as well as federal, state, and local laws. Penalties can be harsh, so do your research.
Check out the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Materials Safety FAQs.

When shipping HAZMAT via ShippingEasy be sure that you:

  • Have a One Balance account
  • Designate your shipment as containing hazardous materials
  • Confirm that they allow shipping the items in the package
  • Confirm with federal, state, and local laws that the package contents can be shipped
To print a HAZMAT label:
  1. Navigate to the READY TO SHIP page and select your domestic shipment.
  2. Select the USPS Carrier and Carrier Service option you would like to use.
  3. Tick the box next to Contains Hazardous Materials.
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  4. A message will appear alerting you to the restrictions of shipping hazardous materials.
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  5. When you have finished your selections, a label will be generated that indicates the packages contains hazardous materials.Source: support.shippingeasy

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After a successful pilot, system integrator Bakker Sliedrecht and gas shipping company Anthony Veder intend to enter a partnership to provide ships with remote service through augmented reality glasses (AR-glasses). 

The companies have run a successful pilot on gas tanker Coral Favia. During the pilot, functionalities were tested via a dial-up connection and common failures were simulated. On board, an officer wore the AR glasses, guiding Bakker Sliedrecht experts virtually through the ship.

Thijs van Hal, Head of Main Contracting at Bakker Sliedrecht, says:

“Normally, emails and construction plans are sent back and forth first and phone calls are made to get to the core problem. Now we can watch live. We can solve the problem immediately, or we know what’s going on and we can make a better planning and bring the right parts directly with us.”

Thijs. Anthony Veder has a fleet of over thirty vessels transporting liquified gas on a worldwide scale, says:

“Now it can happen that a colleague is travelling for several days, while afterwards it turned out that the solution for the malfunction was relatively easy. As downtime for ships is very expensive, quick service is important. If you can offer them remote assistance through AR glasses, you can be ready in two hours instead of two days.”

All kinds of digital information can be projected or added to the screen on the glasses. This varies from construction plans, virtual arrows to a 3D impression of the engine room or the switch box. Computer screens on the glasses can also be shared. It is a kind of webcam on site, where you both see the same thing and where you have multiple additional tools to make an accurate assessment of the situation.

Wouter Boogaart, Digital Development Manager at Anthony Veder, says:

“It is a very useful tool when there are problems on a ship far away. You can see together what is the problem and how you can solve it.”

The AR glasses can also be used for tests and remote inspections.

According to Van Hal, this type of remote assistance technology will become more important as ships are becoming more and more complex:

“We will do more things remotely. Then it is important that we are already successful with this.”

Anthony Veder wants to expand the deployment of the AR glass in phases over a part of the fleet. In addition to purchasing AR glasses, staff will be trained and the IT infrastructure will be upgraded.

Boogaart says:

“We believe that these kinds of developments are the future. Ships are becoming increasingly complex. As a result, much more expertise and specialism is needed to see what is going on. Something that is often not present on board. The glasses can save a lot of time, travel time and money, which is why the investment is worth it. Especially during Corona times, the glasses are a useful tool because borders are closed and planes stay on the ground. Then these kinds of innovations have proven to be necessary.”

Source: seawanderer


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Elbit Systems tested the combination of a mini-unmanned aerial system with its Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) to further enhance the vessel’s intelligence capabilities beyond Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Mines Countermeasure (MCM). The addition of a UAS extends the Seagull operator’s line of sight. Trials were conducted in recent weeks.

The shipborne mini-UAS is capable of point water recovery and a takeoff weight of up to 15kg. The visual feed generated by the mini-UAS can be transmitted to the land based control unit of the Seagull USV and to the Combat Management System (CMS) of additional vessels, according to the company announcement.

While the Seagull USV is a specially designed multi-role vessel for underwater warfare, the USV’s switchable payload suite includes Electronic Warfare and Electro-Optic/Infra-Red payloads to provide situational awareness and facilitate intelligence gathering.

The integration of a tactical UAS onboard the USV further expands its capacity to generate intelligence enabling to utilize the USV for enhancing the situational awareness of any maritime force and for shore exploration.

The Seagull USV enables naval forces to enhance performance while reducing risk to human life and dramatically cutting procurement and operating costs. Additional sonar systems were added onboard the Seagull USV during the last year, integrating a HELRAS sonar in-cooperation with the Israeli Navy and concluding a series of trials for the TRAPS-USV towed sonar, significantly enhancing its ASW capabilities.

The Seagull USV was deployed by in several exercises that were conducted with NATO maritime forces in the last few years, including in an MCM exercise alongside the HMS Ocean of the UK Royal Navy, and an ASW exercise and more.

Source: i-hls


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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded Port Canaveral a $908,015 grant to help the port beef up its security.

The port said the grant will help pay for a $1.2 million project to improve Port Canaveral’s risk prevention, threat mitigation and security response service capabilities.

The grant award comes at a time when threats against seaports are evolving and becoming more sophisticated.

Cary Davis, government relations director and general counsel for the American Association of Port Authorities, said that, “whether it’s attempted supply-chain disruption, sophisticated and coordinated cross-border attacks, or novel cyber-threats that transcend national borders, ports have security challenges like never before.”

Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said the grant Brevard County’s seaport is receiving “will help us invest in some new technologies to broaden our capabilities to protect our people and assets with an enhanced ability to detect and respond to threats.”

Port Canaveral has been the world’s second-busiest cruise port, behind PortMiami, in terms of passenger volume, although the coronavirus pandemic has halted multiday cruises since mid-March. Port Canaveral also has a multifaceted cargo sector, with an increasing business involving space-related components, including SpaceX rocket boosters.

The grant Port Canaveral received is part of Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Port Security Grant Program.

Port Canaveral was one of more than 30 U.S. ports awarded fiscal year 2020 federal funding from FEMA’s $100 million Port Security Grant Program, which provides grants to ports on a competitive basis. Some of that money also goes to terminal operators, municipalities and policing entities throughout the country.

Davis said these grants are crucial to the nation’s seaports.

“The Port Security Grant Program protects our country, our workers and our supply chains,” Davis said. “Ports large and small use these grants to stay vigilant; to ‘harden’ their facilities and networks; and to prepare for attacks. Even though it’s grotesque and difficult, critical infrastructure ports are targeted daily by terrorists around the world.”

The program’s priority is to protect critical port infrastructure, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve portwide maritime security risk management, and maintain or re-establish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.

This is the second major grant Port Canaveral has received for security projects in the last two years. In September 2018, Port Canaveral was awarded $1.15 million in federal and state grants for upgrades to its port security operations and cybersecurity detection and prevention systems.

Murray said ensuring the safety and securing of the port and surrounding community is a top priority.

Source: floridatoday