nCircular Maritime Technologies International (CMT) from the Netherlands has debuted a brand new way of breaking up ships, where humans are not placed in danger.

At CMT’s proposed yard, no human lives will be put at risk as the ships will be taken out of the water and dismantled by a fully mechanised and automated system (pictured).

A proof-of-concept prototype is planned to be launched in the Netherlands soon with the company claiming it will then establish yards with international partners and attract business from shipowners by matching the price paid by South Asian competitors.

The proposed CMT yard runs on its own power and produces clean steel. The yard will reduce the size of the vessel step by step through various automated tools, up to the point where each part of the ship’s steel structure is reduced to many small pieces. The CMT yard will go from a 3D structure to a 2D material package of steel plates, a process the company says will be executed quickly and precisely, managed by tailored control tools and software, overseen by specialised CMT staff.

Among CMT’s backers are Damen Shipyards, Huisman Equipment, Jansen Recycling Group, and Sojitz Corporation.

Many in shipping have been demanding more advanced and greener recycling options in an industry that has had to contend with the exit of China, deemed the most environmentally conscious of the shipbreakers, four years ago.

Signing up for the SteelZero initiative earlier this year, Danish carrier Maersk said that more than 700 of its operated vessels are projected to be recycled in the next decade.

Speaking on the occasion, Palle Laursen, senior vice president and chief technical officer at Maersk, noted: “Global ship recycling volumes are projected to nearly double by 2028 and quadruple by 2033. Recycled steel will progressively be recognised as a viable raw material for steel consumers with net-zero emissions targets.”

Driving circularity in the steel industry, Laursen said, would help Maersk reduce its Scope 3 emissions.

Impending legislation from the International Maritime Organization such as EEXI and CII is widely anticipated to make a tranche of the global fleet obsolete.



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Einride, a freight mobility technology company that provides digital, electric, and autonomous shipping, today announced its expansion into Europe’s largest transportation market – Germany.

“Germany is in the driving seat of Europe; where it goes others follow suit,” said Robert Falck, Founder and CEO of Einride. “We have the opportunity and technology to bring the biggest change to the freight industry since the invention of the internal combustion engine and are ready to join forces with local partners to make transportation history.”

Through its freight mobility platform Einride Saga, electric and autonomous fleets and charging and connectivity networks, Einride enables companies to move goods from A to B in a smart, green and cost-effective way. It already operates a large fleet of heavy-duty electric trucks in Europe and the U.S., and works with industry giants such as Lidl, Maersk, Oatly and Electrolux. Einride’s partners have seen up to a 90% decrease in CO2 emissions with electric transportation compared to conventional diesel freight, while matching the cost.

“The German road freight sector is facing its biggest challenge to date – with rising fuel and energy costs, a driver shortage and the government demanding emissions be cut in half by 2030,” said Robert Ziegler, General Manager Europe of Einride. “We know that through digitalization, automation and electrification we can dramatically reduce costs, delivery times and emissions. Now it’s time for German shippers to adopt a new generation of freight technology and future-proof their business.”

Einride will initially set up a regional office in Berlin. In addition to the German capital focus, logistical hubs in Hamburg and the Ruhr Area will also be built. A charging grid along Germany’s most important commercial routes and neighboring trade regions will be implemented to enable customers and partners to seamlessly electrify transportation.

SOURCE: Einride


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ABS collaborated with Sea Machines and Foss Maritime to advance adoption of autonomous operations at sea by issuing approval in principle (AIP) to their vessel autonomy system, the SM300, that provides autonomous navigation and collision detection and collision avoidance (CDCA).

Foss is to install Sea Machines’ SM300 system on board its harbor tug Rachael Allen to enhance safety and efficiency of operations. Overall, the system will function for routine transit and stand-by operations with the goals of enhanced safety and alleviating crew fatigue.

Sea Machines’ new autonomous system underwent a series of rigorous product reviews to prove that the technology met ABS’ requirements for the use of autonomous systems aboard vessels. The SM300 system also assists with station-keeping and is capable of interfacing with Kongsberg-MTU propulsion systems.

“Autonomous technology continues to advance at pace and ABS is committed to supporting its safe adoption by the industry,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology. “We are proud to add this project to the list of pioneering initiatives we are supporting all over the world that are gradually realizing the potential of autonomous operations for the industry.”

Through the AIP process, ABS reviewed numerous documents for Sea Machines including software test plans and concept of operations materials for the Rachael Allen. In such reviews, ABS seeks to identify potential design risks or issues that may result in substantial change in direction in the project by evaluating the design approaches, rules, regulations and types of calculations presented.

ABS has been at the forefront of autonomous marine technologies and approved the installation of the Sea Machines SM200 commercial wireless helm for tugboats that support articulated tug-barge (ATB) sets.

“Sea Machines worked closely alongside ABS and FOSS to yield this most recent approval, which moves our entire industry yet another step closer to widespread adoption of autonomous marine technologies,” said Michael G. Johnson, CEO of Sea Machines. “Earning this approval demonstrates our unwavering commitment to ensuring that these technologies are utilized safely, while making our industries more competitive and productive.”

Foss Project Manager Dan Cole said, “As part of our Always Safe, Always Ready culture, Foss is pleased to be providing the SM300 system for additional crew and vessel safety through the enhanced situational awareness it will bring to our operations.”
Source: ABS


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Regulating Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) has implications for safety, legal and facilitation instruments under the purview of the international Maritime Organization (IMO). The first session of a joint IMO working group to address common high-priority issues across various instruments was held in September (7-9), in remote session. The session was preceded by an IMO MASS Seminar (5-6 September) which brought together stakeholders to share insights and views.

The working group was established following a regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS), that was designed to assess existing IMO instruments to see how they might apply to MASS and what gaps existed to permit their operation. The scoping exercise was conducted by the following committees: Maritime Safety committee (MSC), Legal Committee (LEG) and Facilitation Committee (FAL) – for relevant treaties under their purview.

The MSC agreed on  Road Map of developing a goal-based instrument regulating the operation of maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS), which, as a first step would be in the form of a non-mandatory Code for adoption in the second half of 2024 while a mandatory MASS Code is to be developed thereafter for entry into force on 1 January 2028.

The Joint Working Group developed a table – intended as a living document – to identity preferred options for addressing common issues, such as: role of MASS master and crew; responsibilities of Mass master and crew; competencies required for MASS master and crew; identification and meaning of term “remote operator” and their responsibilities.

A draft work plan was agreed, for approval by the three committees, which envisages the Committees reviewing the report of the first session and a second Joint Working Group to be convened in 2023.

The Joint Working Group agreed that a seminar on legal issues, including implications under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), would be beneficial.

The Joint MSC-LEG-FAL Working Group on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) has been established as a cross-cutting mechanism to address common high-priority issues identified by the regulatory scoping exercises for the use of MASS conducted by the three committees.



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Kongsberg Digital launches a maritime digital twin with Hoegh Autoliners as its first pilot customer. This is the beginning of a new transformation journey for ship operations.

As a market-leading developer and vendor of digital twins for the energy sector, KDI is now adding digital twin for maritime to its portfolio. Digital twins allow new ways of working and interacting with data and operational insights. The first areas the maritime twin supports are trim advisory, 3D visualization of the vessel, and situational awareness around it, including weather conditions. The twin is powered by real-time data from the Vessel Insight data infrastructure and its eco-system of applications.

“The maritime industry is facing huge challenges to meet the new standards for increased transparency and reduced carbon footprint. As a response to this, we have developed a dynamic digital twin that provides a holistic view of the vessel and its surroundings, where data from the vessel is merged with other relevant data sources and presented in one common work surface for operators and shipowners. This will be the first step of enabling advanced integrated workflows in shipping,” says Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President of Digital Ocean in Kongsberg Digital.

The objective of KDI´s holistic digital twin is to support partners in utilizing advanced simulations to troubleshoot operations, make predictions of future performance, and over time, enable condition-based maintenance to reduce cost and operational downtime. The digital twin for maritime will build upon the Kognitwin framework, KDI’s digital twin for the energy market.

“Utilizing twin technology on an area of most importance, fuel reduction, is the first step in building a new family of technology and applications, component by component.”, says Jagtøyen. “Furthermore, working towards risk assessment, twin technology can help ship owners and operators understand risk and make better decisions. Among other things, visualization to understand risk is critical. When you’re assessing the situation of a vessel in the middle of the Atlantic, you must understand the real risk, for example, in the case of severe weather or side waves, and make decisions based on that understanding. Twin technology can achieve that better than any other tool.”

Digital twin technology allows new ways of working and utterly new interaction possibilities and transparency between different stakeholders in the industry. Hoegh Autoliners is KDIs partner for the pilot with their car carriers.

“We are pleased to partner with Kongsberg Digital on this pilot for digital twin for maritime,” says Chief Operations Officer of Hoegh Autoliners Sebjørn Dahl. “Like us, our customers and partners focus on sustainability, electrifying their products, and decarbonizing their supply chains. Our fleet is one of the most environmentally friendly car carriers ever built. The additional insight and more rapid and cost-effective vessel management provided by KDI’s digital twin will supercharge their environmental performance and enable future benefits faster. We already see benefits on trim optimization, but when we add the data around other facets of vessel operation, along with training and maintenance, we expect further benefits and savings to come thick and fast.”

In the coming months, KDI will reinforce this digital twin for maritime development by adding new components for visualization and performance.



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The fleet support centre, which also uses the ABB Ability Genix Industrial Analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) suite, will help address vessel performance aspects, such as hull and machinery, speed and route planning, emissions, and carbon intensity reporting.

Using the vessel’s operational data and advanced analytics, OVERSEA centre experts will deliver better solutions to shipping firms, allowing them to enhance energy efficiency, safety and accuracy of operations, stated the firm.

Shipping companies that have in-house fleet support centres can use the OVERSEA digital solution to generate insights, offer recommendations and implement improvement actions by collaborating on the same data with vessels and onshore offices.

Furthermore, shipping entities can take the support of OVERSEA centre experts for daily advice, periodic performance reviews and reporting, or on-demand performance consulting.

ABB marine and ports service head Jyri Jusslin said: “ABB is committed to driving shipping decarbonisation, and OVERSEA has been developed to further support this target.

“OVERSEA allows turning insights into actions that can significantly improve the efficiency and sustainability of vessel operations. We are confident that this pioneering innovation will serve as a new standard in fleet and vessel performance optimisation.”

Earlier in the year, ABB won a contract from IHI Power Systems for the delivery of its power system platform for the Taiga electric tugboat.



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AHTI is a seaborne environment where customers can test Wärtsilä Voyage’s own technologies, as well as its technology partners’ solutions. These trials will be conducted in changeable real-life sea conditions which can be difficult and costly to recreate in a laboratory environment.

In its previous life, AHTI served as a German Government fishery patroller. AHTI was chosen as a target for retrofit technology installations to prove what is already technologically possible for the current fleet, and to create a platform for further innovation and development.

The creation of a floating R&D facility also helps Wärtsilä Voyage to cut down the cost and time barriers associated with real-life tests, returning meaningful results on a much lower risk and cost base than going into full-scale testing directly. AHTI also creates a first-party resource where customers and technology partners can collaborate.

In the first half of 2022, AHTI’s bridge was upgraded with a number of products from Wärtsilä Voyage’s portfolio including NACOS Platinum, SPECS and RS24. The vessel has also been fitted with on-the-market partner technology products from OSCAR and Drynet. Soon, Wärtsilä Voyage will be installing SceneScan, SmartMove, Remote Control and Satellite Connectivity onboard.

With this technology onboard, AHTI is a bridge to the highly automated, connected, situationally aware and data-enabled future for maritime that Wärtsilä Voyage is aiming to create.

Hendrik Bußhoff, head of product – Autonomous Systems, Wärtsilä Voyage, said: “Technology designed to solve the industry’s biggest challenges must be tested in situations that come as close as possible to real life scenarios. However, we understand that real world testing is costly and time-consuming. Trialling new equipment almost always means testing it on a customer ship which can often bring with it a lot of obligations and questions about documentation, schedules, data ownership and compliance. This is why we invested in AHTI. We now have a resource that will shorten time-to-market, enable us to fail fast and innovate quicker, and compare and understand different technologies outside of controlled environments.”

Sean Fernback, president, Wärtsilä Voyage commented: “In the last few years, the maritime industry has recognised the benefits of digitalisation, and how it can help organisations tackle the very biggest challenges that the sector faces. AHTI provides a powerful tool for testing the capabilities and benefits of a tech-enabled vessel and provides us with an environment in which we can see the future, today, on our terms. With AHTI, we look forward to working more closely with our customers and technology partners, as well as regulators, to shape the future of maritime, enabling us to move forward as an industry at pace.”



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Sperry Marine has unveiled Navipilot 4500N, a networked, self-tuning, fully adaptive heading control system that has been designed to deliver improved course-keeping with reduced fuel consumption and a lower workload on the bridge.

Navipilot 4500N minimises unwanted rudder motion and lowering drag, thereby saving fuel and contributing to greater efficiency. To further improve system performance, Navipilot 4500N can be coupled with Sperry Marine’s fiber optic gyrocompasses Navigat 2500 or Navigat 3500.

In addition to minimising oversteer and facilitating incremental heading progression, Navipilot adjusts the rudder control for the individual squat, trim and load of a particular vessel on a particular voyage.

Because even vessels of the same design will handle differently, Navipilot 4500N continues its self-tuning during the voyage, adapting in real-time to external factors such as trim changes due to fuel usage and different cargo loading parameters and longer term changes in behaviour as the vessel ages.

Steering performance can also be tailored for different weather conditions and heading keeping requirements, functions which have proven to help to save fuel in difficult weather conditions by optimising rudder lift and drag performance. Further features to be made available include support for track control with Sperry Marine VisionMaster ECDIS and support for high speed craft operations or a combination of both.

Navipilot 4500N is intuitive in operation, with a dial wheel to modify heading, hardware activation buttons for safer operation, a 7 inch (17.78cm) colour touch display for access to displays and menus and selectable modes for rate/radius turn mode or rudder limit modes.

Easy to install with reduced components, standard network cabling and connections, the system forms part of Sperry Marine’s ‘connected bridge’ concept which enables remote maintenance and diagnostics as part of a ‘Smart Support’ package to support maximum vessel availability. Navipilot 4500N can be flexibly integrated into existing installations to provide the same benefits to existing vessels.

“Vessel owners and operators face closely related challenges; the need to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while continuing to sail safely and in compliance in all conditions; for that they need a partner who can combine experience with innovation to help them towards their goals,” said James Collett, managing director, Sperry Marine. “The Navipilot family is designed to support enhanced voyage safety and efficiency with unique features that reduce the workload for the bridge team and leverage our expertise in the next generation of networked navigation technology.”



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Marine electric drive train specialist Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch inks five-year global sourcing agreement with ABB Marine & Ports in Shanghai for its next-generation PMM2000M permanent magnet machines to be used as shaft generators in large containerships.

The first order for 16 machines, each with a power output of over 4 MW, will be installed as permanent magnet shaft generators (PMSGs) for dry cargo container vessels.

“We are excited to include ABB among the trusted vendors we collaborate with. They are famous worldwide for their systems integration and vessel automation expertise,” said Risto Ahvo, Head of Key Account Management at Yaskawa Environmental Energy / The Switch.

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The Switch PMM2000M permanent magnet shaft generator has huge potential as electric propulsion gradually replaces conventional diesel-mechanical propulsion.

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“The contract also takes us deeper into the Asian market, where there is a lot of growth potential given the spate of new orders in China, Korea and Japan made on the back of hot container freight rates. It’s also great for business efficiency, as we won’t have to spend lots of time on individual proposals,” he said.

The company first marketed The Switch direct-drive PMMs to the wind industry where they have significantly improved turbine efficiency. It entered the marine market with its marine PMSGs featuring a frame size of 1,000 mm targeting bulk, chemical and car carriers with single and twin propulsion, and then with newly developed frame size of 1,500 mm machines for LNG carriers. The company has sold approximately 200 PMSGs to date.

Boxships in focus

The inline, direct-drive PMM2000M is specially designed for big container vessels powered by 2-stroke engines. Shaft generator power output on such vessels is often 4 MW to 5 MW. The PMM2000Ms has an operational speed of approximately 50–80 rpm. At more than five metres in diameter, it is physically large due to the high torque. As a PMSGs it offers competitive advantages in terms of low weight, extremely good efficiency and high power density, enabling top performance. The machine is simple to install and still compact given its huge power capacity.

“Ships won’t require any other source of electrical energy during long ocean voyages. This reduces genset wear-and-tear as gensets can stay off. Its mechanical simplicity also increases reliability and lowers maintenance requirements. A further characteristic is low vibration levels,” Ahvo said.

PMM2000Ms can be fitted to comply with EEXI and CII regulation parameters coming into force from 2023. Customer motivations are a mixture of reducing energy consumption, lowering emissions and increasing the amount of electricity available for other fuel-saving systems such as air compressors for hull air lubrication.

‘Star team’

The stators will be produced in China and other components in the EU. Manufacturing of such big machines calls for specialist knowledge due to the high magnetic forces involved. Consequently, all assembly work on the units will take place at The Switch’s Large Drive Test Center (LDTC) in Lappeenranta.

World-class test center

“We will then test the machines using ABB frequency converters to verify electrical and thermal performance of all drive elements. This is typical at the LDTC where we can test solutions using either our own or customers’ drives and components. Testing involves string tests and back-to-back testing at full load. We will then ship the machines to China and will also send engineers to supervise installation,” said Ahvo.

The contract is the company’s first long-term supply agreement targeting large merchant vessels. “It proves our agility to create new machines suited to different markets. The PMM2000M is designed from scratch and, like all our innovations, stands on their own merits,” he said.

Towards greener shipping

He adds that this kind of supplier-vendor collaboration on energy-saving equipment is the best way to accelerate the green transition. “The PMM2000M has huge potential as electric propulsion gradually replaces conventional diesel-mechanical propulsion. With a PMM2000M propulsion motor, it’s possible to reach power up to 12 MW per propulsion line. With two machines on two propulsion lines, power can reach almost 50 MW, which is sufficient even for the largest ships,” said Ahvo. “PMSGs are just the beginning.”



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Kiel, Germany, based ferry (and tugboat) operator SFK has christened its second fully-electric ferry, the Wellingdorf. The 24.70 meters long by 7.20 meters wide ferry can carry 140 pedestrians and 60 cycles. It is a sister vessel to the previously delivered Düsternbrook and is the fifth in a series of four hybrid and two fully-electric vessels designed and built for SKF by Holland Shipyards Group. The final (hybrid) vessel in the series, Schilksee, is expected to be delivered early 2026. The vessel is completely emissions-free and entirely powered by battery power with an installed capacity of 1,092 kWh. In addition to the Green Orca battery pack, supplied by Dutch marine battery system supplier EST-Floattech, the vessel has 20 solar panels on the roof to serve the onboard power supply network.

“While almost all ferries referred to as ‘fully-electric’ still have backup power provided by a diesel engine, the Wellingdorf has no such backup and gets redundancies from the split battery system,” says Holland Shipyards Group. “This means that the ferry propulsion really is all-electric.”

Another feature of the ferry is a non-conventional automated mooring system which features electric-hydraulically operated mooring hooks in both sides of the ship. The mooring system is easily controlled from the wheelhouse by the captain. While moored, no power has to be directed to the propulsion system, resulting in a reduction in energy consumption.

SFK is renewing its fleet in line with the environmental goals set by the city of Kiel, which aims to be CO2 neutral by 2050 and expects shipping to play a major part in this shift.

The Wellingdorf and Düsternbrook will operate on SKF’s F2 Schwentinelinie.

“It is particularly pleasing there will be two e-ferries commuting on the F2 Schwentinelinie in the future,” said SKF managing director Andreas Schulz. “This means that this ferry line from Kiel’s west shore to the east shore will basically be served all-electrically by the SFK vessels.”

“Public transport on the water will benefit from the new construction, as up to 140 passengers can get on board without barriers and we can also carry 60 bicycles that can be individually parked and removed,” noted Schulz. “Passengers can get on board quickly and conveniently via two 1.60 meter wide access ramps operated by the captain. There is only one deck, which is provided in the front area for the bicycles and in the rear area for the passengers, who can buy their tickets on board at a machine without cash.”

According to Shulz, with the storage capacity of the battery packs of 1,092 kilowatts per hour and photovoltaics (20 solar cells), the ship should be able to operate for around thirteen hours before it needs to be recharged, with appropriate charging infrastructure set up at the ferry piers and at SKF’s workshop pontoon. Further technical equipment includes two electric propulsion motors, each rated at 86 kW, and a 40 kW independent bow thruster.

The construction costs for the Wellingdorf were just under $3.2 million euros.



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