Blockchain-Based Ship Register
According to an official press release by Lloyd’s Register (LR), this technical, business services organisation and a maritime classification society has developed a model of a blockchain-powered class register for ships. By partnering with Applied Blockchain, the company managed to utilise blockchain technology to register ships into Class. Once launched successfully, this register service will strengthen trust between merchants and underwriters, offer consistency in services while allowing to share data in real time. It’s an innovative way to bring the original LR’s “Register of Ships” that started in 1764 to the 21st century.
Global Coverage for Autonomous Ships
Rolls-Royce Marine (RRM) is making sure that their autonomous vessels are connected wherever they are with the help of Iridium’s next-generation L-band satellite broadband service Iridium Certus. By integrating this service into RRM’s Ship Intelligence solutions, ship operators will be sure to be connected globally, whether they sail in safe ports, polar regions or in the middle of a stormy ocean. This is due to Iridium’s LEO satellite network that consists of 66 satellites and spans the whole globe. Since the form-factor antennas and terminals have no moving parts, they are harder to damage and strong enough to bear extreme conditions at sea. Technologies and systems like this one push autonomous ships from the realm of impossibility, as it was decades ago, to reality.
The advanced solution provider Ivaldi Group in collaboration with Wilhelmsen, the world’s largest maritime network, has launched a 3D printing service for ship spare parts. By introducing additive manufacturing to Wilhelmsen Ships Service facilities in Singapore, Ivaldi will be able to supply 3D printed parts and maritime equipment for up to a 100 vessels a day. This move will reduce costs and increase the availability of parts, will be more environmentally friendly and efficient as the necessary items will be produced on demand. The 3D printing technology also allows for easier customisation and versatility by using a diverse range of materials. This new venture marks a milestone in additive manufacturing for the increasing demand of such services in the maritime industry.
The development of technologies is an ongoing process that can affect shipping business across the globe. Find out what other innovations companies have up their sleeves at the 3rd International Green Shipping Summit on the 2nd of October 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. A whole panel discussion will be dedicated to the role of technology and innovation in the maritime industry with the participant list including speakers from the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association, Minerva Marine, Carnival Maritime, d’Amico Società di Navigazione, Swedish Maritime Administration, Nordic Tankers and Euronav. More discussions and more respected speakers will be waiting at the Summit, so register now to join in!
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