Navigation Solution News

31 Mar 2020

Seatronx Launches River Radar Display

(Photo: Seatronx)

Seatronx, manufacturer, distributor and designer of rugged electronics catering specifically to the military, maritime and industrial markets, launched of the sunlight-readable RRD-19T River Radar Display designed for river-based commercial vessels.The RRD-19T features a 19-inch display with portrait orientation designed specifically for river radar systems. The portrait format allows operators to see further down the river, while highlighting traffic, weather and markers in narrow channels.

18 Mar 2019

The Future: Autonomous Robotic Hull Grooming

Grooming Robot on a small vessel at pier side as imaged by another grooming vehicle.Photo Courtesy Greensea Systems

Ship hull biofouling has significant impacts on fleet readiness, ship performance, cost, and the environment. Biofouling results in increased hydrodynamic drag which results in greater fuel use and greater emissions per distance traveled than a hydraulically-smooth hull. A study by Schultz, et al. found the typical fouling rating (FR) of a US Navy DDG-51 class vessel, FR-30, increases fuel consumption by 10.3% over a hydraulically-smooth DDG-51. Results showed that reducing this…

14 Jan 2019

Epic Gas Switches to GNS and Voyager

Pic: GNS

GNS, the maritime technology company, has been awarded the contract to supply the fleet of Singapore-based Epic Gas Ship Management and its shore-based marine team with a complete navigation solution.GNS won the contract following a competitive tender during which Epic Gas ran extensive sea and shore-based trials over a six-month period evaluating solutions from three vendors. Key evaluation criteria were intuitiveness of the software and simplicity of the end-to-end service,…

23 Jul 2018

Wärtsilä Inks 10-year Maintenance Deal with Virgin Voyages

File photo - From left to right: Tom McAlpin, Virgin CEO and President; Sir Richard Branson, Founder Virgin; and Stuart Hawkins, Virgin SVP Marine and Technical at the rollout of the new name and logo for Virgin Voyages in 2017. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Cruise line Virgin Voyages has assigned Wärtsilä the responsibility of the maintenance of its three brand new cruise ships due to enter service in 2020, 2021 and 2022.The comprehensive 10-year Optimized Maintenance Agreement, signed on April 30, 2018, gives extensive responsibility of maintenance to Wärtsilä, who will ensure that vessels are powered and operated reliably, efficiently and sustainably.Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning allows maintenance operations to be carried out based on remotely monitored and analyzed real-time performance data.

11 Jul 2017

Royal Caribbean to Install NavBox Across Entire Fleet

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC) has signed a deal with NAVTOR to install the NavBox navigation solution across its entire corporate fleet of 49 vessels, in a deal which spans RCC's six different operating companies. E-navigation specialist NAVTOR launched NavBox in 2013. The solution, which complements NAVTOR’s range of electronic navigational chart (ENC) based services, automatically downloads, distributes and updates all vessel navigational charts and publications, cutting administration time, while ensuring the very latest, compliant charts are always at hand.

06 Nov 2016

European Debuts for Garmin at METS Trade 2016

GPSMAP 722922

Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, is set to premiere a range of its new 2017 marine products to the European market, at METS Trade 2016. Experience Garmin’s strengthened marine product portfolio in Amsterdam this year – featuring the compact GPSMAP 722/922 and 1022/1222 series’ and the powerful VHF 110i/210i AIS radios, to mention but a few. With a wide variety of products on show, from GPS mapping devices, to solid-state pulse compression radars, to transducers; the Garmin stand is certainly not one to be missed this year.

31 Oct 2016

GC Rieber Chooses NAVTOR for Fleet-wide Navigation

GC Rieber s Offshore Construction Vessel Polar Queen (Photo: GC Rieber)

Specialist ship owner, operator and manager GC Rieber has signed a fleet-wide agreement with NAVTOR for a total vessel navigation solution, spanning both paper and digital deliveries. NAVTOR, a global leader in e-navigation technology and services, will now install products throughout GC Rieber’s portfolio of advanced seismic and offshore ships, enhancing overall fleet efficiency, safety and cost control. The agreement is far reaching in scope. It covers the delivery of all digital and paper charts and publications…

18 Jun 2015

GNS Expands its Voyager Suite

Maritime services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) will unveil its new Voyager suite of products that for the first time connects ship and shore through one e-navigation solution. Scheduled to debut at events in London, Singapore and Hamburg on June 17, 18 and 19, GNS’s new web-based Voyager Management Service now enables shore-based ship managers to check that vessels are always carrying required charts and publications, in either digital or paper format, and that all relevant corrections have been received onboard and applied, thereby helping prevent vessels from incurring penalties from chart-related issues arising with port-state control inspections.

21 May 2015

NAVTOR AS, Nautic AB Launch Complete Navigation Solution

NAVTOR Managing Director Tor A. Svanes, Johan Traung, Managing Director of Nautic Holding AB, and Henrik Bergius, who will lead the new company, NAVTOR NAUTIC AB

E-navigation specialist NAVTOR has joined forces with Nautic AB, a provider of navigational equipment, charts and publications to the Swedish market, to launch NAVTOR NAUTIC AB. This jointly owned operation, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, will now leverage the expertise of the two businesses to offer a navigational data package to the international shipping industry. This, NAVTOR Managing Director and CEO Tor A. Svanes says, created an obvious synergy and the potential for real customer benefits.

27 Oct 2014

iXBlue Gyrocompass Chosen for the French Navy

PIRIOU selects iXBlue’s QUADRANS as reference gyrocompass for the French Navy B2M multi-mission ship program as iXBlue QUADRANS sales tops 400 units since launch. For each vessel, iXBlue will supply the complete navigation suite, including QUADRANS gyrocompass, NETANS data distribution and processing unit, and the warfare navigation software. iXBlue is a global provider of navigation, positioning and imaging solutions and services for civil and defense applications. PIRIOU specializes in the design, construction and repair of high value-added ships.

11 Sep 2014

GNS Launches Free E-Navigation Solutions

At SMM in Hamburg, Germany this week, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), the maritime services group announces the launch of (i) its new free Essentials package, as well as (ii) an upgrade to the Voyager Planning Station dashboard, and (iii) a new bundle purchasing option. With effect from 1 October 2014, GNS customers will be able to use its new Voyager Essentials Package free of charge. This will enable vessels to benefit from GNS’s navigational purchasing and information management tools irrespective of whether they are using chart updating and other added value services on board. Vessel’s using the Voyager Essentials package can…

04 Dec 2013

Northport Systems Upgrades Navigation Softwre

Software developer Northport Systems Inc. has announced the latest enhancement to its innovative Fugawi Marine 5 marine navigation software, Theyr Weather. Fugawi Marine 5 allows for simple download, management, and display of high-resolution weather data from the X-Traverse web service, eliminating the need to sift through low quality GRIB files from multiple, hard-to-find sources. Whether planning a multiday journey or trying to spot the biggest wave, Theyr’s GRIB data keeps boaters informed of the weather conditions most relevant to their on-the-water excursions.

04 Dec 2013

Northrop Grumman Introduces New ECDIS-E

Northrop Grumman Corporation is introducing the VisionMaster FT Electronic Chart Display and Information System-E (ECDIS-E), a new cost-effective navigation solution for commercial tankers, container ships, bulk carries and passenger ferries including retrofit installations. Based on the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT platform, the new ECDIS-E combines an optimized feature set with easy to install hardware. The system meets International Maritime Organization requirements for certain classes of vessels operating internationally to be equipped with ECDIS for paperless navigation. "This new design not only meets mandatory safety requirements, but brings new technology to the user," said Alan Dix, managing director, Sperry Marine.

04 Dec 2013

New EDCIS-E Platform Launched by Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation introduce the VisionMaster FT Electronic Chart Display and Information System-E (ECDIS-E), a new cost-effective navigation solution for commercial tankers, container ships, bulk carries and passenger ferries including retrofit installations. Based on the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine VisionMaster FT platform, the new ECDIS-E combines an optimized feature set with easy to install hardware. The system meets International Maritime Organization requirements for certain classes of vessels operating internationally to be equipped with ECDIS for paperless navigation. "This new design not only meets mandatory safety requirements, but brings new technology to the user," said Alan Dix, managing director, Sperry Marine.

30 Aug 2013

Northrop Grumman Upgrades Navigation Equipment on Stena Line Ferries

Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed an integrated bridge system retrofit for several RoPax ferries operated by Stena Line. Northrop Grumman's Sperry Marine business unit provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products  from the VisionMaster FT  series, used to form the core of a ship's integrated bridge. The Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII vessels were upgraded with VisionMaster FT navigation radars, a voyage data recorder, and an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) that provides full control on both bridge wings.

30 Aug 2013

Integrated Bridge System Retrofit on Stena Ferries

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Sperry Marine business unit provided a fully networked suite of scalable navigation products from the VisionMaster FT™ series, to form the core of ship's integrated bridge on several Stena Line RoPax ferries. The Stena Superfast VII and Stena Superfast VIII vessels were upgraded with VisionMaster FT™ navigation radars, a voyage data recorder, and an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) that provides full control on both bridge wings. Meanwhile, the Stena Europe and Stena Adventurer were outfitted with the VisionMaster FT™ ECDIS, which meets the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) regulations for paperless navigation while providing a separate…

17 Jul 2013

Korea Lines Upgrades Navigation Package

Thomas Gunn is delighted to announce that Korea Lines, the marine transportation services company, is the latest ship owner to choose new Voyager 4 for its navigation requirements. It will be upgrading four LNG gas carriers from Voyager 3 to the new Voyager 4 digital chart management system with immediate effect. When asked why Korea Lines selected Voyager 4, Mr Cho Han-Ung, Principal Superintendent, Fleet Management Team 2 explained, “We needed a navigation solution which would best serve the needs of the internationally trading vessels operating within our fleet.

06 Mar 2013

Two New Si-Tex Navigation Systems

Photo: Si-Tex

Si-Tex Marine Electronics has added two multifunction navigation systems to its product lineup, providing a wide range of recreational and light commercial vessels with a navigation solution. Both the 7” display SNS-700 and 10.4” display SNS-1100 provide boaters with C-Map Max charting capabilities like programmable anti-grounding, flashing navaids and aerial imagery, along with dual-frequency fishfinding and color radar (when matched with optional Si-Tex MDS-1, MDS-8 or MDS-9 radar scanners).

18 May 2011

UKHO at Nor-Shipping 2011

The UKHO today announced its attendance at Nor-Shipping 2011 will offer shipping managers both practical guidance and strategic insight to help them effectively plan for the successful adoption of digital navigation. In addition to the main Admiralty stand (Hall B, B0-14) the UKHO is hosting a series of unique daily seminars and workshops which explore the immediate operational challenges and future strategic decisions faced by shipping managers. From Tuesday to Thursday, the seminar programme leads with an inspirational presentation from futurologist Dean van Leeuwen, entitled ‘TIDES of Change.’  ‘TIDES of Change’ – which debuted at Sea Asia in April 2011 – provides some thought-provoking material on the evolving world of technology and business…

27 Oct 2011

KVH Receives $8.6 Million Tactical Navigation Order

KVH Industries, Inc. has received an $8.6 million order for its TACNAV® tactical navigation systems for use by an international military customer. Revenue from this order is expected to begin late in the fourth quarter of 2011 and conclude in the fourth quarter of 2014. "KVH's TACNAV tactical navigation solution is an important tool for U.S. and allied warfighters, providing precision navigation as well as coordination of vehicles in critical situations," explains Dan Conway, KVH's vice president of business development. "The system serves as a crucial resource for navigation and battle management, and even as a backup in GPS-denied environments, keeping soldiers safe and out of harm's way wherever they travel.

12 Dec 2011

nv-charts Now Available for Cuba

nv-charts, a global supplier of precision charting products for mariners and cruising sailors, has now extended its coverage and produced new chart regions for the North Coast of Cuba. The coverage is divided into two regions; the northwest coast chart set is Region 10.2, and the Northeast coast is Region 10.1. Cruisers interested in visiting Cuba and navigating the northern coast safely will be especially pleased  at the availability of NV Charts’ two regions, NW and NE, because they are simply not available anywhere else.

01 Feb 2012

Paperless Navigation & Comms Solution Launched

Consilium and Orange launch Current At Sea, a paperless maritime navigation and communication solution. Consilium and Orange Business Services are modernizing maritime communications with the launch of a paperless navigation solution that extends an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) over the world’s largest MPLS-based network. This bundled, flat-rate solution named Current At Sea enables shipping companies to move to a fully electronic platform for navigation and communications. Current At Sea is a future-proof, modular ECDIS and communication system that can include voyage optimization programs, fleet and ship management systems, and real-time monitoring applications.

17 Apr 2012

Thomas Gunn Navigation and Transas Marine Form Partnership

A Transas 24-inch' ECDIS Panel PC (Photo: Transas Marine).

Thomas Gunn Navigation Services and Transas Marine Ltd. announced today a new partnership which will bring significant benefits to customers of both organisations. Thomas Gunn will now offer Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS as part of its total navigation solution, while Transas will offer Thomas Gunn’s paper chart management service, which includes Admiralty and International HO’s paper charts and paper publications, as a part of its ECDIS package. This partnership sees two industry…

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