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Maersk Diverts Vessels from Tanjung Pelepas Due to Oil Spill

first_imgzoom Due to an oil spill which occurred on August 24 at Malaysia’s ATT Tanjung Bin Terminal (ATB), the Danish shipping company Maersk Line is temporarily diverting its vessels from the Port of Tanjung Pelepas container terminal (PTP) to other ports in the area.Namely, the container carrier said that the spill is impacting Maersk Line and MCC vessel operations at the container terminal.“Our vessels are delayed due to clean-up operations, including the cleaning of their hulls for oil stains from the spill,” Maersk said.The oil spill occurred while the tanker MT Trident Star was loading bunker fuel at berth 5 of ATT Tanjung Bin Terminal (ATB), operated by energy storage company VTTI.An investigation into the incident concluded that oil was being loaded into a non-nominated tank on board of the MT Trident Star and the vessel’s crew failed to timely respond to the activation of the vessel’s high level alarm.VTTI, owned by energy trader Vitol, said that the operations at the terminal were initially suspended, however, the suspension was lifted after the ATB send a request to the authorities to re-consider the decision.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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ASI starts work on the autonomous truck project at Barricks Arturo JV

first_imgFollowing the earlier news posted by IM on June 6, Autonomous Solutions, Inc (ASI): ASI Mining says it has begun work on the project with Barrick Gold to retrofit and automate a fleet of haul trucks at the company’s Arturo Joint Venture operation in Nevada.“This represents the first major autonomous deployment within the continental United States and signals a larger movement to adopt automation across the mining industry,” said Drew Larsen, Director of Business Development for ASI Mining.During the initial phase of the project ASI will retrofit five Komatsu 930E Ultra Class haul trucks to autonomous operation at the Arturo mine, located on property adjacent to Barrick’s Goldstrike operations. This phase will consist primarily of waste haulage, prior to moving into production. Subsequent phases will follow with potential expansion to additional trucks.“Not only is this agreement with Barrick significant in the ongoing growth of ASI Mining,” said Larsen. “It enables Barrick to embark on its autonomous surface mining strategy in a pragmatic and collaborative manner with a technology partner such as ASI.”ASI’s Mobius Haulage A.I. will be a key component in the implementation and operation of the project. Mobius leverages advanced multi-vehicle command and control software to set up and manage a coordinated system of haul trucks. The Mobius Haulage Platform manages autonomous traffic, coordinates manned or unmanned vehicles and regulates the haul cycle in the most efficient way possible.By employing the Mobius platform at the Arturo mine, Barrick anticipates enhancements across a range of critical performance measurements. “The goal is to use advances in automation technology to help Barrick prove and deliver improvements in safety, efficiency and production,” said Matt Majors, Superintendent of Mining Operations and project manager for autonomous haulage.“Barrick chose ASI as a partner for their ability to provide an agnostic product – agnostic to equipment manufacturer and to mine layout and practices. This offers us greater flexibility and cost savings. Using the ASI kits, we are able to retrofit our existing fleet of haul trucks as well as additional multi-manufacturer equipment which will help us to realise additional savings should we decide to scale the technology in the future,” said Majors.last_img read more