Leica Marine Wins Type Approval For AIS
Leica Marine GPS announced that the MX 420/8 DGPS/AIS system has been type approved by Bundesamt fur Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH). The German type approval signifies that the Leica product complies with the IMO MSC.74 (69), ITU-R M.1371-1 and IEC 61993-2 standards for shipborne automatic identification systems (AIS) equipment. The MX 420/8 was introduced by Leica last year as a fully integrated solution to marine DGPS and AIS requirements. The system combines the industry's most accurate marine GPS receiver, a built-in dual-channel DGPS beacon receiver and an IMO-compliant AIS transponder system, with a single control and display unit.
Panama Canal Issues AIS Reminder
The Panama Canal Authority issued an reminding transiting vessels of the requirement to carry automatic identification system (AIS) equipment and for the equipment to be fully operational. The Panama Canal Authority implemented mandatory carriage of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) in Panama Canal waters on July 1, 2003. Therefore, to be accepted for transit through the Panama Canal, all vessels over 300 gross tons or over 20 meters LOA must be equipped with an AIS system that meets the standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). With regard to combined and multiple units (tug-and-tows), only the Tug will be required to be equipped with an AIS system.
Unique ECDIS Gets Type Approval
MARIS ECDIS900 is the first ECDIS in the world to receive a type approval certificate using a Flat Panel Computer (FPC). The ECDIS900 is certified to IEC 61774 ed. 2. The ECDIS900 is based on the MARIS SmartLine FPC, the only FPC in the world certified to IEC 60945 for use onboard ships. MARIS ECDIS900 market-share in Scandinavia is almost 100% for commercial vessels (retrofit) since the introduction more than 18 months ago.
IEC Sets Out High Voltage Shore to Ship Connection Standards
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a worldwide organization for standardization comprising all national electrotechnical committees (IEC National Committees). The object of IEC is to promote international co-operation on all questions concerning standardization in the electrical and electronic fields. For a variety of reasons, including environmental considerations, it is becoming an increasingly common requirement for ships to shut down ship generators and to connect to shore power for as long as practicable during stays in port. The scenario of receiving electrical power and other utilities from shore is historically known as “cold ironing”.
Type Approval, Sperry Marine Chart Display
Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Sperry Marine business unit has been awarded type approval for its electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) by the U.K. certification authority, QinetiQ. The type-approval certificate was granted for Sperry Marine’s VisionMaster FT ECDIS products, following tests to ensure conformance with the new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) performance standards IEC 61174 Edition 3 and IEC 62288. The new performance standards came into effect Jan. 1, 2009 in accordance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) recommendation MSC.232(82). “The QinetiQ type approval assures our customers they are navigating with state-of-the-art equipment meeting the latest IMO and IEC specifications with our VisionMaster FT ECDIS products…
Arbor Solution Adds Ultra-Small Chassis System
Arbor Solution has added an ultra-small boxed chassis system to its lineup of transportation box PCs. Designed for a wide range of applications, the new IEC-3300 is based on the Intel Atom processor E3800 series (formerly code-named ‘Bay Trail’) and an Intel Celeron dual-core processor N2807 or a quad-core processor J1900. Carrying both FCC and CE certification, the system may be safely and confidently used right out of the box. “Using the latest Intel ‘Bay Trail’ technology, combined with our compact and robust chassis design…
DNV GL on Maritime Cyber Security
What are the best options for securing remote connections on ship and offshore systems? Which operational technology on board is most vulnerable to cyber-attacks? DNV GL has published a Recommended Practice (RP) on “Cyber Security Resilience Management” to help the industry address potential cyber hazards. Developed in cooperation with customers, the RP provides guidance on risk assessment, general improvements to cyber security, and the verification of security improvements and management systems.
G&D Certified for Maritime Navigation
For centuries, mariners have relied on paper maps to navigate the world’s oceans and waterways. Today, the computer technology used on bridges literally steers the ship. Along with computers, KVM technology enters ships across the world. KVM products from Guntermann & Drunck meet the requirements of international standard IEC-60945. The specification certifies navigation and radio communication equipment and systems for the use in maritime applications. Guntermann & Drunck (G&D) used the knowledge and experience gathered from projects in air…
Navmaster ECDIS Recieves Type Approval
PC Maritime announced that its Navmaster ECDIS has completed the Type Approval process related to the latest ECDIS regulations. The approval programme was conducted under the supervision of Det Norske Veritas (DNV). New standards and test specifications are applicable to all ECDIS installed from 1st January 2009. • S-63 - IHO Data Protection Scheme Edition 1.1.
Comark Corporation Receives ABS Type Approval
Medfield, MA. March 21, 2011 – Comark Corporation, a leader in the design and manufacture of ruggedized computer solutions for the marine, military, and commercial markets, has received Type Approval on their 23” Series of MDU marine displays from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). Type Approval is given to marine display products that are designed and tested to meet IEC 60945, Maritime Navigation and Radio Communication Equipment and Systems, and can be consistently manufactured.
New Harsh Environment Modules from WAGO
WAGO announced new additions to its XTR line of harsh environment (-40 °C to 70 °C extreme temperature and 5g vibration resistance) I/O, providing added functionality, delivering Performance Class PLCs, Smart Grid technology and energy monitoring. The PFC200 controller is now available in several new harsh environment XTR variants. Featuring modules with varying communication interfaces: Ethernet, RS-232/RS-485, CAN, CANopen, and PROFIBUS-DP-Slave interfaces; as well as DNP3, IEC 61850 and IEC 60870 protocols supporting use as a Smart Grid controller.
New Type Approval for Raytheon Anschütz ECDIS
German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz announced it is ready to deliver Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS) Software compliant with new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards. The IEC and IHO have published new versions of some of their ECDIS standards, and all users must update their existing ECDIS to be in compliance by September 1, 2017. Raytheon Anschütz has finished type approval of the ECDIS Software according to these standards.
Transas ECDIS Earns DNV-GL Certification
DNV-GL has issued an official certificate for the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS after Transas passed type-approval in November 2015. The new generation of the Transas ECDIS is the first sytem in the market certified by DNV-GL according to the latest IHO and IEC standards. New IHO editions of S-52 and S-64 and new ECDIS testing specification IEC 61174 entered into force in August 2015 and require all vessels to be updated with the new software within the deadline which is currently set as September 2016.
Transas ECDIS Passes New IHO & IEC Standards
Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS has passed all DNV-GL tests according to the new IHO & IEC standards. The new generation of the Transas ECDIS complies with the latest requirements and provides a number of features beyond this. The production of the new Transas system will start in January with deliveries from February 1, 2016. New IHO editions of S-52 and S-64 and new ECDIS testing specification IEC 61174 entered into force in August 2015. The new standards are intended to overcome shortcomings, ECDIS anomalies and safety critical issues identified by all stakeholders including IMO, IEC and IHO, and will affect new installations and previously installed ECDIS. Normally new standards would not affect installed systems, but in this particular case the “Grandfather Clause” is overruled.
Pamarine Black Box for Ships
Marine safety equipment supplier Pamarine launched its Blu Veritas Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). Similar to black boxes fitted on the aircraft, the Voyage Data Recorder collects data on board vessels so that it can be examined in the event of a shipping accident. With the launch of the Blu Veritas Voyage Data Recorder, the company plans to expand its global distribution footprint to Brazil, Greece, Norway, Korea and Australia. The Blu Veritas VDR is designed in accordance to the requirements specified in IMO A.861 (20), and fully complies with standards as outlined under IEC 61996, IEC 60945 and IEC 61996-2. 1. An optional removable memory stick to facilitate data archiving and retrieval.
SOR Switches Certified for SIL Environments
SOR® pressure and level switches are certified for use in IEC 61508 SIL applications. SOR announced today that the company’s line of pressure, differential pressure, temperature, vacuum and level switches have been certified fit for use in SIL (Safety Integrity Level) environments. SOR is one of only a few manufacturers in the industry to offer its entire range of switches certified to IEC 61508 safety standard. To obtain SIL certification, the products were assessed by FM Approvals per the requirements of IEC 61508 Parts 1, 2, and 3. When implementing Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) in process plant environments such as power plants, offshore oil platforms, refineries and chemical plants, the SIL certification helps mitigate risk at the process instrument level.
NOAA: Marine Debris Costs California Millions
Southern California residents lose millions of dollars each year avoiding littered, local beaches in favor of choosing cleaner beaches that are farther away and may cost more to reach, according to a new NOAA-funded Marine Debris Program economics study. Reducing marine debris even by 25 percent at beaches in and near California’s Orange County could save residents roughly $32 million during three months in the summer by not having to travel longer distances to other beaches.
Safer Navigation with International Standards for Electronic Systems
Carrying an estimated 90% of world trade and billions of passengers every year, international shipping represents the life blood of the global economy. Safety, always a major concern for seafarers, has made huge advances in the last century. However, the massive increase in traffic in recent decades requires, among other things, new or better global communication and navigation solutions resting on internationally-agreed standards to maintain and improve safety levels. Shipping was among the very first industries to adopt widely implemented international safety standards.
Saab Transpondertech Signs with C&C
C&C Technologies has signed an agreement to become an OEM supplier of differential GPS (DGPS) products for Saab TransponderTech. Under the agreement, C&C Technologies will distribute Saab R4 DGPS systems through its worldwide network of dealers. The Saab R4 DGPS products meet all IMO carriage requirements and IEC specifications for ships subject to the SOLAS regulations. They are type approved and wheelmarked by the German certification authority BSH.
Danelec DM100 VDR Earns KR Type Approval
Danelec Marine's DM100 series Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) has received type approval from the Korean Register of Shipping, the manufacturer annouced today. The Korean approval certifies that the DM100 VDR complies with provisions of the new IMO VDR standard which came into force in 2014, including IEC 61162-450 requiring Ethernet connectivity with the ship’s ECDIS and radar data. The Danelec DM100 products have also been approved by other international maritime certification bodies, including BSH, Russian Maritime Register, Singapore MPA, China Classification Society and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Product: Advanced Monitor Solutions
As the information age firmly roots onboard vessels of all shapes and sizes - from tugboats to tankers - there is a glaring need for enhanced information processing and handling to ensure that crews maintain their focus on the safe and efficient operation of the vessel. Today's modern wheelhouse increasingly comes with the "cockpit" feel, as designers strive to standardize the form and function as another step towards safety and efficiency. Paramount to this task is the identification and integration of products designed and manufactured with the unique rigors of the marine industry in mind. Monitors onboard vessels are one product category particularly critical to modern ship operations, as they are the hub whereby collected information is relayed and acted upon.
As the information age firmly roots onboard vessels of all shapes and sizes — from tugboats to tankers — there is a glaring need for enhanced information processing and handling to ensure that crews maintain their focus on the safe and efficient operation of the vessel. Today's modern wheelhouse increasingly comes with the "cockpit" feel, as designers strive to standardize the form and function as another step towards safety and efficiency. Paramount to this task is the identification and integration of products designed and manufactured with the unique rigors of the marine industry in mind. Monitors onboard vessels are one product category particularly critical to modern ship operations, as they are the hub whereby collected information is relayed and acted upon.
Argonaut Laptop Receives ABS and IMO Certification
Argonaut Computer announced the first marine laptop computer certified by the American Bureau of Shipping and compliant with International Marine Organization standards. The new Ranger model1500T/TXL is a rugged, sunlight readable, high performance PentiumM laptop computer certified for use aboard naval and commercial vessels worldwide. The Ranger has been designed for durability, compatibility and safety for marine, military and industrial environments. On January 24, the Argonaut Ranger 1500T/TXL received the Product Design Assessment (PDA) certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). A series of tests were employed for the PDA…