South Florida Boater Option for Arrival
The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) issued a news release stating that it is instituting a new Local Boater Option for South Florida. Local boaters who are US citizens or legal permanent residents may register their biographical data and vessel information with CBP. They will then be issued a pleasure boat registration number for future arrivals at South Florida locations from foreign ports or places. Source: HK Law
Nautisk Appoints Sub-distributor in Spain
Global chart distributor Nautisk has appointed SEAMAPS ES as a sub-distributor, serving Algeciras and the surrounding areas. The Spanish chandler will service local customers with core navigational products and services direct from Nautisk including Admiralty charts and publications in both paper and digital format. SEAMAPS will also offer a number of solutions developed by Nautisk for the maritime market including POD (Print on Demand), Nautisk’s vessel information service - Neptune, and the newly launched digital publications library, NaviTab.
GoFree Vessel Monitoring Adds Global Connectivity with Vodafone
Vodafone announced today that it is working with Navico, an international marine electronics company, to bring global connectivity to Navico’s GoFree product suite. Using the Vodafone Global Internet of Things (IoT) SIM, GoFree can provide boaters, fleet managers, and service technicians with the ability to monitor, log, transmit and report important vessel information in real-time. With the connectivity, GoFree Track, an affordable hardware system,can track critical vessel information like engine hours, battery status, oil pressure, coolant temperature, fuel consumption, and more.
ShipDecision New Module for Vessel Position
Responding to Ship Brokers’ need for faster access to accurate information on vessel positions, ShipDecision has released a Broker Module of its ship management software that automates the collection of vessel position data and cargo order information. ShipDecision software eliminates the need for Brokers to search manually through the thousands of incoming daily emails. The Vessel Position feature of the system examines each incoming message and automatically extracts the critical vessel information such as the name, ownership and tonnage of the vessel; its region and position; and its open date range. Through a unique algorithm, the system also learns’ to adapt to various formats of information, so that it can extract the relevant data regardless of the format in which it is written.
Simrad Launches Type-Approved AIS
Simrad launched an Automatic Identification System (AIS) package at NorShipping. The Type Approved Simrad AI70 is designed to be a compact and user friendly unit which is able to broadcast specific vessel information. The AI70 is also able to receive other vessels broadcast data. A wealth of information can be utilized including vessel ID, cargo type, destination etc. and shore based stations. information and is also equipped to handle the forthcoming European Global Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS). The Simrad AI70 is based on the Kongsberg Seatex AIS 100 system, which is already proven in the offshore markets and known for its record breaking VHF range.
ABS Expands Public Access to Fleet Information
Carrying through on its previously stated commitment to increased transparency within the maritime industry, ABS has created unrestricted public Internet access to technical, classification and owner/operator information on the more than 9,000 vessels and marine structures in its class. The information can be found on the ABS website, www.eagle.org. It can be accessed either through the "Vessel Information" link within the "At a Glance" section on the home page, or by clicking through "Products and Services/Classification/Vessel Information".With the publication of this information in electronic format ABS will no longer publish the printed version of the ABS Record. This had been issued at least annually, without interruption, since 1867.
ABB, NAPA Sign Vessel Advisory Agreement
Power and automation technology group ABB and software solutions supplier NAPA have signed a cooperation agreement for ship design and operation. The companies will cooperate to offer the NAPA Loading Computer and the electronic NAPA Logbook under ABB’s Vessel Information and Control (VICO) portfolio as part of a complete advisory solution devised to optimize ship efficiency. The NAPA Loading Computer undertakes a wide range of calculations related to hydrostatics, intact stability and ship longitudinal strength.
AIS, AtoN, MTS – and you
USACE and USCG collaborate to make inland waterways safer. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), supported by Alion Science and Technology (Alion), has put forth considerable effort during the last two years to further extend the capabilities of the existing Automatic Identification System (AIS) network to improve the safety and efficiency of navigation along the inland rivers. The USACE works with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and other agencies and stakeholders to operate and maintain the nation’s Marine Transportation System (MTS).
ABB Energy Management System for Baleària Ferry
Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from Spanish ferry operator Baleària to supply energy management systems for one of its largest vessels. ABB’s advisory software will be installed onboard the ferry Martin i Soler, with an option to extend the project to two further vessels in the Baleària fleet. The package supplied is part of ABB’s energy management solution package EMMA Advisory Suite of software. The EMMA Advisory Suite is a decision-support tool to minimize the overall energy costs for individual vessels and entire fleets.
Panama Canal Pre-Arrival Information
The Panama Canal Authority would like to remind its customers of the requirement to submit the 'Ship Due Information' through the Electronic Data Collection System (EDCS) at least 96 hours prior to the vessel's arrival at Canal waters. The timely submission of this information is crucial to the implementation of the pre-arrival inspection process. Failure to provide accurate, timely and complete information may classify the vessel as "not ready", and may delay the vessel's transit and/or harbor movement until the information is received and the "not ready" status is lifted.
Keeping European Shipping on the Straight & Narrow
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) explains its role in support of marine safety, pollution, maritime security & vessel monitoring in a new brochure. EMSA operates maritime information systems to support the maritime monitoring activities of the Commission and Member States. • detect oil pollution and vessels through satellite images. EMSA operates the European oil spill and vessel detection service CleanSeaNet. This service analyses satellite radar images to detect possible oil spills on the sea surface. Oil spills appear as dark shapes on the image.
Boatracs Announces Fleet Wide Installation for United Barge Lines
San Diego, California, April 5, 2011: Boatracs Inc., a leader in providing integrated communications and software solutions to the maritime industry, announced today it has completed the installation of BT Forms, an electronic forms product, on 14 vessels for United Barge Lines (UBL), the inland transportation division of United Maritime Group. The project entailed the conversion of UBL’s Master’s Daily Log into an electronic form that captains can complete with their on-board PC, providing an efficient and easy-to-use form that transmits data in a cost effective and timely manner.
New Tech Saves Time for Shipbrokers
Stelvio has reacted to demands from the shipbroking sector for faster and more accurate vessel positioning and cargo order data by developing software which it claims will cut the workload by half. ShipDecision from Stelvio is designed to eliminate the need for brokers to search manually through the thousands of incoming daily emails. information such as the name, ownership and tonnage of the vessel; its region and position; and its open date range. Through a unique algorithm, the system also ‘learns’ to adapt to various formats of information, so that it can extract the relevant data regardless of the format in which it is written. search for cargo orders by lay-can date range; cargo type and quantity; zone and port; and by latest date.
Ship Decision Debuts Broker Module
ShipDecision software is designed to eliminate the need for Brokers to search manually through the thousands of incoming daily emails. The Vessel Position feature of the system examines each incoming message and automatically extracts the critical vessel information such as the name, ownership and tonnage of the vessel; its region and position; and its open date range. Through a unique algorithm, the system also “learns’ to adapt to various formats of information, so that it can extract the relevant data regardless of the format in which it is written. The Cargo Order feature of the system makes it easier for brokers to search for cargo orders by lay-can date range; cargo type and quantity; zone and port; and by latest date.
Transas Releases New Version of FleetView Online
Transas Marine has released a new version of its FleetView Online web-based SSAS-tracking service. New FleetView Online version boasts improved user interface, object overlay and chart navigation controls. Object overlay on the charts have been updated to enhance visual appearance and improve user experience at lower scales. Previous toolbars have been removed and navigation controls added to the chart display to improve viewing ability. A 'Google' style map slider bar has been added allowing scaling through the charts in three ways: zoom slider, mouse wheel scroll or manual selection from lower task bar. Vessel information panel on the left of the display can be hidden, providing a full screen chart display for presentation views.
ABB's OCTOPUS Helps Keep Heavyweight Semi-Submersibles Safe
80% of the world’s semi-submersible heavy-lift vessels are equipped with motion monitoring and decision support systems says ABB, including the 'Dockwise Vanguard' recently contracted to lift and carry off the 'Costa Concordia'. Offshore oil and gas platforms and floating production centers are getting bigger and heavier, and the ships that transport them across the oceans of the world are getting bigger and heavier as well. Recently, the world’s largest semisubmersible heavy-lift vessel…
Public Meeting, Notice of Arrival & Departure
The U.S. Coast Guard will hold a public meeting scheduled for March 5, at Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 2nd St., SW, Washington, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. to accept comments on a proposed rulemaking to amend Coast Guard regulations governing Notice of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System requirements. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register Dec. 16, 2008, would expand the applicability of Notice of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System requirements to include more commercial vessels, modify Notice of Arrival and Departure reporting requirements, establish a mandatory method for electronic data submission and would establish a separate requirement for certain vessels to submit notices of departure.
New Vessel AIS Trasceiver by Koden
New for 2012, Koden has introduced the KAT-100 Class A Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver, combining an AIS transponder unit with a high-contrast LCD display featuring rotary control knobs for quick data selection and entry via the keypad. Koden say its new IMO Wheelmarked KAT-100 Class A AIS is an ideal solution for SOLAS and sub-SOLAS class vessels, workboats and high-end private yachts. The KAT-100 transmits and exchanges the full range of required dynamic information with AIS equipped vessels…
DNV Approves "Pay as You Sail" Charts Option
Global chart distributor Nautisk has confirmed DNV approval for its Neptune Pay As You Sail (PAYS) Solution. PAYS enables users to access global ENCs for use with onboard ECDIS systems, while only paying for those that are actually used. Peter J Pran, Nautisk Project Manager said, “Despite a positive market outlook, demands on shipowners and vessel operators to make cost savings and optimize operational efficiency are continuing to increase. “Our PAYS solution gives both shore-based and onboard teams access to any number of ENCs that may be required for one particular trading route.
Veson Enhance Veslink Software
Veson Nautical, developer of commercial maritime software, formally announced major Veslink enhancements to a crowd of over 150 maritime leaders at its annual ONCOURSE User Conference in Boston, Mass. Powerful new tools make it easier than ever to collect and act on voyage reports and other mission-critical voyage data. “The focus of Veslink has always been optimizing ship to shore data collection,” said Per Ostman, Product Manager for Veslink. “Nearly 1,500 vessels already use Veslink on a daily basis. Building on this success, the latest version represents a significant investment in the data transfer infrastructure as well as the user interface. -New user interface (UI). A massive UI overhaul introduces user-specific dashboards and work lists. -The fleet map, redefined.
New Offshore Vessel Management Mobile App
Telerik says that its customer Bhagwan Marine, a leader in servicing the oil and gas industry, together with partner, Glenfield Digital Group, has released the first mobile app for offshore energy vessel management. 'LiveFleet'. Telerik explains that Bhagwan Marine wanted to be the first to leverage technology to promote its business in a bold way, setting it apart from industry-standard four-color printed brochures. The company decided to pursue a mobile app that would organize extensive vessel information and specifications…
Seapilot Class B AIS Available in North America
True Heading, a manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, GPS compasses and app navigation, announced its complete line of Graphene Class B AIS transponders have received type approval and are now shipping in the North American market. The Seapilot Class B AIS is offered in four different versions, the CTRX Graphene, WiFi-AIS CTRX Graphene, CTRX Graphene+ and WiFi-AIS CTRX Graphene+. Compact and easy to install, the Seapilot Class B transmitter sends vessel information including heading and speed…
Advisory System to Automate Fuel Efficiency
ABB launches complete marine advisory and automation system to improve fuel efficiency. Integrated advanced software, electrical systems and Azipod® propulsion can help ship owners slash fuel consumption by up to 20%. Zurich, Switzerland, September 18, 2012 -- ABB, the leading power and automation technology group announced that it has introduced several new software applications for the marine market that will help all types of ocean vessels dramatically reduce their fuel consumption. These Advisory Systems include the latest versions of ABB’s energy management system for marine applications (EMMA) and Amarcon’s Octopus solution. With the recent acquisition of Amarcon…