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The EU’s EfficienSea2 project has announced that it is testing a system for digitalising Navigational Warnings that it intends to propose as a global standard, based on the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) S-124 draft standard for Navigational Warnings.

Wärtsilä has introduced its new SmartPredict system, developed by the company's Dynamic Positioning unit to reduce manoeuvring risks by displaying the vessel’s predicted future position and heading.

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has launched a new interactive online information portal, offering access to the Union’s bi-annual statistics as well as an integrated searchable archive of the complete set of presentations given at the IUMI annual conference from 2010 onwards.

Volaris Group, parent company of maritime software provider SpecTec, has announced that it has acquired shipping ERP rival ShipNet from Inchcape Shipping Services to expand its presence in the maritime vertical.

Pacific Basin Shipping has completed the deployment of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband system across its entire owned fleet of Handysize and Supramax dry bulk ships, totaling 99 vessels.

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce says that he is aiming to introduce 10 Mbps services on FleetBroadband in the early part of the next decade, once the company has completed the launch of its Inmarsat-6 generation of satellites.

Satellite communications company Thales is taking its first steps into the commercial maritime satcom market with the launch of a new system called VesseLINK, aiming to provide commercial vessels with global broadband connectivity via the Iridium network.

Rolls-Royce has announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality, confirming that Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation – has agreed to provide “a significant research grant” to fund further investment in an unmanned ship R&D centre in Turku, Finland.

Telenor Satellite and Cobham have signed an agreement for the supply of SAILOR Ka-band antenna systems to the satellite operator, to be provided to customers of Telenor’s latest generation Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service, THOR 7.

Intellian Technologies is set to introduce a new 65cm Ku/Ka-band convertible satellite communications system, called the v65, that will allow users to access both the Ku-band and Ka-band frequencies on the same antenna, similar to the company’s v100 1-metre unit but on smaller, lighter equipment.

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