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MSC further supports digitalisation of the shipping industry by joining the Smart Maritime Network

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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has long recognised the importance of digitisation across the shipping industry, and has been one of the pioneers behind the industry’s digital transformation. We are continuously investing in and developing new technologies to enhance our business and adapt to our customers’ needs. In addition to our internal digital roadmap, we are also actively working to shape the future of the shipping industry at-large, by contributing to third-party working groups and participating in industry conferences.

While a variety of digital innovations and IoT technologies exist in the maritime industry, MSC believes that new technology solutions will only be fit for purpose if they can be operated across multiple carriers, service providers and geographies. Collaboration is essential in this regard, so we can establish the same technology standards throughout the industry. Now, as a part of the Smart Maritime Network, we can work closely with maritime technology developers, vessel owners and operators, engineering OEMs and other key stakeholders, to develop joint approaches that will benefit the entire industry.

“We are pleased to join and support Smart Maritime Network, a platform to further promote and accelerate digital transformation across the shipping and transport logistics sectors. Collaborating with other members to solve key industry challenges is of paramount importance to MSC and there is no doubt that this Network opens up new opportunities for these efforts to become a reality, shaping the future of our industry,” says André Simha, Chief Digital & Information Officer at MSC.

Smart Maritime Network was launched in 2019 with the goal of providing a platform to promote the benefits of enhanced integration, standardisation and data sharing among stakeholders within the maritime and transport logistics sectors. The Network creates a collaborative environment for key influencers in the space to inform and educate the industry on technological developments and innovations. It also provides wider opportunities for relationship building and knowledge sharing. The Smart Maritime Network discusses and decides upon all Network activity.

“Smart Maritime Network is delighted to welcome MSC as a new member,” says Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer at Smart Maritime Network. “As a company at the forefront of leading transformation and innovation, their role as both a user and driver of digital technologies will provide valuable insights and input to the discussions and ongoing projects.”

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HMM joins forces with CMA CGM on TTI Algeciras operation

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HMM announced that the company has signed a sales and purchase agreement with CMA CGM for the sale of its 50% stake minus one share in Total Terminal International Algeciras, a container terminal in the south of Spain.

Shares of TTI Algeciras are owned by HMM and HT Algeciras which is a special purpose company wholly controlled by HMM. HMM directly owns a stake of 50% minus one share, with the remaining 50% stake plus one share held by HT Algeciras.

HMM has decided to sell its own 50% stake minus one share but still maintains its position as the largest shareholder through HT Algeciras.

The financial details including the price of the deal were not disclosed.

HMM expects a great synergy effect based on strategic cooperation with CMA CGM in terms of enhancing profitability and operational capabilities by securing additional cargoes.

HMM official said, “TTI Algeciras has a great geographical advantage to play an integral role as a transshipment hub located at the centre of containerised cargo flow on main trade lanes. We believe TTI Algeciras will take centre stage in the Gibraltar area as it has a high potential for future growth and development. We are expecting more business opportunities in the years to come based on stable operations of the terminal.”

This transaction, subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed in Q4 2020 for joint operations to be started.

Meanwhile, TTI Algeciras was formerly operated by Hanjin Shipping but HMM acquired a 100% stake in the terminal in 2017.

HMM joins forces with CMA CGM on TTI Algeciras operation

HMM joins forces with CMA CGM on TTI Algeciras operation. Image: HMM

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MOL introduces FOCUS project part Ⅲ: virtual ship visit application ‘Fleet Tour’

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced the release of the “Fleet Tour” virtual ship visit application using the Ricoh Theta, a 360-degree camera and the Theta 360.biz a virtual tour production service, both from Ricoh Company, Ltd. This is part Ⅲ of the FOCUS Project, following the “Fleet Viewer” application, which monitors vessel operation data, and “Fleet Performance” application that tracks vessel performance.

Ship management companies and operators can browse 360-degree onboard images and videos from anywhere using PCs and smart phones, and intuitively experience various places on the ship as if they were visiting in person.

MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd., an MOL Group core dry bulkship management company, has already adopted the application, in move to enhance the quality of their ship management services.

The MOL Group works to enhance safe operation by comparing fixed points in important areas such as the deck, cargo holds, and the engine room, and horizontally developing group-wide expertise and marine engineering know-how through addition of special notes on photographic images, in cooperation with MOLSHIP and other ship management companies that are familiar onboard operations and procedures.

MOL Group land-based employees have limited opportunities to visit all areas onboard giant vessels over 300m long, especially in relatively short in-person visits. This makes it hard to intuitively grasp the ship structure through drawings and conventional planar images. But the “Fleet Tour” application addresses such issues. In addition, the MOL Group expects this to be particularly effective as an ICT-based approach to vessel inspection, considering the difficulty of conducting in-person ship visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the FOCUS project, MOL continually strives to expand the development and adoption of applications that use in-service fleet operation data, with the aim of creating applications that grow along with users’ needs. The company seeks to offer stress-free transport services with greater safety and reduced environmental impact.

MOL introduces FOCUS project part Ⅲ: virtual ship visit application 'Fleet Tour'

MOL introduces FOCUS project part Ⅲ: virtual ship visit application ‘Fleet Tour’. Image: MOL

MOL introduces FOCUS project part Ⅲ: virtual ship visit application 'Fleet Tour'. Image: MOL
MOL introduces FOCUS project part Ⅲ: virtual ship visit application ‘Fleet Tour’. Image: MOL

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Evergreen joins the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

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Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) Ltd. has become a signatory to the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative in order to share its aged vessels’ green recycling policy. The move is part of Evergreen’s avowed commitment to plan a completely sustainable life cycle for its vessels from design, construction, operation and ultimately to decommissioning.

The SRTI, hosted by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, is an online platform via which members report information on their ship recycling policies and activities against a set of predefined disclosure criteria.

In the interest of transparency, Evergreen and other participating shipowners can share their approach to this critical component of environmental and socially responsible ship operations. Cargo owners and financial stakeholders, in turn will have access to this information in order to make their own informed decisions.

In announcing its decision to join SRTI, Evergreen said “We have had a long-standing commitment to ‘Clean Oceans’. Embodied in this goal is a mission to ensure responsible and sustainable operations wherever they touch the environment, whether at sea or on land, and to care for the people we employ and the communities we serve.”

When planning its current fleet renewal strategy therefore, Evergreen not only requires strict recycling standards for those vessels being disposed of, but also incorporates state-of-the-art design into its newbuildings so as to minimize the impact of container shipping operations both on marine life, on port communities and on humanity worldwide.

In this regard Evergreen invests in measures that go beyond environmental regulations, for instance, the new 12,000-TEU class F-type vessels, of which the 1st in the series is already in service network since March of this year, are equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction reactor system.

Such technology ensures that the vessels meet MARPOL nitrogen oxide emission Tier III standards, which is above the current Tier II requirements. In addition, Evergreen voluntarily ensure that all newbuildings and the ships already in service, no matter on which service trade they will be deployed, will be provided an Inventory of Hazardous Materials Part 1 for Class approval and SoC for certification.

Such consideration of the environmental impact of a vessel’s operation throughout its life-cycle is the driving force behind the latest SRTI move. “When a vessel is decommissioned and recycling is planned, not only can valuable and reusable resources be recovered but potentially dangerous waste and pollutants must be processed properly.” Evergreen goes on to say. “Recycling operations with the highest standards of safety available must be utilized. “We are therefore pleased to share our recycling policies by joining SRTI and helping lead a growing industry initiative to demand more responsible ship recycling in the future.”

In a statement welcoming Evergreen, Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative said, “Evergreen Marine joins a growing SRTI family that includes like-minded shipowners who are holding themselves to account before key stakeholders, including clients, investors and the wider public. This includes an increasingly diverse range of stakeholders engaging on the topics of data and transparency, circularity, and the role of financial stakeholders in sustainable and responsible ship recycling in the absence of global regulation.”

True to both its name and the corporate philosophy established by group founder and chairman Dr. Y.F. Chang, Evergreen recognizes its ecological obligations and will continue to maintain the best possible care in sustaining an ‘ever green’ global environment.

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