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Representatives from China, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, and Singapore have launched the MASSPorts initiative to collaborate on and develop Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) in ports.

Four IT firms including exemptec, Fleet 99, Information Technology Engineering (ITE), and itdirekt have formed a strategic alliance to provide comprehensive global IT services for shipping lines and the maritime sector. The OpenSEA-Alliance includes 60 service hubs and around 200 staff to deliver a large IT network that can operate flexibly worldwide. 

Classification Society ClassNK has launched a new service titled “Innovation Endorsement” for certifying innovative technology.

Maritime technology and digital solutions company, Tototheo Maritime, and Marine Fields Holdings, a firm developing live Port call ‘time-stamp’ sharing, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI).

Inmarsat, Shell Shipping and Maritime, and maritime digital consultancy Thetius have launched a new ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The Challenge aims to identify technology that can benefit crew safety, health and wellbeing at sea at a moment when Covid-19 has exposed the welfare of seafarers to global scrutiny.

Privately-owned shipowner and maritime financial services company Graig Shipping has rolled out the Aqilla accounting solution to help the company make decisions relating to the changing market.

Intellian has launched the latest addition to its next generation GX range of antennas: the GX60NX, designed specifically and now type approved for use with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band VSAT network.

Broadband satellite networks and services provider Hughes Network Systems (HUGHES) has announced its participation in the winning consortium, led by the U.K. Government and Bharti Enterprises, that will acquire OneWeb out of bankruptcy. Hughes has agreed in principle to invest $50 million in the consortium.

Speedcast International has signed a new multi-year contract with Intelsat to leverage the reach and reliability of Intelsat’s global connectivity infrastructure service offerings.

The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) is set to launch the first ever seafarer welfare app designed by a ship registry.

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