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Saturday, August 17, 2019

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“The maritime industry is just not prepared for terrorists to use ships in the same way that they were able to infiltrate the civil aviation sector,” said Itai Sela, Naval Dome’s CEO. “As a $4 trillion industry responsible for transporting 80% of the world’s energy, commodities and goods, any activity that disrupts global trade will have far reaching consequences.” Photo: Naval Dome

"A Maritime Disaster Waiting to Happen"

Since the founding in 2016, cyber defence company Naval Dome has won awards for its Endpoint cyber defense system and achieved the highest level of security certification from classification society DNV GL, helping to protect merchant ships, cruise ships and yachts from cyber-attack.In 2019, Naval Dome optimized Endpoint with a “Dashboard” App, providing maritime users with  a clear picture of the cyber status of all critical systems on board the ship, designed to allow users…

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Cyber Risk Management: What Maritime Professionals Need to Know Now

The IMO January 2021 deadline for shipping interests to incorporate cyber risk management into their existing Safety Management Systems is fast approaching. It is critical that stakeholders understand their vulnerabilities. The IMO has issued MSC-FAL.1/Circ.3 guidelines on maritime cyber risk management that does a good job of outlining the many vulnerable systems within marine operations, including:1.Bridge systems;2. Cargo handling and management systems;3.Propulsion and machinery management and power control systems;4.

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Wärtsilä Solutions Increase Safety in Arctic Waters

The technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted by Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company, to roll out a Wärtsilä Fleet Operations solution for Sovcomflot’s fleet of Arctic shuttle tankers.The aim is to promote sustainable development, and to increase the safety and efficiency of operations in the sensitive Arctic waters. Wärtsilä will also provide a core solution for the company’s fleet operation center. The order was booked in March 2019.The solution has been developed as a result of collaboration between Sovcomflot and Transas, a Wärtsilä company.

Transas Collaborative Decision Making Platform uniting Ship, Fleet Operations, Training and Ship Traffic Control Image Transas

Wärtsilä acquires Transas

Wärtsilä announced today that it has acquired Transas, an innovative, digital solutions provider headquartered in the UK. This acquisition is a recognition of Transas’ strong position in the maritime technologies market and its technological leadership. The transaction will allow Transas to work within a global maritime company in delivering its solutions, bringing scale and value to the industry in need of innovation leadership. Transas is a global market leader in marine navigation solutions that include complete bridge systems, digital solutions and electronic charts.

Interior shot of the CMS Training facilities (Image: CMS)

Simulating the Next Big Thing

As simulation technology evolves, the methods and techniques used to train today’s mariners are also changing. A growing list of regulatory training and competency requirements is further complicating the already crowded ‘to do’ list for today’s mariners and tomorrow’s future professionals alike. That’s not going to change any time soon. What is changing, however, is the way in which maritime training institutions utilize the latest in cutting edge simulation technologies. New equipment…

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Bringing Peace and Quiet to the Bridge

On April 30, next year the 11th amendment of the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) comes into force, making compliancy with the Bridge Alert Management (BAM) concept mandatory for all navigation equipment. Imtech Marine, as a bridge systems integrator, has been working on the test standards of BAM for several years through its participation in the International Electrotechnical Committee. But even with this rapidly approaching deadline, we have seen that there is still a lot of misunderstanding about BAM.

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Furuno's Bridge Systems for Holland America Cruise Ships

The extensive global network of Furuno service centers, subsidiaries and distributors was one of the reasons that Holland America Line (HAL) chose Furuno when it was time to retrofit their cruise ships with the very latest in a fully integrated navigation system. After considerable research in cruise ship navigation electronics, HAL selected the Furuno bridge solution and engaged Radio Holland to procure and install the equipment, starting with their first ship, the MS Westerdam.

Raytheon Anschütz Expands US operations

Raytheon Company announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC, located in San Diego, Calif. According to the company, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC aims to reinforce customer care and support for Raytheon Anschütz navigation systems in the United States for commercial ship owners and shipyards as well as government entities, including the Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, Navy and Army. “In January 2012, Raytheon Anschütz returned to the U.S. navigation systems market with the establishment of a San Diego-based regional sales office.

Safebridge Adds Kelvin Hughes ECDIS Training

Online simulation training specialist Safebridge will launch a new training course for Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS). Kelvin Hughes Marine Systems, a supplier of ships’ bridge systems, has appointed Safebridge and its sister company MSG MarineServe GmbH as authorized training providers for Kelvin Hughes ECDIS products. The new course is available online through the Safebridge cloud-based Internet infrastructure, on-board or as classroom-based training through the ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) Network.

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SAM Electronics to Retrofit Bridge Systems for Scandlines

L-3 SAM Electronics announced today that via its Danish subsidiary, L-3 Lyngsø Marine, it was awarded a contract to retrofit navigation facilities aboard four double-ended passenger and freight ferries operated by the German-Danish ferry company, Scandlines. “We are extremely proud to have been selected to provide our advanced NACOS Platinum navigation system for one of Europe’s largest ferry organizations,” said Maik Stoevhase, managing director of L-3 SAM Electronics, ANC. The four ships being retrofitted are the M/F Deutschland…

The ROPOS ROV surfaces as it comes up from a night dive.

ROPOS ROV Wins SS Beaver Medal

The Sidney-based ROPOS Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was recognized for its contributions to British Columbia’s marine sector by the prestigious award of the SS Beaver Medal on November 26th. The medal, forged from the salvaged remains of the 19th century Hudson’s Bay Company’s SS Beaver, was awarded by the by Honourable Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon. The Canadian ROPOS (Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science) ROV, a scientific research deep-diving submersible, has been a key tool utilized by scientists…

George Davis, newly appointed Mechanical Engineer at Offshore Systems

Offshore Systems Appoints Mechanical Designer

Offshore Systems, a producer of NMEA2000 digital vessel monitoring systems, said it has made a key appointment, recruiting George Davis to the post of mechanical designer, following the company’s reported recent increase in global business for its bridge systems. Davis will be responsible for the refinement and development of the Offshore Systems products, including the company’s Integrated Display Alarm and Control System. He will also focus on the roll out of a number of new products which are planned for the coming year.

LNG Bunker Barge Concept: Image credit NLI

'Missing Link' LNG Bunker Barge Concept

NLI Solutions (NLI) has developed a concept for a LNG Bunker Barge (often described as the 'missing link' in prospective LNG bunkering plans) based on the NLI LNG tank design. The concept has been further developed in a design study together with the Marine division of Rolls-Royce and Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS). LNG is among the cleanest and most cost efficient options for low emission shipping. Interest in LNG as a marine fuel is rapidly increasing, but one limiting factor is practical availability of LNG bunker facilities.Today…

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Raytheon IBNS for New Italian Coast Guard Ships

Germany-based Raytheon Anschuetz with Italian provider Seastema, to deliver Integrated Bridge & Navigation Systems (IBNS) for two Italian Coast Guard military patrol vessels. The vessels are currently being built at Fincantieri's Castellammare di Stabia (Naples) shipyard. Delivery of the IBNS will be the first military application under a teaming agreement between Raytheon Anschuetz and Seastema. Together, the companies will provide Italy's Coast Guard patrol vessels with the latest generation IBNS, fully integrated with Seastema's SEAS-Navy ship automation system.

Transas Holds Most Advanced Certificates

On December 18, 2012 Det Norske Veritas (Norway) issued statement of compliance for the Transas navigational and DP simulators. As a result, the Transas Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 holds the most advanced certificates set in the maritime simulator industry; it has been certified as a Bridge Operation Simulator Class A with class notation “Integrated simulator system, NAUT AW (SIM), DYNPOS – AUT (SIM), HSC, TUG, ICE, AHTS” and Dynamic Positioning Simulator Class A as per the latest edition of Standard for Certification of Maritime Simulators No. 2.14 January 2011.

Due diligent trim optimization and monitoring of hull fouling resistance can mean potential annual fuel savings for tankers.

Trim Optimization

In a challenging market, commercial shipping operators must be particularly astute in the way they run their fleets. Trim optimization has been revealed to be a powerful means of increasing propulsion energy efficiency, but does this apply to all vessel types and what level of savings is possible? An unprecedented new study by Eniram (www.eniram.fi), Finnish provider of energy management solutions for the shipping industry, has some answers. Melvin Mathews, former VLCC Captain and now Director of Regulatory and Environmental Solutions at Eniram, considers the implications for fleet owners.

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Fuel-Saving New Tidal Model of Malacca Straits

A new high-resolution tidal model for the Malacca and Singapore Straits will potentially save ships thousands of dollars in bunker fuel costs. Simulations have shown that transit time savings of between three and 12 per cent can be made depending on vessel type, speed and tidal phase. The high-resolution (up to 800m) Malacca and Singapore Straits commercial tidal model, developed by applied oceanography specialist Tidetech, is the first of its kind in this region and addresses one of the major needs of the 60…

Synapsis Bridge Control is Raytheon Anschütz’ new generation Integrated Navigation System.

Synapsis receives first INS Type Approval

Synapsis Bridge Control, the new generation of the Raytheon Anschütz bridge system, is the world’s first navigation system which has been type approved according to IMO’s new Performance Standards for Integrated Navigation Systems (INS). In an official ceremony, the nominated body Germanischer Lloyd (GL) handed over the type approval to Raytheon Anschütz beginning of May 2012. The INS Performance Standards are specified in the IMO resolution MSC.252(83) and apply to all newbuildings since 1st January 2011 where Integrated Navigation Systems are installed.

Frode Klepsvik Joins NAVTOR Board

E-navigation company NAVTOR has further illustrated its ambitions within the maritime sector by appointing Frode Klepsvik, the former Director of the Norwegian Hydrographic Service, to the company’s board of directors. The appointment follows on just two months after the arrival of Tor Svanes, the founder of C-MAP Norway, in the position of Managing Director. Klepsvik has a unique pedigree within the maritime sector, boasting lengthy tenures with the Royal Norwegian Navy, where he climbed to the rank of Commander…

One of four mini bridges with visuals, propulsion controls, ECDIS, Radar/ARPA-- with capability for integration with the Main Bridge simulator.

Resolve Maritime Academy Opens Simulation Training Center

State-of-the-art, simulation-based safety and navigation training center raises the bar for cruise line and commercial shipping professionals. Resolve Maritime Academy (Academy) opened its new Simulation Training Center on Monday, March 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA facility adjacent to Port Everglades. The state-of-the-art, 7000-square-foot facility will provide leading edge simulation-based training programs to enhance safe navigation at sea for cruise line and commercial shipping personnel and other maritime professionals worldwide.

Northrop Grumman Earns Suez Canal Contract

Northrop Grumman to Supply Marine Navigation Equipment for Suez Canal Authority. Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit has won orders to supply navigation equipment to the Suez Canal Authority for tugboats and other assorted workboats. The orders include radar upgrades for 10 boats, and complete integrated bridge systems (IBS) for four new builds. The IBS is based on Northrop Grumman's VisionMaster FT navigation technology with TotalWatch multifunction workstations…

Alewijnse Delivers IBS to Bodewes 762

Alewijnse Marine Systems has fulfilled the order for the delivery of a complete Raytheon Anschütz bridge system to Bodewes Shipyards hull number 762. The order was given to Alewijnse after Bodewes Shipyards B.V. together with vessel owner Nescos Shipping B.V. undertook a thorough investigation of a number of available bridge systems. Alewijnse delivered a complete bridge system with X&S band radar, dual ECDIS, autopilot and gyrocompass, all from the Raytheon Anschütz brand. The outfit of the vessel was completed with essential equipment including VDR, Alewijnse AIS and Thrane GMDSS.

MDC-2500BB Series black box radar

Koden Introduces Black Box Radar

MDC-2500BB Series black box radar provides advanced performance with display flexibility. Professional Grade Features and Functionality Designed For Large Yachts, Workboats and Commercial Fishing Vessels With Owner-Supplied Displays. SI-TEX Marine Electronics now offers the new Koden MDC-2500BB Series Black Box Radar — a powerful, professional grade radar system designed for use with a vessel’s XGA or UXGA color LCD monitor. As part of an integrated bridge package, the MDC-2500BB is an ideal option for…

  Some of the project team for this integrated K-Master delivery.

Kongsberg Completes K-Master FAT & Sea Trials for New PSV's

New aft-bridge operator station integrated with DP and thruster control. Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed Factory Acceptance Tests for the K-Master aft bridge systems being delivered to two Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) built at Havyard in Leirvik for owner Sartor Offshore and Supply Service. The vessels are part of a four newbuild series, all featuring KONGSBERG K-Master, K-Pos Dynamic Positioning, C-Joy joystick control and K-Thrust thruster control. The FATs were for Havyard 103 and 106, vessels number 2 and 3 in the series and are due for delivery to the owner in Q1 2012.

UK P&I Club: Concerns about ECDIS

The UK P&I Club recently completed a series of three short articles which provide a user friendly guide to the mystery surrounding electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS). These have now been consolidated into a 16-page booklet "ECDIS - Navigational and claims issues" that is available in hard copy from the Club or as a .pdf file from the club's website. While the booklet is not really intended for navigators, it should, the Club believes, be of great value to…

Kongsberg Maritime offers Generic ECDIS Training

Training division expands course offering as new requirements approach. Kongsberg Maritime is gearing up to offer a new generic ECDIS training course in order to meet the high demand for navigation officer training prior to the new STCW convention requirements on 1st January 2012. The new five day courses start in August 2011 and have already received preliminary approval from Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Kongsberg Maritime's training division, which benefits from facilities in Norway…