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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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Trevor Whitworth (Photo: Pentonet)

Whitworth Joins Maritime IoT Firm Pentonet

Experienced satellite communications executive will help shipowners apply open standards and cloud connectivity for better visibility of operational dataMaritime IoT start-up Pentonet has appointed Trevor Whitworth as Commercial Director, tasked with expanding the company’s presence globally.The shipping industry is adopting Internet of Things (IoT) technologies at an increasingly fast pace, enabling remote monitoring of systems and machinery. The potential benefits range from increased asset utilization…

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Five Coastal Ferries for Zanzibar

Damen Shipyards signed a contract with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications & Transport of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar for the supply of five inshore ferries to carry tourists visiting Pemba Island and others nearby in the Zanzibar Archipelago.The contract is for three vessels of the Damen Ferry 804 design and two of the Damen Ferry 1204 design, together with a spare parts package for the first year of operation and on-site training in operating and maintaining the vessels.

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Developers Seek to Widen Rail Link to Port of Koper

Spanish renewables and infrastructure firm Acciona has launched a joint bid for a hotly contested 1.2 billion euro ($1.33 billion) project to widen a key Slovenian railway link to its only deepwater port, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.Acciona has teamed up with Italian counterpart Pizzarotti and Slovenian construction company Makro 5 Gradnje to put forward the proposal."We are still at the early stages of the bidding process, and it's a big project, which has received 29 other bids…

Teckie Hinkebein (Photo: HII)

Hinkebein Named Ingalls Media Manager

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced that Teckie Hinkebein has joined its corporate communications team as a manager of media relations. She will report to Beci Brenton, corporate director of public affairs.“Teckie brings more than a decade of communications expertise to our corporate communications team,” said Jerri Dickseski, HII’s executive vice president of communications. “Her knowledge of media relations and marketing, existing relationships with local media and…

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Telemar Launches BridgeLink

Telemar, the Marlink Group company, launched its BridgeLink solution.Telemar engineers will use the BridgeLink Smart Maintenance Application to provide pro-active support to reduce potential down-time and increase efficiency of Bridge Electronics hardware as well as associated software maintenance and repair.“BridgeLink will enhance our efficiency in servicing our customers’ needs in terms of bridge electronics maintenance,” said Giorgio Santantonio, General Manager, Telemar Italy.

Matthias Bausenwein. Photo: Ørsted

Ørsted Appoints APAC Head

Global offshore wind giant Ørsted said that Matthias Bausenwein, President of Ørsted Asia Pacific, has been appointed to the new role as Head of the Asia Pacific Region (APAC), based in Taipei.He will continue to lead the regional activities but in a now strengthened setup, holding end-to-end responsibility for the offshore wind business in Asia-Pacific.Furthermore, Christy Wang, until now Head of Regulatory Affairs, Communications and Stakeholder Management in Ørsted Asia Pacific…

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MTS Appoints Dr. Josh Kohut as VP

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) announced that its membership has elected Dr. Josh Kohut, a professor at Rutgers University at the Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, to serve on its Board of Directors as the Vice President of Education, from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2022.The Vice President of Education ensures that the Society develops and maintains positive and productive relationships with academic institutions, laboratories—both public and private—and research…

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Risk & Reward of The Internet of (Maritime) Things

The Internet of Maritime Things (IoMT) is coming! Start planning now.The Internet of Things (IoT) is already with us. You can get a doorbell camera that allows you to see on your smartphone who is at or approaching your front door. You can also get a refrigerator that keeps track of items inside and will advise you when you are running low (maybe on beer). It can also automatically place orders with your local grocery store for replenishment. Your automobile will attempt to keep you in your lane and avoid collisions while keeping track of where you are…

Bharat Amin (Photo: HII)

Amin to Spearhead HII Digital Strategy

America’s largest military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on Wednesday that Bharat Amin has been named executive vice president and chief information officer.In this newly created position, Amin will be responsible for establishing the company’s information technology (IT) and digital strategic direction with a focus on cyber security capabilities through engagement with HII’s executive and division leadership teams. In collaboration with the business units, Amin will lead corporate IT governance and provide functional oversight.

Sylvia Boer. Photo: AYOP

AYOP Appoints New Director

Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports (AYOP), a networking organization, has appointed Sylvia Boer as director effective from 1 February 2020. In this new position within the association for offshore companies in the North Sea Canal Area, Boer acts as a link between the members, government and stakeholders.AYOP sees great opportunities for the offshore wind, but certainly also for oil & gas, in the region and wants to take full advantage of this with the arrival of Boer.Boer has been working for Damen Shipyards Group over the past eight years…

Cheng-Yu Tang (Photo: Intellian)

Intellian names Tang as VP, Head of APAC

Intellian has appointed Mr. Cheng-Yu Tang as Vice President and Head of Asia-Pacific region, based in Hong Kong SAR, China. Cheng-Yu Tang, who has more than 20 years of experience in driving sustaining business growth and management leadership especially in satellite communications, maritime and aeronautical industry, will oversee Intellian’s entire APAC business including sales, technical support, business development and operations. He is also part of the Global Executives Team…

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APM Terminals Barcelona unveils 5G

APM Terminals Barcelona revealed how the latest 5G wireless technology is enabling the use of V2X communication – where information is passed between vehicles and other entities that could affect it.During his presentation, entitled “5G in a container terminal: V2X applied to Cranes. Improving safety in a dangerous Environment”, Sergi Domínguez Tomas, Head of IT at APM Terminals Barcelona, explained that 5G technology provides an opportunity to develop new solutions to optimize safety within the terminal.“Wireless communications have always been difficult to manage in container terminals…

An emperor penguin poses for a photo in front of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star is on its way to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.

USCG PSC Equals meaningful Polar Presence

The Coast Guard needs a ship that can do more than just break ice; it needs a multi-mission ship to provide for the nation’s security, asserting its sovereign rights, and protecting its long-term economic interests. That ship is the Polar Security Cutter.Since Russia cashed the check in 1867 for the purchase of Alaska the U.S. has been an Arctic nation. Today, it is one of eight countries that have territorial land or seas above the Arctic Circle or in the polar region (six of those countries have Arctic Ocean coastline or an exclusive economic zone above the Arctic Circle). The U.S.

China to invest billions in Brazilian Port

China will make a billion-dollar investment in the Brazilian port of Sao Luis via China Communications Construction Company, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said the announcement will be made at the summit of leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the so-called BRICS group of emerging nations, who are meeting in the Brazilian capital for a two-day summit.The deal will be part of the largest foreign direct investment into Brazil this year…

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USCG Names Cutters After 9/11 Heroes

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced that two new Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) will be named in honor of Coast Guard reservists who served in the New York City Police Department and New York City Fire Department and lost their lives responding on 9/11.Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard Commandant, is scheduled to announce that the new Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) will be named in honor of Port Security Specialist 2nd Class Vincent Danz and Machinery Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Palazzo.Danz served as a Coast Guard Reservist…

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Thuraya Launches MarineStar

Thuraya has responded to strong demand from the maritime sector and distributors by launching the MarineStar, an affordable maritime voice solution with advanced two-way tracking and monitoring capabilities.Designed by the world’s most innovative provider of mobile satellite communications, the MarineStar is Thuraya’s new flagship voice terminal for entry-level maritime users. It is based on the same successful platform as other Thuraya voice hardware that have sold in excess of 1 million units to date.

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WAGO Names New PR Coordinator

WAGO announced Barry Nelson is the newest addition to its Marketing Communications team. Nelson will take the reins as the company’s public relations coordinator overseeing publicity, editorial content, social media and other written material.Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with an emphasis on radio/TV/film. He brings to the role a background in media, including news anchoring and sports play-by-play on WTMJ and ESPN radio in Milwaukee.

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Diversity, Tech on Tap at WISTA Conference

A top hostage negotiator, the CEO of a company which supplies environmental products to ship owners and operators and the heads of two maritime technology firms are all part of an impressive line-up of speakers scheduled to speak at the 2019 Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) AGM & Conference which takes place next week from Tuesday, October 29, to Friday, November 1. The four-day event is being hosted by WISTA Cayman Islands and is expected to bring over 200 maritime experts from 30-plus countries.

Adrian Tolson. Photo: BLUE

BLUE Acquires 20|20 Marine Energy Consultancy

Specialist maritime consultancy 20|20 Marine Energy (20|20) founded by bunker industry veteran Adrian Tolson has been acquired by UK-based BLUE, the business, brand and communications consultancy for the marine and energy markets.20|20 will be re-named BLUE Insight to provide commercial advisory and research services for key transformative areas within the maritime industry.The practice - which will be led by Adrian Tolson, 20|20’s Senior Partner - provides BLUE with a physical presence in North America…

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50 States Sign Fishing Vessel Safety Declaration

A global regime to create much-needed safety standards for fishing vessels has moved a significant step closer following the International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led international Ministerial Conference, organized in conjunction with Spain, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and The Pew Charitable Trusts.During the conference (21-23 October), nearly 50 States signed the Torremolinos Declaration, publicly indicating their determination to ensure…

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Intellian, HGS Offer 'Smart Ships' SatCom Package

Intellian launched a satcom package for smart ships with marine engineering and service provider Hyundai Global Service (HGS), a subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) group. The package integrates satellite communications with HHI’s existing smart ship solution. It was launched at an event entitled ‘HGS & Intellian Satellite Package Launching Show’ at Nurimaru APEC House in Busan, Korea on October 22 – the first day of Kormarine. The new package will provide HGS with a standardized smart ship package to supply for newly-built HHI ships, while Intellian will secure new customers.

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GTMaritime Protects Onboard Cyber Security

GTMaritime has seen exceptional growth in the use of its secure, maritime optimized email software and other cyber-security solutions as vessel owners and operators step up a gear to harden onboard networks and protect their ships from digital threats. Many have been spurred into action by IMO’s decision to bring cyber-security under the remit of the ISM code from 2021.Some 5,677 vessels are now employing solutions from GTMaritime’s portfolio – an increase of more than one-third over the past year.

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Inmarsat Publishes ICT Field Guide

As day-to-day operations at sea become ever more reliant on information and communication technology (ICT), mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has published a practical guide to help ship managers build onboard networks that are resilient and reliable.The Best Practice Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Recommendations, published by the Inmarsat Research Program, offers guidance on maximizing uptime and minimising cyber-vulnerabilities of onboard networks and automated systems.

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Port "Wears it Pink" for Breast Cancer

The Shoreham Port team are donning their favorite pink items and taking part in an office bake sale today in support of Wear it Pink, the annual fundraising day that raises money for Breast Cancer Now. Staff across the Port’s two offices are raising money which will be match funded by the Port.Breast Cancer Now, which merged with Breast Cancer Care earlier in the year to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, works to support and fund nearly 450 of the world’s…

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

At CMRE, it’s not just about the science. It’s about building trust and confidence in resilient systems. An interview with Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, ItalyTell us a little about yourself and CMRE. What does CMRE do, and how do you see your mission evolving?I came here from the Pentagon, where I was the science advisor for the director of operational test and evaluation. My experience has been working with operators on systems that they’re getting ready to field.

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Cyber Hack: Fortifying Maritime, Port Security

The United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert 06-19 (USCG MSA 06-19) outlines a February 2019 incident aboard a deep draft commercial vessel that called on the Port of New York / New Jersey after experiencing a significant cyber incident that impacted their shipboard network. The Safety Alert stated in part:“An interagency team of cyber experts, led by the Coast Guard, responded and conducted an analysis of the vessel’s network and essential control systems. The team concluded that although the malware significantly degraded the functionality of the onboard computer system…