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Electronic Matters Rule The Day In Amsterdam

The maritime industry gathered in Amsterdam last month at the semi-annual Europort Exhibition to display the latest technological advances in marine products and systems. While the show maintains a large local contingency — a good deal of the exhibitors are local agents rather than the manufacturing company principles — it is well regarded as one of the industry's premier events for showcasing new products and services to an international shipowning community. Of particular note — and not just in Amsterdam — are the tremendous strides which are continually made on the marine electronics products and systems front. Competition in this segment is very keen, and the category is dominated by very large, usually diverse industrial conglomerates that have made consolidation of systems and capabilities a quasi-sport in recent years. The need by shipowners to meet increasingly strict rules and regulations with advanced electronic products and systems and the economies of scale of being a "one stop shop" for bottom-line minded shipyards have been primaries drivers in the urge to merge. In addition, the task of continually delivering advanced products and systems which are increasingly easy to use requires that companies dedicate tremendous amounts of capital into the R&D side, another rationale for the trend towards bigger.


NG Supplies Radar Systems for U.S. Navy Subs

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded a contract to supply navigation radar systems for eight new U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarines. The firm, fixed-price contract, valued at $20.9m, was awarded to Sperry Marine by Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C. The contract calls for Sperry Marine to produce and deliver eight AN/BPS-16(v)5 radar sets to be installed on eight Virginia-class Block III submarines


Transas Expands Capabilities

Relying on experience from more than 4,000 Navi-Sailor installations around the world, Transas Marine has added a number of features to further enhance the functionality of its Navi-Sailor marine navigation systems. Transas' ongoing R&D efforts are primarily focused on expanded integration with other systems, in providing a wider range of data which can be displayed on the electronic chart screen; and development and improvement of chart plotting features and presentation


NG Training Packages for NROTC

Naval Reserve Officer Training Candidate (NROTC) students at college campuses in San Diego have become the first to use an advanced navigation training package supplied by Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit. The computerized learning DVDs contain 16 interactive courseware (ICW) training lessons on the use and operation of Sperry Marine’s Voyage Management System (VMS) ship navigation software


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


Northrop Grumman Upgrades Navigation Equipment on Stena Line Ferries

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Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed an integrated bridge system retrofit for several RoPax ferries operated by Stena Line. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products  from the VisionMaster FT  series, used to form the core of a ship's integrated bridge. The Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII vessels were upgraded with VisionMaster FT navigation radars, a voyage data recorder


Furuno to Collaborate with OSI to Produce Navigation Systems

Offshore Systems International Ltd. (OSI) announced that its systems division, has signed a multi-year agreement with Furuno Electric Company Ltd. With the agreement, the two companies will work together to produce an electronic ship navigation system which Furuno will sell and service through its world-wide dealer network. "Furuno is a marine electronics leader with great products and huge reach," said John Jacobson, President and CEO of OSI. "Offshore is strong in the military market


MX Marine Introduces New GPS Products

MX Marine has unveiled a new family of marine GPS/DGPS products, which are designed to provide a flexible and expandable platform for the next generation of integrated navigation and marine information systems. The new MX500, MX510 and MX520 GPS control/display systems are being introduced by MX Marine to work with the MX521 smart antenna or MX525 black box receiver, providing a highly accurate integrated navigation solution that meets the latest international standards for GPS/DGPS


NG Supplies Nav Systems for Brazil OSVs

Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded contracts to supply bridge navigation systems for four new offshore supply vessels to be built in Brazil. The four multipurpose platform supply vessels, designed by Rolls-Royce, will be built at the Estaleiro Alianca shipyard near Rio de Janeiro for Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO). They will be placed on long-term charter with Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company


Langeland New MD of L-3 Valmarine

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L-3 Valmarine appointed Finn Inge Langeland as its managing director. He will report directly to Klaus Lorenz, vice president of European Operations for L-3 Marine & Power Systems. Mr. Langeland succeeds Ingvald Løvdal, who will manage the Marine Navigation division at L-3 Valmarine. Mr. Langeland has more than 15 years of operational management experience in the marine automation market. Prior to joining L-3


IMO to Prevent Cyber-attacks

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At a meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), it was recognised that ships may also be exposed to so-called cyber-attacks. Now, the IMO wants to prevent hostile attempts to interfere with electronic systems in the maritime industry and it has therefore drawn up interim Guidelines


First Cat Marine Hybrid Thruster Delivered

Cat Marine Hybrid Thruster system (Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Engineering specialists at Caterpillar Marine’s new Marine Solutions Center are overseeing delivery of the first Cat Marine Hybrid Thruster system, being delivered this month to an undisclosed shipyard in Singapore and will be commissioned midyear.  


Navico Makes its Commercial Push

Halo Radar (Image: Navico)

Marine electronics group Navico, a literal ‘house of brands’ for the recreational, sail, power and commercial marine markets, is making a strong push in the commercial sector with its Simrad brand. Armed with a stockpile of new technology and a global network of sales and support


Outdated systems Placing Maritime Vessels at Risk of Cyber-Attack

Image: Plymouth University

 Maritime vessels are under significant threat of cyber-attack because many are carrying outdated software and were not designed with cyber security in mind, according to new research.   But operators could easily mitigate against such dangers by updating security systems


Raytheon Anschütz Steering Gear Control for Luxury Cruise Ships

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The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz was awarded a retrofit contract of steering gear control systems for two luxury cruise ships chartered by Noble Caledonia Ltd. The cruise ships will be retrofitted with the Anschütz NautoSteer AS advanced steering gear control


Aydin Marine Debuts Multi-Touch K-17T

17-inch multi-touch, sunlight-readable display in its popular KMGBL series of pilothouse and flybridge displays, the KMGBL-17T  Courtesy Aydin Marine

Aydin Marine – the manufacturer of industry-leading, type-approved displays, computers and peripherals, announced today the release of a 17-inch multi-touch, sunlight-readable display in its popular KMGBL series of pilothouse and flybridge displays, the KMGBL-17T.


SharpEye Radar Installed and Commissioned on SAS Drakensberg

Photo: Kelvin Hughes

Kelvin Hughes, a company in the design and supply of navigation and security surveillance systems, has announced the installation and commissioning of a SharpEye radar system on the South African Navy’s fleet replenishment ship, SAS Drakensberg.  


Great Lakes Shipyard Performs USCG Drydocking

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On April 25, Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the U.S. Coast Guard’s 125’ x 52’ Aids to Navigation Barge (12001). Using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift, the yard lifted the 620-ton AToN barge quickly and easily, and placed it on drydocking blocks.  


China Issues Guidance on Arctic Navigation

(Photo: Maritime Safety Administration of the Peoples Republic of China)

On April 5, China issued “Guidances on Arctic navigation in the Northwest route 2015”, which provides navigation information services for international navigation ships planned navigating in Arctic waters.   The Northwest Passage


Simrad ECDIS Earns RS Type Approval

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Integrated electronic navigation specialist Navico has secured type approval for its SIMRAD MARIS ECDIS900 Mk 5 and Mk 15 electronic chart data information systems (ECDIS) by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.   The IMO type-approved navigation systems are designed for use on board


Senate Approves Strong Funding for USACE

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The FY ’17 Energy & Water Development (E&WD) and Related Agencies appropriations bill has been approved by the U.S. Senate in a 90-8 vote, significantly increasing funding in Fiscal Year 2017 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Program.  


Atlantic Navigation Bags Ten Vessel Charters

Pic: Atlantic Navigation Holdings

 The Middle-East-focused marine logistics services provider Atlantic Navigation Holdings (Singapore) Limited has won long term charters for 10 OSVs with a combined value of around $236m from a Middle Eastern national oil company.  


Saab Develops Underwater Anti-IED Robot

Sea Wasp (Image: Saab)

Designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism, Sea Wasp is the latest generation remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from defense and security company Saab.   Presented at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md


Damen Delivers Its Largest Shoalbuster to Date

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The first of Damen’s new Shoalbuster 3512 class was recently handed over to Dutch marine services specialist Van Wijngaarden Marine Services B.V. in the port of Boven-Hardinxveld, the Netherlands. At the ceremony the Lady Sponsor Elske de Bruijn-de Vries officially named the vessel and made


Automated Skill Erosion

The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 2015 reinstituted a course of instruction in celestial navigation after abandoning it a number of years ago. Senior Chief Quarter Master Jonathan Myers teaches Command Master Chief April Beldo how to use a marine sextant during a demonstration of celestial navigation aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Travis K. Mendoza)

The increasing automation of vessels is causing some mariners to lose basic maritime skills.   Cruise ship Royal Majesty Grounding During dinner on June 10, 1995, the last night before the cruise ship Royal Majesty was due to arrive in Boston from its voyage to Bermuda






 
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