Furuno Hellas has been awarded Digital Twin Ready certification from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for HermAce, a smart onboard system that collects and monitors data on bridge navigation and communication equipment, actively supporting remote troubleshooting and problem rectifications.
Maritime technology and digital solutions company, Tototheo Maritime, and Marine Fields Holdings, a firm developing live Port call ‘time-stamp’ sharing, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI).
Ship manager Roxana Shipping has recently completed a major technology upgrade project, installing Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress (FX) on all ten of its tanker fleet. The project has provided each vessel with the two Mb FX package in combination with Infinity Plus and Cobham 60 GX antennas, resulting in a significant bandwidth and technology boost for both their business and crew welfare requirements.
CYSEC, a cybersecurity company from Switzerland, has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a solution mitigating the cyber risks related to ship tracking using satellite communications.
Intellian has announced the launch of its next generation tri-band product, the v240MT Gen-II antenna. Developed from the tri-band v240MT – the first multi-orbit, multi-frequency and auto-switching antenna in the market, with over 150 systems already deployed – the new product adds a host of additional features and value, including the ability to operate multiple antennas seamlessly via its dual datacenter capability, and enhanced Ku-band performance.
OneWeb has launched 34 satellites onboard a Soyuz launch vehicle from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
Seafarer happiness continues to fluctuate and while better connectivity at sea is providing seafarers with greater communication to home, increasing workload stress related to IMO 2020, limited access to welfare facilities ashore, and racism at sea are having detrimental effects on seafarer welfare today.
“One size doesn’t always fit all, especially when it comes to the digitalisation of a ship. Digitalisation can, and should, be customised to meet the needs of individual companies and vessels,” says Dominique Audion, COO, IEC Telecom Group.
Marine radio communications are uniquely different than traditional land mobile. Smaller vessels from 80 to 180 feet typically use VHF handhelds for internal and external communications. Now, some VHF two-way radios include both marine and land mobile frequencies with programmable channels for navigation and communications.
BW Group has signed a new contract with KVH to continue using its VSAT services for at least five years. The company is also upgrading 102 vessels to utilise KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM HTS network for advanced satellite communications.
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