Reducing emissions
Urban air pollution has become a top priority in both developed and developing countries. Marine transportation is an often overlooked contributor to negative air quality levels – with one large container ship, powered by three per cent sulphur bunker fuel, emitting the same amount of sulphur oxide gases, as 50 million diesel burning cars, according to an International Gas Union report.

The use of LNG fuel in marine transport can deliver significant environmental, economic and social benefits. These include reductions in emissions of harmful pollutants, up to 90 per cent reductions in sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions, 29 per cent reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and 85 per cent reductions in PM levels.

Vessel tracking solution
ORBCOMM Inc has announced that it has collaborated with maritime technology industry leaders Pole Star and Weatherdock to develop Hali, a Class B vessel tracking solution that ensures complete vessel visibility. Hali combines terrestrial and satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data with two-way satellite M2M technology, to deliver reliable vessel location information to maritime authorities, providing the actionable intelligence required to maximise maritime safety, security and compliance.

Fuel savings celebrated
Ship owners and operators using the Intersleek range of biocide-free marine coatings supplied by AkzoNobel have achieved fuel savings worth a combined total of $3 billion since it was first introduced 21 years ago.

More than 5500 vessels have been coated with the multi-award-winning Intersleek products (part of the International range of coatings), helping ship owners and operators to save ten million tons of fuel and 32 million tons of CO2. The savings achieved are equivalent to the amount of CO2 emitted when 15.5 billion kilograms of coal is burned, or during a 123 billion kilometre car journey (a distance similar to 400 return trips from Earth to the sun).

Panama Canal efficiency
Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes brand and global leader in supply chain planning and optimisation has announced that its software has been selected by the Panama Canal Authority to plan, schedule and optimise all transit operations through the canal to reduce costs, improve safety and increase overall efficiency and reliability.

The Quintiq solution will transform how the Panama Canal plans and schedules transit operations. It will be able to execute a completely integrated operating plan for all of its critical resources, including tugboats, pilots and line handlers. Improved situational awareness and data can inform better decision making, which in turn will help mitigate operational risk.