Wednesday, 7 December 2016

ISS wins additional contract with Stolt-Nielsen in South Africa - 07/12/2016

ISS wins additional contract with Stolt-Nielsen in South Africa

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime and logistics service provider, has won an additional contract with Stolt-Nielsen for port agency in South Africa.

Under the major new agency agreement, ISS South Africa is handling the port calls of Stolt Tankers at Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town and Mosel Bay. A key division of Stolt-Nielsen, Stolt Tankers is one of the world’s largest fleet of deep-sea, regional, coastal and inland parcel tankers, providing transportation services to leading manufacturers of chemical and other bulk liquids.

With cutting port time and increasing efficiency a major business focus of Stolt Tankers, ISS South Africa is helping to ensure quick vessel turn-around at the ports, along with fast, accurate and detailed port accounting, despatching of cargo documents and full port call management control. It is also providing full cost control, financial visibility and performance information to Stolt Tankers.

Comments Tim Whitmore, ISS Key Account Manager, Liquid & Gas Specialist: “We are delighted to be developing our relationship with Stolt-Nielsen with this contract, protecting its interests during the port calls in South Africa through our established policies and procedures to provide the appropriate level of port call management control. This includes three-times-a-day reporting, frequent visits to vessels, problem solving, and assistance to principals and Masters. Our goal is always to turn around customers’ vessels quickly, anticipate issues before they happen and ensure first class communication.

“As a major global agent we offer security and peace of mind to our customers in South Africa, as well as across the region and network. We work to defined QMS & HSSE procedures and conduct extensive internal and external audits.  Our experience is key to the efficient turnaround of vessels and our staff help to minimise unplanned costs and identify actual savings.”

IMD business school launches new Digital Supply Chain Management program - 07/12/2016

IMD business school launches new Digital Supply Chain Management program

Robots and drones, click and collect, automated warehouses, radio frequency identification inventory, and many other digital technologies are rapidly transforming the supply chain.

The best companies are learning how to use much of this new technology to get more value from their supply chains and improve their profits.

To help executives step up to this challenge, IMD is launching the newly revamped Digital Supply Chain Management (DCSM) program, building on its rich experience in educating professionals on global supply chain leadership.

“20 years ago people got overly excited about automation in manufacturing and business, but this time around, it’s really happening,” says Ralf Seifert, Director of the newly revamped program.

The 1 week program’s content has been completely refreshed to reflect the fast-paced disruption that today’s companies face in their supply chains. Program faculty, Ralf Seifert and Carlos Cordon deliver concrete real time examples of how companies are transforming the way goods go from warehouse to doorstep based on real world cases and research undertaken by IMD’s Value Chain 2020 think tank.

Digital Supply Chain Management has a strong focus on how to lead organizations through change.

The program combines intense learning and interaction with industry peers and IMD faculty members. Participants apply the program takeaways to their own companies and get exposure to best practices from some of the most ground-breaking companies that are transforming the supply chain such as Amazon, Adidas, Zalando and more.

Making Underwater Robots Communicate with CoreDX DDS: SWARMS Early Trials a Success - 07/12/2016

Making Underwater Robots Communicate with CoreDX DDS:  SWARMS Early Trials a Success

Successful first on-site trials of the SWARMS (Smart and Networking Underwater Robots in Cooperation Meshes) project were conducted last month in Gran Canaria, Spain. 

Facilitating, planning and the executing maritime ‘underwater’ operations can be complex, costly and difficult to manage. The SWARMS project aims to expand the use of underwater and surface vehicles to facilitate the conception, planning, and execution of maritime and offshore operations. In doing so, SWARMS will ultimately reduce operational costs, improve safety, and help to make autonomous maritime and offshore operations a viable option for new and existing markets. 

Incorporating CoreDX DDS communications middleware into the design, engineers are able to develop intelligent, integrated platforms, allowing the underwater robots to communicate and share functionalities.  CoreDX DDS improves autonomy, robustness, cost effectiveness, and reliability of operations, allowing management of the sea environment from the workplace.  

Video of the initial trial in the Mediterranean Sea can be viewed here

Further on-site trials and testing are planned for June 2017, this time in the Black Sea. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Cobham and SpeedCast Forge Strategic Partnership to Grow Maritime Broadband - 06/12/2016

Cobham and SpeedCast Forge Strategic Partnership to Grow Maritime Broadband

SpeedCast, a leading global communications and network service provider, focuses on technology leadership in maritime antennas

Cobham SATCOM and SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, have concluded a global framework agreement covering the provision of maritime stabilised antennas, which offers high speed connectivity at sea. The commercial framework was awarded following a multi-vendor selection process by SpeedCast, based on a technical, commercial and supply chain evaluation criteria and will run three years. It is expected to generate a double-digit million-dollar figure in revenue for Cobham.

SpeedCast offers high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime VSAT network serving customers worldwide. The company has demonstrated dramatic growth over the past several years through both organic growth and acquisitions, including the recently announced acquisition of Harris CapRock that provides SpeedCast with a global leadership position in maritime and offshore VSAT services.

The new agreement confers SpeedCast with Distribution Partner status and is the basis of a strategic partnership that enables Cobham to extend the reach of Cobham SATCOM’s SAILOR and Sea Tel Brand VSAT and TVRO antennas across SpeedCast’s extensive global sales and support network. Customers will benefit from the superb service, reliability, and performance of both SpeedCast and Cobham.

Cobham’s portfolio of stabilised antenna systems for Inmarsat’s new Fleet Xpress service will become a key part of SpeedCast’s service portfolio through the agreement. Alongside the state-of-the-art, award winning SAILOR 60 GX 60cm antenna and the SAILOR 100 GX 1 metre antenna for Fleet Xpress, SpeedCast will also deliver improved performance on Ku-band networks for end-users with the all new SAILOR 900 VSAT high power system.

“This strategic cooperation enables SpeedCast to deliver Cobham’s market-leading technology within maritime stabilised antennas to end-users worldwide. The framework agreement benefits both SpeedCast and Cobham and supports our ability to innovate and deliver reliable communications services that help our customers to operate smarter through better communication,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO, SpeedCast.

“SpeedCast is a leading player in the maritime sector and we are proud that they view our stabilised antenna product offering as the most attractive in the maritime industry. With 30% year-on-year gains, we are currently experiencing dramatic growth on the SAILOR VSAT platform worldwide and are delighted to formalise a partnership with SpeedCast under this long-term frame agreement,” adds Casper Jensen, SVP and Head of Cobham SATCOM.

Cobham SATCOM’s SAILOR VSAT technology forms the basis for the world’s most intelligent maritime antenna systems. As a software controlled antenna platform, SpeedCast and its end-users stand to benefit from reduced installation time and costs. Several unique features support this including Automatic Azimuth Calibration, Automatic Cable Calibration, Dynamic Motor Brakes and the need for just a single cable from below deck to antenna.



A South West engineering firm has invested in a new state-of-the-art CNC milling machine to become one of the UK’s most cutting edge firms.

Bosses at Morris Engineering invested nearly three quarters of a million pounds in 2016 on new plant machinery to increase capacity and productivity.

The new Brother TC-32B replaces two older machines at the Plymouth-based company, and has vastly improved the time it takes to make components for customers in sectors including microwave, aerospace and pharmaceutical.

It is the world’s most productive twin pallet machine, with high torque, low inertia 16.000rpm spindle and 70m/min rapids. 

Morris Engineering Director Antony Dyer believes the firm’s investment will help future-proof the company for the rocky road ahead post Brexit.

He said: “We have always tried to stay ahead of the game here at Morris Engineering because we understand how important it is to our customers that we continue to provide high quality components within a set time frame.

“Investing in new machinery is a vital part of what we do. The new Brother TC-32B replaced two other machines that were more than 15 years old.

“This machine can work in any material and its high speed and accuracy increases our capabilities and capacity, potentially opening up new markets for us such as the marine and medical sectors for example, safeguarding jobs and security well into the future, whatever it may hold.” 

Morris Engineering announced earlier this year that it had also invested in two bespoke Italian-built Biglia Lathes – the first of their type in the UK. 
The company is now set to take on competition from around the globe as it continues to make everything from small prototypes to high volume machined parts, with dramatically increased productivity.

With multiple spindles the Biglia lathes can mill and turn simultaneously, cutting the time to make one particular mechanical component for the aerospace industry from one and a quarter hours to just eight minutes.  

Mr Dyer added: “We are always aware that we need to keep up with the latest in precision engineering and our most recent investments will allow us to stay ahead of the competition and continually diversify.” 

The company is planning further investment throughout 2017. 

ABB’s electrification of HH Ferries´ world’s largest emission-free ferries powers ahead after Öresund Dry Docks selected for modernization - 06/12/2016

ABB’s electrification of HH Ferries´ world’s largest emission-free ferries powers ahead after Öresund Dry Docks selected for modernization

Construction of shore side charging arm and HH Ferries’ upgrade is gathering pace

ABB’s project to convert two HH Ferries’ vessels into the world’s largest emission-free ferries is gathering pace after Öresund Dry Docks was selected to carry out the work. M/F Tycho Brahe and M/F Aurora will both be fitted with 4.16 MW of batteries and the containers with the battery racks will be lifted on board in February 2017. The dry-docking of the first vessel, Tycho Brahe, will begin in April and it will start operating as a fully electric ferry immediately when work is completed.  Aurora will undergo the same process in October 2017.

This highly innovative project also includes the installation of four fully automated shore-side charging arms and these are currently under construction in ABB´s factories. Civil work will be completed at the quayside in Helsingör and Helsingborg in the beginning of next year.

Marcus Högblom, Vice President of Global Sales, Passenger vessels and Azipod propulsion said, “We have a strong commitment to our customer HH Ferries and we need the best partners to work with us. We have experience of working with our selected suppliers and we are confident that their competence and high technical standards will meet ABB´s and HH Ferries´ requirements for this project.”

​”Our conversion of the Tycho Brahe and Aurora ferries to battery operation is an essential part of our environmental strategy to reduce emissions and reduce the environmental footprint of our operations on Öresund. We are proud of the initiative, which is the largest single project investment in the company’s history. When the two ferries will sail on pure electric power before the end of 2017 it will be to the benefit our many passengers and the local environment,” said Henrik Rørbæk, CEO of HH Ferries AB.

ABB´s delivery for modernizing the ferries includes batteries, an energy storage control system and Onboard DC Grid technology.  At both ends of the route ABB will supply the first automated shore-side charging stations using an ABB industrial robot, to optimize the connection time and therefore maximize the charging period.

The two ferries will operate completely on battery power between Helsingør (Denmark) and Helsingborg (Sweden), a distance of approximately 4 km carrying more than 7.4 Million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles annually. The new battery solution will help lower total emissions across the fleet by more than 50 percent from the current diesel operated vessels. The combined battery power of 8,320 kWh for the two ferries is the equivalent of 10,700 car batteries.

The SEK 300 million investment is co-financed with SEK 120 by INEA, the EU’s executive agency for innovation and network.

Monday, 5 December 2016

ISS expands global business with NORDEN A/S - 05/12/2016

ISS expands global business with NORDEN A/S

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s leading maritime and logistics service provider, has expanded its global business with Danish tramp shipping company, NORDEN A/S, with a new contract for crew logistics and husbandry services.

Under the additional agreement for the dry cargo and tanker specialist, ISS will co-ordinate over 2,800 crew changes per year across 32 vessels worldwide, as well as husbandry and disbursement account processing. The arrangement with ISS will support NORDEN’s operations and accounting teams and provide a single point of contact and remittance, negating the need for multiple, regional agents.

ISS will help improve cost scheduling for core services and ensure greater transparency. NORDEN will also benefit from cost savings as a result of ISS’ global vendor agreements and volume.

Managed from the ISS Vessel Supply Chain Hub in Mumbai, the company will work with NORDEN in key locations across Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, including Rotterdam, Houston and Fujairah.

Comments Ole Lykke, Head of Strategic Purchasing: “NORDEN is very satisfied to date with the performance and service from ISS - the Disbursement Account handling especially is a cost saving initiative and also saves us time.”

Adds Gavin Griffin, Executive Vice-President, Europe & North Africa, ISS: “We are delighted to win additional global business with NORDEN. This new contract demonstrates the value of our Crew Logistics Services (CLS) and I’m very pleased to have NORDEN join our other major CLS customers.”