• 2018 August 10 13:32

    Port of Antwerp introduces innovative autonomous sounding boat with unique technology

    A smart port thanks to innovative technology: that's what the port of Antwerp is fast becoming, the company announces in its press release. Now a new milestone has been reached with the introduction of a fully automatic sounding boat that employs unique technology. The vessel, named the Echodrone, is a prototype that is currently being developed to supplement the other operational sounding boat, the Echo. Both of these carry out measurements of the water depth everywhere in the port so as to guarantee safe passage for shipping. The cloud-based technology – a first – has been developed in partnership between the Port Authority and dotOcean and is only one of the many initiatives being taken by the Port Authority in the field of digital innovation.

    Innovation is a powerful response to today's fast-changing world and so is a main component of the future vision of Antwerp Port Authority. In collaboration with the port community the Port Authority is constantly working to develop new technologies and methods and to incorporate them in its operations. "As a world-class player we as a port aim to be a leader in developing innovative concepts," explains Piet Opstaele, Innovation Enablement Manager at Antwerp Port Authority. "In this way we are laying the foundations for the 'smart port' of the future in which digital technologies are used to make the land-based and water-based operations more flexible, responsive and efficient."

    One of the Port Authority's responsibilities is inspection and maintenance of the maritime infrastructure, including the beds of the docks. Regular measurements of the water depths at the berths and at all other points are carried out, both to ensure safe passage and mooring for ships and to plan the necessary maintenance dredging work. So far this has been done using the Echo sounding boat, but now an innovative autonomous sister boat has been developed in collaboration with dotOcean in order to help with the work. The new vessel, named the Echodrone, is smaller than the Echo and is fully autonomous, operating on its own without anyone on board. This makes it more nimble and flexible so that it can even operate in heavy shipping traffic where the Echo would be unable to go.

    Wim Defevere, Senior technical manager nautical access of the Antwerp Port Authority: ”The Echodrone is currently undergoing extensive trials. Once these have been completed it will be based in the Deurganck dock where it will be fully operational alongside the Echo to measure the water depth of the available berths at the busiest of the tidal quays for handling containers.”

    Unique technology for guiding and operating the Echodrone has been developed in collaboration with dotOcean, a maritime technology company based in Brugge, Belgium. "This technology is based on assembling detailed information in the cloud," explains dotOcean co-founder Koen Geirnaert. "Data from all sorts of devices throughout the port is made available over the internet and then selectively compiled and translated into useful information by algorithms in the cloud. The Echodrone is designed to navigate fully independently using this verified data, unlike the previous generation of automatic vessels that had to rely on their own onboard sensors. This makes the Echodrone one of the first of a completely new generation of robots."

    Piet Opstaele adds: "With the help of the Echodrone it will be possible in future to carry out other types of measurements, such as environmental surveys, inspecting quay walls and so on. This technology is a real breakthrough for us in our quest for smart solutions for the port of the future. It is also a good example of our role as an initiator and facilitator of innovative initiatives."     
           
    Members of the public will be able to see the Echodrone at work at the Supernova technology fair being held on Thursday 27/9, Friday 28/9, Saturday 29/9 and Sunday 30/9, from 10 a.m. to sunset every day in the Bonaparte Dock.




2018 August 18

08:03 Port of Oakland to build Seaport Logistics Complex
08:00 CMA CGM announces PSS from Europe, Scandinavia, Black Sea and West Med to Indian Ocean islands
07:57 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
07:41 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S posts results for Q2 2018

2018 August 17

20:03 A system of floating containment booms installed near two jetties of Petersburg Oil Terminal
18:26 Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard launches Pola Feodosia, forth of RSD59 dry cargo vessel series
17:54 Primorsk Oil Terminal’s throughput in Jan-Jul falls 12% to 31.38 million tonnes
17:51 Nevsky Shipyard continues testing of unique replenishment system
17:08 Marine Robotics: Laws, Applications, Technologies roundtable registration underway in Moscow and Vladivostok
17:03 Port of Vysotsk volume in Jan-Jul down to 10.45 million tonnes
16:27 Port of Ust-Luga throughput in Jan-Jul down 4% to 56.27 million tonnes (details)
16:04 Western Bulk publishes First half 2018 results
15:53 Port of St. Petersburg seven-month volumes grow 13% to 34.39 million tonnes (details)
15:34 Stena Blue Sky delivers the first LNG cargo at energy giant ENN's new terminal in China
15:03 ANL announces FAK rates from North Europe and Mediterranean to Australia
14:33 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S delivers revenue growth in the second quarter of 2018
14:03 Third railway track put into operation in Port Bronka
13:58 Nevsky Shipyard wins contract for Arc4 passenger/freight vessel duo to be deployed on Sakhalin-Kurils route
13:51 Samsung Heavy Industries wins two eco-friendly LNG carriers
13:21 TORM posts H1 2018 interim results
13:04 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S to pursue a separate listing of Maersk Drilling
12:30 Hapag-Lloyd invests in growing East African market
12:07 Port of Oakland gives $70,000 to develop eco-jobs workforce
11:07 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates for Far East Westbound East Asia (including Japan) to North Europe and Mediterranean
10:45 Crude oil futures price edges down to $71.38 in London, in New York to $65.44
10:07 Latest Sanmar tugboat under trials
10:02 Gazprom Neft 1H 2018 net profit soars 1.5-fold
09:41 Baltic Dry Index adds 2 pts to 1727 points
09:37 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Coronis
09:32 Port of St. Petersburg bunker prices close the week on a down note
09:06 Gulftainer invests AED11 mln in road extension
08:27 CMA CGM implements new FAK rates from North Europe and Mediterranean to Australia

2018 August 16

18:45 Kalashnikov Concern’s Vympel Shipyard lays keel for freezer trawler of Project T30
18:06 Port of Dover awarded contract to Solent Marine Ltd to design and fit-out Dover's new marina
17:32 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East Asia to West Africa
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd increases reefer fleet by 11,100 containers
16:56 DFDS orders additional freight ferry (ro-ro) newbuilding from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard
16:52 Sovcomflot’s shuttle tanker Governor Farkhutdinov ships 600th crude oil cargo for Sakhalin-2
16:03 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Mozambique
15:47 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port's H1 2018 employee benefits and rewards programme totals RUB 2.2 million
15:31 Melbourne port operator ICTSI may be investigated by State and Federal authorities
15:09 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports remain flat
14:33 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Indian Ocean
14:27 MABUX: Bunker prices may change irregular next week
14:13 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East to North Europe
13:42 First ever S-T-S loading of 70000dwt Panamax coal carrier performed at Shakhtersk harbour transshipment location in Sakhalin
13:32 More investment contracts at the Port of Gdansk
13:02 Wärtsilä equipped Canadian ferry will have minimal environmental impact
12:16 Damen Shipyards Galati celebrates 125 years
12:09 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard launches 6th serial barge of Project ROB20
12:03 Boskalis presents half-year results and terminates loss-making low-end transport activities
11:59 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.6 percent in July 2018
11:45 Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships
10:58 DP World revenue up 14.4% in H1 2018
10:57 VARD secures contract for one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA
09:39 EU NAVFOR mission operation commander visits Spanish MPRA in Djibouti
09:21 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1725 points

2018 August 15

18:33 Equinor extends partnership with The Arctic Race of Norway
17:56 Port Kavkaz seven-month volumes soar 30% Y/Y to 25.21 million tonnes
17:36 Russian Gov't to allocate RUB 500 million in subsidies to support small-tonnage fishing ships construction, Rosrybolovstvo says