• Tony Slinn

    Formerly editor-in-chief of IHS Maritime, Tony Slinn is an independent maritime journalist.

    Norway-based Kongsberg Maritime, the UK’s Automated Ships and French marine services specialist Bourbon have combined forces to pioneer Hrönn, the first autonomous offshore support vessel (OSV). NauticExpo e-magazine met with Peter Due, Kongsberg’s strategic projects manager.   NE e-mag: Could you tell us more about...

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    Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) plans to set sell in 2018 with its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) solution. It’s the world’s first combination of a rigid sail and solar power system for ships using EMP’s patented technologies, including EnergySail.   After finding strategic partners with the necessary skills...

    Singapore-registered Global United Gas Carriers vessel Trammo Dietlin has become the first ship in the world to carry Lloyd’s Register’s cyber AL-SAFE notation that certifies the safety of onboard autonomous systems.   Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries in collaboration with Alpha Ori Technology, which supplied the...

    Backed by the UK government, the British firm Recycling Technologies (RT) is piloting a system able to turn a mix of plastics—including cling film, polyester clothing, carpets and much more—into marine fuel oil that will more than meet the 2020 MARPOL Annex VI global 0.50% sulfur cap.   The RT prototype machine is...

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    Innovations including satellite technology and advanced alerting devices are bringing lifejackets into the 21st century. But wearability remains key.   NauticExpo e-mag spoke with three manufacturers, who all agreed that designing lifejackets that people want to wear, especially for long periods, should be the major...

    Developed by Netherlands-based Water2Energy, a vertical axis water turbine (VAWT) with an innovative pitch control system is proving from 30% to 50% more efficient than traditional systems.   The VAWT will be installed at the country’s new Tidal Technology Center Grevelingen, due for completion in late 2017/early...

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    Global information and communication technology (ICT) giant Ericsson plans to transform shipping efficiency through its Maritime ICT Cloud that the Swedish company defines as a solution to enable “ cargo and logistics data to be shared automatically at each leg of the cargo’s journey, helping to streamline the entire...

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    The international maritime industry is increasingly looking to hybrid power. Batteries are a proven, commercially viable technology that offers significant environmental benefits. But they have a limited lifespan.   The norm for all batteries is that they be fully recycled at the end of their life. That is a costly and...

    Rolls-Royce may have captured the headlines with its vision of autonomous vessels, but small autonomous craft known as nautical drones are attracting serious attention—and serious investments.   Unsurprisingly, the military was an early adopter of the drone concept. One example is the Oscar-class stealth drone,...

    In the maritime world cyber risks conflate with vessel safety, making a multifaceted response essential, Inmarsat senior VP for safety and security Peter Broadhurst told us.   NE e-mag: How many of today’s ships have always-on internet access? Peter Broadhurst: About 30,000 vessels globally have some sort of access to...