ABS & the Future of Classification
The discussion of the ‘future of class’ seems more relevant today than ever, as the maritime industry navigates a transcendent period, with digitalization, decarbonization and a long list of related safety and risk concerns occupying the attention and budgets of shipowners globally.“There are many things going on in the industry, and in fact the world, and looking ahead I think we’re looking at a ‘new norm’,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “It’s…
Israeli Shipping Giant Invests in Tech Firm
Israeli container line ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (Zim) has announced an investment in technology start-up Ladingo, a solution provider connecting ocean freight to global e-commerce.According to a press release, ZIM’s decision to invest in the company is a strategic move, as Ladingo is tipped to lead a “global consumer revolution” by enabling the personal importation of large items to online shoppers.Ladingo's technological platform offers a transparent digital integration of the entire process…
The USCG RDC & Electronic Aids To Navigation
To recreational boaters, Aids to Navigation (ATON) are the familiar red and green buoys (and day markers) that line our inland waterways. What they might not be aware of is that buoys have been around since the days of the Roman and Egyptian empires. In the decades following the creation of our country, buoys in every shape and color began appearing in our waterways. It wasn’t until 1850 that Congress harmonized their deployment, thereby encouraging the familiar “Red, Right, Returning” mantra.
Maritime Thought Leadership: Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK
Tokyo-based Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, or ClassNK as it is more commonly known, is one of the world's leading classification societies with 9,104 ships representing 250 million gt under register, as of June 2018. We spoke with Koichi Fujiwara, Chairman, ClassNK, earlier this year in Tokyo for his overview of the market today, and the path forward on technological trends.While Koichi Fujiwara, like many of his colleagues, sees challenging times in the maritime market, he does note that conditions are improving…
Navico Hires Elgie to Lead Americas Sales
Navico, parent company to marine electronics brands Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP, announced today that Jamie Elgie has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief operating office of the Americas.In his new role, Elgie will be responsible for all sales, marketing and operations activities for the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands throughout North, Central and South America.Elgie came to Navico from Wilson Electronics, a manufacturer and marketer of cellular infrastructure equipment based in Utah, where he served as chief marketing officer.
How Augmented Reality Technology Could Transform Shipping
Augmented Reality (AR) is predicted to be the next technology game-changer to improve business processes and employee performance and it’s no wonder many companies are getting excited about its potential. While virtual reality completely immerses people in a computer-generated world, AR overlays computer-generated images on the real world. A great example of how AR combines the imaginary with the real world is in the hugely popular AR game Pokémon Go, where people search for and catch pocket monsters in the real world.
Great Lakes Pilotages Go Live with Saab
The Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) and the Great Lakes Pilotage Division of the U.S. Coast Guard have opened the 2017 shipping season using an upgraded Great Lakes Pilot Management System based on the latest version of Saab’s KleinPilot. The new system went live on schedule with the season opening. It is being used by the two organizations and the U.S. Great Lakes pilotage associations to manage the rostering and dispatch of the more than 100 marine pilots on the Great Lakes and automatically generate billing in accordance with the applicable tariffs.
Partnerships Drive SubChapter M Solutions
Management software: vendors, consultants, class strive to provide turnkey service. Unless you’ve been lost at sea for the last few years, you know about Subchapter M. You know the June publication of the U.S. Coast Guard’s regulations for ensuring minimum safety standards on tows and tugs, which will extend inspection requirements to the majority of these vessels for the first time, moved the long-awaited, and in some cases, dreaded program from the haze of eventually out into the cold light of day.
Augmented Reality App for Raymarine Dragonfly-PRO Sonar Systems
Raymarine Unveils an all-new version of its popular Wi-Fish mobile app for use with Dragonfly-PRO and Wi-Fish CHIRP Sonar systems. The app has been expanded and now includes Augmented Reality Viewing of your saved waypoints and fishing hot-spots. The app works with the GPS, compass and camera in your smartphone or tablet to show precisely where you are in relation to your saved waypoints. The name, symbol, bearing and range to each waypoint is displayed as a dynamic overlay on a real-time view of the waterway in front of you.
RedPort XGate Now Includes PredictWind Weather Service
Newly available version of RedPort XGate satellite email and data services suite now includes PredictWind weather forecasting service, letting users select, download and view marine weather forecasts over satellite and cellular networks. RedPort Global announced the immediate availability of a new version of XGate, now including the PredictWind Offshore weather-forecasting app. XGate is an independent satellite data acceleration service letting people easily and affordably access accelerated email, web, weather data, social media and blogging wherever they go. PredictWind Offshore allows users to download and immediately view GRIB files, weather routes, GMDSS Text forecasts and Satellite Imagery.
GOST to Debut its Latest at MSE Conference
Marine Security Leader Demonstrates Latest Innovative Surveillance Systems Fort Lauderdale, Fla. today that it will highlight its newest commercial maritime products at the 2016 Maritime Security East conference in Norfolk, Virginia, March 21 through 23, in booth #14. GOST will showcase its GOST Watch HD H20 at the Maritime Security East conference, this year. Designed to withstand the rigors of commercial maritime use, the GOST Watch HD H20 is a revolutionary new video surveillance system, housed in a compact, IP67 certified waterproof, impact-resistant, fiberglass container.
China's Militarization of South China Sea Will Have Consequences -US
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday warned China against what he called "aggressive" actions in the South China Sea region, including the placement of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island, and said they would have consequences. "China must not pursue militarization in the South China Sea," Carter said in a wide-ranging speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. "Specific actions will have specific consequences." He did not elaborate. The U.S. defense chief took aim at both Russia and China for their actions to limit Internet access, as well as state-sponsored cyber threats, cyber espionage and cyber crime. In his prepared remarks, Carter drew a contrast between such behavior by Russia and China and what he described as much healthier U.S.
Elcome to Showcase Latest Technology at Dubai Boat Show
Elcome International, the leading marine solutions provider and system integrator in the Middle East and one of the largest marine technology companies in the world, will showcase a full array of the latest technologies at the Dubai International Boat Show next week. Elcome will feature the new Raymarine Quantum Wireless CHIRP marine radar, the industry’s first recreational radar dome featuring pulse compression technology. This advanced system sets a new standard for compact solid-state radar, delivering superior radar imaging on both long and short ranges.
Workboat Communications Evolve to Meet Myriad Missions
Choosing next generation communication systems for professional marine operations can be a daunting task. Not to worry: John Haynes provides a primer. Over the past decade we have come to expect fast, seamless global communications from a single device that fits in our pocket. The age of the smart phone and tablet enables multiple voices talking in a conference call and real time transfer of data, ranging from documents to photos and videos. In the modern bridge, most crew members have a GPS in their pocket which can identify where that person is on the planet.
LR, UK P&I Club Launch Life-Saving Appliances Checklist
Lloyd's Register (LR) and the UK P&I Club have released a Life-Saving Appliances pocket checklist app to help ensure that ship personnel are trained in how to inspect, maintain and operate life-saving equipment, and that equipment is ready for use at all times. The app also includes a list of common deficiencies to help ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and help reduce the risk of port state control detentions. The full series of six pocket checklist apps, consisting of: ILO MLC, ISM & ISPS, Marine Fire Safety, Marine Pollution Prevention Port State Inspections, and now Life-Saving Appliances, are all available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Voluntary Right Whale Speed Restriction Zone in Rhode Island
A voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) has been established in Rhode Island Sound to protect an aggregation of 4 right whales sighted in this area on April 1, 2015. This DMA is in effect immediately through April 16, 2015. Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less. Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following areas where persistent aggregations of right whales have been sighted. Please visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike for more information. - Cape Cod Bay U.S.
Fusion Compatibile with Fusion-Link
FUSION, the worldwide leader in marine entertainment, announced today its FUSION-Link audio access system is now supported by the Furuno NavNet TZtouch2 series. Providing the ability to control all FUSION-Link enabled 700 and 750 Series marine entertainment systems capabilities and functions directly from the TZtouch2 multi-touch display, FUSION-Link makes it easy for Furuno owners to enjoy their onboard audio and video entertainment from their multi-function display (MFD). “We are excited to extend FUSION-Link capabilities to Furuno’s latest and most advanced TZtouch2 displays…
APM Terminals Calls for Sensor Revolution
The annual Terminal Operators Conference (TOC) in Europe was held June 9-11 in Rotterdam with over 4000 people attending the conference supply chain sessions, Tech TOC, Bulk TOC venues and exhibits. Alex Duca, head of design and automation for APM Terminals called for a sensor revolution. “We want to have sensors everywhere - on all moving equipment, on all operational interfaces and transfer points. Sensors give us data power and metrics - so we can make things better and improve services. A whole new world of equipment intelligence opens to us all.
Navionics SonarChart Compatible With Sounder
Navionics, the leader in content and location-based services for the recreational boating and outdoor markets, announced today the latest details of its award-winning SonarChart Live. Now offering compatibility with Raymarine Dragonfly PRO and Wi-Fish systems, boaters can connect GPS chartplotters, sounders and fishfinders with their mobile devices using Wi-Fi to view an HD bathymetry map in real time while navigating. Raymarine Dragonfly PRO and Wi-Fish users can also take advantage of the unique split-screen view within the Navionics Boating app…
Theyr Debuts Weather, Ocean Forecasting App
Theyr Ltd, a premium weather-forecasting provider, specializing in the maritime and wind energy sectors, announced today the launch of its Digital Precision Weather and Ocean Forecasting app for the professional mariner, GRIBview mobile. The revolutionary App delivers a level of weather and ocean forecasting accuracy previously unseen in the mobile market. GRIBview mobile provides free and unlimited GRIB downloads for GFS (Global Forecasting System) data at 1-degree resolution, as well as unlimited High-resolution data down to 1km resolution for exceptional accuracy.
McMurdo Introduces Real-time Fleet Management
McMurdo has announced PRISMA Connect, a web-based integrated fleet management system that connects ship to shore in real-time for improved communication and operational efficiencies, as well as increased crew productivity with two-way messaging and electronic forms capture. The innovative system, which is based on proven Boatracs BTConnect and BTVessel software, is the first product announcement under McMurdo’s new suite of PRISMA (Preparation, Response, Identification, Surveillance, Management, Acceleration) software solutions.
KEP Marine Releases Video Recording Products
KEP Marine releases today the innovative network video recording system and new HD cameras. The plug-and-play KVNR-8001 network video recording system is simple to install with easy to use commands and remote operating capability. Offering high definition footage recorded at 30 frames per second from multiple sources, the KVNR-8001 provides time-stamped recordings allowing owners access to all memorable moments that are instantly available via iPhone, iPad or Android smart device.
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. Luca Tommasi, Seafarers’ Trust Project Manager explained: “The idea of the original app was to transform the ISWAN seafarers’ centers directory into an interactive app that could be used offline. The response from seafarers was very positive and the app was downloaded over 10,000 times.