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Monday, June 18, 2018

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Inmarsat Signs MOU with Hellenic Space Agency

Left to right: Inmarsat’s Maritime President Ronald Spithout with Christodoulos Protopapas, Chairman of the Hellenic Space Agency (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Satellite communications provider Inmarsat has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) to allow greater collaboration on research and potential technology development.The agreement, which will include a focus on satellite projects related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and the maritime sector, was signed this week at the international shipping event Posidonia 2018 in Athens by Inmarsat’s Maritime President Ronald Spithout and Christodoulos Protopapas…

DNV GL Revamps Port Clearance Software

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DNV GL announced the release of its new Navigator Port 2 software, an overhaul of DNV Navigator. According to DNV GL, the upgraded port clearance software aims to achieve a new level of usability, with a new and intuitive structure and interface. Navigator Port 2, previously called DNV Navigator, has taken a leap forward in ease-of-use. The interface has been improved. It is now more intuitive and efficient, with a work-oriented process that is easier to understand and navigate within.

Western Towboat Signs with MobileOps

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MobileOps, Inc., a Redmond, Washington software comapny that specializes in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards, analytics) announced that it has signed a contract with Western Towboat Company of Seattle. Western Towboat will use MobileOps Platform across its fleet and within several shoreside departments. MobileOps Platform's offline-capable application, Voyager, will be used on tugs transiting the ocean out of cellular range. www.mobileops.co

Nautisk, MarineMTS to Provide ENC Auto-Updates

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Global maritime software solutions provider Nautisk has announced that it is working with MarineMTS to provide automatic ENC updates to vessels sailing with ECDIS. Marine MTS will provide both the hardware and the protocols needed to access the ECDIS with Nautisk providing the content and software. The new system will be available for the customer’s own ECDIS system and will harmonize with NaviPlanner, Nautisk’s new voyage planning software which will launch later this month at Norshipping. “Our products and services are truly unique, based on a solid foundation of testing and development.

Veson Nautical Solution Earns EU’s MRV Certification

Commercial maritime software and services provider Veson Nautical announced that Verifavia, the emissions verification company for the aviation and shipping sectors, officially certified its Veslink Voyage Reporting system as a solution for the European Union’s (EU) upcoming Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) regulation. Veslink Voyage Reporting streamlines data collection and distribution from vessels, operators, agents and counterparties, and is used by more than 100 of the top shipping organizations worldwide, managing over 5,000 vessels. Verifavia Shipping, a fully-accredited global EU MRV Verifier by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and the French Accreditation Body (COFRAC)…

MRV Made Easy: NAPA Updates Performance Monitoring System

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Maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA said it has updated its performance monitoring and reporting systems to enable simple, straightforward compliance with EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) legislation. Users of NAPA Shipping Solutions, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN and NAPA-DSME Power can easily generate MRV reports and include their performance monitoring software as their data collection method in the monitoring plan due on August 31, 2017. From January 1…

Maritime Software: On the Origin of Meaning

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The IT sector, like most other industries, is awash with technical jargon, terminology, acronyms and abbreviations that have very specific meanings. More than most other major industries, however, TechSpeak - the language of IT people - is regularly co-opted into the language of the everyday. This is an inevitable consequence of our increasingly networked, IT-driven world; but often there is a disconnect between the way we discuss technologies and the benefits they can bring; how they are designed to be used; and how we actually use them.

GL Say Shipping Should Invest in Software Technologies

Shipping is highly underinvested in modern software technologies. Only 0.7% of the investments that go into new vessels go into software technologies. With rising fuel prices and operating costs leaving the industry facing ever slimmer profit margins, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) experts showed how the increased deployment of the latest maritime software systems could help to fight this trend. “Looking at ship operating costs we see a steady, rising trend,” said Dr Torsten Buessow, Vice President of GL Maritime Software, at a GL Exchange Forum held late April in Singapore. His calculations, based on an analysis of the development in operating costs of three typical ship types…

Buy and Sell Vessels from a Mobile Device

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The maritime software development company SDSD are launching a new web based VSnP - Vessel Sale and Purchase module, enabling Sale and Purchase brokers to buy and sell vessels from anywhere via a smartphone or tablet. VSnP can improve brokers’ trading margins through key features including powerful search and data retrieval, fast matching commercial advices and purchase inquiries, vessel matching with the IHS database or the users’ proprietary data, vessel value and market statistics, plus sales and valuation modules.

Helm CONNECT Secures ClassNK Type Approval

Canadian maritime software company, Helm Operations, a ClassNK subsidiary, sai dit has earned Class Type Approval for its planned maintenance software, Helm CONNECT. On September 1, 2017 after a detailed review process, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK), issued a Type Approval Certificate for Helm CONNNECT as a recognized planned maintenance software system. ClassNK is a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). IACS members recognize and accept Type Approvals from other society members, thereby allowing any ship owner to implement the Helm CONNECT software as their planned maintenance tracking system. “This is a historic moment for our organization. For many years we have been the market leader in maritime software for the global tug and barge industry.

MobileOps Pursuing Maritime Business

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Redmond, Wash. based MobileOps, Inc., a software company specializing in the design and development of maritime software applications (dispatch, safety, compliance, vessel maintenance, timecards and analytics), has recently reformed and is now pursuing further business development within the tug and barge, towboat and fishing industries.

ABB Enhances Its OCTOPUS Software Suite

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ABB has launched an updated maritime software analytics platform that brings together the company’s EMMA and OCTOPUS applications into one software suite, under the banner OCTOPUS. Now external information, such as weather or cargo load parameters, can be combined with the ships process and propulsion information. OCTOPUS acts as a digital hub for vessel data that can improve efficiency across a whole fleet and it can gather an unlimited amount of signals from onboard sensors.

Shanghai Ocean Shipping Order GL HullManager Sofware

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GL Maritime Software gets its first order from China for its hull integrity management software. One of the many ship management tools developed by GL Maritime Software, the maritime software business of the GL Group, GL HullManager is a software and service package for ship owners, managers and operators. It supports the complete hull integrity process, from inspections to reporting and condition assessments of tanks, cargo holds and coatings, throughout its entire lifecycle by means of crew inspections and thickness measurements.

Cargotec Begins Interschalt Restructuring

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Cargotec is to begin restructuring at maritime software provider Interschalt, following its acquisition of the company earlier this year. The re-organisation is estimated to affect Interschalt personnel in Germany, USA (Houston) and China (Shanghai). It is estimated that some Interschalt's production and design work will be discontinued or outsourced and some Interschalt locations will be closed. Cooperation negotiations have started at Interschalt and they will affect tens of employees. Interschalt employs at the moment 223 persons.

'Emission Manager' Launched by GL

Celebrating GL Emission Manager Launch: Photo credit GL

GL launches “GL EmissionManager” - Hamburg Süd is partner in a pilot project. At SMM 2012 classification society Germanischer Lloyd announced the launch of a new product, “GL EmissionManager”, which will allow owners and operators to collect, track and calculate the emissions of a ship in detail for the first time. In cooperation with German shipping company Hamburg Süd, GL have developed the GL EmissionManager system to systematically capture all environmentally relevant ship operation data.

DSME Selects NAPA Steel to Transform Ship Design Processes

Center: Ilmo Kuutti, President of NAPA Group (left) shakes hands with Kwan-Won Sohn, Head of Ship Business Unit at DSME after signing the contract in Geoje on February 6, 2018 (Photo: NAPA)

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider NAPA has announced that shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has selected 3D model-based NAPA Steel software to streamline design processes and meet the needs of 21st century naval architects and structure designers. DSME chose NAPA Steel thanks to its transformative effect on the ship design process, following an extensive benchmarking process involving multiple vendors. DSME will use the software at both the initial design stages…

MOL Group Develops Onboard Labor Management Software

“WRH5” operation screen

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that its group’s core dry-cargo ship management company, MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. (MOLSHIP; President: Toshikazu Inaoka; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) has jointly developed with maritime software developer Spectral Technologies, Inc. (President and CEO: Kjell B. Sundberg; Headquarters: Manila, Republic of the Philippines) a new onboard management software program called “WRH5” used to manage crews’ work and rest hours. MOLSHIP will introduce “WRH5” on its managed vessels.

MOL Group Develops Onboard Labor Management Software

Image: "WRH5" operation screen

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd has announced that its group's core dry-cargo ship management company, MOL Ship Management Co., Ltd. has jointly developed with maritime software developer Spectral Technologies, Inc. a new onboard management software program called "WRH5" used to manage crews' work and rest hours. MOLSHIP will introduce "WRH5" on its managed vessels. In addition, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai  issued a statement of fact that "WRH5"'s support functions are in conformity with international labor regulations. - Conformity with MLC2006 and the Japanese Mariners Law.

ClassNK Acquires Maritime Software House NAPA

Tetsuya Kinoshita, Executive Vice President, ClassNK (Top left), Yasushi Nakamura, Representative Director, Executive Vice President, ClassNK (Bottom left) Juha Heikinheimo, President, NAPA Group (Top right) and Markku Riipinen, Chairman of the Board, Napa Ltd (Bottom right).

Classification society ClassNK agreed to acquire maritime software house NAPA in a deal that the classification society said aims to improve safety and performance for the whole maritime industry. According to ClassNK, the acquisition will enhance the success and capabilities of both organizations. For ClassNK, which has worked with NAPA for nearly 10 years, the deal is a chance to expand and improve the wide range of services it offers to shipowners and shipyards, whilst also providing NAPA with the support to accelerate expansion of existing operations and access new markets.

LR, Hanseaticsoft Bring Ship Management to the Cloud

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Lloyd’s Register has teamed up with maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft to help bring efficiency to ship management processes. Hanseaticsoft’s cloud-based ship management software Cloud Fleet Manager brings efficiency to shipping companies’ process management, delivering reliable teamwork worldwide, digitalization of vessel audits in real-time on tablet or smartphone and intuitive handling of all applications. By offering a single, web-based source of information for all employees as well as the crews at sea and external partners…

Top Speed For Your Maritime Charts

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SevenCs has just released a brand new software tool called TMS ChartServer which is running on a high performance “Tile Map Service” technology. It allows users of maritime web and mobile applications – e.g. Fleet Monitoring, Vessel Tracking, and Surveying – to display maritime charts at top speed: no matter if full global chart coverage is needed or just a smaller area of interest. SevenCs GmbH is located in Hamburg, and for decades has been “the Expert” in developing maritime software applications.

DNV GL Innovation Day Singapore Focused on Future of Shipping

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Drones, remote inspection technologies and insights on cybersecurity were some of the main topics discussed at the DNV GL Innovation Day in Singapore. Some 120 representatives from shipowners, managers, manufacturing companies, yards and other stakeholders participated in the event held this week. Aimed at providing insights into the latest value creating digital solutions, the Innovation Day included ten presentations and drew upon DNV GL’s expertise in the maritime, software, energy and oil & gas sectors.

ABB Partners with Chinese Shipyard to Develop Digital Tech

Helsinki signing ceremony (Photo: ABB)

ABB said it has signed a formal agreement with Chinese shipyard Wuchang Ship Building Group to deepen cooperation with an emphasis on developing greener ships and digital solutions. By utilizing ABB’s power and propulsion expertise along with its focus on maritime software, the partnership will help Wuchang Ship Building Group manufacture highly efficient and technologically advanced vessels, ABB said. “Chinese shipyards are diversifying their portfolios and ABB’s long history of working in the icebreaking and cruise sectors is particularly relevant to China’s shipbuilders…

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