Thailand plans to open a national shipping company

Thailand plans to open a national shipping company, to minimize dependence on foreign vessels. The announcement of this new plan was made by the Ministry of Transport of Thailand, adding that another objective is to encourage commercial exchange in Thailand.

Although it is still in the study phase, Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand’s Transport Minister, said that the Thai port authorities have already received instruction to assess the viability of a shipping line during the next month.

If feasible, the national shipping company would have three independent branches, the first for cargo movement in the Asian region, the second for cabotage, and the last for exchange with other regions worldwide.

Subsequently, once the feasibility tests have been carried out by the competent authorities, they may be presented to the cabinet during the first months of 2022.

If the procedure is positive, the creation of a national shipping company in Thailand would begin in the middle of the year.

As mentioned in previous lines, it is not only about the independence of foreign ships, but also about promoting maritime trade in Thailand.

In this way, strengthening logistics ties with the Thai Gulf and the Andaman Sea is part of the plans to expand and strengthen connections.

Read the full note at Portal Portuario.

 

 

 

Rolls Royce’s new marine automation portfolio

Rolls Royce presented its new marine automation portfolio called MTU NautLQ the last September 14. The new range of products is made for ship control systems and platform management for all types of ultra-modern vessels. As well as older ones, thus allowing the collection and analysis of both own and third-party data with great efficiency and reducing the risks of obsolescence.

The creation of the new Rolls Royce product portfolio is part of the Power Systems business unit that seeks to provide efficiency. Forward-looking integrated state-of-the-art automation solutions that will contribute to developing more sustainable vessels, minimizing fuel consumption and emissions of CO2.

All the products of the MTU NautLQ family have been developed with the last technologies’ software. That allows easy integration and updating, facilitating the optimal operation of the equipment, and that can be included in both commercial, naval, and recreational boats.

With this type of innovative solution, Rolls Royce seeks to integrate all vessel systems, turning them into a single intelligent global system. Offering data for predictive maintenance, and helping the crew onboard to operate with maximum efficiency, reducing the chances that some component fails.

These innovations have been developed thanks to the collaboration of Rolls Royce Power Systems and Sea machines Robotics, which will continue to work in alliance to develop cutting-edge technology that analyzes all the data of the ships and intelligently controls the information.

Source: 

https://www.rolls-royce.com/media/press-releases/2021/14-09-2021-world-premiere-for-rolls-royces-mtu-nautiq-marine-automation-portfolio-at-dsei.aspx 

 

Wing of Tomorrow: The New Green Airplane Wing

Airbus has started the process of assembling its prototype “green wing” within its “Wing of Tomorrow” technology research program.

This program will test each of the wing aerodynamic materials and technologies while investigating how to improve wing fabrication to meet future demand as the industry recovers.

Airbus plans to build three life-size prototypes: the first will be used to study systems integration, the second will undergo structural testing, and the third will be assembled to test increased production and compare it with industrial models.

Wing of Tomorrow is part of several Airbus divisions in different parts of the world, including the Wing Moveables team, based in Germany. It also has the financial support of the UK Institute of Aerospace Technology, which will bring together more than 100 technological applications, to explore new manufacturing and assembly techniques, to promote more sustainable aviation.

Undoubtedly, this project is part of one of the many solutions that the large companies of the aeronautical industry seek to implement every day to accelerate the process towards the decarbonization of aviation.

 

Read the note at: Europapress.

The first autonomous ships are ready to set sail

After many tests of autonomous navigation, the first ships without crew members are ready to set sail and begin to serve next October.

This type of autonomous vessel has been developed mainly for the transport of river, and coastal cargo and according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) it has been working continuously since 2017 to guarantee that this type of vessel has a safe operation. Through constant evaluation of the various electronic devices that make autonomy a reality, such as in the implementation of international regulations, autonomous ships are a reality that is not only limited to their innovation since ports must also be prepared to meet this type of boat.

At the moment, the pioneering countries in this matter are China, Norway, and Japan, focusing their development on autonomous maritime surface ships (MASS), considering that an autonomous ship is a ship that can navigate without depending on human interaction. However, there are 4 types of autonomy for these boats: The first refers to those that have a crew, but their navigation system has automated processes that help in decision-making. Second, are ships that have seafarers on board, but the vessel is remotely controlled. Third, are those ships that are remotely controlled and have no crew on board. While the last type of ship is those 100% autonomous, capable of making decisions and determining actions by itself.

Whatever the degree of autonomy of these vessels, they must all be equipped to a lesser or greater extent with various technological tools such as: the internet, GPS, big data, artificial intelligence, IOT, sensors, robotics, and different software and hardware that will not only allow the navigation but its constant development.

It should be noted that this type of innovation will have a direct impact on the workforce of seafarers since although the ships will not have a crew on board, this type of development will always generate new jobs, only that they will be different, they will imply less physical strength and greater technological skills, but we will see the direction it takes as these changes become irreversible.

 

The US will reduce emissions generated by aviation

The United States announced its goal of reducing aviation-generated pollutant emissions by 20% by 2030, to reach net neutrality by 2050.

According to the US president, they are seeking to establish tax credits to promote the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), to offset the high production costs of this hydrocarbon.

SAF is a type of fuel made from used cooking oil and animal fats. But compared to traditional jet fuel it can be between two and five times more expensive.

With the use of this fuel, it is expected that in 30 years the American Union will eliminate the use of fossil fuels in aviation.

The United States government expects to supply approximately three billion gallons of SAF annually through 2030 and enough by 2050 to meet 100% demand for aviation fuels.

 

Source: A21

Airbus A321Neo increased sustainability and efficiency

The aircraft manufacturer Airbus has put a rental model to the test that has paid off. Since several airlines put their A321Neo aircraft to the test they have made the purchase decision to renew their fleet. At this time it is sighted a definitive reactivation of air transport.

The A321Neo model that has 232 seats, has 60% more space in the luggage compartments, has also improved lighting and seats, but most importantly, this aircraft offers a 20% reduction in fuel consumption as it is lighter and this is reflected in a greater range and a decrease in fuel consumption.

This is the main reason why airlines such as Jet2.com and Delta have closed negotiations with the European manufacturer for the renewal of its fleet, acquiring 36 and 30 aircraft respectively. This aircraft, which has a market price of 129 million dollars and 2 tons of extra cargo, represents huge profits for the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, which by the end of 2021 exceeds 7,400 orders for aircraft belonging to the A320Neo family from more than 120 airlines worldwide.

The new series of aircraft owes its surname to the “New Engine Option” concept, which refers to engines that are 17% more efficient with the use of lighter, stronger, and more durable materials. On the other hand, this new fleet of Airplanes also represents benefits, since it has Slim Seats that are thinner and offer up to 5 cm extra for the legs, all seats are reclining and have a USB port. They also have a new cabin configuration called “Cabin-flex” that provides greater comfort for passengers.

 

Maersk to invest in a greener fleet

Danish container shipping company Maersk will invest approximately $1.4 billion in a greener fleet. There will be eight new vessels, which will be powered by cleanly manufactured methanol rather than petroleum-based fuel, generating annual savings in carbon dioxide emissions of around 1 million tons.

The ships will be assembled by Hyundai Heavy Industries and will be available in mid-2024. They are designed with a dual-fuel engine configuration that will operate on methanol as well as conventional low-sulfur fuel and will have a capacity of approximately 16,000 containers.

“The time to act is now if we want to solve the climate challenge of shipping. This order demonstrates that carbon-neutral solutions are available today in all container ship segments. Furthermore, this is a strong signal for producers. Demand for the green fuels of the future is emerging rapidly” said Soren Skou, CEO of Maersk.

Ecological standards

Maritime transport represents 3% of carbon dioxide emissions of human origin, according to data from the International Maritime Organization. As a result, certain IMO regulations came into force to curb air pollution by limiting the sulfur content of marine fuel.

 

Read the full note on RT.

The Panama Canal turns 107 years old

The Panama Canal turns 107 years old. This route is the commercial transit road through which more than 1.1 million vessels have passed that worldwide has served as a transit before making landfall at their destination.

Last August 15 was the 107th birthday of the Panama Canal, which since 1914 has served as a port transit for ships. It is a recognized route because it helps reduce distances, costs, and time in the transportation of goods.

At the same time, the Panama Canal has been a response to the economic empowerment of Panama, being a sustainable organization in the face of current conditions.

The environmentally friendly Panama Canal…

“The world is demanding that companies offer services and products that have a low carbon footprint, so we are going to make investments to adapt to that reality, in line with our environmental tradition,” says Ricaurte Vásquez Morales, administrator of the Panama Canal

In 2030 it is expected to be a carbon-neutral organization, strengthening its commitment to the environment.

At the same time, the organization ensures that the route has helped to minimize CO2  by more than 830 million tons. This is because ships save fuel by passing through a shorter route and moving a greater amount of cargo volume.

 Without a doubt, its large-scale growth has managed to last over time and promises to continue to be a profitable and sustainable route for the millions of ships that transit the sea.

Read the complete note in Mundo Marítimo.

Avianca earns diamond certification

Avianca earns diamond certification from APEX Health Safety, for approved the biosafety protocols implemented by the Colombian airline.

The APEX Airline Passenger Experience Association established an evaluation standard to verify biosafety and hygiene protocols worldwide.

After the audit, the reconnaissance was carried out to guarantee a safe trip to the passengers.

“The health and safety of our clients and our son take priority. That is why, receiving this certification fills us with pride and satisfaction ”.- Adds Diego Pinto, Avianca’s Director of Safety.

What is the Diamond Certification?

The diamond certification is the highest recognition that an airline can receive, for demostrated commitment and providing optimal and safe trips. Prioritizing the health and well-being of its passengers with the correct sanitary conditions.

The APEX Health Safety and SimpliFlying certification validate compliance with hygiene protocols, and that’s why Avianca wins a diamond certification.

Through prioritized programs in the client for the “COVID-19 certification”. Where they encourage airlines to go beyond to guarantee a safe trip.

Dr. Joe Leader, CEO of APEX Said: “Passengers flying with Avianca can do so knowing that the airline has passed our comprehensive COVID-19 safety review covering all stages of the customer’s flight journey.”

Today, more industries are coming together to provide a satisfactory experience to users.

Read the full note in Aviación al Día.

 

The first flying car takes the skies

Thanks to some futuristic comics and movies, we have all dreamed of the time when we could travel from one place to another in our flying car. That moment has arrived thanks to the Slovakian company Klein Vision, which presents the first flying car to complete an intercity flight.

It was last June when the AirCar took off from the airport in the city of Nitra to land about half an hour later at Bratislava airport and then complete its journey by road. During this 80 km flight, the AirCar reached an altitude of 2,500 mt, at a cruising speed of up to 190 km/h. The AirCar became the prototype to pass the R&D phase after completed more than 40 hours of test flights and 142 landings.

How did they achieve the first flying car?

The AirCar Prototype 1 is powered by a 160 hp BMW gasoline engine with a fixed propeller and also has an advanced technological and automated system to deploy or hide its wings, depending on whether it is used for air or road. This transformation process only takes less than 3 minutes, and the car is ready to take off or make its road trip or even park in a normal parking space.

It is expected that this prototype will have some adjustments that will improve its autonomy. For now, we know that its BMW engine will be replaced by a BMW gasoline engine of 300CV which will increase the speed to about 300 km/h with an approximate autonomy of 1000 km.

Given the success of these tests, the company Klein Vision ensures that in the coming months may present the first production model in series and will have different configurations, both in 2 or 4 seats. However, now the issue will reside in the homologation of the regulations of the different countries to circulate by air, which could delay the time when we can enjoy this breakthrough.