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Monday, July 15, 2019

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How To: Training Tips for Ships

Important training need? A quick video may be the answer!Have you ever witnessed a mariner performing a task poorly or unsafely? Possibly day-to-day confined space entry? A commonly misapplied or misunderstood ColReg? Inattentive watchkeeping? Of course you have. And if you have seen it happen once, you can rest assured that it has happened before, and it will continue to happen unless someone does something about it. So - what can you do?Video may be your answer. It is surprisingly fast and easy to create short, laser-targeted videos that demonstrate best practice.

Using Technology to Streamline Operations in Container Shipping

That ‘Cloud’ on the horizon is closer than it looks.The container shipping industry faces many challenges, particularly when it comes to increasing uncertainty in the global political and economic environment. The issues between the US and China over trade relations and Brexit in Europe are testing the industry, plus increased regulations and market fluctuations are having a big impact.How container shipping companies operate now and in the future is changing and staying ahead of the curve is crucial for survival.

Remote Container Management: The next level of transports. Pic: Hamburg Süd

Hamburg Süd Presents RCM

Hamburg Süd is introducing its future use of Remote Container Management (RCM) with full transparency in real time as well as significantly increased efficiency for refrigerated transport chains.In recent months, all the reefer containers used by Hamburg Süd have been outfitted with RCM technology, said the international logistics service sector.Using satellite and mobile radio technology, RCM makes it possible to monitor the refrigerated container and the condition of the cargo inside it – including its location…

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Maersk Adds Virtual Assistant to Reefer Platform

Maersk Shipping Line will add a virtual assistant — named Captain Peter — in the first half of 2019 to its remote container management (RCM) platform, which will feature a revamped design and new product features.Currently being tested by a group of select customers, technical improvements are being put in place to simplify the processes integrated into the Remote Container Management (RCM) platform. In the first half of 2019, Maersk will release the new platform with a revamped…

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New OCR-Engine for Container Codes

The Danish software company ConPDS has developed a software for digital scanning of container codes. The ConPDS OCR-engine integrates with a company's software solutions, smartphone apps, and logistic systems by integrating just a few lines of code. ConPDS OCR engine is a plug-and-play software library that is designed to save hundreds of development hours. “There seems to be a huge market for Automated Container Code Recognition. The accuracy rate from generic OCR-engines is not high enough, and therefore many companies still use handwritten or semi-automatic solutions.

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APM Terminals Ecuador Upgrades

To address rapid increases in volumes APM Terminals Inland Services Ecuador introduced an accurate and reliable Truck Appointment System (TAS).This approach has already proved itself at other APM Terminals’ facilities, including neighbouring Peru. The system allows for much better co-ordination of arrivals and departures leading to significantly shorter wait times for trucks.The system now allows truck arrivals at the facility to be spread evenly throughout the day with a truck turnaround time of just 45 minutes.

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NAPA Brings Digital Logbooks Within Reach of More Ships

NAPA, the maritime software, services and data analysis provider announced that its industry-benchmark electronic logbook, NAPA Logbook, is now available as a monthly service solution.According to media release, this reduced barrier to entry will bring the connectivity and job automation benefits of digital logbooks to more of the maritime market. NAPA Logbook will also be one of the first integrations with NAPA Mobile, enabling support for smartphone logbook entries wherever the crew are onboard.As the world’s leading provider of electronic logbooks…

Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO, Korean Register

Interview: Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman, Korean Register & IACS

This month we caught up with Jeong-kie Lee, Chairman and CEO of the Korean Register and also the Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), for his insights on the dominant trends moving the maritime industry into the future.The maritime industry has been challenged, to say the least. Today, where do you see challenge? Where do you see opportunity?The maritime industry is in a state of extreme upheaval, with private and public organizations having to deal with a wide range of ever changing…

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Amsterdam Intros Day Tourist Tax for Cruise Ships

Day Tourist Tax for cruise passengers will apply to sea cruise and river cruise passengers effective 1 January 2019 in Amsterdam.According to a release from the Port of Amsterdam, the rate for 2019 has been set at EUR8 per period of 24 hours or less. Note that the tax will not apply to cruise passengers who embark or disembark in Amsterdam (turnaround passengers), but solely to transit passengers.The tax rate is confirmed in November and the tax will be collected by Port of Amsterdam on behalf of the City of Amsterdam.

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OCEASOFT’s Cobalt ML3 Revolutionizes Temperature Monitoring

OCEASOFT leverages cutting-edge IoT communication networks to support shipping and logistics cycles for temperature-sensitive products with its new mobile temperature data logger, Cobalt ML3, featuring LoRaWan, the LoRa Alliance’s long-range communication protocol. Tracking the temperature of sensitive and perishable products during transport is a real industry challenge. The growing requirement for traceability has led to increasing expenses related to monitoring the cold chain: it is expected that 6.23 billion dollars ($) will be spent annually for monitoring by 20221.

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Peel Ports Applies Air Traffic Systems for Marine Ops

Air traffic control technology is to be applied to a commercial port group in the UK for the first time. Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second biggest port operator, is investing £2.7m ($3.5m) across its network of seven Statutory Harbor Authorities to streamline marine operations. The package of technologies includes vessel identification and tracking, solid-state radar and weather stations. It will be complemented by a new online booking system for its customers and a comprehensive people development program.

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LR, Hanseaticsoft Bring Ship Management to the Cloud

Lloyd’s Register has teamed up with maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft to help bring efficiency to ship management processes. Hanseaticsoft’s cloud-based ship management software Cloud Fleet Manager brings efficiency to shipping companies’ process management, delivering reliable teamwork worldwide, digitalization of vessel audits in real-time on tablet or smartphone and intuitive handling of all applications. By offering a single, web-based source of information for all employees as well as the crews at sea and external partners…

Transas CEO Frank Coles' delivers a rousing Keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Vancouver. CREDIT: Transas

Frank Coles Delivers Keynote at the Transas Global Conference

You know if Elon Musk was to attend a plenary session of the IMO, he could be forgiven if he thought he was watching a reenactment of the Charles Dickens book Hard Times, with Mr. Gradgrind the Headmaster. What a sad reflection of our industry. Imagine instead! Imagine a world where logistics companies and cargo owners drive ship design, innovation and demand the level of quality in ship management. Where maritime assets are operated in a global ecosystem of tracking, monitoring and safety. Imagine a world where ships are operated in a “ship as a service” or “system of systems” infrastructure.

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Supply Chain Technology: Debunking Digital

Digitization without integration in the world of global shipping is a sure recipe for failure. While most shipping companies would say that they have embraced the digital world, there are differing degrees of digitization. Some companies operate fully comprehensive systems that extend into every corner of their business. Others might use programs such as Microsoft Word to create documents or Excel for their finances. Both companies are digitized but clearly not to the same extent.

Dryad's COO, Ian Millen Courtesy Dryad

Global Risk Picture for Commercial Shipping Unveiled

Today, Dryad Maritime release the Dryad Maritime Country Risk Map, an online risk portal that has been specifically designed to help commercial teams, CSOs, ship owners and managers optimise their maritime security strategies and identify new trading opportunities through enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness. With a simple interface and concise intelligence, the portal is curated, reviewed and updated on a daily basis by Dryad’s specialist team of analysts. Dryad’s Country Risk Map goes beyond the simple aggregation of data seen in other similar products…

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Seafarers Trust in Technology

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust recently re-released an upgraded version of Shore Leave 2.0, enabling seafarers to access the internet in ports on tablet consoles. Together with Shore Leave, the Seafarers’ Trust believes that these initiatives will effect real change, attending to the global welfare of seafarers. In today’s world of fiber optic broadband, 4G mobile networks and app innovation, we have all come to expect the super-fast delivery of our online communications. For seafarers, however, the unique environment of being away at sea for many months at a time challenges this norm.

North Korea's New Ferry Service Makes First Trip to Russia

A new ferry line between isolated North Korea and its neighbour Russia docked for the first time at the Russian Pacific port of Vladivostok on Thursday. The ferry's Russian operators say it is purely a commercial venture, but it coincides with what some academics say is a drive by North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, to build ties with Moscow in case its closest ally China turns its back. Journalists were unable to see passengers disembarking from the ship, the North Korean-flagged Mangyongbong, because Russian officials kept them away from the quayside, citing unspecified security reasons.

USCG Urges Passenger Vessel Safety

The U.S Coast Guard's Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis has issued a safety alert seeking to raise awareness regarding federal safety requirements for vessels carrying any paying passengers onboard a vessel on navigable U.S. waters. Picture the following scenario: The sea bass are running and your friend has a friend who can take you and another person fishing for a reasonable fee. He owns a boat that is ideal for fishing. You have a great day on the water, catch plenty of fish, and begin to return at dusk.

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Smartphone App Aims to Aid Migrant Sea Rescues

A smartphone application that allows users to scan the Mediterranean for boats in distress is being tested by a migrant rescue service, which hopes that crowdsourced information will help it save more people. The I SEA App, available on iTunes, divides a satellite image of the sea route migrants are taking into millions of small plots which are, in turn, assigned to registered users. Each user then monitors their plot through the app and can send an alert to the Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the authorities if they spot potential trouble.

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Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma

Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. "Their safety and security is a top priority," Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the installation. Naval Air Station Key West personnel have a designated safe haven area of within 300 miles of Atlanta.

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ClassNK Launches NK-SHIPS App

Classification society ClassNK has launched the NK-SHIPS app, a mobile version of the free, web-based information service NK-SHIPS for owners, operators and managers of NK-classed vessels or vessels whose ISM/ISPS/MLC are registered with ClassNK. Clients can now access information to manage their fleet on-the-go using the app via their smartphone or tablet. Developed for an optimized viewing experience, the NK-SHIPS app allows for quick and easy navigation. Users can browse and manage ship particulars…

Port of Le Harve in 3D Photo HAROPA

Le Havre, First European Port in 3D & in Real Time

Since 16 June 2016, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre, # 1 French port complex, displays itself in three dimensions through the development of its software package S-WiNG©. The occasion for the professionals and the general public to virtually plunge into the environment of the Normandy port, to go into the heart of its daily activities and draw a wealth of information from them. time from a computer, a tablet or a smartphone. Every vessel present in the harbour waters is represented according to its category (container ships…

The hand-held RockSTAR system provides highly accurate location reporting

Rock Seven: MVS Telecom Appointed Russian Distributor

The UK-based Iridium satellite tracking and communication specialist Rock Seven has appointed MVS Telecom as its Russian distributor. MVS Telecom will launch Rock Seven’s RockSTAR and RockFLEET products through its nationwide dealer network, providing access to new users on land, air and at sea. MVS Telecom is a well-established Russian satellite telecommunications integrator, specialising in Iridium, Inmarsat and VSAT services. Already recognised as the leading Iridium Service Provider in Russia, MVS’ regional dealer network covers over 280 locations across the country.

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New Apps Aim to Save Fuel, Accelerate Cargo Flow

The Northwest Seaport Alliance said it is set to launch two new mobile applications in early November aiming to help speed the flow of containers through port facilities and along local freight corridors, reduce idling-related air emissions and save fuel at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. DrayQ aims to give truck drivers real-time information about wait times in and around marine cargo terminals, and DrayLink will interconnect the drayage community to better dispatch, track and record container moves from pickup to delivery.

ITF Seafarers’ Trust Launches Shore Leave 2.0

Press release - The ITF Seafarers’ Trust is launching an enhanced version of its free Shore Leave app – the first app designed to help seafarers looking for reliable transport when in port. Shore Leave only needs to be downloaded once, and after that all the contact details of seafarers’ centers all over the world are stored in the user’s smartphone and accessible offline, anywhere, anytime. It also includes all the contact details for ISWAN Seafarers Help, the 24/7 helpline for seafarers.

l-r Revd Ken Peters, ICMA executive committee member and Mission to Seafarers director of justice & welfare, Revd Richard Kilgour, ICMA general secretary, and Sandra Welch, Sailors' Society director of program (Photo: ICMA)

ICMA Licenses Chapplaincy Technology

Sailors’ Society has licensed a version of its Chapplaincy smartphone technology to ICMA, enabling all 28 members to share the digital platform transforming port to port welfare. The ‘Ship Visitor’ app will enable maritime chaplaincy organizations across the world to deliver improved services to seafarers and to better measure the impact of their work. Revd. Richard Kilgour, general secretary of ICMA, said, “ICMA is mindful of the immense importance of this development, which strengthens our international collaborative relationships as seafarer societies.