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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) has developed a new ships' power system called 'Siharbor', based on its DC transmission system Siplink, which enables ships berthed in port to be connected to the medium voltage network of the local power supply company and supplied with electricity.
KVH Industries, which recently announced the launch of its new 'mini-VSAT' and an upgraded version of its satellite TV system, has reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007, showing a 6 per cent increase in revenues compared to Q2 2006. Revenues for the period were $23.2 million, with net income totalling $1.5 million.
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