• 2019 April 25 15:08

    Bibby HydroMap hold DriX demonstration day at Catapult in Blyth

    Following on from the successful trials of DriX at Gwynt y Môr, Bibby HydroMap conducted a demonstration of DriX at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult facility in Blyth, the company said in its release.

    During the demonstration two Blyth offshore wind farm turbines were surveyed, owned by E.On Renewables. The aim of the survey was to complete a 100m box around each of the two turbines, unfortunately, the unfavourable weather conditions, and shallow nature of the turbines, hampered data collection around the structures.

    The trial was the first occasion where DriX operations have been conducted from a shore-based location highlighting the flexible and simplistic deployment of DriX. In addition, it was the first time the Kongsberg Marine Broadband Radio (MBR) system was used as the communications link for DriX. Utilising the MBR vastly increased the operating range of DriX to approximately 20km, for the purposes of the demonstration the MBR was temporarily mounted to the roof of the ORE Catapult building to maximise its potential range.

    Due to the disruptive nature of the technology being demonstrated it was critical that all parties involved where fully informed on the operations being conducted. Maritime UK currently has a voluntary code to follow when conducting operations utilising autonomous technology. During the planning stages, the guidelines were followed and all partied were correctly informed.

    During operations QPS’s QINSy was running on board DriX, but operations were controlled by technical staff from the shore base enabling the full quality control multibeam echosounder data to be downloaded straight from DriX.

    All data was downloaded using the MBR link once the mission was completed, with very little need for further processing, shortening processing timescales and speeding up delivery of critical information.

    The demonstration built on the positives realised from the Gwynt y Môr trials, the use of the MBR communication link lifted the restricted operational limits on previous DriX missions. The unfavourable weather conditions on the day further highlighted the weatherability of DriX and its ability to compete with traditional survey vessels.

    The Blyth offshore wind farm is set to be decommissioned within the coming months as it reaches the end of its technical lifespan. Blyth's two 2MW turbines were the UK's first offshore wind farm and were built by a consortium, including E.ON, off the Northumberland coast in 2000. During its operational lifetime, Blyth generated enough electricity to supply 2,000 households with renewable energy. The legacy of the first British offshore wind farm is a test area in the Blyth region for the construction, operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. This hub for innovation at sea is a starting point which has seen the UK subsequently develop into a world leader in offshore wind.




2019 June 15

15:44 Wight Shipyard rolls out its new windfarm support vessel concept at Seawork Int'l 2019
13:17 Malta Freeport hosts its first LNG-powered container ship
12:53 Petrobras closes the sale of TAG
11:41 USCG, local partners respond to sailing vessel aground off Magic Island
08:43 Vessel training simulation underway at Tema Port’s new Terminal 3

2019 June 14

18:05 Ole Martin Grimsrud appointed CFO of Aker Solutions
17:44 USCG Cordova FOL crew saves man stranded for three days on Montague Island
17:05 Knud E. Hansen wins two separate contracts for innovative large RoRo vessels
16:41 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
16:26 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 90,300 tonnes of cargo in Jan-May’2019, down 38.7% Y-o-Y
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
15:14 “K” Line receives recognition for vessel speed reduction programs in the West Coast of North America
15:00 UK maritime industry leaders debate decarbonization, digital technologies and the future of safety at the annual ABS UK National Committee meeting
14:00 China Railway Container Transport signs strategic cooperation agreement with SITC International Holdings
13:38 Container throughput of Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port in 5M’2019 up 39% YoY to 89,649 TEUs
13:09 Algoma increases its interest in in the CSL International Pool
12:41 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 19.77 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’2019, up 8.5% Y-o-Y
12:09 Global Ship Lease announces new charter agreements
11:32 Bunker prices continue going down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
11:09 ECSA issues statement on suspected attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman
10:51 France signs up to fishing vessel training treaty
10:30 Zhatai Shipyard to let build up to 10 river ships and scrap at least two ships per year
10:07 Jan De Nul plans to reduce CO₂ emissions by 15% a year
09:49 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.64% to $61.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.36% to $52.47
09:30 MacGregor automated mooring solution specified for the world's first autonomous and zero-emission container ship, Yara Birkeland
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,062 points
09:07 GTT receives an order from HHI to design the tanks of two new LNG carriers
08:53 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 14
08:00 Long Beach cargo volumes down 16.6% to 573,623 TEUs in May 2019
07:01 Port of Los Angeles volumes up 7.8 percent to 828,662 TEUs in May 2019
06:58 MPA publishes second edition of guides on IMO 2020

2019 June 13

18:26 Maritime Technology Framework strengthens ties between DSME and DNV GL
18:05 J-ENG presents the latest technologies about MGO mono-fuel engine (UEC-LSJ), together with UEC42LSH and LP-EGR at 29th CIMAC World Congress
17:49 Port of Gdansk delegation takes part in IAPH conference, Guangzhou
17:28 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-May’2019 fell by 18% Y-o-Y to 4.98 million tonnes
17:04 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-May’2019 fell by 39% Y-o-Y to 373,000 tonnes
16:45 MarineTraffic partners with exactEarth to deliver most comprehensive vessel tracking yet
16:23 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-May’2019 grew by 8% Y-o-Y to 24.43 million tonnes
16:04 MarineTraffic partners with satellite AIS data provider exactEarth
15:39 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 5M’19 fell by 10% Y-o-Y to 1.18 million tonnes
14:42 Viking Line announces additional departures on Helsinki-Tallinn routes during summer season
14:21 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-May'2019 climbed by 8% Y-o-Y to 8.06 million tonnes
14:03 Hunter Group chooses OSM for technical management of newbuild VLCC fleet
13:49 Palau is approved by IMO as STCW White List member state
13:48 Jotun signs agreement with Hyundai Heavy Industries for a new type of marine paint
13:32 Bunker prices continue going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:14 J-ENG rolls out its latest engine technologies at 29th CIMAC World Congress
12:39 Port of Ust-Luga handled 45.24 million tonnes in 5M’19, up 9% Y-o-Y
12:04 Jumbo awarded transportation & installation contract for Yunlin WTG foundations offshore Taiwan
11:03 Damen Marine Components acquires WK Hydraulics
10:50 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-May'2019 climbed by 1% Y-o-Y to 25.01 million tonnes
10:36 Oshima Shipbuilding and DNV GL sign strategic cooperation
10:26 Damen Anchor & Chain Factory inks agreement with Fendercare at Seawork
10:11 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-May’19 fell by 6.5% to 6 million tonnes (table)
09:52 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.57% to $60.3, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.16% to $51.22
09:33 Bunker prices fall down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,080 points
09:04 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, June 13
08:56 Miros launches six-month project to test its new fuel efficiency technology

2019 June 12

19:57 T.Mariotti shipyard cuts steel for Seaborn's new expedition ship