NYK Develops Software that Helps with Ship Berthing

first_imgJapanese shipping company NYK has, together with Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and Japan Marine Science (JMS), developed a system that assists with vessel berthing.As explained, the system — patent pending — assesses a vessel’s controllability and visualizes the risk in the berthing operation to reduce the burden on the operator and eliminate accidents caused by human factors.Trials on actual vessels have been conducted, and NYK plans to gradually introduce the system to its managed ships. JMS will offer it for sale within the industry.The technology used in this system is expected to be applied to the automatic shore-arriving system for manned autonomous ships that the NYK Group has been working to implement, according to the company.When a ship is berthing, a guideline indicates the exact reduction in ship speed as the distance to the wharf nears. Following this guideline, the ship takes wind and tidal information into consideration while the operator provides instructions to tugs and efforts are made to control the rudder and engine.The operator normally receives a multitude of information around the vessel and gives instructions to a number of relevant people. Such a heavy workload can lead to accidents caused by human factors, NYK said.In the past, near misses have occurred, ranging from overruns and abnormally close approaches to serious accidents such as damage to the vessel hull, mooring and cargo handling facilities, and the pier.Thus, the NYK Group has worked to develop a system to assist with berthing and subsequently eliminate accidents.Image Courtesy: NYKThe software evaluates a ship’s controllability and visualizes accident risks in real time by analyzing information such as distance to the wharf, ship speed, ship-performance parameters, tugboat arrangement, and weather data.The ship operator can use a tablet to confirm the relative position and approach speed of the vessel and assess accident risk.This can reduce the burden ship operator are facing and prevent berthing accidents by alerting of risks to prevent accidents caused by misjudgment, NYK further said.last_img read more

Social Security officials announce 2019 benefit increase

first_imgWashington D.C. — Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today.The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018.  (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits).  The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount.  This year, for the first time, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account.  People may create or access their my Social Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov.  For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced.  Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and mySocial Security’s Message Center.The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit the website.last_img read more

Conte: ‘Inter have to kill games off’

first_img “I hope these games will help us realise we must kill – in a sporting sense – the opponent and kill the game when we have the chance.” Eriksen is settling into his trequartista role behind Lukaku and Lautaro, as Conte changed the team’s tactics to fit the Dane. read also:Conte: ‘Inter deserved the Final’ “We must continue using these new solutions. We had more time to work with Christian, both tactically and physically, during the lockdown. He has settled in, but must be even more determined and score more goals. “We’re six points off the top with 12 rounds to go. There’s no margin for error, whereas Lazio and Juventus can have the odd mistake and get away with it. “This is why need that ferocity in front of goal, because with a strong lead, we can then relax on the ball.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Antonio Conte assures Inter are still in the Scudetto race after beating Sampdoria 2-1, but they ‘must learn to kill – in a sporting sense – the games off.’ Now at Inter Milan, Conte signed Moses on loan in January, much to the wing-back’s delight The Nerazzurri were absolutely dominant in the first half and scored two excellent team goals with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, but somewhat petered out after the break. They still held on for a 2-1 victory over Samp that puts them within six points of leaders Juventus. “This evening, we had no choice but to get the victory so we could close the gap to six points,” said Conte in his press conference. “We fuel the hope that we can achieve something extraordinary. It’s true that we could’ve sealed it earlier by making more of our chances, but instead we conceded at the first Samp attempt and got a little anxious. It was a good performance, anyway. “I repeat, it’s not a fitness issue, but when we have scoring opportunities and do not take them, which also happened in the Coppa Italia with Napoli, all it takes is one lucky ricochet and it’s all up for grabs again.center_img Promoted ContentWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffeelast_img read more

Rep. Allor Testifies in Support of Bill

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis State Representative Sue Allor recently testified in the House Michigan Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.Her testimony was in support of her bill that expands state payment to health care providers for sexual assault exams. Allor discussed how the cost of providing these services to victims of sexual assaults has increased, causing many health care providers to become financially constrained due to the costs.To ensure that these services are continued, Allor believes that the state must provide additional funding to health care providers, partners, or subcontractors.According to Allor, costs shouldn’t keep victims from getting the care that they need.The bill remains under consideration by the Families, Children, and Seniors Committee. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious More Speed Limit Changes to Take PlaceNext Upcoming: 4th Annual Indoor Auto Showlast_img read more