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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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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.

Securing, Enhancing America’s Ports & Supply Chain

The American Association of Port Authorities and its membership recently looked ahead at the challenges and opportunities facing the Port Security Grant Program.In its annual “State of Freight” series, AAPA has highlighted the transportation infrastructure needs of U.S. ports, state transportation agencies and multimodal projects. In this final report in the State of Freight series, AAPA turns to the vital role that security infrastructure plays in moving goods.In 2002, Congress…

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The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium

On February 8, 2019, the Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium (MCC) was established with a signature ceremony during the conference ‘e-navigation underway international 2019’.The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is an open source technology a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems.

KONGSBERG’s Ocean Space Drones 1 and 2 will be test platforms in the H2H project (Image: KONGSBERG)

EU-backed Autonomous Shipping Project Moves Forward

Hull to Hull (H2H), an EU-funded research project established to develop technical solutions for safer navigation in close proximity of other stationary or moving vessels and objects, is in its Concept Definition phase and will move on to the Technology Adaption and Integrations Work Package (WP03) this summer.H2H was established in November 2017 to develop solutions using the European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS), EGNOS and Galileo, that can enhance safety in busy waters and during close maneuvering…

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Stena Line Expands Partnership with Telenor Maritime

Maritime mobile operator Telenor Maritime said it has expanded its long-term partnership with Stena Line and announced the introduction of the mobile ecosystem onboard their passenger ships, deploying a connectivity platform with Mobile/3G/4G, Premium Wi-Fi, Ka-VSAT and mobile broadband backhaul in addition to existing system to improve the customer experience.“We are delighted to develop further our long-term partnership with Stena Line, one of the largest ferry companies in the world with Europe's most comprehensive route network…

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New Maritime Connectivity Platform Launched

The Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium has been established and a Platform launched last Friday during the conference e-Navigation Underway 2019.The Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP) is an open source technology a digital maritime domain. It brings common internet standards to maritime navigation and transportation systems.MCP enables infrastructures for efficient, secure, reliable and seamless electronic information exchange among maritime stakeholders using available communication systems.

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Who Will Bin the Noon Report? [Op Ed]

Virtually every shipping company today uses noon reports to understand and monitor what is happening on their ships. These reports are traditionally sent by the Captain every day, based on data gathered manually by the crew. The content and format of the report is usually pre-agreed by the company and sent at noon. The noon report has grown over the years to give a snapshot of what has happened on board the ship since the previous noon i.e., in the last 24 hours. Since the time between noons is based on the time kept by the ship, this is not always 24 hours.

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Cooperation to Enhance Maritime Security in West and Central Africa

Maritime security experts have met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (15-17 June) to share expertise on how cooperation on maritime surveillance monitoring and communication systems in the South Atlantic can benefit countries in west and central Africa. Delegates from 11 African countries, the Brazilian Navy and various African regional organizations and other countries shared their experiences and challenges in enhancing maritime security, with a view to improving maritime security through better maritime governance, maritime situation awareness and cooperation across the South Atlantic.

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Shah Appointed Chief Technology Officer, Comark

Comark has Appointed Parag Shah as Chief Technology Officer. As Comark's CTO, Mr. Shah is responsible for the company's technology vision and strategy as well as the development of products and solutions to support Comark's "Smarter Automation" strategy. Prior to Comark and Civiq, Mr. Shah held executive level technical leadership positions at Azonix; division of Crane, MTL, Cooper Crouse-Hinds and Eaton Technologies. Mr. Shah has over 20 years of technology design experience in the industrial, oil & gas, and military market sectors. Mr.

An Offshore Patrol Vessel, designed by Lürssen. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Australia Announces Offshore Patrol Vessel

The much awaited announcement for the replacement to the current Armidale Class patrol boats was announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Russell Offices in Canberra. Lürssen was named as the prime contractor for the 12 new Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) with the Australian PV80 variant. It will be 80 metres in length with a displacement of 1700 tonnes and a draught of 4 metres. The vessels will be fitted with a 40mm gun for self-protection, three 8.4m sea boats, state of the art sensors as well as command and communication systems.

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Maersk, IBM to Launch Blockchain Joint Venture

The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading platform it says can speed up trade and save billions of dollars. The global shipping industry has seen little innovation since the container was invented in the 1950s, and cross-border trade still leaves an enormous trail of paperwork and bureaucracy. Success of the platform, which will be made available to the ocean shipping industry around mid-2018, depends on whether Maersk and IBM can convince shippers…

Weir complex at Nederrijn. (Photo: Radion Holland)

Radio Holland Supplies Communications for Weir Complexes

Radio Holland’s Mission Critical Communications (MCC) department is responsible for the design, supply and commissioning of the communications system for the Nederrijn and Lek weir complex. This complex, consisting of three hydraulic structures, will be subjected to a major renovation. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure (Rijkswaterstaat) awarded the contract for this programme to Siemens in late 2015. Siemens had included the communications system designed by Radio Holland in its tender bid.

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Intellian Technologies Announces IPO

Intellian Technologies, Inc. announced an initial public offering of 1,450,000 common shares via the KOSDAQ, at an initial price of $17.27 per share. The initial public offering will result in roughly $26m in raised capital and a total market capitalization for the company of just below $124m. Founded in 2004, Intellian is the global leader in maritime satellite communication systems. Company turnover in 2015 reached $54m, with operating profit reported as $4.7m. Sales in the first six months of 2016 amounted to $38.6m, generating an operating profit of $6.5m.

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Danish Projects Boost Maritime Digitalization

Digital nautical charts and better communication at sea are some of the concrete solutions that can boost the development of the maritime sector. Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen, is pleased with the prospects of more digital cooperation across the EU when the results of the digitalization project are being presented at a conference in Copenhagen today and tomorrow. Representatives from the maritime sector are gathered today for the final conference of the digitalization project EfficienSea2.

World-Link Acquires BSM's Telecommunications Business

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and World-Link Communications, Inc. have reached a definitive agreement under which World-Link will acquire BSM’s telecommunication services business, Telaccount Overseas, with immediate effect. “This agreement will benefit our customers and crew by unifying communication systems’ capabilities across our fleet and we are pleased to be selling Telaccount Overseas to our longtime partner and service provider, World-Link” said Norbert Aschmann, BSM Chief Executive Officer.

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Seafarers help Sought to Improve Onboard Design

The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today launched a joint initiative to improve the usability of navigation and communication technology on board ships. Speaking at the International e-Navigation Underway Conference today, David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and Richard Doherty, Chief Technical Officer for CIRM, announced the development of the CIRM User Feedback Forum. The best way to achieve usability in a system, product or service is to ask users what they think at each stage of the design.

IMSO Starts the Evaluation of Iridium

On February 4, 2014, the IMSO Director General launched an Consultancy Program inviting appropriate experts to assist in the evaluation of mobile satellite communications systems for the GMDSS. The IMO Maritime Safety Committee, at its 94th session in November 2014, agreed that IMSO should undertake the technical and operational evaluation of the Iridium mobile satellite system to assess compliance with the relevant criteria for recognition as GMDSS satellite provider, noting that IMSO would convene a Group of Experts from the abovementioned Consultancy Program.

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DNV GL - Maritime CEO Addresses Cybersecurity at CMA 2015

“Ships and offshore structures are becoming more and more interconnected,” said Tor Svensen, CEO DNV GL - Maritime, when taking the stage at this year’s CMA (Connecticut Maritime Association) event in Stamford, CT. Cybersecurity in the maritime and offshore industry was also up for discussion at this year’s CMA Shipping event during a session with the US Coast Guard, ship owners and class representatives. In the past, critical network segments onboard vessels used to be kept isolated. This has changed. “This is a weak spot,” said Svensen.

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Ship Management and Technology

Technology is central, not merely an add-on, to ship manager brand value. Ship managers who operate vessels on behalf of their owner clients, are the lynchpin of international shipping. As the industry has gone through rounds of relentless cost cutting, at times of increasing regulatory scrutiny, and commercial pressures for high standards, third party managers have filled the need for raising quality, while maintaining tight cost controls. The rise of third party managers in the 1980s and 1990s…

Jotron Names New Marketing, Sales Director

Jotron AS, a manufacturer of professional communication systems for land, sea and air safety, announced that Leif Morten Ramberg has been appointed as the company’s new director of marketing and sales for the energy markets. Leif Morten will be a member of the maritime and energy management team and will be responsible for global market strategies and coordinating sales and marketing activities within the energy market at Jotron. He will also lead the Jotron bid team in handling project tenders and supporting the sales teams.

Indian ship building yards are procuring increasing orders from the defense sector

Indian Navy To Limit Ship Buys to Domestic Yards

The Indian Ministry of Defence has directed future warship and submarine building orders be given only to domestic shipyards. The Navy has potential orders worth more than US $50 billion over the next 10 years for ship and submarine builds, said a Defence Ministry source. However, the $12 billion purchase of six conventional submarines with air independent propulsion, for which a request for proposals is being prepared, will still allow foreign participation in the design phase, although the subs will be built only by domestic shipyards, the MoD source added.

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Volvo Penta to Power Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Penta is the official engine supplier for the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, which is having its North American stopover in Newport, R.I., this week. “The Volvo Ocean Race serves as a crucible for developing and testing new technologies that will benefit the entire marine industry,” said Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. Each of the One-Design Volvo Open 65 sailboats is equipped with a single Volvo Penta D2-75 four-cylinder diesel engine with S-drive. The engines are primarily used to produce electricity for the freshwater maker…

The Service Agreement with BW Fleet Management is for 13 vessels

Radio Holland Inks Service Deal with BW Fleet Management

Radio Holland, part of Imtech Marine, has concluded a service agreement with leading tanker, gas and offshore maritime group BW Fleet Management (BWFM). The two-year agreement covers all the navigation and communication equipment onboard 13 LPG vessels. Radio Holland also provides remote support for these vessels. This week Radio Holland is present at the Nor-Shipping event in Oslo (Norway) at booth B02-36. BWFM has technical responsibility for more than 50 vessels including Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs)…

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Australia Orders Replacement Replenishment Ships

The Government has signed contracts with Navantia S.A. to build Australia’s two replacement replenishment ships, avoiding a critical capability gap. Australia’s current supply ship HMAS Success will reach its end of life in 2021 and needs to be replaced as a matter of priority. As part of the $640 million contract with Navantia more than $130 million will go to Australian industry. Local industry activity will include Combat and Communication Systems integration, Integrated Logistics Support, and elements of the onboard cranes.

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Inmarsat Names Global Xpress as VAR

Inmarsat the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed an agreement with Globecomm, appointing the specialised managed satellite services provider as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX), serving the Maritime market globally. The agreement completes Globecomm’s Global Xpress offering, having previously been appointed as a GX VAR for the Enterprise and Global Government markets. Global Xpress will be the first global Ka-band broadband satellite network providing very high bandwidth services to a range of land…

Michael T. Martin (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Hires New Assistant Professor

Webb Institute announced Michael T. Martin, PE as its new Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Prof. Martin has over 23 years of experience as a marine electrical engineer with a broad background in electrical systems including, electrical propulsion, power generation, power distribution, lighting systems, communications, navigation and internal communication systems. For the past five years, Prof. Martin has been the Vice President and principal engineer at Marine Design Dynamics, Inc.