“The partnership is focused on building a platform for intelligent efficiency, made possible only through the integration of operational, information and communication technologies,” said Eirik Mathiesen, Director of Energy Products Integration, Kongsberg Maritime.“Encompassing IoT, new smart sensors on board will stream accurate data to the cloud-based DSS, where deep analysis with intuitive presentation and application will drive equitable and predictable operational performance.”“Going ‘smart’ is integral to maintaining our position as the number one OSV ship manager today and into the future, in a sustainable way,” said Lars Christian Larsen, Senior Project Manager for Energy Management, DOF.“Smart is not just deploying the right technologies. Developing our culture to focus even more on sustainable operations with minimal environmental impact will be as important as the technology we create with Kongsberg, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE. DOF’s maritime experience together with the collection of big data in an operationally logical way will ensure success.”“Information is power, and when that information relates directly to power consumption, it can revolutionize vessel operations, from onboard electrical load management to route optimization for passage by sea,” said Anders Valland, Research Manager, Maritime Energy Systems, SINTEF Ocean.“This is an exciting project that strengthens Norway’s position as the world’s leading offshore and maritime innovator with focus on efficient and sustainable operations.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF has formed a partnership with Kongsberg Maritime, SINTEF Ocean, and NORCE, which aims to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for complex offshore operations, while streamlining fleet-wide maintenance.For illustration: One of DOF’s vessels. Author: Alan JamiesonEnabled through sponsorship and support from Innovation Norway, the new partnership between four of Norway’s maritime organizations will develop a sophisticated new Decision Support System (DSS) for offshore vessel operations, DOF said in a statement on Monday.“This new predictive, intelligent, and dynamic guidance tool will act as the foundation for DOF to simplify operational complexity with objective measurement, ultimately enabling optimal utilization and more sustainable fleet management,” the company explained.Highlighting the potential of the partnership to catalyze a tangible transformation, the multi-year project is backed with Innovation Norway’s largest funded offshore vessel, environmental technology project in 2018.DOF said that it will be a game-changer in how marine operational decisions are supported by providing more accurate, timely, and easily consumable information to decision makers; from the vessel’s Chief Engineer to the Chief Operation Officer based shore-side. ‘Going smart’
Kyrie Irving: Knicks trade talk ‘nothing but a distraction’ The Celtics got another quality win Sunday.Boston has won four straight since losing to the Warriors in TD Garden and could not miss against the Thunder. The Celtics shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field in a 134-129 victory against Oklahoma City. Kyrie Irving’s clutch gene kicked in again, as he beat the defense to score some important buckets throughout the game.ISO pic.twitter.com/wdF72SquJg— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 3, 2019He also tipped the ball away from Russell Westbrook to force a turnover in the closing seconds. Related News Anthony Davis’ father would never want his son to play for Boston, report says Irving totaled 30 points and 11 assists on 14-of-19 shooting. Seven other Celtics scored in double figures.Paul George’s 37-point performance and Westbrook’s 22-point triple-double headlined for Oklahoma City (33-19), but its seven-game winning streak was snapped.Boston improved to 34-19 and will face the Cavaliers Tuesday.Studs of the NightMike Conley tallied 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the Grizzlies’ 96-84 win against the Knicks.Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors past the Clippers, 121-103, with a team-high 18 points in just 26 minutes.Duds of the NightGordon Hayward scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting for the Celtics.The Grizzlies’ Shelvin Mack scored two points on 1-of-8 shooting against the Knicks. HighlightGrizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. showcased his range by knocking down this contested step-back 3-pointer.Our rook > your rook pic.twitter.com/aucAKrDA8x— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) February 3, 2019What’s Next?Bucks (38-13) at Nets (28-26) 7:30 p.m. ET — Milwaukee has rattled off three straight wins since losing to the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Brooklyn has lost its last two contests. The Nets will have their hands full trying to take down the best team in the Eastern Conference.
US Marines returned to Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Saturday, where American troops faced heated fighting until NATO’s combat mission ended in 2014, as embattled Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the resurgent Taliban.The deployment of some 300 Marines to the poppy-growing southern province came one day after the militants announced the launch of their “spring offensive”, and as the Trump administration seeks to craft a new strategy in Afghanistan.Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson attended a handover ceremony marking the return of the prestigious force, the first Marines in Afghanistan since 2014, an AFP photographer said.Part of a regular troop rotation announced in January under the Obama administration, they will arrive in stages, eventually numbering some 300 who will take part in NATO’s train, assist and advise mission.Helmand for years was the centrepiece of the US and British military intervention in Afghanistan—only for it to slip deeper into a quagmire of instability.“In those days Afghan security forces were tiny and just got started,” Brigadier General Roger Turner told AFP. “With the leadership in place now they… are poised to do much better.”The Taliban effectively control or contest 10 of Helmand’s 14 districts, blighted by a huge opium harvest that helps fund the insurgency.Around 30,000 people fled fighting in the province in 2016, mostly seeking refuge in provincial capital Lashkar Gah, with the city at times practically besieged.The US has some 8,400 troops in Afghanistan with about another 5,000 from NATO allies, mostly taking part in the training mission.Pentagon chief Jim Mattis warned of “another tough year” in Afghanistan when he visited Kabul this week as part of the Trump administration’s review of Afghan policy. Nicholson has called for a few thousand more troops to help break the “stalemate”.Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, a retired Afghan general based in Kabul, was optimistic.“If the Afghan forces and the US Marines jointly fight the phenomenon of the terrorism in southern Helmand, we will have tangible results,” he told AFP.But former Marine James Clark, who served twice in Helmand and now writes for military website Task & Purpose, called the deployment “half-measures”.“What lasting gains can our small military presence accomplish in Afghanistan that we couldn’t achieve during the height of the troop surge?” he told AFP.‘Butcher of Kabul’ returnsThe Helmand ceremony came as one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, returned to public life Saturday after more than 20 years in exile.Hekmatyar, white-bearded and clad in his trademark black turban, called on the Taliban to lay down their weapons and join a “caravan of peace” as he spoke at a rally in Laghman province.Known widely as the “Butcher of Kabul”, Hekmatyar is chiefly remembered for his role in the bloody civil war of the 1990s, in which he stands accused of killing thousands of people in the capital Kabul. He is set to return there on Sunday.His comeback following a landmark peace agreement with President Ashraf Ghani in September has been hugely controversial in Afghanistan, sparking revulsion from human rights groups and residents of the capital.Afghanistan has seen intensified Taliban attacks across the country, leaving Afghan forces—already beset by killings, desertions, and vacuums in leadership and morale—stretched on multiple fronts and facing soaring casualties.Last week the Taliban delivered a stinging blow as militants dressed in Afghan army uniforms slaughtered at least 135 young recruits at a northern base, according to official figures—though multiple sources say the death toll is much higher.The Marines were among the first US forces sent to Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks in the United States.Several thousand were deployed in Helmand, the deadliest province for US and British forces, where they engaged in bitter combat with the Taliban insurgency.The US is also targeting Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan, earlier this month dropping its largest non-nuclear bomb on the jihadist group’s hideouts.Two US troops were killed Wednesday while fighting IS militants near the blast-site in eastern Nangarhar province in an incident potentially involving friendly fire, the Pentagon has said, adding an investigation has been launched.