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Vard Electro to launch SeaQ Remote new generation robotic vessels

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Vard Electro to launch SeaQ Remote new generation robotic vessels. Image: Vard Electro
Vard Electro to launch SeaQ Remote new generation robotic vessels. Image: Vard Electro
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Vard Electro aims to facilitate a new generation of larger robotic vessels with the launch of SeaQ Remote to provide centralized remote operation of automated ship control systems and deck machinery in support of lean crewing, lower costs, safety and sustainability.

SeaQ Remote – full range of remote functionality from shore

The new product, which will see its debut delivery on a total of 14 newbuild marine robotic vessels contracted with shipbuilder VARD, is designed to unify the SeaQ suite of automation systems into a single user interface with the full range of remote functionality from shore.

“This represents a technological leap that is also the natural next step in our evolution based on long-established expertise in supply and integration of advanced SeaQ automated control systems for such areas as energy management, propulsion, bridge and navigation on more than 300 vessels,” says Vard Electro’s CEO Andrea Qualizza.

“We are now investing heavily in autonomous technology and digitalization, supported by synergies in the wider Fincantieri group, in line with market demands for cost-efficient and green operations, capitalizing on our long and proven experience in the shipbuilding industry.” he added.

Remote control and awareness

Going beyond automated navigation and other IT systems on the bridge, SeaQ Remote extends smart data-driven functionality to operational technology in the vessel hull as it enables remote operation of existing machinery systems such as engines, propellers and thrusters.

Such machinery is connected by sensors that can stream real-time data via the cloud to an onshore control center. Merged data from these sensors on a unified user interface provides a smarter way to gain an enhanced awareness of the status of onboard systems.

Constant surveillance of OT systems using sensors also enables data-driven management of vessel operations with a fleet-wide overview from a centralized location to optimize overall operations, while cybersecurity safeguards are maintained to prevent system intrusion.

For example, this allows fuel consumption monitoring to cut costs and emissions; condition monitoring for preventive maintenance on vital systems, thereby reducing vessel downtime and improving safety; and automation of key tasks such as reporting to lessen the crew workload.

In a further advance on existing remote technology, SeaQ Remote also supports a remote deck machinery interface to facilitate some deck operations in support of reduced manning and enhanced safety onboard.

“The key benefits are lean manning, safety and having an expert in the loop 24/7 to ensure automated systems on the vessel are running smoothly. This in turn will enhance the cost-efficiency and sustainability of operations.” said  Ronny Tomren, Product Manager SeaQ Remote & Digitalization.

Turnkey solution with automated control systems

This is being demonstrated on the newbuilds being constructed by VARD that will have battery technology installed and will also be prepared for hybrid fuel cells. These marine robotic vessels will be operated from shore, making them among the first DP2 vessels capable of remote operation worldwide.

They will feature the full range of SeaQ solutions and equipment required for remote operations, with an advanced software and extended hardware platform that unifies control of all onboard equipment to efficiently manage remote operations.

Vard Electro’s Vice President Products, Øystein Longva, says: “This newbuild contract is the first commercial application of SeaQ Remote and we are now targeting further deliveries for both retrofits and newbuilds, also as part of a turnkey solution with automated control systems.”

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Konecranes to deliver first hybrid RTGs to Africa

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Konecranes has received an order from the Matadi Gateway Terminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for four hybrid RTGs. These will be the first hybrid RTGs operated in Africa by the Congo River in the city of Matadi. As a world first in the container handling industry, Konecranes now delivers hybrid and electric RTGs to customers as carbon neutral. Carbon emissions are minimized wherever possible in the manufacture of the cranes and the remaining emissions are compensated with re-forestation, up to the point of hand-over to the customer. This order was booked in the first quarter of 2022 and the hybrid RTGs will be delivered by March 2023.

International Container Terminal Services and La Société De Gestion Immobilière Lengo jointly run the Matadi Gateway Terminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The new hybrid RTGs will enable MGT to handle increasing container traffic. “This is a breakthrough for both DR of the Congo and Africa as a whole, where container terminals are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints. These are their first RTGs and a big step forward in their container handling ability that will help them to reach their growth goals,” said Matti Talala, Sales Manager, Port Solutions, Konecranes. This hybrid choice of MGT is fully in line with MGT’s ongoing environmental policy.

MGT opened for business in 2014 and has since grown to reach 175,000 TEU of capacity. The new hybrid RTGs will handle containers with high eco-efficiency thanks to their hybrid drives. A hybrid Konecranes RTG is operated with electrical power from batteries and a diesel generator. During normal use, power is drawn from the batteries. During peak use, power is drawn from the batteries and diesel generator together. The hybrid RTGs for MGT will have built-in readiness for fully electric operation and they will have the smart features Auto-steering and Stack Profiling with a lifting capacity of 40t. This design and configuration will increase MGT’s capacity to 400,000 TEU by doubling the yard area.

This is part of Ecolifting, Konecranes’ continuous work to decrease the carbon footprints of our customers. From eco-optimizing diesel drives to hybridization and fully electric fleets, we will continue to do more with less.

A strong focus on customers and a commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety.

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Kongsberg Digital to provide vessel insight to Floatel International

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Floatel International provides top-quality offshore Floatels for extreme conditions, and will now become a part of and benefit from Kongsberg Digital’s digital infrastructure Vessel Insight.

Floatel is currently operating in the North Sea region, Australia, Gulf of Mexico and Brazil and have a fleet consisting of five semi-submersible accommodation and construction support vessels. The company is systematically working to reduce its emissions and optimize its operations. As a part of Kongsberg Digital´s infrastructure Vessel Insight, the goal is to gain better control and smarter solutions through digitalization. Vessel Insight will be deployed on all of Floatel International´s operational rigs.

“We are excited to be a part of Floatel International on their digital journey. They are experts in working under extreme conditions, and we are proud they have chosen us to support them in reducing emissions and proving optimal operations through digitalization.” said Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President of Digital Ocean in Kongsberg Digital.

“One of our main focus areas is data-driven decarbonization. We hope to get the most out of apps such as Maress and will hopefully get better use of our fuel management data. With the Vessel Insight infrastructure and the Kognifai ecosystem, we have all our digital solutions in the same place and greater opportunities for further digitalization.” commented Alexander Östberg, Technical Manager at Floatel International.

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RUSCON implements its multimodal service between Russia and Israel

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RUSCON implements its multimodal service between Russia and Israel. Image: Delo Group
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In June 2022, a logistics operator RUSCON, successfully implemented the first shipment of 90 40-foot containers, as part of its new multimodal service between Russia and Israel. The shipment was sent by sea from Novorossiysk to the port of Ashdod. The purpose of these shipments is to link the regions of our country with the Israeli ones through the seaports of the two states.

Transportation within Russia is provided by RUSCON regular services. The consolidation points in Novorossiysk are RUSCON ‘s own terminal and the NUTEP Container Terminal. The sea transportation shoulder is fully organized by RUSCON.

Currently the frequency of calls to Novorossiysk for this service is once in two weeks. Last mile service is available to RUSCON customers in Israel.

Commenting on the new service Andrey Chernyshev, the Senior Vice-President of RUSCON, said: “Under the conditions of partial uncertainty of the situation in the world, RUSCON is doing its best not only to maintain the existing logistic chains, but also to create new ones. Undoubtedly, the launch of the new service in Israel is a significant progress in expanding the geography of RUSCON ‘s multimodal services on the Black and Mediterranean seas.”

He continued, “Such development makes it possible to offer our clients secure solutions for transportations in import-export directions. High demand for the service is evidenced by the loading of cargoes of Israeli manufacturers to Russian cargo owners already in the first call. Partaking of several Delo Group’ assets in the Russia-Israel service allows us to achieve a significant synergy effect and minimize the impact of the current negative factors”.

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