This is the first deal secured under a distribution and license agreement which MARIS has struck with Japanese company Cornes. MARIS says that the identity of the shipping management firm in question has not been revealed, at the company’s request.
The order will see MARIS ECDIS900 delivered for 20 bulk carriers, including 12 newbuilds, while installation onboard further bulk carriers is under consideration. Each vessel will be installed with two MARIS ECDIS900 units.
The partnership between MARIS and Cornes is a global distribution and license agreement through which the Japanese trading company offers MARIS solutions covering ECDIS, chart management, radar overlay, weather management, voyage planning and routing software.
Cornes has also been a designated distributor in Japan of International Admiralty Charts for 56 years, with products on offer already digital navigation systems such as the Admiralty e-Navigator.
MARIS and Cornes say they are currently in further discussions with a view to broadening the scope of their collaboration to deliver enhanced support services.
“MARIS has a 20 per cent share of the ECDIS market for existing ships under its own brand, but our share of new orders in Asia is growing rapidly,” said Steinar Gundersen, MARIS deputy chief executive (Corporate).
“As mandatory ECDIS is phased in, what is important is that navigators can rely on the technology they use to ensure safety at sea. With Cornes as our partner, Asian owners can be assured that the best available partners in technology are supporting their need to comply with the rules.”