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Thursday, 09 August 2007 14:36

Cyprus begins work on VTS

Work has commenced on a coastal Vessel Traffic Management and Information System (VTMIS) for the Republic of Cyprus, under the terms of an agreement signed between the Department of Merchant Shipping in the Ministry of Communications and Works and Russian maritime technology company Transas earlier this year.

Shipbuilder Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani S.p.A is to adopt SimEnterprise simulation technology by MSC Software across all of its company sites and extended supply chain.

Friday, 03 August 2007 14:34

IMO fails to move on mandatory ECDIS

Discussions at the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) safety of navigation sub-committee meetings at the end of July have failed to produce any firm decisions on whether electronic chart display information systems (ECDIS) should be made a mandatory fit for oceangoing vessels.

Friday, 03 August 2007 14:33

US closes in on 100% container scanning

The US Senate and House of Representatives have signed off on a new bill which calls for 100 per cent scanning of maritime cargo, before it is loaded onto vessels at foreign ports, to be required within the next five years. It now only remains for President George W Bush to sign the bill for it to pass into law.

Satellite communications company Stratos has released its second quarter financial results, reporting an increase in revenues of 8 per cent on the same period last year, to $149.9 million.

Vizada (formerly France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications) is to begin offering Thuraya GmPRS (Geo mobile Packet Radio Service), a service which allows users to browse the internet, use e-mail, download and share files (FTP), and set up a VPN (virtual private network), all with a single Thuraya handset.

China Transportation Telecommunications (CTT), a subsidiary of the Ministry of Communications, has announced the launch of a maritime satellite mobile phone service in Beijing.

UK based Marine Software has supplied Bay Ferries with its MPS Marine Purchasing system for Incat hulls 046, 059 and 060, along with motor vessels 'Holiday Island', 'Confederation' and 'Princess of Acadia'.

The Port of Oakland in the US has approved funding of $275,000 to test a new emissions reduction technology that could provide an alternative to the traditional 'cold-ironing' method.

Eidesvik Offshore ASA, working with Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and a number of other companies, has been granted sponsorship from the Research Council of Norway to develop the first ship to be fuelled up on natural gas.

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