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15 Oct 2019

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

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

15 Oct 2019

Cyber Hack: Fortifying Maritime, Port Security

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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…

15 Oct 2019

USCG VIDA policy proposal

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On 31 July, the US Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register stating that it is seeking comments on a draft policy letter that, if adopted, would establish the Coast Guard’s policy for acceptance of type-approval testing protocols for ballast water management systems (BWMSs) that render nonviable organisms in ballast water and may be used in addition to the methods under existing regulations. This policy would include the process for incorporating accepted protocols into the type-approval procedures established under existing regulations…

14 Oct 2019

INSIGHTS: Michael G. Johnson

Michael G. johnson, Sea Machines CEO & President

Sea Machines Robotics CEO & President.Michael Gordon Johnson is a marine engineer, an accomplished entrepreneur and sector leader with a primary goal of building progressive and sustainable innovation for modern society. He is the founder of Sea Machines, a Boston-based tech company that is a leading provider of autonomous control and intelligent perception systems for marine vessels. Johnson earned a marine engineering degree from Texas A&M University before starting a career focused on complex projects in offshore oil and gas, marine transportation and salvage.

13 Oct 2019

MOL Trials 360 Birds-Eye-View Tugboat

Bird's-eye view of the Asaka Maru using "FlyingView". Image: MOL

Japanese shipping line Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) collaborated with Oki Electric Industry (OKI), to launch a joint study on the use of OKI's bird's-eye view monitoring system to monitor a 360° field of view around a tugboat.The system was installed on the tugboat Asaka Maru and a preliminary experiment was conducted, said a press release.As a tugboat approaches a large vessel for assistance, only a small part of the vessel's hull can be seen from tug's bridge, and therefore, the tugboat…

10 Oct 2019

Interview: Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH

Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, on the manufacturing floor on the day KVH shipped its first TracPhone V11-HTS in April 2019. Photo: KVH

Connectivity is the backbone of modern maritime operations as ships and boats at sea increasingly become connected. We recently met with Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, to discuss the evolution of communication in the maritime sector and so much more, as KVH is diverse and engaged in a number of markets -- including autonomy for 10 years with work on about 30 different  platforms for self-driving vehicles.To start, give us a “State of KVH” today.We started originally in the leisure market…

08 Oct 2019

Data Gathered from Demonstration Ships in Asia

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Fifteen demonstration ships in the Asia region have, to date, provided 68,517 sets of data relating to ship fuel consumption and ship optimum trim, said International Maritime Organization (IMO).It is this kind of data-gathering and analysis that is helping the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Center (MTCC-Asia) deliver on its commitment to promote innovative technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector.MTCC-Asia - one of the centers in the IMO-led…

07 Oct 2019

VDRs for Inland Vessels? Does It Make Sense?

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It just might. And, you’ve got options.The Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) carriage requirements apply to all passenger ships regardless of gross tons or year of build, and to all cargo ships 3000 gross tons or larger built after 2002. A simplified VDR (S-VDR) is allowed on older ships built before 2002. The performance standard was updated in 2014. That said; a full type-approved VDR is not a requirement for inland vessels under 3,000 GT. Nevertheless, a good case to be made for installing a (less costly) data recording device on such vessels…

04 Oct 2019

Seaspan Shipyards Welcomes MacLeod as VP

Amy MacLeod (Photo: Seaspan Shipyards)

Seaspan Shipyards has announced the appointment of Amy MacLeod as the organization’s new Vice President, Corporate Affairs & External Communications. Based in Ottawa, MacLeod will be responsible for developing, managing and maintaining strategic public relations and external communications plans and tactics to support Seaspan Shipyards’ business and marketing objectives.Amy MacLeod a well-known executive and community leader in the Ottawa area, MacLeod joins Seaspan with over 25 years of communications experience in the technology and defense sectors as well as with political organizations.

27 Sep 2019

ABS Spotlight on Female Mariners

Group of ABS employees located in the Rio de Janeiro office. Photo: ABS

The maritime classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) celebrated International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime Day with a month of activity putting women in the spotlight to inspire current employees as well as future generations of mariners. The theme for 2019’s World Maritime Day, an official United Nations day, is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.”“I am proud that ABS has strong women leaders across all areas of the organization who are recognized and accomplished professional trailblazers as well as mentors for the next generation of leaders…

25 Sep 2019

Navibulgar Christens New Bulk Carrier

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The flag of the second 45,500 dwt bulk carrier, ordered by Navibulgar was hoisted in the Chinese Shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.The godmother Mrs. Wang Xiaoying - Deputy General Director, Operational Department of Export Import Bank of China named the newly built vessel “Midjur” and wished her happy sailing.The naming ceremony in the Chinese Shipyard is part of the celebration events of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Bulgaria.Officials included the Deputy Minister of Transport…

23 Sep 2019

Topaz Extended Drydocking Scheme with ABS

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Topaz Energy and Marine, the offshore support vessel company providing marine solutions to the global energy industry, and ABS have, together with the State Maritime Agency under the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASMA), announced the implementation of a pioneering project enabling a condition-based survey approach."This achievement, which resulted from the visionary approach between Topaz, ABS and ASMA, marks a significant step in Topaz’s journey to transform its fleet to a condition-based class model…

23 Sep 2019

Germany Calls for Improved Marine Com

Ralf Nagel. Photo: German Shipowners’ Association

Extension of broadband communication of key importance to digital change in maritime shipping, said shipowners and pilots in Germany’s coastline.Against the backdrop of the extension of mobile communications networks planned in Germany, the German Shipowners’ Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder – VDR) and the German Federal Chamber of Pilots (Bundeslotsenkammer – BLK) issued a joint communiqué calling for urgent improvement of mobile network coverage in German coastal waters.Maritime…

18 Sep 2019

ABS and HHI Group Join Forces on D&D

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ABS, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Hyundai Global Service (HGS) have agreed on a framework for the exchange of Digitalization and Decarbonization (D&D) concepts to apply to present and future designs. This new framework will be an industry first D&D ecosystem between class, shipyard and ship service company.Launched at a ceremony during Gastech, the new framework enables HHI, HGS and ABS to support alternative means of compliance with new remote survey capabilities using the newly commissioned ABS Remote Decision Support Center, supported by HHI and HGS’ technology and services.

13 Sep 2019

MOL Tests FOCUS EYE Project

Sample display image from the vessel recognition/recording system. Photo: MOL

Japanese shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced the joint development, along with SenseTime Japan, of a new vessel image recognition and recording system, and the system’s installation for demonstration testing aboard the cruise ship "Nippon Maru" operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line.The system’s graphic recognition engine was developed by incorporating MOL’s knowledge and applying artificial intelligence (AI) deep learning technology, allowing it to recognize surrounding…

09 Sep 2019

Lipsith Joins Wake Media

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Wake Media appointed Gavin Lipsith as its new Head of Content.Effective Tuesday October 1, 2019, Lipsith joins the team at Wake Media to focus on developing the agency’s content offer to its clients.As a veteran journalist and former editor of marine technology titles The Motorship and more recently Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery, Lipsith brings market knowledge that will assist Wake Media and its clients in aligning their communications with the evolution of the shipping industry.As well as helping shape the content agenda for Wake Media’s clients…

09 Sep 2019

Misuga Ship Management Selects Marlink

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Rotterdam based ship management company Misuga Kaiun Holland B.V. selected Marlink to provide unlimited global Sealink VSAT connectivity for its dry bulk, multipurpose and wood chip carrier vessel fleet. Marlink will install one meter Ku-band antennas and integrate a package of solutions and applications designed to provide secure connectivity for business and operations as well as crew welfare.Misuga Kaiun Holland B.V. is the European subsidiary of Japan headquartered Misuga Kaiun Co., Ltd.

20 Aug 2019

SE Asia Plans Oil Spill Contingency

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According to International Maritime Organization (IMO), one of the key elements in oil spill contingency planning is to define the communication channels to be used by cooperating parties when facing an incident.A workshop in Pulau Indah, Klang, Malaysia (19-21 August) has brought together officials from states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to help bring into operation the Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan, which was adopted in 2018.Participants from nine countries got to grips with key elements of the plan and practiced communications between States…

25 Aug 2019

Iran, Turkmenistan Establish Shipping Line

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Iran and Turkmenistan have reached an agreement for establishing a direct shipping route between the two countries, said Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Eslami.According to the minister, the agreement, along with several others, will be discussed comprehensively in the upcoming weeks and will be officially signed in the end of the seventh Iranian calendar month of Mehr (which ends on October 22) in Ashgabat.Regarding the Iranian delegation's visit to Turkmenistan…

22 Aug 2019

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

For Marine Technology Reporter's (MTR) 14th Annual "MTR100" - a look at 100 innovators and technologies in the subsea space - MTR editor-at-large Elaine Maslin reports on five companies and technologies that are worth the watch for the remainder of 2019 and beyond. For the full edition, see https://magazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201907/Blue Logic: Entering a new eraCompletely new modes of operation are entering the underwater domain for oil and gas operations and…

28 Aug 2019

ICS Readies for its Flagship Conference

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The world's principal shipping organization  International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has added further high-level speakers to the line-up of its 2019 Conference: Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade. The flagship conference will take place on September 11th at the British Library, during London International Shipping Week, informed the industry body representing around 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage, through membership by national shipowners' associations.Stuart Neil…

29 Aug 2019

India's Ports on Alert for 'Underwater' Attacks

Visakhapatnam port is a second largest port by cargo handled in India. (Image Credit: AdobeStock / © SNEHIT)

India's two main ports said on Thursday they had been warned by the coastguard and intelligence officials that Pakistan-trained commandos have entered Indian waters to carry out underwater attacks on port facilities.The Mundra Port, run by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd, and the state-owned Kandla Port had asked their employees and ship operators to be vigilant, port officials and the ports said in advisories seen by Reuters.Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated since India revoked the special status of its portion of the Himalayan region of Kashmir on Aug.

30 Aug 2019

eMARINE Global Wins ROK Navy Gig

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The provider of information and communications technology (ICT) for the maritime industry eMARINE Global  signed a contract with the Republic of Korea Navy for the maintenance of its Anti-Submarine Warfare Team Trainer (ASWTT) at the Jin-Hae Naval Base.The contract is valued at an estimated 920 million won (US$0.76 million), said the Maritime ICT Provider based in South Korea which also have operations in the US.eMARINE has maintained the ASWTT virtual reality simulator, used to simulate battles between warships and submarines, since 2017.

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