Tech File: Automating Ballast Ops When Installing BWMS
Installing ballast water treatment systems to comply with new regulations will require owners to automate ballast operations on board their vessels or barges. Retrofitting ballast water treatment systems generally requires modifications to the existing ballast systems. Many older vessels have remote operated valves, but no automation of the ballast system. EMI has been working with parent company W&O to provide blue water barges with innovative solutions to add automation functionality to their fleet.
Naval Shipyards Recruiting Robots
Inspecting fuel and ballast tanks. Sand-blasting old paint coatings and applying new ones. Removing corrosion on ships, submarines, aircraft and other vehicles.These are some of the unpleasant jobs in naval shipyards and maintenance facilities that could be made safer by pairing human workers with robots. Experts say this could improve the speed and efficiency with which the U.S. Navy sustains its assets—and expand the career paths of current workers (and create new jobs) by teaching them to operate…
Naval Dome Unveils Maritime Security Solution
Israel-based cyber security specialist Naval Dome has introduced a new software-based cyber protection that can be easily installed on all ship, port, or offshore OT systems, including navigational equipment, machinery control systems and cargo handling equipment.S-Marine Dome and S-Port Dome are aimed at those ship, offshore energy and terminal operators requiring instant protection without having to go through lengthy type approval processes or can no longer afford to wait for suppliers to upgrade or replace critical systems.Naval Dome Vice President…
ONE SEA Adds Awake.AI to Autonomous Ecosystem
ONE SEA, an industry alliance bringing together leading exponents of autonomous ship technology, has made a significant addition to its growing membership, after signing up Awake.AI - a company led by an experienced team of maritime digital innovators.Awake.AI is aiming to create a new platform and ML models (Machine learning) based on transparent data sharing to break down the barriers between ships, ports and other actors in the maritime logistics chain. The ‘virtual infrastructure’ will be vital if ports are to handle autonomous ships successfully from pre-arrival…
Maersk Supply Service Takes Crew Management to the Cloud
German software provider Hanseaticsoft said Copenhagen-based Maersk Supply Service has opted to implement its Cloud Fleet Manager ship management system for vessels and shore-bases to manage crews and handle all crew-related tasks.Kevin Bro Beier, Head of Crewing, Maersk Supply Service said, “We selected Cloud Fleet Manager from Hanseaticsoft as our new crew management system. It combines a standard platform with comprehensive functionality with a high degree of usability, enabling us to deploy new features at a faster pace.
Aker Bets on Software Engineers for Its Oil Business
When the owners of Norwegian oil firm Aker BP decided to digitise its assets and operations, they searched high and low for the right software company. But they failed to find a suitable one.So instead they set up their own, Cognite, to create digital maps of Aker BP's oil industry assets, integrating data from equipment such as pumps, heat and pressure sensors, maintenance records and even staff rotas to improve efficiency and safety.Less than two years later, Cognite is selling its software to Aker BP's rivals and one competitor…
Canadian Navy Upgrading Its Navigation Systems
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has initiated a plan to upgrade navigation system hardware on a range of surface vessels and submarines.The supplier OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) said it has signed a deal with RCN to design, build, test, certify and deliver MIL-SPEC navigation system hardware upgrades to replace legacy systems that were originally provided by the company, some dating back to 2001. OSI will also provide spares and training support.The fleetwide upgrade includes 44 surface ship and five submarine systems.
Interview: James Espino, President, Gnostech
Gnostech president James Espino weighs in on the trends in combating the plague of the industry. Please tell us your background. I was a career Coast Guard Officer until I retired in 2013. Upon retiring from the Coast Guard I joined Gnostech as the chief operating officer and became president in late 2014. The majority of my career was spent in either maritime law enforcement and defense operations or as a specialist in the Coast Guard’s technology community primarily working in and around command…
Maritime Crimes On The Rise, Says BIMCO Experts
Industry security experts have concluded that maritime crime will not be stopped any time soon – and that cyber incidents would continue to expand in frequency and severity. This was the consensus at BIMCO’s first ever Maritime Security Seminar in Copenhagen. There was further consensus that regional instability in the Horn of Africa confirms the need to retain legacy systems such as the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) and the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (SHADE) initiative to continue to deter piracy.
Countering Maritime Terrorism
A seminar looking at maritime security issues ranging from cyber security on board ships to piracy and illegal maritime activities concluded in Copenhagen (12-13 December). Industry security experts have concluded that maritime crime will not be stopped any time soon – and that cyber incidents would continue to expand in frequency and severity. This was the consensus at BIMCO’s first ever Maritime Security Seminar in Copenhagen. There was further consensus that regional instability…
MN100: David Clark Company Inc.
David Clark specializes in providing communication solutions for high-noise environments. The firm’s noise-attenuating headset systems are used worldwide in applications where clear communication is critical. All products are made in the USA at a 250,000 square-foot manufacturing facility with over 300 employees involved in design, engineering, manufacturing and support. A quality assurance system is designed to meet the most stringent testing standards to ensure product excellence.
Maritime Cook Islands Enhance Registry Growth
PDMS Maritime has announced that it has been awarded a new contract to deliver its international ship registry and seafarer management platform (MARIS) to Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) Limited, the corporate administrators of the Cook Islands international ship registry. MARIS will replace MCI’s existing legacy systems to provide the registry with a new, modern and complete enterprise system which covers all the key aspects of their business including: registry, survey, seafarers and service operations. The platform will also help the MCI to prepare for the IMO’s mandatory audit scheme (IMSAS).
Kongsberg Bags Orders for Upgraded Heli-deck Camera
Kongsberg Maritime Ltd. (KML) Camera Group announced it has been awarded multiple contracts to supply the recently upgraded Helicopter Observation Surveillance System (HOSS). The HOSS is designed for real time video monitoring of heli-deck operations in extreme low-light conditions aboard Naval Surface Ships and is fully qualified to meet US MIL standards. The history of the HOSS spans nearly three decades with many of the first produced units still in service and excelling in performance in the challenging environments they encounter, according to KML.
New DEC 3500 Controller from Kohler
Kohler’s newly designed Decision-Maker 3500 (DEC 3500) controller is equipped with paralleling and load-management software – allowing for automatic paralleling of two generators without the cost and extra footprint of switchgear. “While load requirements have increased due to advanced electronics equipment, onboard space is still at a premium,” said Frank Formas of Kohler Power Systems. The DEC 3500 offers a newly designed customer interface for easier data entry and retrieval. Advanced features include bus sensing, first on logic and synchronization.
Software Upgrade for Ahrenkiel Steamship Fleet
Ahrenkiel Steamship has chosen to implement DNV GL’s ShipManager software on its entire fleet of 60 vessels. The implementation of ShipManager on the entire fleet of 60 vessels, including containerships and bulk carriers, is scheduled to start this year. The implementation will be carried out by a project team consisting of experts from both DNV GL and Ahrenkiel Steamship. The shipping group Ahrenkiel Steamship was formed this year after the merger of the Christian F. Ahrenkiel Group with a joint venture established by the MPC Group…
General Dynamics Bags $ 50 mi Submarine Contracts
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics was awarded two contract modifications totaling $50 million to continue supporting the AN/BYG-1 combat control system aboard U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines, as part of the AN/BYG-1 modernization program for the tactical control systems (TCS) and weapons control systems (WCS). General Dynamics is delivering enhanced capabilities across multiple submarine platforms, providing fleet…
Navies to Address Maritime Skill Decline
However reintegration of capabilities is presenting new challenges in the design, manufacture and integration of sub-sea and surface systems for maritime Special Forces. James Fisher Defencehas stated that navies around the world are now seriously addressing the need to re-develop their skills in the use of maritime warfare, specifically in relation to maritime Special Forces and strategies for operations and intelligence gathering. This is leading to new challenges in how sub-sea and surface systems are designed, manufactured and integrated.
Navy's Littoral Combat Ships: Latest Update
The Navy plans to buy 52 LCS in accordance with the long-range shipbuilding plan – continuing the remainder of the block buy ships through FY 2015 (up to hull number 24) and then starting the next procurement contract in FY 2016. To date, the Navy has taken delivery of USS Freedom (LCS 1) , USS Independence (LCS 2) and USS Fort Worth (LCS 3). There is and continues to be discussion on changes to the ships and mission packages. This is by design; explains the Navy, as the program is fundamentally about the ability to deliver changes and improvements to fielded capability.
A New Direction for DP
GE pioneers a friendlier operating system for mariners. GE’s Power Conversion business is bringing enhanced operability to the company’s Dynamic Positioning (DP) system. According to GE, the latest version is more energy efficient, better integrated and more mariner friendly. Defining that concept further, Paul English, marine leader of GE Power Conversion, told MarineNews in May, “We are giving ship control back to the mariners.” GE leverages more than 40 years of experience in its effort to reduce the burden of the technology on the operator. It’s a new direction in DP.
Marlink Upgrades VSAT with iDirect
Marlink Upgrades Global Maritime VSAT Service With iDirect; Evolution product line increases efficiency and availability for Marlink customers. VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that Marlink, one of the largest maritime VSAT network operators, has upgraded its global service with the integration of iDirect's Evolution® X5 Satellite Router and latest operating software release, iDX 3.0. Vessels operating Marlink's WaveCall™ services have all received the required onboard equipment…
Sonetics Launches Trade-Up Program
Sonetics Launches Wireless Made Easy Trade-Up Program to Provide Reliable Team Communications for Users of Legacy Wired Systems. Sonetics has announced the Wireless Made Easy Trade-up Program for users of legacy wired headsets. The program offers credits up to $150 per wired headset redeemed towards the purchase of completely wireless Apex and Triton headsets providing a cost-effective transition to wireless benefits while upgrading from David Clark, Peltor, Piratecom, Avcom and other legacy systems. Millions of headset users remain tethered to intercom systems, repeatedly repairing unreliable decades-old wired equipment at substantial ongoing cost.
Feeding the ERP Beast: Properly Integrating CAD and ERP
ERP systems are beasts. To be happy, they have to be well fed. Computer Aided Design/Drafting (CAD) systems are a source of the food for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems since they contain significant information regarding the plans and materials needed to construct a ship. ERP systems are data hungry. They can only be effective at planning purchasing and production as long as the beast is consuming the information that the CAD system provides. In fact, there is a direct link between the success of an ERP system and how well it is fed the information it requires to do its job.
BAE Systems Delivers DCGS-N to Two U.S. Navy Ships
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Today at the Navy League Sea Air Space Exposition, BAE Systems announced it has delivered two production units of the U.S. Navy’s primary shipboard intelligence system for U.S. naval forces, providing significantly greater intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting capability over legacy systems. The first BAE Systems-built production system of the Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N), is currently being installed onboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in Norfolk, Va. The second system was delivered to the government for immediate shipment to the USS George Washington (CVN 73) in Yokosuka, Japan.