RAMLAB prints first ship’s propeller

3D printing or additive manufacturing is defined as a process in which the material is joined or solidified under computer control system or software to create a three-dimensional object from a digital file. In this process, an object is created by laying down layers of material until the object is created. These layers can be seen as a  sliced horizontal cross-section… Read more »


LNG Dredger conversion begins at Damen Dunkerque

Work has begun on the conversion of the trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain, which will become Europe’s first LNG-fuelled dredger. The vessel is being converted from diesel-electric to dual-fuel propulsion at Damen Shiprepair Dunkerque. Steel has been cut for the prefabrication of a new section of hull that will hold the new… Read more »


DNV-GL to Class New Royal Caribbean Duo

DNV GL is to class two LNG-fuelled cruise ships to be built by Meyer Turku for Royal Caribbean, the first in the cruise line’s new Icon class. The two vessels, due for delivery in 2022 and 2024, feature several cutting-edge technologies designed to reduce environmental impact, including dual-fuel engines, fuel cell technology and air lubrication… Read more »


Evolution in Cruise Ship Design From Italy

‘MSC Seaside’ has put down a new marker for Italian design and construction as her Swiss-based owner rolls out an ambitious and innovative, 10-year fleet investment programme. As the world’s most prolific builder of cruise vessels, Fincantieri has reached a new milestone in its unerring business drive by delivering the largest ship constructed in Italy… Read more »


Toward digitalisation of maritime supply chains

Maritime Supply Chain is one of the key sectors for digital transformation. With its high degree of networking and its large number of interfaces, maritime supply chain offers a broad range of applications for digital technologies. Stakeholders across the supply chain see huge potential to improve maritime and port service level and efficiency by having… Read more »


Supply chain automation: mind your (shipping) business

Before going into the specifics about the potential impacts of automation of maritime shipping, it is important to underline that although automation can be solely considered at the port terminal level, it also takes place across entire supply chains. The fourth industrial revolution: The big picture of value chains Actors usually optimize the systems they… Read more »


Marketing of port authorities: a novel conceptualisation

Port authorities have transformed into hybrid organizations mostly disassociated from operational activities and port services provision. Still, they maintain a key role in managing bodies advancing the prospects of respective port and associated clusters. Marketing is among the functions working towards this end. In a new port study, PortEconomics members Francesco Parola and Thanos Pallis… Read more »


Kalmar introduces fully electric Ottawa terminal tractor

  Kalmar is introducing an electric version of its Ottawa T2 terminal tractor, featuring lithium-ion (Li-on) battery technology and a fully electric powertrain that produces zero emissions at source. The machine is designed for trailer-handling operations in dispersed warehouses, container terminals and other applications where short-distance highway travel is required. Gina Lopez, vice president of… Read more »