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The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) will continue to use SES’ satellite connectivity services for remotely piloted aircraft systems’ (RPAS) operations.

Netherlands-based digital solutions provider PortXchange Products has successfully completed the migration of users from the Greater Houston Port Bureau’s (GHPB) Harborlights vessel tracking system to its proprietary PortXchange PilotTracker platform.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous Shipping (unmanned vessels) are set to transform the mercantile fleets of the world. In addition to the greening of the industry and the smartening of the logistics, there will soon have to be a wholesale revamp of design with respect to understanding of the changes that will be wrought in the maintenance and repair of cargo vessels. In this article Steve Flood, senior research consultant at Valour Consultancy outlines the steps that need to be addressed and proposes some systems of work. Current vessel design needs crews, autonomy needs a full redesign.

Inmarsat has made its maritime broadband service, Fleet Xpress, available to shipyards. Installed during new building, Fleet Xpress for Shipyards eliminates time-consuming and costly installation works in port, offering owners a pre-fitted very small aperture terminal (VSAT) solution included in the initial cost of the vessel.

A new software evaluation toolkit is being launched for free use across the shipping industry. The toolkit is designed enable shipowners and managers to make better informed decisions on digital solutions necessary to achieve fleetwide decarbonisation.

Navig8 has partnered with Windward to use the company's predictive intelligent platform to perform data-driven vessel screening for compliance, bunkering, and legal procedures. 

Euronav NV and Theyr have announced a new collaboration in which Theyr’s voyage optimisation engine has been integrated into Euronav’s Fleet Automatic Statistics and Tracking (FAST) platform.

Speedcast has announced that it will become a OneWeb distribution partner, integrating OneWeb’s low earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity into Speedcast’s unified global platform (UGP).

New research has found that maritime cyberattacks result in shipowners paying an average of around USD 3 million in ransom to the perpetrators.

Marlink has received the innovation endorsement certificate from Japanese class society ClassNK for its CyberGuard threat detection service.

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