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OSLO, 11-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The vessel “YARA Birkeland” will be the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. Operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018, shipping products from YARA’s Porsgrunn production plant to Brevik and Larvik in Norway. Autonomous and 100% electric, “YARA Birkeland” will be the world’s most advanced container feeder ship. Named “YARA Birkeland” after YARA’s founder, the famous scientist and innovator Kristian Birkeland, the vessel will be the world’s first fully electric container feeder. YARA’s new vessel will reduce NOx and CO emissions and improve road safety by removing up to 40,000 truck journeys in populated urban areas. YARA Birkeland will initially operate as a manned vessel, moving to remote operation in 2019 and expected to be capable of performing fully autonomous operations from 2020. The new zero-emission vessel will be a game-changer for global maritime transport contributing to meet the UN sustainability goals. World’s first autonomous, all-electric vessel for commercial operation “As a leading global fertilizer company with a mission to feed the world and protect the planet, investing in this zero emission vessel to transport our crop nutrition solutions fits our strategy well. We are proud to work with KONGSBERG to realize the world’s first autonomous, all-electric vessel to enter commercial operation,” says Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of YARA. “Every day, more than 100 diesel truck journeys are needed to transport products from YARA’s Porsgrunn plant to ports in Brevik and Larvik where we ship products to customers around the world. With this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel we move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and dust emissions, improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO emissions,” says Holsether. A giant step forward for seaborne transportation KONGSBERG is responsible for development and delivery of all key enabling technologies on YARA Birkeland including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous operations, in addition to the electric drive, battery and propulsion control systems. “By moving container transport from land to sea, YARA Birkeland is the start of a major contribution to fulfilling national and international environmental impact goals. The new concept is also a giant step forward towards increased seaborne transportation in general,” says Geir Håøy, President and CEO of KONGSBERG. As a leading global maritime technology company, KONGSBERG’s integrated control and monitoring systems are already capable of providing technology for remote and unmanned operations. YARA Birkeland will benefit from competence and technologies developed across KONGSBERG. “Developing systems for autonomous operations is a major opening and natural step for KONGSBERG, considering our decades of expertise in the development and integration of advanced sensors, control and communication systems for all areas of ship operations. YARA Birkeland will set the benchmark for the application of innovative maritime technology for more efficient and environmentally friendly shipping,” says Håøy. View animation film and film: https://youtu.be/dVVRUAvoBK4 https://youtu.be/VjTKL4hm4B0 SOURCE: Yara For further information: Kristin Nordal, Head of External Communications; YARA, Mobile: +4790015550 Email: kristin.nordal@yara.com Gunvor Hatling Midtbø, VP Communication, Kongsberg Maritime AS, Mobile: +4799214209 Email: ghm@kongsberg.com About YARA Yara’s knowledge, products and solutions grow farmers’, distributors’ and industrial customers’ businesses profitably and responsibly, while protecting the earth’s resources, food and environment. Its fertilizers, crop nutrition programs and technologies increase yields, improve product quality and reduce the environmental impact of agricultural practices. Its industrial and environmental solutions improve air quality by reducing emissions from industry and transportation, and serve as key ingredients in the production of a wide range of goods. YARA fosters a culture that promotes the safety of employees, contractors and societies. Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, today, Yara has a worldwide presence, with close to 15,000 employees and sales to about 160 countries. www.yara.com About KONGSBERG KONGSBERG (OSE-ticker: KOG) is an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the merchant marine, offshore, oil and gas industry, defence and aerospace. KONGSBERG has 7 200 employees located in more than 25 countries and total revenues of NOK 15.8 billion in 2016. Follow us on Twitter: @kongsbergasa. www.kongsberg.com


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.theengineer.co.uk

Norweigan marine technology firm Kongsberg Maritime has announced plans to build what it claims will be the world’s first autonomous, electric container ship. The vessel, which is being developed in collaboration with Norweigan fertiliser manufacturer Yara international, will be used as a feeder vessel to transport products from YARA’s Porsgrunn plant to nearby shipping terminals in Brevik and Larvik. Kongsberg, which has played a major role in wider research into autonomous shipping, will be responsible for all of the key control and monitoring technologies on-board the new vessel, including the sensors and integration required for remote and autonomous operations, in addition to the electric drive, battery and propulsion control systems. Geir Håøy, president and CEO of Kongsberg said that the vessel will mark a major step in the development of autonomous shipping technology: “Developing systems for autonomous operations is a major opening and natural step for KONGSBERG, considering our decades of expertise in the development and integration of advanced sensors, control and communication systems for all areas of ship operations.” The ship will initially begin operating in a manned capacity next year (2018) before moving to remote operation in 2019 and fully autonomous operations from 2020. Hailed by Yara’s CEO Svein Tore Holsether as a “game-changer”, the vessel is expected to replace the need for up to 40,000 road freight journeys a year. “With this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel we move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and dust emissions, improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO2 emissions,” he said. Kongsberg is involved in several projects in the autonomous shipping arena, including AUTOSEA, which focuses on integrated sensor technology and fusion, and automated collision avoidance systems. The firm is also a key stakeholder in the world’s first official autonomous vehicles test bed, which opened September 2016 in the Trondheimsfjord in Norway. A number of other groups around the world are also exploring autonomous shipping technology, including Rolls Royce which earlier this year received a grant from Tekes, the Finnish funding agency for innovation, carry out development projects focusing on land-based control centres and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in remote and autonomous shipping.


— The Global Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Market Research Report 2017 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) market. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2017 through 2022. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. The Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) industry was 1535.68 million USD in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 1486.51 million USD by 2022, at a CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) of -0.54% between 2016 and 2022. Companies profiled in this report are Japan Radio Co, Furuno, Interschalt Maritime Systems, Consilium, L-3 Communications, Wartsila Sam Electronics, Kongsberg Maritime, Beijing Highlander, Raytheon Anschutz, Danelec Marine, Kelvin Hughes, Maretronand more. Analysis by Product Types, with production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into • General Voyage Data Recorder • Simplified Voyage Data Recorder Analysis by Applications, this report focuses on consumption, market share and growth rate of Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) in each application, can be divided into • Passenger Ship • Cargo Ship • Naval Ship • Others Table of Contents: 1 Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Market Overview 2 Global Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Market Competition by Manufacturers 3 Global Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Capacity, Production, Revenue (Value) by Regions (2012-2017) 4 Global Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions (2012-2017) 5 Global Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Types 6 Global Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Market Analysis by Applications 7 Global Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis 8 Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Manufacturing Cost Analysis 9 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers 10 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders 11 Market Effect Factors Analysis 12 Global Voyage Data Recorders (VDR) Market Forecast (2017-2022) 13 Research Findings and Conclusion 14 Appendix Inquire more about this report at: https://www.themarketreports.com/report/ask-your-query/487139 For more information, please visit https://www.themarketreports.com/report/global-voyage-data-recorders-vdr-market-research-report-2017


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: OCEAN 2013.4 | Award Amount: 14.90M | Year: 2013

A new EU 7th Framework Programme project, LEANWIND (Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments) seeks to apply lean principles to the offshore wind farm project lifecycle. The primary LEANWIND objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state of the art technologies and tools. The offshore wind industry in existing near shore shallow sites has yet to become cost competitive with traditional forms of energy while new sites are being planned for greater distances from shore or deeper water bringing new challenges. The offshore wind industry has not yet applied lean principles to the logistical operations of the wind farm in all stages of the lifecycle as proposed by the LEANWIND project. Lean principles were originally developed by Toyota to optimise the processes of manufacturing industries; these principles of optimisation and efficiency have subsequently been adopted by many other industries to remove wasteful stages and streamline processes. This new lean paradigm will be applied to each of the critical project stages: logistical processes, shore-based transport links, port and staging facilities, vessels, lifting equipment, safety and O&M. The LEANWIND approach will ensure that unnecessarily complex or wasteful stages of the development process are removed, flow between the required stages is streamlined, quality is enhanced and thus overall cost and time efficiency improved to enable the industry to bridge the gap between current costs and industry cost aspirations. Properly applied, lean management will improve quality, reliability and H&S standards across the project supply chain and throughout the wind farm lifecycle.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: MG-4.1-2014 | Award Amount: 22.99M | Year: 2015

The specific challenge for waterborne transport call MG4.1 is, To support developments that make new and existing vesselsmore efficient and less polluting. A sound way to support developments is, to demonstrate solutions that are sufficiently close to market so that ship owners will consider these in their future investment plans. Following this reasoning LeanShips will execute 8 demonstration actions that combine technologies for efficient, less polluting new/retrofitted vessels with end users requirements. Demonstrators were selected for their end-user commitment (high realisation chance), impact on energy use/emissions, EU-relevance, innovativeness and targeted-TRL at the project end. Selected technologies (TRL3-4 and higher) address engines/fuels/drive trains, hull/propulsors, energy systems/emission abatement technologies. Technologies are demonstrated mostly at full-scale and evidence is provided on energy and emission performance in operational environments. The LeanShips partnership contains ship owners, shipyards and equipment suppliers, in total 48 partners from industry (81%) and other organisations. Industry has a leading role in each demonstrator. Target markets are the smaller-midsized ships for intra-European waterborne transport, vessels for offshore operations and the leisure/cruise market. First impact estimates show fuel saving of up to 25 %, CO2 at least up to 25%, and SOx/NOx/PM 10-100%. These estimates will be updated during the project. First market potential estimates for the LeanShips partnership and for markets beyond the partnership are promising. Project activities are structured into 3 layers: Basis layer with 8 focused demonstrators (WP 04-11), Integration layer with QA, Innovation Platform and Guide to Innovation (WP02), Dissemination and Market-uptake (WP03), and top Management layer (WP01), in total 11 Work Packages. The demonstrators represent an industry investment of ca. M 57, the required funding is M 17,25.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-6.2-2014 | Award Amount: 7.55M | Year: 2015

SYNCHRO-NET will demonstrate how a powerful and innovative SYNCHRO-modal supply chain eco-NET can catalyse the uptake of the slow steaming concept and synchro-modality, guaranteeing cost-effective robust solutions that de-stress the supply chain to reduce emissions and costs for logistics operations while simultaneously increasing reliability and service levels for logistics users. The core of the SYNCHRO-NET solution will be an integrated optimisation and simulation eco-net, incorporating: real-time synchro-modal logistics optimisation (e-Freight-enabled); slow steaming ship simulation & control systems; synchro-modal risk/benefit analysis statistical modelling; dynamic stakeholder impact assessment solution; and a synchro-operability communications and governance architecture. Perhaps the most important output of SYNCHRO-NET will be the demonstration that slow steaming, coupled with synchro-modal logistics optimisation delivers amazing benefits to all stakeholders in the supply chain: massive reduction in emissions for shipping and land-based transport due to modal shift to greener modes AND optimised planning processes leading to reduced empty kms for trucks and fewer wasted repositioning movements. This will lead to lower costs for ALL stakeholders shipping companies and logistics operators will benefit from massive reduction in fuel usage, faster turnaround times in ports & terminals and increased resource utilisation/efficiency. Customers and end users will have greater control of their supply chain, leading to more reliable replenishment activity and therefore reduced safety stocks and expensive warehousing. Authorities and governmental organisations will benefit from a smoother, more controlled flow of goods through busy terminals, and reduction of congestion on major roads, thus maximising the utilisation of current infrastructure and making the resourcing of vital activities such as import/export control, policing and border security less costly.


Patent
Kongsberg Maritime AS | Date: 2013-03-07

The present invention relates to a system for reducing load and frequency variations in the power distribution of a dynamically positioned vessel. The system comprising a consumer load control being connected to at least one power generator and at least one thruster, the consumer load control being adapted to monitor the available power in the system, from said at least one power generator and, the power consumption from said at least one thruster as well as other power consumers in the system. The system also comprises a dynamic positioning (DP) unit monitoring the position of the vessel calculating the required thruster capacity for maintaining a predetermined position, wherein the DP unit is adapted to define an acceptable window for variations in said position relative to the predetermined position, and said consumer load control is adapted to adjust the power provided to said thruster in order to reduce total load variations depending on the available power and to the position of the vessel relative to said window.


Patent
Kongsberg Maritime AS | Date: 2013-02-05

A subsea sonar unit includes an acoustic transducer. The acoustic transducer transmitting an acoustic beam defining an acoustic propagation path for acoustic signals to or from the transducer, and the unit also includes a housing at least a part of which being oil filled and positioned in the propagation path of the beam. The housing is acoustically transparent in the direction of the acoustical beam and has an outer surface with a known shape in the propagation path. The unit also includes a corrective lens, the corrective lens being mounted in the propagation path between the transducer and the housing part the interface between which defining a first surface having a shape relative to the cross section of the acoustic beam in the propagation path essentially corresponding to the shape of the housing surface relative to the beams cross section at the housing surface in the propagation path.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.3.5 | Award Amount: 2.89M | Year: 2010

The CLAM project aims at developing a collaborative embedded monitoring and control platform for submarine surveillance by combining cutting edge acoustic vector sensor technology, underwater wireless sensor network protocols, collaborative situation-aware reasoning and distributed signal processing techniques for horizontal and vertical linear sensor arrays. The result will be a cooperative, flexible and robust underwater sensing, reasoning and communication platform for online surveillance of submarine environments accommodating pervasively deployed heterogeneous sensor nodes deployed at different water depths, enabling sensing and actuating devices to exchange data, autonomously network together, and collaboratively and locally asses their observation environment and act upon. Horizontal and vertical collaboration between sensor arrays in form of collaborative routing and beam forming, sensor fusion and distributed processing and reasoning enables fine-grained monitoring of the submarine environment and collaborative event detection as well as transmission of the network information to the monitoring stations.\nCLAMs consortium has experience and knowledge needed to deliver, exploit, and commercialize a complete solution right from the sensor node platform design, collaborative communication and networking protocols, adaptive, robust and scalable collaborative data processing and reasoning, up to the application requirements and market analysis. Participation of the international, external advisory board in this project indicates that the demand and potential market for such monitoring platforms goes beyond Europe. This can offer Europe a great opportunity in becoming an international leader in this emerging area which is still very much in its infancy.


Patent
Kongsberg Maritime AS | Date: 2013-05-02

This invention relates to a system for reducing frequency and/or voltage variations in the power distribution system. The system comprises a power control unit being connected to at least one power generator and at least one consumer, power control system being adapted to monitor the measured load in the system from said at least one power generator and the power consumption from said at least one consumer, and a prediction allocating system for adapted to receive information from, each consumer related to the planned or predicted power consumption and to calculate expected power consumption of the system, and feeding the allocated power consumption to a motor generator system (MGS) controller.

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