Friday, 21 April 2017


IBM and Danish transport company Maersk said they were working together to digitize, manage, and track shipping transactions using blockchain technology. The technology, which powers the digital currency bitcoin, enables data sharing across a network of individual computers. It has gained worldwide popularity due to its usefulness in recording and keeping track of assets or transactions across all industries.
The blockchain solution being built by the two companies is expected to be made available to the ocean shipping industry later this year, according to a joint statement from International Business Machines Corp and the container unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk. It would help manage and track the paper trail of tens of millions of shipping containers globally by digitizing the supply chain process from end to end.
This will enhance transparency and make the sharing of information among trading partners more secure.
When adopted at scale, the solution based on the Linux Foundation's open source Hyperledger platform has the potential to save the industry billions of dollars, the companies said.
"Working closely with Maersk for years, we've long understood the challenges facing the supply chain and logistics industry and quickly recognized the opportunity for blockchain to provide massive savings when used broadly across the ocean shipping industry ecosystem," said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, industry platforms, at IBM.
IBM and Maersk intend to work with a network of shippers, freight forwarders, ocean carriers, ports and customs authorities to build the new global trade digitization product, the companies said.
The product is also designed to help reduce or eliminate fraud and errors and minimize the time products spend in the transit and shipping process.
For instance, Maersk found that in 2014, just a simple shipment of refrigerated goods from East Africa to Europe can go through nearly 30 people and organizations, including more than 200 different communications among them.
The new blockchain solution would enable the real-time exchange of original supply chain transactions and documents through a digital infrastructure that connects the participants within the network, according to IBM and Maersk.

The European Commission has just published its online Frequently Asked Questions on the implementation of the MRV shipping regulation. The Commission’s FAQ provides very useful information and answers to a number of highly relevant questions concerning the regulation.

These Frequently Asked Questions aim to assist MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification) companies, verifiers and other stakeholders to implement the European Union MRV shipping legislation. It requires ships carrying out maritime transport activities to or from EEA ports to monitor and report information including verified data on their CO2 emissions from 1st of January 2018.
The legal framework for these obligations is established under Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport, (the MRV Shipping Regulation) which has been amended by Delegated Regulation 2016/2072 and it is to be read in conjunction with Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/2071 and Implementing Regulations (EU) 2016/1927 and 2016/1928.
This document was prepared by DG CLIMA and does not commit the European Commission. Only the Court of Justice of the European Union is competent to authoritatively interpret the Union law.

Thursday, 6 April 2017


At the end of fiscal year 2016, the Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division imposed criminal penalties of more than $363 million in fines and more than 32 years of imprisonment from cases related to intentional discharges of pollutants from vessels.

SMM Oil Record Book (ORB) Trainer Software minimizes the margin for error in data entries to the Official Oil record Book to the best possible extent.

Considering the difficulties involved for the shipping companies to ensure the means, resources, time and/or know-how to keep the standards of completion of Oil Record Books under close scrutiny, we are pleased to provide a practical and user friendly software that can assist in the harmonization of ORB completion standards.

Real Time warnings inform and prohibit the user for/from any incorrect entry based on Real Time processes/algorithms with given incinerator/pump/tank/O.W.S. capacities and ship specific tanks connections, enabling different parameters to be calculated ie. the level of bunkers, overflow warnings, tanks filling history etc. (including entry code, narrative, quantities, etc.).

It is an indispensable Software Tool for ORB correct implementation for your entire fleet. The software can be installed onboard and ashore, as a complete training solution.

New Features:

  • Automatic Synchronization of Data between vessels’ and office’s database.
  • Insertion-Indication of E.T.A. and warning for collection of oil residues, same as weekly inventory upon vessel’s arrival at port.
  • Different auto-flow rates either at port or at sea.
  • Possibility for Backdated Entries.
  • Strikethrough Function.
  • Insertion of “sealing/unsealing overboard valves” as “I entry”.
o        Necessary fields for Missed Entries were added.
o        Now the module does not allow insertion of entries in the case they are not correctly filled in, i.e. should not allow to make a successful entry if entry is illegal or if it is impossible (e.g. not to allow transfer between tanks without connection or if entry is such that exceeds incinerator capacity and/or bilge pump throughput).
o        Limitations set on entries depending on incinerator burning capability and bilge pump throughput.
o        For weekly entries, the software provides the possibility not to allow proceeding with other entries if Cheng forgets to make his weekly entry. (i.e. Software shall not accept the next entry without making first the weekly entry, if the company wishes so).
o        Sludge Production Check based on Daily Fuel Oil Consumption.
o        Indication for “Update Actual Quantities on a daily basis” before proceeding to any entry can be provided in the software interface if Company Policy allows such.
o        Automatic Estimation of Auto Flow Rates.
o        Restrictions in Disposal Method of Oil Residues.
o        Search Option for Desired Operation.