Innovators: Marine Transportation

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SPEEDING SLOWLY TOWARDS EFFICIENCY ON THE HIGH SEAS

by wade on January 26, 2015

(St. John's, NL; 19 Jan. 2015) Large vessels that transport cargo, oil and other goods over large distances require a lot of fuel and to save time they move fast. However, Maritime transport within the EU faces challenges such as significant increases in transport volumes, growing environmental requirements and a shortage of seafarers. The concept of an autonomous ship would mean the unmanned vessels would move more slowly, be much more environmentally friendly and address the EU goals for reducing shipping related greenhouse gases. Read more.

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SHIPPING INDUSTRY WANTS HIGHER QUALITY DATA SAYS SURVEY

by wade on October 7, 2014

The latest INTTRA Technology Outlook survey, which tries to identify the top technology priorities and challenges on the minds of international logistics and shipping industry professionals from direct shippers, carriers and freight forwarders around the world has shown that the industry’s top priority is “improving supply chain visibility capabilities to integrate higher quality data.”   This demonstrates the importance now placed on having easy access to quality shipping information that is timely, accurate and complete.   Read more.

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GM OF OCRE LAUNCHES MARINE VEHICLES PROGRAM AT OCEANS '14

by wade on September 22, 2014

(St. John's, Nl; 18 Sept. 2014) As marine experts gathered for the Oceans '14 conference in St. John’s Newfoundland, the National Research Council's general manager of Oceans Coastal and River Engineering  chose his address to the general assembly of delegates as the opportune time to launch the Marine Vehicles Program. Terry Lindstrom told delegates that the program is aimed at finding economical and viable business based technological solutions to improve the safety and performance of marine vessels such as cargo ships and fuel tankers.   Read more.

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MHAs CALL ON THE FEDS TO IMPROVE MARINE ATLANTIC FERRY SERVICE

by wade on June 9, 2014

(St. John’s, NL: 05 June 2014) The majority of members of the legislature passed a private member’s motion yesterday calling on the Federal Government to improve the Marine Atlantic ferry service. During debate, the Provincial Government highlighted the importance of Marine Atlantic as a vital link between the island portion of the province and mainland Canada for residents and businesses.
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INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT ON SHIP SAFETY IN THE ARCTIC

by wade on June 9, 2014

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) met in London May 14 - 23 to discuss issues of ship-safety--specifically safety during Arctic sailing. The meetings resulted in new rules regarding the safety aspect, and they will now be part of the polar code (international code of safety for ships operating in polar waters) which IMO is currently drafting.   The new internationally binding rules are a result of several years of negotiations in MSC.   Read more.