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Vessel charging at offshore wind parks

When will it become an accepted practice that electric service vessels will recharge or swap batteries at offshore wind farms? Offshore wind farms are playing an important role as Europe …

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Fully electric fish farm

When will a fully-electric fish farm, powered by wave energy and capable of charging service vessels, be installed on the sea? The aquaculture industry currently produces approximately half of the …

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Drone & robotic maintenance on offshore platforms

When will it become accepted practice that drones will be maintaining and repairing offshore installations? Aerial drones are increasing in applicability, and are already used for structural inspections of offshore …

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Plugging sub-sea oilfields with thermite

When will plugging sub-sea oil fields with thermite become an accepted practice? In the North Sea approximately 2000 wells are planned to be permanently plugged and abandoned in the upcoming …

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Underwater hyperloop

Hyperloop proposes using magnetized tracks to move goods friction-free through a vacuum-sealed tunnel. The speeds in these systems are aiming to reach 1,000 kilometers per hour.[1,2,3] Hyperloop runs on electricity, …

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Underwater laser cutting for decommissioning of offshore O&G platforms

When will underwater robots, armed with laser cutters, become accepted practice in the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas platforms? Europe is currently the largest market for offshore decommissioning with …

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Wave powered early warning systems for tsunami detection

When will wave energy become a viable power source for early-warning tsunami detection systems? 60,000 people and US$4 bn in assets are exposed to the global tsunami hazard. [1,2] These …

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Composite hulls for bulk carriers

When will a bulk carrier be constructed with a fire-proof composite hull? Although steel does not burn, it is a good conductor of heat and therefore spreads fire to adjacent …

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​Containers that move autonomously​

When will it become accepted practice that containers navigate autonomously from the sea to their final destination and back? In 2019, the containerized shipping industry will have transported over 800mn …

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3D X-ray container scanner

How many years from now will European ports begin inspecting containers using a combination of 3D-scanning and machine learning algorithms? Customs authorities inspect less than 2% of the 752 million …

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Screw pile foundations for offshore installations

When will it become accepted practice to use screw piles instead of foundation piles for offshore wind installations? The total capacity of the offshore wind sector in Europe grew by …

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Offshore 3D printed wind turbine blades

When will it become accepted practice that turbine blades will be 3D printed offshore, at the sites of wind park development projects? Between 2020 and 2030, it has been forecasted …

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Underwater laser scanner for hull corrosion

When will underwater hull inspections be performed by laser scanners? Large ships are inspected and cleaned every 4-5 years and painted every 8-10 years, in order to improve vessel performance …

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Autonomous offshore service vessels

When will unmanned vessels that deliver supplies and simple services to remote offshore installations become an accepted practice? Day rates for the smallest and largest service vessels range from US$8k-26k.[1]  …

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Offshore container terminal

When will the first offshore container terminal be in operation in the North Sea? Today’s 22,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container vessels will be small compared to the 50,000 TEU …

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Thermal vent “smoke” filtering

When will filtering deep sea thermal vents for precious metals become an accepted practice? Deep sea mining is expected to grow 37% annually, from $650 million in 2020 to $15.3 …

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Solar-powered charging vessel

When will solar-powered vessels will be used to recharge the batteries of other vessels in the North Sea? The electrification of the seas requires energy sources in remote places. Solar-powered …

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Roaming autonomous wind farms

When will floating wind farms anticipate and roam to windier areas? 80% of the global wind resources are located offshore in deep waters (60+ meters) where traditional seabed-fixed installations are …

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Composites for ship repairs

When will it become an accepted practice, that composite materials for large-vessel hull repair, are applied underwater? Ruptures, tears, cracks, holes, gashes, scrapes, and dents cause serious damage to hulls …

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Open sharing of ships’ weather data

When will weather data collected by ships be standardized and shared across shipping companies in an open-access platform? Experts estimate that fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 5% …

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Very large ice-class container vessel

When will it become accepted practice that very large ice-class container vessels traverse the Arctic routes? Containerized shipping between Asia and Northern Europe amounted to 15.1m TEU in 2015.[1] Both …

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Document delivery drones

When will it become an accepted practice that drones deliver documents to ports ahead of arrival? A particular pain point in shipping is that vessels need specific documents delivered to …

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Zero-emission offshore container terminal

When will an offshore container terminal, powered by renewable energy, be installed on the North Sea? The maritime shipping industry currently transports 90% of the goods traded around the world. …

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Lashing robots

When will it become an accepted practice that robots perform lashing operations for securing containers?  Each year, around 1,390 containers are lost at sea due to poor lashing and rough …

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Underwater laser to package and transmit data

When can we expect that underwater exploration, undertaken by robots relying on lasers to communicate to the surface and each other, will become an accepted practice? Communication from the depths …

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Onsite 3D printing of wind turbine components

When will 3D-printing for on-site repair and re-design of wind turbine components become an accepted practice? Europe has over 4,000 offshore wind turbines in operation, supplying a total of 15.8 …

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Autonomous drones for inspection of enclosed spaces

When will enclosed space inspection by drones become an accepted practice in maritime and offshore operations? Every year people die inspecting enclosed spaces. These spaces can contain depleted oxygen levels, …

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Surveillance of Maritime surroundings through laser technology

When will LIDAR technology become an accepted practice? Contact and collision related casualties represent 40% of all yearly insurance claims in the maritime industry.[1] 75% of shipping insurance losses are …

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Renewable methanol in liquid form to power marine vessels

When will it become accepted practice that renewable methanol is used as a fuel for powering long-distance ocean-going vessels? Ambitions for zero emission maritime operations by 2030 require new power …

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Autonomous coast guard platform

When will a thermal-powered multi-use platform be constructed for the extraction of ocean resources and the autonomous detection of illegal fishing? Thermal vents on the sea floor provide a source …

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Game controller for vessel navigation

When will it become accepted practice that vessels are operated by game controllers? Vessels are operated on a bridge in a large room with a multiple-station setup. They are equipped …

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Oil & gas platforms decommissioning optimization

When will best practices for sustainable oil & gas platform decommissioning be shared across companies? In the next 7 years, 150 oil and gas platforms are expected to be decommissioned …

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Wind turbine blade cleaning by drones

When will it be accepted practice that wind turbine blades are cleaned by drones? Owners and operators of wind parks are challenged with keeping turbine blades in optimum condition.[1] A …

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Autonomous robotic maintenance on sub-sea infrastructure

When will autonomous robots be deployed for maintaining and making simple repairs to sub-sea installations? Sub-sea infrastructure and the demand for its maintenance is growing. Proper periodic monitoring of infrastructure, …

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De-icing of wind turbines

When will it become accepted practice that the offshore de-icing of wind turbine blades is performed by autonomous drones? The accumulation of ice on offshore wind turbine blades negatively influences …

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Offshore wind park repurposing

When will the installation of wave energy systems at decommissioned offshore wind farms become accepted practice? In Europe, 65 offshore wind parks will need to be re-powered, upgraded, or decommissioned, …

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Smart buoys for digitalization of ocean weather data

When will the use of smart buoys become an accepted practice in the North Sea? Weather is the major cause for maritime accidents, shipping and cargo losses, injuries, and even …

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