The latest meeting of IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) concludes this week, focusing on core areas relating to safety at sea including GMDSS, e-Navigation and vessel tracking.
Furuno has completed the delivery of a range of navigation systems to two new Crowley Maritime Corp LNG-powered Commitment class ConRo (combination container and Roll-On/Roll-Off) vessels, the El Coquí and Taíno.
TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, has completed the installation of a range of SAILOR GMDSS systems, including Inmarsat Mini-C and maritime radios, on board a new training ship for Turkish maritime cadets.
Inmarsat has launched SafetyNET II, a service for Maritime Safety Information Providers (MSIPs) that forms part of an upgrade programme for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released a roundup of the developments coming out of the recent 98th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), showing a strong focus on technology-related areas such as autonomous ships and cyber security.
Frequentis is to install a coastal infrastructure for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) communications in South Africa, on behalf of the South African Department of Transport in collaboration with Telkom Maritime Services.
Inmarsat is to supply five Fleet One units to a pilot initiative looking to change the way ships connecting island communities in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu communicate, part of an IMO-endorsed capacity building programme based on co-operation between the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and the Government of Vanuatu.
Singapore-based ship management company Unix Line has signed a maintenance contract with Alphatron Marine for its fleet of 42 vessels, supporting all navigation and communication equipment onboard.
Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) has upgraded its Virtual Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (VGMDSS) simulation software to add a new Inmarsat-C and Radio Telex terminal simulation.
IMO’s continuing process of modernising GMDSS has seen delegates at a Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) Sub-Committee meeting in March put Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband system forward to undergo technical assessment by IMSO (International Mobile Satellite Organization) pursuant to future inclusion as a compliant service, with a report to be provided for consideration by the next NCSR in 2018.
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