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Friday, October 18, 2019

Navigation Software News

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Shipowners' Club on Mayflower Autonomous Ship

The Shipowners' Club has revelead details about Mayflower Autonomous Ship project (MAS), which is an innovative new venture to design, build and sail the world’s first fully autonomous vessel across the Atlantic Ocean. The project’s name commemorates the anniversary of the Pilgrim Father’s voyage from Plymouth, UK to Plymouth in the New World (USA) on the original Mayflower in 1620. To mark the anniversary, marine tech company MSubs, Plymouth University and charitable research foundation Promare, are developing a 21-metre autonomous vessel based on a classic Oyster hull.

Marlink Upgrades Maridive OSVs to VSAT Broadband

Egypt headquartered Maridive Group, an international offshore marine and oil support services provider, has chosen to migrate 24 of its Offshore Support Vessels to Marlink’s VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) WaveCall Plus services in addition to one new build vessel. Maridive Group has a globally distributed fleet with an operational footprint covering North & West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Caspian Sea and Latin American countries. The company selected Marlink to upgrade its vessels to VSAT in 2012…

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Fugawi Debuts Quilted Charts

Industry leading online chart service Fugawi X-Traverse, announced today that in coordination with GPSNavXTM and its app, iNavX, the availability of quilted raster charts for the navigation app’s most recent version. One of the most established marine navigation apps on the Apple iOS platform, iNavX brings the latest marine navigation features to iPhone and iPad users. In an exciting revision of the top-selling app, iNavX adds greater functionality to its already robust feature set.

Evolving Threats Met by Market Innovation

A look at commercial off-the-shelf technologies and products designed to mitigate risk at sea and in port. In a post 9/11 world, many facets of maritime security only seem to grow. Global threats, despite best efforts, do not diminish. Chief among these issues are port security, the protection of critical energy assets and the scourge of piracy on the high seas. As the cost of meeting both challenges climbs, ship operators and port executives look to economically manage their risk. The effort weighs heavily on the bottom line at a time when many maritime sectors are struggling in the red.

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Maritime Academy Awarded DHS Grant for Arctic Training

Maine Maritime Academy receives $450,000 grant From U.S. Maine Maritime Academy has been awarded $450,000 by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate for the development and delivery of maritime ice navigation and first responder courses to complement the U.S. Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy. Maine Maritime will be a partner institution to a new Center of Excellence (COE) in Maritime Research at the University of Alaska at Anchorage (UAA).Selected UAA research involving disaster response modeling…

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SevenCs to Unveil 'The Electronic Chart Table'

Inspired by more than 20 years of ECDIS experience and user feedback from officers all around the world, SevenCs says it is presenting “The Best of Two Worlds” – The Electronic Chart Table. Utilizing a touch screen varying from 46 to 75 inches, the crew on board can finally use an overview chart just as if it were the paper equivalent. Easy to use software, based on an ECDIS Kernel, allows detailed and compliant presentation of S-57 ENCs. The software was specifically designed for touch screen operation and has successfully been tested by navigators, captains and pilots worldwide.

Presentation of Navigation Award: Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northrop Donate Naval Software, Present Midshipman Navigation Prize

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently donated $3 million worth of training software to the U.S. Naval Academy, and also presented the Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Midshipman First Class Tyler Ledoux. The company donated 100 licenses of its Voyage Management System (VMS) software to the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation for midshipmen training use at the Naval Academy. The VMS software incorporates the Electronic Chart Display and Information System-Navy (ECDIS-N) which was selected by the navigator of the Navy and is now a fleet standard.

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SevenCs Wins Pilotage Safety Award

SevenCs together with Australian Reef Pilots and VoyageBank win the ‘ 2013 IHS Safety at Sea Award'. Jointly with VoyageBank and Australian Reef Pilots SevenCs has won the IHS Safety at Sea Awards 2013 in the System category. The successful cooperation with these partners has resulted in a technology platform that combines portable pilot units (PPU), a cloud based PPU server and the Australian Reef Pilots Safety Management System (SMS). The ORCA Connect, powered by VoyageBank combines the pilots to shore-based pilotage planning…

ECDIS Displays Latest Upper Mississippi River Hazards

CEACT/SevenC's digital chart software displays latest USACE additional rock pinnacles data in the Upper Mississippi. Due to the historical lowest water level USACE has issued additional rock pinnacles data for different water levels in order to continue shipping on the Upper Mississippi, allowing river pilots to navigate safely through dangerous zones. The ‘danger zones’ are presented in red color highlights without cluttering or hiding information on the charts. Since it was launched ten years ago…

Nobeltec, Taylor Marine Announce Partnership

Nobeltec is pleased to announce a new partnership with Taylor Marine of Australia. As of October 1, 2011, Taylor Marine, also known as JN Taylor & Co. Ltd., will act as Nobeltec’s exclusive distributor of all Nobeltec products sold to dealers and end users in Australia. “It is with great enthusiasm that Nobeltec and JN Taylor enter into this partnership,” Nobeltec General Manager Bill Washburn said. Taylor Marine will provide Australian customers and Nobeltec dealers with strong, local technical support for Nobeltec PC-based navigation software including TimeZero Trident, Admiral and VNS.

Ensign Jeffrey Iiams receives the Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award from Jeff Holloway of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Iiams Receives Elmer A. Sperry Award

Northrop Grumman Corporation presented the second annual Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award to Ensign Jeffrey Iiams, USNA Class of 2010, in honor of the midshipman who demonstrated outstanding navigation skills and knowledge during the four years of professional development at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Elmer A. Sperry Junior Navigator of the Year Award was established by the company to honor Elmer A. Sperry, founder of Sperry Marine (now part of Northrop Grumman) in 1910.

NG Upgrades Nav for U.S. Navy Patrol Craft

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded contracts to upgrade the navigation systems on three U.S. Navy Cyclone-class patrol craft. The bridge upgrade program for the patrol craft is being performed under two cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts from the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station, Philadelphia, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic. Northrop Grumman will equip each of the vessels with an integrated bridge system running under the fleet-standard Voyage Management System (VMS) software.

Navy Approves NG Submarine Nav Upgrade

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has announced that the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has approved the latest upgrade to its electronic navigation software for U.S. Navy submarines. Version 8.3 of Sperry Marine’s Voyage Management System (VMS) was approved for submarines by the CNO following an extensive certification testing program carried out by engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Port Hueneme, Virginia Beach detachment.