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February 2016

Airbus commercial satcoms IN THIS ISSUE

sold to Apax Partners satcoms
After protracted negotiations, Airbus Defence and Space has agreed Inmarsat and Ericsson sign connected
a deal to sell back its commercial satcoms business to Apax Partners, ship agreement – 6
from whom it originally purchased Vizada in 2011 Report indicates growing disparity in

irbus Group has announced The maritime and land commer- overall revenues not enough to con-
seafarer internet access – 8
that it has signed an agree- cial satcom business has a presence in vince management that commercial
ment with French private 14 countries across Europe, Asia, the satcoms should be a core focus. Integrating the
equity firm, Apax Partners, for the Middle-East and the Americas, with a shipping organisation
sale of 100 per cent of its commercial distribution network of approximate- New VSAT contracts at Exmar – 10
satellite communication business, ly 400 re-sellers worldwide. As if to demonstrate the ongoing
including direct sales arm Marlink The deal represents a significant solid performance of its maritime
and all reseller contracts.
The final closing of the transac-
turnaround for Airbus, which had
highlighted growing demand for
business over the course of these dis-
cussions, Airbus Defence and Space
tion based on this share purchase maritime satellite services as a signif- announced a wide range of new
agreement (SPA) – subject to regula- icant driver for its original purchase VSAT contracts and system deploy-
tory approvals – is expected to take of Vizada, describing the market as “a ments towards the back-end of 2015
place in the next few months. The perfect cornerstone for Astrium to which will carry over to Apax follow- signs monitoring
cost of the transaction has not ing the acquisition. deal – 13
been disclosed. Among them is BP Shipping,
Airbus Defence and Space which has agreed a new global Sovcomflot completes wide scale IT
announced in September of multi-band VSAT deal with integration project – 16
2014, following an assessment Marlink covering its entire
of its business strategy, that it tanker fleet.
had defined military aircraft, Under the new contract,
Hayne Shipping rolls out
space, missiles and related sys- Marlink will deliver primary CyberLogitec – 17
tems and services as its future communications capabilities to
core businesses. the BP ships via its Sealink
As such, its commercial sat-
Apax has agreed to buy back part of
VSAT service, and also include electronics and
coms business, including serv-
ices to the maritime industry,
the Vizada business sold in 2011
an L-band back-up service.
BP Shipping was one of the
did not fit those strategic goals, first operators to adopt mar-
and the decision was taken to sell this develop its commercial satellite com- itime VSAT services across its tanker
Future roadmap for Sea
section of the company. munications business.” fleet, and already currently operates a Traffic Management
The commercial satcoms business Despite the business remaining range of C-band equipped ships. – 22
is part of what was formerly known profitable for its time within the While the current operated fleet
as Vizada, a company bought by Airbus Group, maritime and other will now migrate to Sealink Ku-band, Drone technology applied to vessel
Airbus from Apax Partners for $960 commercial satellite activities would those C-band vessels will retain their inspections – 24
million in 2011. The government busi- be casualties of the company’s overall existing VSAT antennas, which will
ness that was part of Vizada is not strategic redirection and focus on be used to provide multi-band con-
included in this buyback by Apax, other areas, with the minor percent- nectivity and consequently a higher
Hacking the VDR – 26
and will remain in the Airbus Group. age contribution made to the Group’s level of availability globally.
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The Maritime Communications Experts™

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Vol 16 No 5
Digital Ship Limited
2nd Floor,
2-5 Benjamin Street,
London EC1M 5QL , U.K.

Stuart Fryer

Rob O'Dwyer: Tel: +44 (0)20 8144 6737
email: The world’s largest container ship will soon be an Apax customer

CONFERENCE PRODUCER The use of dual antennas on BP’s new which supports their ability to provide a operating in the Gulf of Mexico, the North
Cathy Hodge: Tel +44 (0) 20 7253 2700 build vessels will also increase availability reliable, efficient transport service to Sea and South East Asia.
email: of services further when operating close to clients whilst making sure that crew have Onboard hardware across the fleet for
structures that may obscure line of sight to high availability of communication facili- the Sealink customised VSAT package
ADVERTISING the satellite. ties,” said Tore Morten Olsen. includes Dual C or Dual C/Ku-band
Ria Kontogeorgou: Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 3401 The Ku-band VSAT will provide data “We’re confident that our intelligent antennas, and fully redundant below-deck
email: rates at a CIR (Committed Information VSAT solution will provide the level of equipment with dual iDirect X7 modems
Rate) of 512kbps down / 256 kbps up as communication the company requires to and dual Cisco routers and switches.
EXHIBITION SALES standard for business and operational support its people, and deliver reliable, Marlink has also established MPLS
Young Suk Park: Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 3409 needs, and will also become the carrier for global bandwidth to support vessel (Multiprotocol Label Switching) terrestrial
email: BP Shipping’s existing voice calling system. operations.” integration to connect to the CGG onshore
Marlink will additionally include a Also included in the delivery will be the office network, in addition to Public IP and
compression solution to enhance web SkyFile package of applications, including DataManager web compression and filter-
Vivian Chee: Tel: +44 (0)20 8995 5540
browsing and file transfer performance, e-mail and anti-virus software specifically ing for the crew LAN.
and a web control system blocking access focusing on crew communications.
EVENTS MANAGER to user-defined websites and restricting “Our crews are critical to EASTMED’s Go large
Jo McGhee: Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 3412 bandwidth-consuming services, while giv- ability to provide clients with a reliable Another notable customer that Apax will
email: ing priority to legitimate internet usage. and efficient service, so it’s important for welcome into the fold is Mediterranean
“BP Shipping was the first tanker fleet us to be able to recruit and retain the very Shipping Company (MSC), which has
MARKETING to use Sealink VSAT services 13 years ago best maritime professionals,” said George recently completed the deployment of
Diana Engelbrecht: Tel: +44 (0)20 8144 7432 and we are proud that BP Shipping places Proviadakis, purchasing operator, VSAT services aboard the largest container-
email: its trust again in Marlink as a partner and EASTMED. ship ever built, with MSC Zoe joining 130
VSAT pioneer,” said Tore Morten Olsen, “Marlink VSAT will help us to maintain other MSC vessels using Marlink VSAT.
DIGITAL SHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS CEO of Marlink. our reputation as a responsible employer The communications system has been
€180 per year for 10 issues “Through Marlink’s own infrastructure, with modern facilities on board, where installed alongside a package of integrated
contact, we will deliver a high bandwidth data link crew members can contact family and IT solutions built around the XChange
or phone Stephan Venter on: and global support, leveraging our entire friends easily, without worrying about the communications management platform,
+44 (0)20 7017 3407
organisation to ensure BP Shipping’s costs or availability of service.” which includes Universal Remote Access
tankers can further improve operational “The extra bandwidth will also be put (URA).
performance and are supported remotely to good use for vessel operations, support- As a universal access system, rather
Speicher am Kaufhauskanal, Hamburg
24-25 February 2016 and locally by our expert engineers.” ing efficient delivery of our clients’ car- than being designed for particular termi-
goes, on time and with the highest stan- nals or protocols and requiring specific IP
DIGITAL SHIP COPENHAGEN In Greece and Egypt dards of safety.” addresses, MSC can use the same tool to
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, Also installing a new VSAT communica- Elsewhere, Egypt headquartered access IT systems on MSC Zoe as it would
Copenhagen tion system from Marlink on 20 tankers Maridive Group is to migrate 24 of its any other vessel.
5-6 April 2016 and bulkers, with L-band back-up, is Offshore Support Vessels from Marlink’s A BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Wi-
Greece-based Eastern Mediterranean entry level VSAT service package to its Fi solution, with accompanying apps, is
Maritime Limited (EASTMED), a shipping WaveCall Plus service, as well as equip- also included with the XChange deploy-
company servicing the energy, industrial ping one additional new build vessel with ment on MSC Zoe to provide voice and
and agricultural sectors. the communications system. data access for crew using their own smart-
Printed by
The Manson Group Ltd Presently EASTMED has 53 vessels Maridive Group has a globally distrib- phones, tablets or laptops.
Reynolds House, 8 Porters' Wood under management, employing 150 shore uted fleet with an operational footprint “Remote access and administration is
Valley Road Industrial Estate based personnel and a further 1,500 seago- covering North & West Africa, the key to our delivery not only for MSC Zoe,
St Albans, Hertz AL3 6PZ, U.K. ing staff. Its fleet comprises 24 tankers, 20 Mediterranean, the Caspian Sea and Latin but for the entire MSC fleet. The XChange
dry bulk carriers and nine container ships, American countries. The company agreed system enables more efficient use of MSC’s
No part of this publication may be repro-
adding up to a total DWT capacity of four an initial VSAT deal with Marlink in 2012, VSAT services, as well as a reduction in
duced or stored in any form by any
mechanical, electronic, photocopying, and a half million tons. and this latest contract adds a further five operational cost because a vessel’s IT and
recording or other means without the The VSAT package will also include vessels operating in Venezuela and Brazil, admin is cost-effectively outsourced to
prior written consent of the publisher. Airbus Defence and Space’s XChange com- whilst also moving to the upgraded service. shore,” said Tore Morten Olsen.
Whilst the information and articles in munication management platform, with its The WaveCall Plus all-inclusive pack- “MSC’s fleet managers are using
Digital Ship are published in good faith new XChange Universal Remote Access age combines Ku-band connectivity, XChange’s remote admin capabilities and
and every effort is made to check accura- (URA) solution that can be used to control featuring an increased Maximum the BYOD solution to create and manage
cy, readers should verify facts and state- any device on board and access a ship’s IT Information Rate (MIR) and CIR, with user groups, accounts and credits, making
ments direct with official sources before networks from shore for maintenance and unlimited L-band back-up. Also included high quality crew communication much
acting on them as the publisher can is the XChange service delivery platform.
troubleshooting. URA also provides third more efficient and cost effective.”
accept no responsibility in this respect.
party vendors with controlled remote Geoscience company CGG has also “Likewise, with full management of all
Any opinions expressed in this maga-
access to the vessel for support. extended its VSAT contract with Marlink IT configurations done remotely from
zine should not be construed as those
of the publisher. “Through the use of URA, EASTMED’s for a further five years, covering dual shore using URA, MSC is experiencing sig-
office based experts can address any on C/Ku-band connectivity to support opera- nificant cost and time reductions for net-
board IT issues quickly and securely, tions on CGG’s survey vessels, mainly work management across its fleet.” DS

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KVH rolls out updates to O3b raises $460m

IP-MobileCast entertainment system
Caribbean, we have revolutionised the
cruise connectivity market. Our Telco cus-
tomers are expanding their service offer- Android and iOS, so crewmembers can O3b Networks has announced that it has ings and growing their markets on the
read news delivered directly to their closed $460 million in financing to support back of O3b’s performance and capabili-
KVH has updated its IP-MobileCast con- smartphone or tablet. the company’s growth and to assist in ty.”
tent delivery service to add more viewing In addition, an update will soon make expanding the total number of satellites in “With our Energy and Government
flexibility and expand its content offerings. all content viewable on virtually any O3b’s constellation from twelve to twenty. businesses set to grow during 2016, these
The new features are being rolled out in device onboard — from the ship’s com- O3b began full commercial operations additional satellites will ensure that we
stages, with the first round of upgrades mon-area computer or television to smart- in September 2014 and today supports con- have enough capacity to service the
automatically delivered via over-the-air phones, tablets, and laptops. nectivity for approximately 40 customers demand and to provide the very best com-
software updates for current subscribers, IP-MobileCast was developed by KVH worldwide. The company says that more bination of performance and value in the
the company says. and launched in 2014 to multicast movies, than half of those customers have already market. Our ability to attract close to half a
The first IP-MobileCast improvement is TV shows, daily news and sports, as well upgraded their service commitments dur- billion dollars of incremental investment
the availability of subtitle languages for as operational data via satellite to vessels ing the first year of commercial operation. so soon after commercial launch demon-
movies, to cater to the diverse nationalities at sea. KVH says that its survey estimates “This is an incredibly exciting time for strates tremendous confidence in O3b’s
of seafarers hailing from the Philippines, indicate content has now been viewed O3b and its customers. Our constellation is business and reflects the success that we
India, Eastern Europe, Greece, Japan, more than 100,000 times by subscribers. highly scalable and can be grown in direct have already achieved.”
Russia, the UK and many other countries. “The early adopters of IP-MobileCast response to market demand.
The subtitled movies complement the ser- have been ship owners and managers who In only a little over a year
vice’s video and print news content, which understand the benefit of bringing great from our full commercial
is already available in a variety of lan- news, sports, movies, TV entertainment, launch, we can already see
guages. and operational data to their vessels, and the need for substantially
Another upgrade already completed the resulting improvements in crew more capacity in orbit to
takes the form of improvements to the user recruiting and retention, operational effi- serve our customers,” said
experience, including more accessible ciency, and competitive advantage,” says Steve Collar, CEO of O3b
menus and programme guides on the ves- Martin Kits van Heyningen, chief execu- Networks.
sels’ set-top boxes for finding and selecting tive officer of KVH. “We are the number one
content. Selected news content is also “They also appreciate the efficiency of operator in the Pacific and,
available via the IP-MobileCast app for KVH’s content delivery service in remov- together with Royal O3b began full commercial operations in 2014
ing a huge amount
of traffic from the
vessels’ networks
and in protecting
Midsize package introduced for shipznet
against the impact
of the individual for data communications via GSM near-
crew member shore and in harbours, without any addi-
downloading unli- bobz GmbH, the company behind the tional roaming costs.
censed videos or shipznet GSM communications system for “With this new offer, our midsize
accessing stream- ships at sea, has introduced a new ‘midsize package, we meet the demand of
ing audio or video data package’ to cater to ships working on shipping companies which were looking
services for their a non-global basis. for our running solution but have no
personal entertain- The full shipznet system covers more need to use shipznet worldwide,” said
ment. Forward- than 130 countries, which will be reduced Claudia Bobzin, managing director of
thinking enterpris- to 55 countries for the midsize offering, bobz GmbH.
es see that IP- though this will still cover the main ship- “This new midsize data package
MobileCast meets a ping routes in Europe, USA, Russia, China includes 55 important countries and our
A greater range of subtitle languages will now be available number of impor- and Singapore. established hardware and technology, like
tant needs.” The package offers a monthly flat rate the world-wide one.”

SpeedCast closes 2015 with flurry of acquisitions tomers will be able to land their traffic in as it is one of only two major teleport nised organisation with a strong market
Singapore, co-locate equipment there, infrastructures in Singapore, at the heart position in South and Central America, a
SpeedCast has completed a whirlwind glob- leverage a stock of spare parts, and access of our core Asian maritime and energy major and growing region for satellite
al shopping spree for 2015, with the the offshore certified engineering team markets.” services. NewCom fills a gap in our capa-
announcement that it has entered into a and customer support centre. The associ- “This acquisition is very complementa- bilities and we can now state that we
definitive agreement to acquire ST Teleport, ated lab will also allow customers to test ry to both parties, and combining the are truly global and capable of serving
a satellite communications services provider applications and do live proofs of concept strengths of SpeedCast and ST Teleport our customers wherever they are,” said
based in Singapore, as well as agreeing a on site. will allow us to present our customers new Mr Beylier.
deal to buy NewCom International, a sat- ST Teleport’s hybrid satellite-fibre infra- compelling solutions for their satellite “There is a real growth opportunity for
com company specialising in the South and structure supports access to more than 22 communications needs.” SpeedCast in the Americas that we will
Central American regions. satellites and direct connections to fibre The acquisition of NewCom meanwhile now be able to better realise. With
The acquisitions are the fifth and sixth switches in Asia and in the US. opens a new potential growth area for NewCom’s infrastructure, local presence,
acquisitions announced by SpeedCast in “The acquisition of ST Teleport takes SpeedCast in a region where the company relationships and experience, combined
2015. our capabilities in the strategic hub of did not have a direct presence. with SpeedCast’s strengths, we are well
The deal for ST Teleport includes the Singapore to a completely different NewCom already has customers positioned to deliver innovative and
company’s teleport facilities and data cen- level. This is very important for our across a range of verticals, including gov- value creating solutions to customers in
tre infrastructure in Singapore, and aims growth in Asia-Pacific in maritime and ernment, telecom, oil & gas, maritime, the Americas.”
to strengthen the company’s position in energy,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO NGOs, aviation and mining, and has two SpeedCast’s burgeoning presence in
both the maritime and energy sectors in of SpeedCast. teleports in Miami, Florida (where the the Americas started in 2014 with the
Asia-Pacific. “Our customers will be able to lever- company is based) and Lima, Peru. Staff opening of a Houston office, before a fur-
The infrastructure further complements age an impressive infrastructure and are spread across the Americas including ther expansion into Washington DC in
the teleports acquired by SpeedCast earli- about 50 communications and IT experts Miami, Peru, Columbia and Mexico. 2015. The NewCom transaction is expect-
er in 2015 in Australia through its NewSat to meet their business needs. ST Teleport “I am thrilled to see NewCom joining ed to be completed by the second quarter
acquisition, meaning that SpeedCast’s cus- represented a significant opportunity, the SpeedCast group as it is a well-recog- of 2016.

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VoIP deal for Globecomm Kymeta flat panel antennas complete Intelsat network tests existing liquid-crystal display TV display lines, marking the first step towards
One Horizon Group, which operates its mass-volume of the antennas.
own Chinese retail VoIP service called Kymeta Corporation and Intelsat report “At Intelsat, we are pursuing innova-
Aishuo, has signed an agreement to deliver that they have successfully completed ini- tion in both satellite technology and
its mobile VoIP service to Globecomm Asia. tial testing of the mobility performance of ground systems to enable simpler access
The technology will be used in the deliv- Kymeta’s flat-panel antennas on Intelsat’s to our services,” said Stephen Spengler,
ery of a new Globecomm branded crew- satellite network for maritime applications. chief executive officer of Intelsat.
calling VoIP app. Globecomm will purchase Building and testing of Kymeta’s first “Our partnership with Kymeta will
pre-paid calling cards from One Horizon glass-on-glass, thin-film-transistor-based help ensure that our customers have
and resell to ship crews through its network antennas, with receive and transmit on the much easier and more cost effective
of maritime distribution channels. same aperture, has been completed. This access to our fleet to leverage the power
Phone calls will be carried through the maritime prototype forms the basis of and higher performance of our satellites
One Horizon Public Switched Telephone Kymeta’s 70cm Ku-band product, and the to solve their complex connectivity
Network (PSTN) in Asia, Europe and technology is currently being produced on issues.” Kymeta’s flat panel technology has been
North America, and billed to the crew on a tested for maritime applications
pay-as-you-go basis. One Horizon says
that it expects monthly revenue per vessel
to reach $150 on the service. Telesat completes satellite launch
One Horizon's technology has already
been successfully trialled by Globecomm and Space and is the first of a new genera- beams to increase capacity.
and is aimed at smaller capacity internet tion of Telesat satellites. Operating from an Telstar 12 VANTAGE replaces Telesat’s
connections like satellite internet because Satellite operator Telesat has successfully orbital location of 15 degrees West, the Telstar 12 satellite, and will use Ku-band
of its low bandwidth usage. The company launched its new Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite will utilise a combination of broad for all customer services for backward
has previously completed maritime Ku-band satellite aboard a rocket provided regional beams and high throughput spot compatibility with existing Ku-band termi-
deployments with Singtel and Smart by Mitsubishi Heavy nal equipment.
Communications in the Philippines. Industries (MHI). “Telstar 12 VANTAGE marks another
“We were delighted to be able to The new satellite aims to advance in Telesat’s record of innovative
expand our VoIP as a Service platform to provide customers in mobil- payload designs and provides our cus-
even more high quality maritime operators ity markets, including mar- tomers with the advantages they need to
like Globecomm,” said One Horizon itime as well as government compete successfully in today’s satellite
Group CEO, Brian Collins. and energy users, with a service markets,” said Dan Goldberg,
“Our track record of success in low band- greater range of service Telesat’s president and CEO.
width conditions like those at sea or at options between EMEA and “Telesat is pleased to be building on our
remote mining sites is a key driver for these the Americas, along with leadership in mobility services, both mar-
new revenue streams in our business. Both new beams over Brazil, itime and aero, with powerful new cover-
teams worked tirelessly to deliver a truly Sub-Saharan Africa, the age over the North Sea, the Mediterranean,
high quality and affordable calling solution South Atlantic, Caribbean, Caribbean and the South Atlantic. We
for the crews aboard the Globecomm fleets.” Mediterranean and North would like to thank our valued partners –
The Globecomm app can be down- Sea. MHI and Airbus Defence and Space – for
loaded from the Google Play store and Telstar 12 VANTAGE the successful and timely launch of
from Apple's iTunes App store. was built by Airbus Defence Telstar 12 VANTAGE was launched on an MHI rocket Telesat’s Telstar 12 VANTAGE satellite.”

Inmarsat and Ericsson sign connected ship agreement VSAT network for the maritime market, integrated services.” cy,” said Jeff Hsu, senior vice president, U- which also extends to Fleet Xpress now The first application of this new arrange- Ming Marine Transport Corporation.
that Inmarsat's Global Xpress has entered ment will be through a contract Ericsson has “Our partnership with Ericsson will
Inmarsat and Ericsson have signed a global commercial service. recently agreed with U-Ming Marine ensure U-Ming maintains its drive to be
strategic maritime agreement which will The new strategic relationship will also Transport Corporation, a marine transporta- the most operationally efficient and eco-
see the two companies jointly develop pave the way for integration between tion company headquartered in Taipei, friendly shipping company we can be. I am
satellite and application integration pack- Ericsson’s Maritime ICT Cloud and con- Taiwan, to deliver end-to-end connected looking forward to the partnership and to
ages to connect ships at sea with services in nectivity delivered over Inmarsat’s satel- vessel and voyage optimisation solutions. applying Ericsson's ICT capabilities to our
the Cloud and on shore. lite communications network, including Ericsson's Maritime ICT Cloud service business.”
As a first step, Ericsson has signed a dis- both Ka- and L-band. will be used by U-Ming to collect near-real- U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation,
tribution contract to offer XpressLink, “With Fleet Xpress, the world’s first time data on vessel location and move- part of the Far Eastern Group, is the
Inmarsat’s combined L-band and Ku-band mobile hybrid Ka-/L-band high-speed ment, and to monitor vessel speeds against biggest bulk carrier in Taiwan with 42 ves-
broadband service, embedded in and manually set planned speeds, for the pur- sels in operation, and this agreement rep-
enabling world-class solutions from poses of optimising fuel consumption and resents Ericsson's first bulk carrier deal
Ericsson, we are re-defining maritime con- to support process automation. globally. Ericsson already supports
nectivity. This transformational agreement In addition, Ericsson will deliver its Maersk Line with end-to-end systems inte-
will open up opportunities for vessel oper- Connected Vessel package, which will sup- gration, deployment and management of
ators and managers to capture intelligent port ship-to-shore VoIP and e-mail com- mobile and satellite communication for its
data immediately,” said Ronald Spithout, munications for personnel on board U- fleet of 400 vessels.
president of Inmarsat Maritime. Ming’s vessels. The connectivity element “U-Ming choosing Ericsson's Maritime
“Everyone is talking about ‘big data’, but of the services provided will use ICT Cloud is another proof that the
eventually it is the deployment of applica- Inmarsat’s satellite networks. Networked Society is taking off,” said
tions on board and the end-to-end manage- Under the terms of the agreement, Chris Houghton, head of region North
ment of integrated intelligence that will ulti- Ericsson will manage day-to-day operations East Asia, Ericsson.
mately change the way the maritime indus- and maintenance of the solution, along with “The combination of mobility, broad-
try operates; making it more efficient, initial installation and integration. band and cloud can help every industry
greener and unlocking greater value.” “The implementation of Ericsson's fleet realise its full potential. This end-to-end
“We are happy that the reliability of management system will help U-Ming solution combines Ericsson's global capa-
the Inmarsat constellation of satellites and Marine Transport elevate our communica- bilities with our maritime domain expert-
Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat operational standards are recognised as tions systems, enhance our crew's wellbe- ise, and we look forward to working
the best fit in the Ericsson roadmap of ing and safety, and improve fuel efficien- together with U-Ming.”

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First Epic launch date approaches payload commercially available, according “With broadband demands only ready for its planned January launch
to Intelsat. increasing, Intelsat 29e will enable our cus- date and to mark the next evolution
Intelsat has announced that Intelsat 29e, Located at 310° East, Intelsat 29e will tomers to extend the reach of their net- in Intelsat’s longstanding history of
the first of the Intelsat EpicNG series of replace Intelsat 1R and Intelsat 805 and works and provide high quality, fast, reli- innovation.”
high throughput satellites, is scheduled to provide spot beams for maritime cus- able connectivity, whether they are serving Intelsat 29e is the first of Intelsat’s next
launch on January 27, 2016. tomers in the heavily trafficked North end users in flight, at sea or increasing the generation EpicNG satellite fleet, combin-
The spacecraft will be carried into orbit Atlantic region. amount of throughput on existing broad- ing wide beams and spot beams with fre-
aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA “This is an exciting time for our compa- band infrastructure.” quency reuse technology. Intelsat expects
launch vehicle from the Guiana Space ny, with Intelsat leading the way with new “With 2016 fast approaching, Intelsat to launch the second EpicNG satellite,
Center in Kourou, French Guiana. satellite-based solutions that address the 29e is completed and awaiting shipment Intelsat 33e, which will serve Europe,
Manufactured by Boeing, the EpicNG needs of our always-connected world,” to the launch site. Intelsat continues Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, in the
satellites operate in both C-and Ku-band, said Stephen Spengler, chief executive offi- to work closely with Boeing and third quarter of 2016, also aboard an
and will operate the most advanced digital cer, Intelsat. Arianespace to ensure that Intelsat 29e is Arianespace launcher.

Report indicates growing disparity in seafarer internet access Mackay Internet access and shore leave were issues, while still others have no connectiv-
Communications buys
identified as key areas affecting happiness ity at all. Canadian business
Social network for seafarers Crewtoo has for those serving at sea according to the According to Crewtoo a number of
published the results of its third Crewtoo survey, and while some seafarers now respondents feel that “insufficient invest-
Seafarers Happiness Index survey, indicat- report good, often cheap or even free ment is being made in ensuring ongoing,
ing a growing disparity in internet access access, others only occasionally get online high-speed, and quality connections”, and Maritime electronics and communications
at sea. and have to put up with cost or technical those without internet access likened con- provider Mackay Communications has
ditions to being in the “stone age.” acquired the marine business of CMC
Designed to monitor and benchmark Electronics of Canada, the company reports.
seafarer satisfaction levels in 10 specific The deal also includes service stations
areas, this third quarterly report shows an in Asia and the US Gulf, which will sup-
overall seafarer satisfaction level of 6.37 on port Mackay’s plans to offer 24/7 marine
a scale of 1 to 10, which is virtually service on a global basis, with offices at
unchanged from the 6.44 overall level major ports.
reported in August. CMC Electronics’ parent company
The score related to Connectivity was Esterline, a supplier of aviation systems, is
6.62, slightly above the average but down divesting from the maritime sector to con-
0.14 since the prior survey. The cost of con- centrate efforts on its core aviation busi-
nection was highlighted as a particular ness. CMC Electronics’ maritime brand
concern, with a number of respondents traces its roots to the Canadian Marconi
stating that they paid upwards of US$500 Company (CMC); originally the Marconi
per month for access, and this represented Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada.
a significant percentage of their wage. Following the deal a new regional divi-
The report also notes unhappiness from sion, Mackay Marine Canada, will blend
crews that some shipowners were raising Mackay’s Vancouver office and CMC
revenue from their seafarers, viewing con- Electronics’ marine locations; resulting in
nectivity as a revenue source. While some five Mackay offices in Vancouver, Quebec
did not mind this approach if costs were City, Halifax and Yarmouth, and St. John’s.
fair, others likened it to owners charging Robert Barkley, former general manag-
While some seafarers have access to a range of services, for food or water to make a profit. er of CMC Electronics’ marine segment,
others have no internet access at all has been appointed president of Mackay
Marine Canada.

EMC extends connectivity arrangement with Mercy Ships “CMC’s marine business has achieved
an excellent reputation as Canada’s largest
and most successful marine electronics advanced global mobility platform, patent- globe, staffed by EMC field engineers, ready supplier and service provider,” he said.
ed technologies and customer support. We to render prompt and efficient service to the “The acquisition by Mackay
EMC has signed an agreement with Mercy have 52 field service offices around the Mercy Ships vessels wherever they travel.” Communications will allow our commer-
Ships to expand and upgrade the satellite cial marine business to capitalise on its
communication systems and services it is accomplishments and growth potential
providing to the hospital vessel operator. under the ownership of a marine-oriented
Under the agreement, EMC will roll out company.”
its HD Connect global on-demand video “By joining forces with Mackay, a pre-
service aboard the charity’s hospital ship mier supplier of marine electronics and
Africa Mercy, providing broadcast-quality world-class service, with 125 years of
video anywhere in the world and allowing experience, the new Mackay Marine
onboard volunteer staff to connect into Canada team will prosper and realise even
weekly international team meetings. greater success.”
EMC says it is also increasing the satel- Mackay has opened four new locations
lite bandwidth available to the ship, and in 2015, including Gulf Coast Mackay
providing access to live broadcasts from Marine Mobile, as well as Qingdao, Hong
BBC and Fox News. Kong, and Malaysia service stations, to
“The new agreement builds on our out- complement existing Singapore and
standing 15-year working relationship as Shanghai sales and service facilities in Asia.
the provider of mission-critical satellite The company will close out the year
connectivity and content to Mercy Ships,” with 30 wholly-owned marine sales and
said Brent Horwitz, president, cruise and service operations, 15 in the US, five in
ferry services, EMC. Canada, and 10 additional worldwide
“At EMC, we offer an unmatched value locations, with a network of more than 90
proposition for ships at sea through our Mercy Ships can send and receive video across the world using the EMC network global service agents.

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Integrating the shipping organisation

Integrating vessels operating at sea with shore offices and allowing information to flow freely around an organisation
is on the standard wish list for most shipping IT departments – but though it sounds simple enough, actually achieving
this goal can be a complicated process. Shipping company Exmar has decided to take on the challenge, and is in the
process of rolling out a bespoke integrated system that it believes will completely change its operations

elgium headquartered shipping “One of the complexities that we are ware system that supports those methods aim to have these business processes

B company Exmar has embarked on

an ambitious mass integration proj-
ect to connect the various parts of the
dealing with today is that our business is
impacted by the fact that we are tramping
and do a tramp rate, saying that the
of working.
ALEX will be the platform that inte-
grates the business processes into a single,
linked into one single intelligent system,
where all of the data is incorporated,”
said Mr Renette.
organisation – at sea and on shore – vessel is going to one port when it can intelligent system that will even aim to “We want to have one integrated sys-
through the creation of a customised soft- suddenly change to another port,” allow Exmar to respond proactively to tem, because today our software landscape
ware and IT system tailored to the compa- Mr Renette explained. unforeseen events or situations that could is completely scattered and we want to
ny’s processes that will rely on standard- “So we wanted to better interconnect impact the smooth running of its ship man- have one fully integrated system to be able
ised data flows. the company, to have a data flow going agement business. to completely integrate and have a flexible
Leading the charge on this project is from the vessel to the office to make sure “ALEX is built by Exmar ship management solution, to be able to
application portfolio manager at Exmar, that the data is available at the time it Shipmanagement, for Exmar shift very quickly based on real time data.
Ivan Renette, a man who has spent a is needed, in real time, to be able to Shipmanagement. It’s the first time that we What we are trying to do is have the data
decade and a half working towards per- plan ahead.” have actually gone and asked our cus- centralised in an integrated system to
fecting the company’s planned mainte- “That is combined with our clients’ tomers, the people in the office and the improve efficiency.”
nance system, as he explained during a needs, where our biggest clients include oil people on board to see what they needed
presentation at the Digital Ship Maritime and gas companies, they are very demand- to have as tools to make their lives easier,” System architecture
CIO Forum in Rotterdam. ing. We want everything in the system and Mr Renette explained. Working with Exmar on the software ele-
Initially, that planned maintenance sys- to be flexible enough to be able to answer “This is, of course, a project that can’t be ments of the project is a company called
tem project had been a temporary assign- their questions, and help us to achieve organised from the top down but needs to Pearlchain, an IT provider that is deliver-
ment expected to last for six months after operational excellence and making our go from the bottom up, with the support of ing the application ‘building blocks’ used
Mr Renette started work in the Exmar assets efficient.” the management team. I won’t elaborate in the creation of ALEX, which are put
newbuildings department – 15 years later Historically, managing this business has on everything we did, but we did a lot of together to create a software architecture
that focus on planned maintenance was involved a vast array of software applica- analysis on board – SWOT (strengths, directly suited to the shipping company’s
still in place until the company manage- tions to create and manage data and infor- weaknesses, opportunities and threats) own way of working.
ment approved the creation of a Planned mation related to different tasks. This analysis, FMEA (failure mode and effects Pearlchain has its roots in the automo-
Maintenance Optimisation (PMO) centre stretched across systems for things like analysis) studies, RCM (reliability-centred tive sector where it has experience in creat-
of excellence where all business processes vessel positioning and noon reporting, maintenance) studies and others. Lots of ing integrated software and data systems
would be streamlined. crew operations and wages, accounting interesting stuff that I’d like to talk about if for the management of car construction
Those process streamlining efforts have systems and planned maintenance, and I had enough time!” plants, as the company’s CEO Rudy
led the company to where it is today, Excel spreadsheets for one function As part of this development process Hagelman explained.
building an entirely new software infra- or another. Exmar is currently working in eight “What we learned in this (maritime)
structure which it hopes will create huge Clearly, this kind of set up will act as a ‘streams’ or business areas, for things industry is that it’s really a different indus-
benefits in efficiency and accuracy across barrier to information sharing between like maintenance management or pur- try, but the problems and opportunities are
the shipping company and its approxi- systems, and data that staff may need to do chasing or ICT, with specialised experts very similar to others. Our expertise is not
mately 50 vessels under management. their jobs effectively may be hidden in looking at their own stream and how in maritime, our expertise is in the auto-
One of the initial challenges in places and applications where those work- it could be incorporated into one motive industry, and the Internet of Things
approaching this project was finding a way ers aren’t usually involved. distinct whole. of course brings you, in one go, into a real-
in which a company offering different ship The Exmar solution to this has been the “ALEX is the name given to the project time world. If you have systems that take
management services through different creation of a new integrated application that is going to set up and manage our 24 hours to react then you have a problem
business units, such as for offshore oil and system called ALEX, looking at how busi- business processes as we have them when you need the information in a couple
gas, LPG and LNG carriers, and shipping ness processes are managed in just about today. It is, of course, a continuous of seconds,” he said.
consultancy, could create standards when every aspect of the company’s daily improvement programme, so we will be “The automotive industry did it, in
work carries ships to all parts of the world work flows, including typical routines on continuously scrutinising all of the every factory they react immediately to
without a predictable pattern. board and on shore, and creating a soft- processes in the future. It is absolutely the everything that’s happening in production,

Exmar aims to have data flow to and from the ship into a single system called ALEX, rather than spreading information across a range of different applications

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and shipping will have to do the same. The may not have been part of the team’s plan an audit going on or a vetting inspector to introduce a company-wide system that
big difference of course is that the ships are at the start of the day. coming – everything.” houses data on all aspects of operation and
all over the world, but the distance is not “What we are trying to do in imple- “Imagine having all of these things pre- moves away from what Mr Renette says is
the problem anymore.” menting this system is, to some extent, pared and then you get an e-mail from the typical shipping area of expertise in
“For Exmar, it’s their system and all of foresee the unforeseen. If you look at chartering telling you that the vessel is not data duplication.
the processes are individual for the compa- Formula 1 for example, I was reading going to Tampa but is going to Antwerp “To avoid that ALEX is basically going
ny, and that’s important. Different compa- about McLaren and they want to instead. People will go ballistic and get to replace all of the different software sys-
nies' business processes will be different. absolutely know all of the things that can nervous – we want to have information tems we have acting independently with
The world is changing, and instead of happen during a race, they want to fore- ready and available and make people feel an integrated system, to make sure that the
doing these things inside the comfort of a see what can happen and be ready,” Mr more comfortable, taking away that nerv- data is added only once, and that we have
factory we can now do it where the factory Renette said. ousness from the end user and giving it efficient and streamlined business process-
is the whole world.” “This is the kind of thing we want to do back to the system.” es,” he explained.
One interesting aspect of this process is in implementing ALEX. What we are plan- “Things can really go wrong in a com-
that Exmar wants ALEX to help it deal ning to do is things like knowing which Company-wide plex situation. It’s very painful to have to
with unpredictable events, and to more crew is going to go where, which spare The first step in making information avail- tell your CEO that you don’t have a clue
easily shift data and information within parts will be delivered, which stores are able is collecting it in the first place, of where certain spare parts are, because we
the system when something happens that going to a vessel, and whether there is course, and in this regard Exmar is aiming had never taken into account that the ves-
sel, at a certain moment, would have to
divert. We’re only human, and it’s human
Digital Ship Events Global Sponsor to make mistakes, somebody can forget
something or something can get over-
looked, and that might end up in thou-
sands of Euros of spare parts at a local
agency without anyone realising that they


forgot to forward them.”
“There is a lot of technology behind this,
we will allow our users to use semantic

reporting, which I call ‘SQL for dummies’.
They will be able to prepare the data that is
going to be used, and as soon as something
that is unforeseen happens to react imme-

25 & 26 FEBRUARY 2016

diately to that, with that reaction triggering
fields, which will then trigger workflows,
which are embedded workflows. There

will also be user-defined workflows which
will automatically be fired up as soon as
something happens.”
To make sure that nothing is overlooked

5 & 6 APRIL 2016

Exmar is also creating created a person-
alised display for users of the system with
a ‘to-do’ list for different roles, such as for

a superintendent, for a chief engineer, of
for a purchaser, so each role sees their own
particular tasks and minimises the chances
of items being overlooked.

12 & 13 OCTOBER 2016

This will tie in with the company’s
efforts to put in place workflows that will
be triggered when the system encounters

unforeseen events, as Mr Renette men-
tioned earlier. So, if the vessel changes des-
tination from Tampa to Antwerp, things

9 & 10 NOVEMBER 2016

like requisitions, RFQs, noon reports etc
will all be triggered to adapt to his unfore-
seen change.
In the office, the relevant to-do lists dis-
played to each user in every role will be


updated and populated with new infor-
mation as the different parts of the

FORUMS IN 2016 IN 2016

process are completed. This will tell that
user what they need to look at or actions
they need to perform, and will notify
CYPRUS – 3 FEBRUARY 17 March @ APM them of their own specific consequences

HONG KONG – MAY from this change.

8 June @ Posidonia Realising this goal of being such a
8 September @ SMM
deeply integrated and collaborative ship-
BERGEN – 23 NOVEMBER ping company will no doubt take sus-
tained and extended effort, but Exmar
:WVUZVYLKI`! /VZ[LKI`! should be applauded for its ambition in
this regard and for its cutting edge think-
ing – perhaps best demonstrated by the
Dates subject to change as required by the organiser.
fact that it has even included smartwatch
development in its programme.
“Everything is multi-platform, we have
been looking at tablets, we have been look-
ing at Mac computers, at iPhones – and
 +PNP[HS:OPW ';OL+PNP[HS:OPW +PNP[HS:OPW,]LU[Z even, to make it very 2016, we’re going to
have it on the Apple Watch as well, so you
;VÄUKV\[TVYLHIV\[[OLL]LU[ZJVU[HJ[@V\UNZ\R7HYR,!`V\UN'[OLKPNP[HSZOPWJVTVY;!  can be notified that the vessel is changing
For the latest updates on all of our events visit port right there on your wrist as you are
running!” said Mr Renette. DS

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SOFTWARE Digital Ship

monitoring deal with Marorka ment and optimising the energy efficiency
of our fleet using the trusted technology
ADNATCO & NGSCO, the shipping arm of our partner Marorka,” said Dr.
of ADNOC and its group of companies, Al-Yabhouni.
has signed a “multi-million dollar” MOU “The system is capable of monitoring
with Marorka to supply and install vessel energy consumption and provid-
ship performance monitoring systems for ing support and advice to ships' officers
its fleet. on how to improve hull efficiency, main
The agreement was signed by Dr. Ali propulsion performance and voyage
Obaid Al-Yabhouni, CEO of ADNATCO management. These three elements are
& NGSCO, and by Ole Skatka Jensen, CEO the main concerns for any shipping com-
of Marorka. pany looking to improve operational effi-
“This agreement is part of our ongoing ciency and reduce their ships' carbon Ole Skatka Jensen and Dr Ali Obaid Al-Yabhouni
commitment to protecting the environ- footprint.”

Veson makes Veslink a standalone application PortVision 360 launched lenges, we are now delighted to provide point of interest or user-defined zones.
the benefits of Veslink to any maritime This can optionally be integrated with
Veson Nautical has made its Veslink sys- shipping company.” Oceaneering has launched its new satellite AIS and radar for a more detailed
tem available as a standalone platform, Veslink can be used to manage data col- PortVision 360 system, with expanded situational picture.
separated from its IMOS enterprise soft- lection from ship to shore through its vessel tracking and management User-defined event-based alerts can be
ware package. Forms feature, with integrated network capabilities. delivered to the desktop or e-mail, cus-
“Simply put, Veslink enables shipping capabilities to allow partner access, while The new offering is built on an AIS- tomised down to the terminal, dock and
companies to collect, analyse, and share mar- also providing distances and live data like based business intelligence platform that buoy level. Group-based notification has
itime data. Until now, it only has been imple- weather or bunker prices through its Maps can provide real-time analytics and report- also been enabled, to share fleets, vessel
mented alongside IMOS. But we’ve seen a system. ing capabilities, with additional add-on and terminal notes, alerts, and other
growing demand for Veslink from prospec- Aggregated data depicting the com- modules available to meet specialised information.
tive clients who use a variety of other solu- bined performance of all vessels in a fleet application needs. PortVision 360 is available in
tions,” said Agya Garg, product manager. is also available through the Performance An expanded reporting function lever- Professional and Enterprise editions,
“So, in keeping with Veson Nautical’s Reporting and analytics function. ages a data warehouse of 100 billion vessel with tiered feature sets, and is
philosophy of continually innovating our At present, more than 3,000 vessels are arrivals, departures, passings, and individ- accessible from PCs, tablets or mobile
solutions to address today’s shipping submitting Veslink forms each month, the ual vessel movements, including vessel devices, with support for most modern
needs and anticipate tomorrow’s chal- company says. and location snapshot reports and vessel, web browsers.

Tritec moves to latest shipbuilding software

s at
a RoPax vessel, as well as intact and Visit U ific ac
damage stability calculations as part of Asia P
it ime
Tritec Marine Limited has upgraded its an oil outflow risk assessment on a pair of
t h B -G10
shipbuilding software package, moving to MR tankers. Boo
version 6.7 of the Autohydro Pro hydrostat- “Autohydro’s ability to handle any ves-
ics, stability, and longitudinal strength sel type and its versatility to carry out a
application to benefit from its latest features. wide variety of calculations makes it an
Tritec Marine is headquartered in integral part of our day-to-day opera-
Clydebank, Scotland and has offices in tions,” said Bradley Golden, president and
New York, Shanghai, Singapore, and senior naval architect of Tritec Marine’s US
Mumbai, and has been using Autohydro to subsidiary, Tritec Marine USA.
assist with stability and longitudinal “The user-friendly interface and report-
strength related projects for more than ing functions combined with its powerful
20 years. calculation tools allows us to closely study
Some of Tritec’s recent Autohydro relat- the stability and strength characteristics of
ed projects include loading conditions our clients’ vessels, and provide them with
and longitudinal strength calculations in cost-effective solutions to meet their
association with a new stability book for requirements.”

Tritec has moved to version 6.7 of Autohydro Pro

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Servowatch trim optimiser launched unloading fuel, supplies and personnel.”
ServoTrim employs hydrostatic level
Servowatch has introduced a new trim and transmitters to measure ballast tank levels
draught stability optimiser, ServoTrim, and provide multi-port draught indica-
designed specifically to ‘balance the tions. To protect the sensors from external
draught’ of SWATH (Small Waterplane moisture, they are encased in IP68 and
Area Twin Hull) vessels. IP69K standard stainless steel housings.
The first of these systems will be deliv- Once the system has been commis-
ered to a Taiwanese shipyard for integration sioned, the crew manually sets the trim
with a 22m wind farm supply vessel under ‘datum point’ when the vessel is at rest and
construction for a UK-based operator. the loading of fuel, commodities and per-
“The need to calculate ship trim and sonnel is complete and stable.
draught is one of the most important meas- This is achieved by manually operating
urements operators take to ensure vessel the ballast tanks fill and empty control sys-
stability and safety. ServoTrim is designed tem until the ‘correct’ trim is obtained. The
to control a balanced draught for a vessel, data is then entered into the control system
providing automatic flow control after memory, with reference signals taken from
manual trim has been set,” said Wayne four draught sensors mounted within a The software will be initially used in the design of a wind farm supply vessel
Ross, CEO, Servowatch. vented pipe inside the vessel.
“While the system is not a fully automat- Each ballast tank is equipped with a data is fed into the control system to form the ‘dead bands’ of the control system, and
ic dynamic stabilisation system, the system level sensor to determine the depth of the a ‘datum point’ for each ballast tank. automatically checks the ‘datum point’
can be reset to automatically recognise the water in each ballast tank. When the ‘auto- The system automatically controls the every 10 minutes by comparing the actual
optimum trim and draught for different matic’ mode control is selected the ballast water level in each ballast tank to maintain draught level sensor signals with the sig-
operational conditions, such as loading or tank sensor data and the draught sensor the vessel selected ‘datum point’ within nals registered.

KVH company Videotel reports that it

SRO set to launch software migration tool has appointed Joe Pitcher as its sales direc- ABB opens
tor, to lead business development efforts period, allowing for a quick and low and liaise with Videotel’s global network Integrated
impact transfer to Maximo.” of agents and sales offices. Previously, Mr
SRO is to launch a new SDU (SRO The template used for the software Pitcher was head of sales at V.Group Operations Center
Dynamic Upgrader) for customers wish- allows implementation to be completed Marine Services.
ing to migrate from competing maritime with minimal additional training require-
software systems, such as AMOS, SIS, ments for on board staff, as well as provid-
Ulysses and IFS, to SRO’s own Maximo for ing all the base reports, configuration and ABB has opened a new Integrated
Maritime application. KPIs required to begin work with the Operations Center which aims to assist
Maximo is based on IBM technology, application. ship operators in remotely managing their
targeted for use as an asset management Underpinning the migration process is fleet from shore.
system in various industries outside the the SDU technology which enables the use From the centre, situated in Billingstad
shipping sector. The SMM (SRO Maximo of ‘live’ data throughout the migration in Norway, ABB engineers can connect to
for Maritime) system is the marine- process, including system testing, training any vessel which is fitted with the com-
focused version of the application. and cutover. pany’s technology, using sensors and
“(The) shifting focus and demand for SRO says that this de-risks the software onboard the ship to send back
more extensive system capability has changeover process by enabling multiple equipment and performance data via
enabled us to invest in further developing system versions, or different systems, to satellite link.
our SDU technology to seamlessly migrate continue operating in real-time with ‘live’ This information is then used for
existing marine asset management sys- data without service interruptions. remote troubleshooting and in updating
tems to Maximo,” said Tony Lackey, The company has recently concluded its the ship’s performance and maintenance
Joe Pitcher, Videotel
SRO’s technical director. proof of concept for its SDU for Marine plan.
“The SDU for Marine will minimise any and SMM and says it is now developing The new centre is part of ABB’s marine
‘downtime to vessels’ during the cut-over the system for launch. Integrated Operations concept, with the
company focusing on applying the
Internet of Things Services and People

GAC updates App (IoTSP) to connect ships, their owners’

technical headquarters and ABB’s sup-
port departments. to specify their ‘favourites’ for quicker In this way ABB aims to be able to
access, and the directory can be accessed monitor many of the ship's critical
Shipping, logistics and marine services offline if required. pieces of equipment and their key param-
company GAC has introduced a new ver- “Around three-quarters of the world’s eters, for example on power production
sion of its mobile phone application that population now have access to mobile and Azipod propulsion. More than
gives users access to a directory of GAC phones, and as a result mobile communi- 500 vessels are connected to ABB’s
contact details. cations for business is moving to a new Integrated Operations set up today, the
The latest upgrade of the app, which level,” said Christer Sjödoff, GAC’s group company says.
was originally launched three years ago, vice president – commercial. “We are monitoring the key parameters
offers improved integrated search capabil- “At GAC we are constantly working to which will have direct impact on the criti-
ities by office, country, contact names and keep up with the latest developments to cal equipment and could lead either to
job titles, as well as the ability to add a make it easy and convenient for people to downtime or to a significant loss in effi-
GAC office as a phone contact. Users can get in touch with people in our Group. The ciency,” says Richard Windischhofer, VP
also see the latest updates from the Group latest version of our directory app gives integrated operations.
with the introduction of a News section. our customers, partners and colleagues “We are proactive in our relationship
The app links to the dynamic database around the world instant access to the lat- with our customers and with the
of contacts across GAC’s global network. est contact details as well as added fea- new Integrated Operations Center we
With the latest version, users can view the tures to keep them up to date, on the go, proactively monitor the critical alarms
directory at any time, even while updates wherever they go.” and inform the crew about issues –
are being made. The GAC Mobile Directory Application sometimes even before they notice them
The app is customisable, allowing users is available now for free download. themselves.”

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Sovcomflot completes wide scale IT integration project Seagull launches tional link between AMOS and SAP, to
allow for the exchange of all financial data
modules used for technical, operational and
environmental performance monitoring of
Sovcomflot Group (SCF Group), Russia’s
largest shipping company, has announced
between the software packages.
“The successful completion of this very
the vessels, as well as Automatic Document
Generator for sea staff documents and the
benchmarking tool
that it has completed a major IT integration large IT integration project for SCF Group customisation of the Auditing Agenda.”
project in conjunction with SpecTec, to has delivered a state-of-the-art resource for “Investment in the latest IT systems and
implement new enterprise management the whole Group. It has seen the removal software is a further example of SCF
systems across the organisation. of incompatible legacy IT systems that Group’s determination to continue serving Seagull Maritime has launched a software
The project involved the databases of all arose following a series of mergers and the evolving needs of its clients in the most tool to benchmark seafarer knowledge
143 vessels within SCF Group’s fleet, with acquisitions, which saw the formation of efficient and effective way.” levels, allowing shipowners and operators
all of the different technical databases hav- the industry leader that is SCF Group Giampiero Soncini, CEO of SpecTec to compare their crew and potential
ing to be merged into a single one in order today,” said Sovcomflot senior executive Group, noted that this company wide recruits with industry peers.
to leverage the centralised database feature vice-president and chief operating officer, installation was one of the most complex The new software will provide ship-
in SpecTec’s AMOS software system. Evgeniy Ambrosov. the company has ever had to perform, but ping companies with online access to data
As part of this process the Quality and “With the support of SpecTec, we have he believes that the efforts will prove to be to make objective decisions and to identify
Safety databases were also merged and been able to upgrade our systems and soft- well worth it for SCF Group going forward. areas where further training is required.
upgraded to support a dual language sys- ware, to provide timely, accurate and con- “Having a powerful IT system gives Through its existing Crew Evaluation
tem, while the two legacy crewing systems sistent enterprise resource management shipowners a definitive, large economic System (CES), which holds records from
operated by SCF Novoship and SCF information across the entire SCF Group. advantage over competitors who did not 250 companies and from more than
Unicom were merged into the AMOS Staff SCF specialists provided full design input have the vision, the courage and the will- 500,000 test results, Seagull allows users to
Management application. for the entirely new Dynamic Data ingness to invest at the same level,” he said. benchmark knowledge of their crews
In addition, SpecTec created a bi-direc- Reporting I and Dynamic Data Reporting II “AMOS is an essential tool in control- against industry data identifying attrib-
ling costs, while allowing compliance with utes that include nationality, rank, and
all the existing shipping rules. We are very crew pool.
proud of the interesting work done in Information on individuals is fully pro-
cooperation with SCF Group, which was tected, with users accessing aggregated
mutually enriching taking into account data from generalised results achieved by
high professional engineering skills of the anonymised people.
SCF sea and shore staff.” “STCW certification is essential, but it is
“This cooperation was essential, as was not a guarantee of competence,” said
their understanding of the difficulties we Roger Ringstad, Seagull Maritime manag-
were encountering when trying to solve all ing director.
the tasks assigned to us. IT projects of such
dimensions require cooperation between
the supplier and the customer, or they risk
reaching only half of the targets. SCF
Group has been a very demanding and
The databases of 143 vessels were included in the project clever customer.”

ClassNK creates Ship Data Center cooperation with a Japanese shipping com- Verification (MRV) regulation by the EU
pany, ClassNK said. that requires owners and operators to
ClassNK has established a new Ship Data Various types of information, including annually monitor, report and verify fuel
Center subsidiary in Tokyo, a wholly data from the ship’s voyage data recorder consumption for vessels of 5,000 gt or over
owned business that aims to support the and data logger will be gathered from the which call at any EU port.
utilisation of data gathered from ship oper- vessel under the plans, with full operation Data collection will be required from 1
ations to drive operational improvement. of the centre scheduled from April 2016. January 2018, and ClassNK aims to use its
The Data Center consists of a secured In addition to optimising ship opera- Data Center to offer a secure and neutral
shipping operations database which will tions and improving condition-based mon- database in which to store and manage
serve as an information hub to independ- itoring of machinery, ClassNK hopes that these vast amounts of fuel consumption
ently manage the utilisation of big data in the Data Center could also be used to help data.
the maritime industry. the industry overcome other challenges, The Data Center will be headed by
Trials of the Data Center will commence referencing in particular the entry into ClassNK executive vice president Yasushi
on a container vessel in February 2016 in force of the Monitoring, Reporting and Nakamura.

GMS deploys planned maintenance and storekeeper software Roger Ringstad, Seagull Maritime AHTS Excelsior, built in 2014, is a DP-2 This contract was organised through
offshore support vessel currently operat- Dubai based company Sicil Marine Ship “Our Crew Evaluation System is wide-
UK-based Marine Software reports that it ing offshore in India, while AHTS Warrior Management & Operation, which was con- ly used to test and verify the knowledge
has supplied Global Marine Services is a 2015 built sister vessel, currently oper- tracted by GMS to provide a fully configured, level of seafarers, but benchmarking takes
(GMS) in the UAE with its planned main- ating offshore in Qatar. ship-specific planned maintenance database. its usefulness to another level.”
tenance and storekeeper software pack- “This is the only assessment tool avail-
ages, for management of the DP-2 vessels able in the market enabling owners and
AHTS Excelsior and AHTS Warrior. ship managers to analyse personnel and
The MPMWin - Marine Planned potential recruits by nationality, rank,
Maintenance Gold Version and MSKWin - manning supplier, specific knowledge
Marine Storekeeper applications will be areas and compare their quality with
used for the control and management of industry standards using reliable histori-
the vessels, in conjunction with OPM - cal data. This will be an eye opener for
Office Planned Maintenance and OSK - employers, who can base their crew sup-
Office Storekeeper systems installed in the ply decisions on accurate information, not
company’s head office. supposition.”
In addition, these systems will be com- The new tool is available online in a
plemented by centralised remote access for web-based application that provides
AHTS Excelsior
users at the GMS Mumbai office. reports and graphics for analysis.

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Digital Ship
Hayne Shipping rolls out Indian Register of Shipping
CyberLogitec software package adds CSR software platform on other software packages.
The application is also equipped with
CyberLogitec reports that it has IRClass has announced the release of a tools like Auto-identification of FE
successfully completed a project with new technical software package, IR-CSR, Buckling Panels and Automated Very Fine
Hayne Shipping Co to deploy the OPUS for oil tankers and bulk carriers to verify Mesh Generation in FE Fatigue Analysis,
Bulk software system for Hayne’s tramp compliance with the recently mandated with the aim of reducing time spent on
service. Common Structural Rules (CSR) issued data entry.
Established in July 2013 by CEO Jinho by the International Association of IR-CSR software is available to owners
Yang, the Korean dry bulk shipping carri- Classification Societies (IACS). and shipyards on request.
er decided to acquire the system to intro- The CSR applies to all relevant
duce process-based management to its vessels contracted for construction
operations as it expanded. The application on or after 1 July 2015.
was deployed in just two months once the The IR-CSR software has been
roll-out started, according to the software designed to analyse ships for pre-
provider. scriptive, direct strength and
OPUS Bulk is an integrated operating fatigue requirements covered by
system for the bulk shipping business used Jinho Yang, Hayne IACS rules.
to manage various elements of a compa- The Finite Element Analysis is
ny’s operations, from business planning to based on PATRAN/NASTRAN,
profitability reviews, performance calcula- Japanese carriers, including Iuni one of the most commonly used
tion and voyage analysis. Steamship, Hanjin Shipping, Polaris platforms for analysis of ship struc-
The CyberLogitec software is currently Shipping, Heung-A Shipping, and H-Line tures, the Register says, allowing it
already in use by a number of Korean and Shipping. to use all input files built using this New CSR software from IRClass

Seaspan to implement
ECO Insight
Seaspan Ship Management is to imple- Issue: Big data in shipping | Remote monitoring and vessel efficiency|Using IT for emissions reporting and fuel savings
ment the ECO Insight fleet performance
Extra Distribution:DS Hamburg 24-25 February
management software package from
DNV GL, to improve fleet monitoring and Copy Deadline: 4th January
energy efficiency.
“Seaspan has spent considerable effort MARCH 2016
to develop its capabilities around fleet Issue: GX global commercial availability | Cyber security | IT network roll-out - the operator perspective
performance,” said Peter Jackson, director Extra Distribution: Asia Pacific Maritime 16-18 March | CMA Connecticut 21-23 March
of the projects and technology depart- Copy Deadline: 8th February
ment at Seaspan.
“Close monitoring of the performance of APRIL/MAY 2016
our fleet is in line with our mission of safe,
Issue: IMO and e-navigation | Changing regulations and the IT landscape | Crew welfare in a HTS world
reliable and economical operations. The
ability to measure hull degradation very Extra Distribution: DS Copenhagen 5-6 April
accurately was what made this performance Copy Deadline: 7th March
management solution interesting for us.”
“We also welcomed the fact that ECO JUNE/JULY 2016
Insight uses the data we already collect on Issue: Intelsat's Epic series launch | Maritime technology at Posidonia | Mandatory ECDIS, the story so far
board our vessels. It uses our existing ves- Extra Distribution: Posidonia 6-10 June
sel reporting system and enriches the infor-
Copy Deadline: 16th May
mation we provide with industry data such
as AIS benchmarks or satellite weather and AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016
full CFD baseline computations.”
ECO Insight provides tools to manage Issue: Maritime technology at SMM | Software for vessel optimisation | Integrated navigation systems in practice
voyage, hull & propeller, engine and sys- Extra Distribution: SMM 6-9 September
tems performance. The portal comes with Copy Deadline: 15th August
an optional on board vessel reporting sys-
tem called Navigator Insight, and has OCTOBER 2016
been adopted for the management of Issue: Fleet management software in high bandwidth environments | Satcom market share analysis | eCommerce and
approximately 600 vessels since its launch vessel logistics
in September 2014. Extra Distribution: DS Singapore 12-13 October
“I am very pleased to welcome Seaspan Copy Deadline: 19th September
to our ECO Insight community,” said
Torsten Büssow, head of DNV GL’s fleet
performance management unit. Issue: Iridium Certus launch | Bandwidth optimisation systems | Onboard media and TV at sea
“Fleet performance management is the Extra Distribution: DS Athens 9-10 November
next wave in energy management and Copy Deadline: 12th October
offers significant benefits to owners, man-
agers and operators. For example, vessels
of the same age and size can differ 20 per Issue: GMDSS review at IMO | Extending mobile networks to sea | Radar technology and situational awareness
cent and more in terms of their yearly fuel Copy Deadline: 21st November
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Wärtsilä – nothing to declare but its Genius Port-IT launches improve predictability.
‘Optimise’ offerings will include, for
Wärtsilä experts on shore in its global serv-
ice centres, currently situated in Finland,
Virtual Engineer
Wärtsilä has launched a new range of serv-
ices to help its customers benefit from dig-
example, the monitoring of fuel consump-
tion in real-time with trim advice for
the Netherlands, the USA, Ecuador, Brazil,
Kenya, India and the United Arab
italisation of their operations, which it is adjustment of the ship's position to the Emirates.
calling Wärtsilä Genius services. optimal, the company says. “This launch is a major milestone for us
The three product families – Optimise, ‘Predict’ will offer condition monitoring and for our customers. Wärtsilä Genius
Predict and Solve – are targeted at the and predictive maintenance, while ‘Solve’ services truly change the way our cus- Dutch IT security company Port-IT has
marine, energy and oil & gas markets and includes remote support, whereby the user tomers can benefit from effective use of launched a new Virtual Engineer service
aim to optimise asset use in real-time and can share their computer screen with real-time data,” said Pierpaolo Barbone, to offer remote support to vessels at sea.
president, services at Wärtsilä. Users of the subscription service can
Wärtsilä says it already has 500 installa- call on Port-IT Virtual Engineers to
tions connected with 3,000 different pieces respond directly to issues when they
of equipment, and will target those cus- arise, with the aim of avoiding the
tomers with these services to utilise the need for an onsite engineer and the
opportunities that real-time data and relat- resulting costs.
ed analytics from that hardware can offer. The service comes in two packages, a
“Wärtsilä Genius services are designed basic engineer standby service and a
to optimise, for example, an installation's ‘deluxe’ monitoring system.
energy efficiency, or even the management The basic version provides access to an
of an entire fleet. This will be done by inte- engineer that is knowledgeable about
grating advanced dynamic voyage plan- maritime IT systems and that can assist
ning, ship efficiency advisory services and the user whenever they are in need, while
energy analysis, as well as extensive condi- the deluxe version offers the ability to do
tion monitoring of the main equipment remote monitoring of the vessel’s IT
into one consolidated solution,” added infrastructure, and therefore provides a
Ari-Pekka Saarikangas, director, asset per- greater degree of control over the systems
formance optimisation of Wärtsilä on board.
The ‘Genius’ package includes three product families – Optimise, Predict and Solve
Services. “For example, a vessel that is near
Colombia has the sudden issue that his e-
mail is no longer working. Normally the
INTERSCHALT buys Müller+Blanck Software Captain has to wait for the agent to
arrange an engineer and then again has stowage planning software CAPSTAN and “For our stowage planning segment, the to wait until the engineer can board the
the onboard interface OBI in the mid- acquisition is a fitting addition which we vessel to solve the issue. That is, assum-
INTERSCHALT maritime systems and 1990s, which are used by the liner shipping want to use to offer our customers an ing the engineer called has understand-
Müller+Blanck Software have agreed a companies Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg improved product range, based on the best ing of maritime e-mail applications and
memorandum of understanding for the Süd among others. both systems have to offer. This fusion is able to solve the issue,” said Youri
acquisition of Müller+Blanck, combining With the acquisition INTERSCHALT enables us to ensure stable growth and Hart, Port-IT.
the companies’ expertise in stowage plan- says it will increase its market share in the profitability.” “Instead of waiting, he contacts our
ning software and loading computers for stowage planning segment to 33 per cent, Müller+Blanck will initially continue to Virtual Engineer who will log in to the
container ships. in terms of the number of vessels operate as an autonomous unit, under the system remotely to diagnose the prob-
INTERSCHALT says that it currently equipped, and consolidate its market lead- direction of current CEO Holger Blanck, at lem. Within a matter of minutes the issue
has a combined market share of 25 per cent ership in the segment for loading comput- its Schenefeld site. Jost Müller will act as is resolved and the Captain can continue
with its storage planning software ers for container ships. the technical head of the software unit, his work.”
StowMan and the newer StowMan[s], “This transaction marks a further mile- while Torben Mons, who is currently Port-IT already also has its own NSDG
introduced to the market in 2014, as well as stone in our transformation process, the responsible for the INTERSCHALT soft- (near shore data grid) service using global
a 65 per cent share of the container ship aim of which is to further develop the mar- ware unit, will be appointed as the co-CEO mobile networks, so engineers can enable
segment for its loading computer Seacos itime software business into a strong plat- of Müller+Blanck. or disable a mobile SIM when needed for
MACS3. form for growth,” said Robert Gärtner, Both parties have agreed not to disclose support to keep satellite data use as low
Müller+Blanck developed its own CEO of INTERSCHALT. the acquisition price. as possible.

Hempel and DNV GL sign hull and propeller performance deal Insight family.”
Estimates of potential savings of fuel
Hempel and DNV GL have signed a coop- and greenhouse gas emissions from
eration agreement to work together to cre- improvements in hull and propeller per-
ate analytics to track and assess hull and formance are in the range of 10 per cent,
propeller performance. the companies said.
“We are very pleased to be able to work “At Hempel we place great importance
with Hempel to bring their customers ECO in being close to our customers and pro-
Insight’s state of the art hull degradation viding the best individual service. With
analytics,” said Torsten Büssow, head of the data analysed by DNV GL, we will be
fleet performance management at DNV GL. able to optimise our customers’ fuel per-
“This data will not only give their cus- formance, improving hull performance
tomers transparent and verified data with matching specifications precisely to indi-
only a few simple measurement inputs, it vidual needs and trade, dry dock intervals
will also give Hempel access to advanced and technical service in dock,” said
analytics for the further optimisation of Christian Ottosen, group vice president
their coatings.” marine marketing, Hempel.
“We’ve already seen the benefits our “This will benefit our customers and
customers have gained from having real support their businesses being more effi-
fleet performance analytics easily available cient in their operations. So far, we have
– especially in the area of hull and pro- been very pleased to cooperate with DNV
Claes Skat Roerdam and Christian Ottosen, Hempel, with Tor Svensen and Vincent Li,
peller performance – and we’d like to wel- GL, and we look forward to working even DNV GL, at the contract signing at Marintec 2015 in Shanghai
come Hempel customers to the ECO closer with their staff from now on.”

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£1.5m funding to support vessel energy technology programme ronmental impact of shipping and mar-
itime activities, such as the reduction of
UK-based Royston Diesel Power has CO₂ emissions and poisonous air pollu-
secured funding support from Innovate tants when the vessel is at sea, and miti-
UK, the UK’s innovation agency, for a £1.5 gating the effect on near-by communities
million ‘Managing Energy on Marine when the vessel is in port.
Vessels’ technology programme that aims The system will also focus on the pre-
to develop a new system for whole-vessel vention of catastrophic faults and failures
energy monitoring and usage. through early warning diagnostics.
The project is being conducted in col- “The Managing Energy on Marine
laboration with Newcastle University’s Vessels programme is ambitious and chal-
School of Marine Science & Technology lenging as the performance of one system
and is focused on producing a system for within a vessel is under the influence of
the complete understanding of the com- many other interconnected systems, all of
plex energy flows around a vessel. which affect the whole-vessel energy
Energy usage and consumption on ves- usage,” said Lawrence Brown, managing
sels will be measured through a physical director of Royston Diesel Power.
monitoring system integrated with dedi- “The project will push boundaries and
cated software and supported by the allow us to develop new methodologies
development of new products and services and technologies. The collaboration with L to R - Dr Kayvan Pazouki of Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science &
to aid vessel efficiency. Newcastle University is particularly impor- Technology with Lawrence Brown, managing director of Royston Diesel Power
The three-year project will initially tant from a research standpoint and allows
focus on developing a system for smaller the project to benefit the wider marine and
vessels, then for progressively larger ves- academic community as a whole.” Netwave reports that its NW-6000 INTERSCHALT maritime sys-
sels provided by maritime and shipping “For Royston, we hope that this project VDR series and NW-4000 S-VDR series tems has appointed SRH Marine
companies Svitzer, Topaz and CalMac will bring an excellent return on invest- have received type approval from the Electronics, headquartered in Piraeus,
Ferries, who are collaborative partners on ment and added value to the company and China Classification Society as its sales and service partner in Greece.
the project. our suppliers from significantly increased (CCS). The NW-6000 is certified for MSC SRH will offer maintenance services for
The ultimate goal is to reduce the envi- sales in the UK, Europe and elsewhere.” 333 (90) and can be installed on board ves- navigation and bridge equipment, as well
sels which require a new VDR, while the as for INTERSCHALT voyage data

Bernhard Schulte agrees NW-4000 S-VDR is certified for MSC.163

(78), meaning it can be installed to replace
recorder systems, including an annual per-
formance test. The deal also includes sales
ECDIS rollout with Radio Holland existing S-VDR on vessels older than 2002. of INTERSCHALT products in Greece. The company offers a fixed price for its The ORCA Pilot G2 unit, created by DNV GL has awarded a type
ECDIS retrofit package, including instal- SevenCs, has become the first product approval certificate with EU Wheelmark
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) lation and commissioning, which will worldwide to achieve compliance with designation for the new Danelec
has agreed a deal with Radio Holland for be handled by Radio Holland China in DNV GL’s new industry standard for Marine DM800 ECDIS G2 series ECDIS.
the supply, installation and commission- this case. the type approval of Portable Pilot Units The DNV GL approval certifies that the
ing of 23 FMD-3300 Furuno ECDIS, and to “Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement has (PPUs), the companies report. new DM800 ECDIS complies with all pro-
extend its Global Service Agreement with been a customer of Radio Holland for many visions of the IMO A.694(17), MSC.191(79)
the company covering 230 BSM vessels years. As we are very close to BSM in Asia Elcome International in Dubai has and MSC.232(82) regulations.
across the world. and in Europe, we can help BSM with fast, signed a reseller agreement with New
The ECDIS will be deployed on BSM effective services,” said David Watts, Radio Zealand-based Navicom Dynamics.
bulk carriers. Some of the 23 vessels have Holland regional director Asia. Under the agreement, Elcome will have
already been equipped with the system “BSM needs support worldwide and responsibility for sales and support of
and, depending on the dry-docking sched- Radio Holland, with more than 85 service Navicom’s portable pilot navigation sys-
ule, Radio Holland expects to have com- stations and over 285 support locations tems and ENCs in UAE, Bahrain, Egypt,
pleted the installation work during the along the major shipping routes, can pro- Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri
first quarter of 2016. vide this, giving BSM peace of mind.” Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Researchers claim breakthrough in ship emissions research current plasma ignition and significantly researchers in the Ming Hsieh Department term future of the shipping industry,
lower fuel consumption while, at the same of Electrical Engineering and in the the infrastructure developments for
Hong Kong ship-owner Tai Chong Cheang time, reducing the release of nitrogen Department of Aerospace and Mechanical LNG being in their infancy and the
Steamship Co. (TCC) and the University of oxide (NOx) and particulate matter. Engineering at USC, including Martin prospects of retrofitting present ships
Southern California’s Viterbi School of The technology uses tailored electrical Gundersen, Andreas Kuthi, William with LNG machinery system very unlikely
Engineering have announced what they nano-pulses to change the underlying Schroeder and Fokion N. Egolfopoulos. at best, we must research solutions that
are calling “a significant research break- chemistry of the process, either at the point The emissions research project was initi- addresses present designs to tackle present
through” in tackling harmful ship-source of exhaust or during combustion. ated and funded by TCC under the leader- challenges.”
emissions. Experiments in laboratories and via a ship of Kenneth Koo, chief executive “The maritime industry has been slow
The research was conducted as part series of recent sea trials consistently cut officer of TCC, as a Corporate Social in identifying emissions caps since the
of a programme focused on improving nitrogen oxide emissions at the point of Responsibility (CSR) initiative. Copenhagen Summit six years ago. Marine
marine diesel combustion efficiency and exhaust by almost 90 per cent and reduced “We believe that this game-changing diesel engine combustion efficiency must
the reduction of exhaust gases via the particulate matter by up to 75 per cent, the solution will allow owners and managers become the focal point because present
application of nanosecond pulsed genera- researchers said. to unshackle themselves from the present designed combustion efficiency peaks at 50
tion technology. The researchers have also conducted constraint of slow steaming as the only per cent, meaning that half of the heavy
With the support of TCC, researchers at tests applying the same technology in means to realise lower fuel consumption. I fuel oil (bunker fuel) ends up as unburnt
USC Viterbi’s Pulsed Power Research and improving the combustion efficiency in believe this research and its culmination … hydrocarbons, which are then emitted in
Combustion and Fuels Research marine diesel engines, so that they can could have fundamental long- term impli- the form of harmful CO2, NOx and other
Laboratories have, for the past five years, operate at their optimal continuous rating cations for the global shipping industry,” particulate matter.”
focused upon improving combustion effi- output. said Kenneth Koo. Classification society American Bureau
ciency in vessel diesel engines. The current nano-pulse power R&D is “While game-changing solutions of Shipping (ABS) has been invited by TCC
The aim of the research is to cut emis- now in the final phases of development, through alternative energy consumption, to review and assist with certification of
sions of unburned hydrocarbons with con- which is being conducted by a team of especially with LNG, are likely the long the emission remediation technology.

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Half of ships now ECDIS ready Positive progress towards ECDIS adop-
tion is also being made by different cate-
Over half of ships trading internationally gories of ship types and sizes.
are ECDIS ready, according to the latest The ECDIS carriage regulations entered
figures published by the United Kingdom into force from 1 July 2015 for tankers
Hydrographic Office (UKHO), with 62 per (applicable from the first survey after this
cent of existing cargo ships over 50,000 gt date), and the proportion of tankers over
already fitted ahead of their 1 July 2016 3,000 gt that are ECDIS ready has risen
deadline. from 54 per cent in April 2015 to 69 per
Of an estimated 41,500 internationally cent in October 2015.
trading ships around the world, 58 per cent As mentioned, at present 62 per cent of
are now using an ENC service on ECDIS as the 3,500 large cargo ships that will be sub-
a result of the SOLAS-mandated carriage ject to the next deadline in July 2016 are
of ECDIS, which is being introduced on a already ECDIS ready, and this number is
rolling timetable for different ship types significantly higher than the equivalent fig-
and sizes. ure for the tanker fleet from 12 months ago. The next deadline will cover existing cargo ships above 50,000 gt
Moreover, when those that do not trade However, there are still some variances
internationally are included, 45 per cent of in ECDIS readiness between different cate- large cargo ship fleets, with 63 per cent of technical support and digital standards.
all ships that are subject to the SOLAS reg- gories of cargo ship according to UKHO’s large cargo ships in Asia ECDIS ready, “For the first time, vessels without
ulations are ECDIS ready. statistics. compared to 62 per cent in Europe. ECDIS now represent a minority of the
On this basis, the UKHO says that it At present, 57 per cent of bulkers are “These figures show that the majority of internationally trading fleet. This is an
believes the shipping industry is broadly ECDIS ready, compared to 65 per cent of internationally trading ships have now important moment for the shipping indus-
on course to comply with the SOLAS-man- RoRos and 71 per cent of container ships, made the transition to digital navigation try, as it signals that we are moving out
dated timetable for ECDIS carriage across though there is near-parity in ECDIS readi- and are now living with ECDIS,” said of the ECDIS adoption phase and into a
the global fleet by the end of this decade. ness between the Asian and European Thomas Mellor, the UKHO’s head of OEM new era.”

City of Burgas opens maritime simulator centre Transas launches association of environmental organisations.
The maritime simulator centre was
Bulgaria, and is being inaugurated in line
with the expansion of the port of Burgas.
High Voltage
A new simulator centre for maritime train-
ing at the port of Burgas in Bulgaria has
developed as part of an EU project to pro-
vide enhanced training of fishermen and
The DNV certified Class A NAUTIS Full
Mission Bridge Simulator, with 240° pro- Training Breaker
been opened, by the City of Burgas and its post-graduation courses for mariners in jection view, was delivered and installed
by Dutch company VSTEP, along with an
instructor station and debriefing area for
post training review. Transas has launched a high voltage train-
Prior to the opening, the simulator was ing package for marine engineering and
also approved by the Bulgarian Maritime electrical training, combining simulators
Administration. It will now be used to pro- and real equipment in response to recent-
vide courses on ship handling, ECDIS and ly introduced STCW requirements.
bridge team training in compliance with According to the new requirements,
the latest IMO requirements and model training has to be conducted using real
courses. equipment, which led Transas to go into
The Naval Academy in Varna, already partnership with ABB to develop a real
using its own VSTEP simulator, will pro- hardware high voltage generator breaker
vide professional maritime instructors to cabinet that would be compatible with
assist and evaluate students training on the Transas’ ERS 5000 TechSim simulators
simulator and will also train the City of with high and medium voltage systems.
The Full Mission Bridge Simulator with wheelhouse and projection system Burgas employed instructors to operate The High Voltage Training Breaker is
at the Burgas Simulator Centre the simulator autonomously. designed to train high voltage switch-
board operations, electricity and work
planning, identification of hazards, emer-

Transas ECDIS passes new IHO & IEC standards gency procedures, definition of circuit
condition, and other operations. SOLAS Chart Carriage Requirements using It also allows users to gain knowledge
ECDIS and ENCs, the installed system must of circuits/power feeds/emergency
Transas reports that its Navi-Sailor 4000 comply with the latest IHO standards. shutdown and isolation devices, famil-
ECDIS has become the first system in the The previous standard will be with- iarise with company protocols, and get
market to pass all DNV-GL tests based on drawn from August 2016, and all vessels to know how to use high voltage test
the new IHO and IEC ECDIS standards. need to be updated with new software equipment and Personal Protective
The production of this new approved before 1st September 2016. Equipment (PPE).
Transas system started in January, with “Our next generation ECDIS is fully A complete safe removal and replace-
deliveries from 1st February 2016, the com- compliant with the latest standards, and ment procedure may be conducted for
pany says. also has enhanced product improvements training and assessment. This includes
New IHO editions of S-52 and S-64 and driven by customer and user feedback. both the mechanical and electrical isola-
new ECDIS testing specification IEC 61174 These features include clearing bearings, tion of the generator system prior to the
entered into force in August 2015. The new anchor planning and improved user tools. start of work.
standards are intended to overcome short- Transas takes pride in leading the way in All tools, test equipment and PPE
comings, ECDIS anomalies and safety crit- navigational safety standards and listen- required to carry out the operation are
ical issues identified by all stakeholders ing to our customers,” said Transas CEO, supplied with the breaker, including a
including IMO, IEC and IHO, and will Frank Coles. breaker cart. For safety reasons, the pres-
affect new installations and previously Transas has also launched a new ‘fit and ence of high voltages is simulated using
installed ECDIS. function’ programme for upgrades of low powered radio signals.
Typically, new standards would not already installed systems and has pub- One of these new systems has already
affect already installed systems, but in this lished a ‘Guideline to the new ECDIS been installed at the Center for Marine
particular case the ‘Grandfather Clause’ has Standards’ with information on how to Engineer Officers and Chief Engineers in
been overruled, and for a vessel to satisfy comply with the new requirements. The Navi-Sailor 4000 ECDIS Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Odessa Maritime Training Center (Ukraine), RHME/ navigation data management
Imtech Marine (UAE) A.S. Moloobhoy & Sons (India),
FURUNO Shanghai (China), New Alliance Marine Training
Centre (China), COMPASS Training Center (Philippines),
VERITAS Maritime Training Center (Philippines) and
PIVOT Maritime Intl. (Australia)
Please contact INSTC Denmark at: FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. for further details 9-52 Ashihara-cho, Nishinomiya, 662-8580, Japan
Phone: +81 (0) 798 65-2111 • fax: +81 (0) 798 65-4200, 66-4622
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BMT simulator tech to assist in Nicaragua Canal development sophisticated navigation and transport
simulation, which will set the basis for
BMT Asia Pacific and BMT ARGOSS, sub- identifying a design that balances excava-
sidiaries of BMT Group, have been tion CAPEX with operational safety, effi-
appointed by Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal ciency and capacity.”
Development Group (HKND) to under- In addition to carrying out operational
take a series of marine and port assess- assessments, BMT’s analysis will also be
ments for the Nicaragua Canal using its used to update the business case for the
simulator systems. Canal’s Pacific and Caribbean ocean ports.
BMT will assist the development and “The Nicaragua Canal system will see a
validation of the Canal’s design and oper- large variety of vessels and wide range of
ations through a structured framework, vessel movements along the canal, within
with the company’s REMBRANDT navi- the inland ports, and between canal, port
gation simulators recreating typical sce- and ocean approaches. These activities occur
narios that a ship master would experience with differing metocean conditions, transit
and allowing engineers and mariners to speeds/directions, and transit modes, etc,”
investigate different design geometries. said K W Pang, executive director at HKND.
“Our study will seek to articulate a “Recognising this complexity, we are
solution that minimises canal excavation seeking to access BMT’s global network of
while ensuring adequate canal capacity subject matter experts to assemble a highly
and safety,” said Dr Richard Colwill, man- capable, technical team to address the
aging director at BMT Asia Pacific. Canal’s marine safety and traffic chal- Li Wenjie, John Murray and Kwok Wai Pang, HKND Group,
“A crucial part of that solution involves lenges from all angles.” with Dr Richard Colwill, BMT Asia Pacific

100th birthday for JRC New radar displays In 1953 JRC was listed on the Tokyo from Simrad
Stock Exchange, before the company
Japan Radio Company (JRC) has celebrat- got involved in the first generation of
ed its 100-year anniversary, with the satellite communications terminals in the
company passing the milestone in 1970s working with Marisat (today known Simrad has introduced two dedicated
December 2015. as Inmarsat). radar displays for use with its radar anten-
The company was founded as the Japan While the ‘R’ in JRC stands for ‘Radio’, na systems, the R2009 and R3016 Radar
Radiotelegraph Manufacturing Company the initial is probably better suited to control units.
in December 1915, following the passing of ‘Radar’, with the company having sold The R2009 features a 9-inch portrait dis-
the private radio law in Japan in June of close to 400,000 radar units over the course play, while the R3016 has a 16-inch
the same year. Within its first year the of its history. widescreen display. Both systems utilise
company’s initial product was developed, To put this figure into perspective, digital tuning, and can avail of beam
a radiotelegraph unit which was installed JRC says that ever since Neil Armstrong sharpening technology when paired with
on a rescue vessel. set foot on the moon in 1969, it has sold Simrad Broadband 3G/4G Radomes or
It was not until the 1940s that the com- 1 marine radar every hour up to the pres- Halo Pulse Compression arrays.
pany changed its name to JRC, and today’s ent day. The units are operated by an integrated
The Nippon Radio quenched spark
logo was also established, which is now The JRC Group now comprises of 10 keypad and rotary dial with direct-access
radiotelegraph unit was manufactured
70 years old. subsidiaries and five affiliated companies. buttons located along the side of the dis-
in 1916
play. A 480x800-pixel full colour screen is
used for the R2009 and a 1366x768-pixel
Sea Traffic Management project launches future roadmap screen for the R3016.
The widescreen display features a, is a web-based inter- “It´s important not to see the STM- 180mm radar PPI, to allow space for addi-
active platform containing all the steps Master Plan as a static document from a tional vessel data, radar settings and tar-
The MONALISA2.0 project has released a that the project has identified as neces- newly finished project, but rather as an get tracking information. An HDMI out-
road map of the development required for sary to realise the different improve- evolving, dynamic window into a transi- put is also available to set up an optional
the maritime industry to move towards a ments that STM has set out to create, as tion process” said Björn Andreasson, secondary remote monitor.
full scale Sea Traffic Management (STM) well as more detailed information on Swedish Maritime Administration. “These new dedicated radar systems
system, with the publication of its STM what is needed to achieve these and “The e-Master Plan will be maintained, are well suited to our award winning
e-Master Plan. what stakeholder groups are expected to and evolve over the coming years as a part products such as the Halo Pulse
The STM e-Master Plan, available at participate. of the STM Validation project, and eventu- Compression Radar,” said Jose Herrero,
ally be adopted by the industry.” MD Simrad Commercial Division.
The project partners are also currently “Our team continually strives to devel-
in the process of recruiting 300 ships to op innovations that simplify the user
take part in testing and verification of STM experience and improve operational per-
systems. formance for our commercial clients.”
Under this programme, the ships will
have an ‘STM-Systems’ package installed
on board free-of-charge by ECDIS manu-
facturers, with a range of technologies
which will start running live in 2017.
The ships will then be able to use the
services to optimise routes, share route
information with other test vessels and
service centres to increase safety, as well as
being able to communicate with participat-
ing ports to optimise port calls.
Shipping companies that are interested
The R3016 radar control unit
should ask their ECDIS supplier to apply
The roadmap outlines the possible development of Sea Traffic Management to the tender process on

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Transas to supply VMS to Lerwick Port Seven Cs introduces new PPU version
and better chart loading with an automat- Meteorological sensors, and an APC ed algorithm.
Power Backup System. User charts are fully integrated, and
Transas has signed a contract with the This set up will be installed across four SevenCs has introduced its new ORCA local safety information (LSI) can be auto-
Lerwick Port Authority to install a new sites covering the port’s area: the main port Pilot G2 Version 2.0, the latest software matically downloaded and distributed.
Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to cover operations building and three remote sta- release for the company’s Portable Pilot Centralised distribution of LSI data to
Lerwick Harbour, in Shetland in the UK, tions at Rova Head, Maryfield and Unit (PPU). pilots is also available.
replacing the Harbour’s existing system. Kirkabister, monitoring the northern New features include upgraded dis- Free trials of the system are available
Lerwick Harbour is situated at the approaches, inner harbour and southern tance line calculations and transversal vec- for new users, the company said.
crossroads of the North Sea and North- approaches respectively. tors in docking mode, improved sensor
East Atlantic, handling more than 5,000 Transas will also provide operator handling including fall-back scenarios,
vessel arrivals, totalling over 12,000,000 training courses and a maintenance service
gross tonnes, annually. The deep-water plan under the agreement. “The investment is another important
port’s users include fishing, oil and “The new system will modernise step in our ongoing development pro-
gas support, cargo, sailing, ferries and Lerwick Harbour’s monitoring system, gramme which is adding to the port’s
cruise ships. improving real-time information available capacity and competitiveness.”
The new VMS will use the Navi- to the controllers handling shipping move- The project is set to cost around
Harbour software system from Transas, ments and the navigational assistance pro- £450,000, including the Transas contract,
integrated with Class A AIS Transponders, vided by Port Control,” said the Port telecommunications and civil works, and
Sperry Marine Vision Master radars, a Authority’s deputy harbourmaster, is scheduled to be fully completed and
Jotron VHF Communication System, Gill Captain Alexander Simpson. delivered by May 2016. The PPU has updated software

JRC and Alphatron launch Wärtsilä control systems for

46-inch digital chart table CMA CGM ‘mega-class’ ships the console has a built-in Navtex and GPS “Wärtsilä has a leading global position
navigator, while leaving a separate space in providing state-of-the-art integrated
JRC and Alphatron Marine have launched for a paper chart for back up purposes. French ship owner CMA CGM has agreed automation, navigation and control
a new digital 46-inch touch display for a deal with Wärtsilä to supply Nacos systems for mega and medium sized con-
navigational information, called the Platinum Integrated Navigation tainer vessels,” said Maik Stoevhase,
AlphaChartTable. Automation Control Systems for a series head of the Automation, Navigation
The interface, powered by of three 'mega-class' container vessels & Communication business area
NAVTOR’s digital chart table technol- being built at the HHIC-Phil yard in Subic at Wärtsilä.
ogy, allows users to plan optimal Bay, Philippines. “This order offers further evidence of
routes by touch operation, overlaying The Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum platform this, and we are both pleased and proud
useful information including ENCs, runs on an Ethernet-based network and to be cooperating with the owners and
weather data, tidal information, digital covers integrated bridge and machinery HHIC in this important project.”
publications, and other services like monitoring and control systems. It com- The integrated system is based on
piracy updates. bines relevant navigation and automation a common software platform for
The console is designed to fit with tasks within a single HMI (Human navigation and automation applications,
existing bridge designs, with the dis- Machine Interface) to allow the user to including Dynamic Positioning, and is
play able to be electronically tilted to a navigate, control, and monitor the vessel designed in accordance with EN ISO
35-degree angle. from different multi-functional operator 9241-210 (Ergonomics of human-system
In addition to the AlphaChartTable, stations. interaction).
The AlphaChartTable

Drone technology applied to vessel inspections drone to visually evaluate structural com- could open the way to remote or even
ponents through video streamed to a autonomous inspections being carried out
DNV GL reports that it has recently com- tablet. One surveyor operated the drone, as part of our survey scheme in the near
pleted several tests using drones to sup- while a second checked the video feed in future.”
port hull surveys for two vessels at the real time. The stream was also recorded for DNV GL sees the use of drones and
Remontova shipyard in Poland. review and documentation purposes. other technologies emerging from its
The company says that it has incorpo- Equipped with a headlight, the drone inspections R&D programme, such as its
rated drones into the process of visually was able to produce a video of sufficient IRIS system which can automatically asso-
checking the condition of remote structur- quality for initial inspection purposes, ciate photos onboard a ship with a 3D
al components as they have the potential to though DNV GL notes that if any damage model of the vessel’s structure, as early
significantly reduce survey times and stag- is detected a standard close-up survey may progress in its goal to have fully automat-
ing costs, while at the same time improv- still be required. ed surveys in the future.
ing safety for the surveyors. “We used a modified off-the-shelf “Using a drone in combination with a
“We have been looking at ways we drone for our tests,” explained Mr system like IRIS could be very beneficial to
could help our customers by accelerating Galinski. our customers. We have already demon-
the survey process,” said Cezary Galinski, “Because there are currently no drones strated the ability to place images within a
manager of the DNV GL maritime classifi- formally certified as explosion-proof com- 3D model and furthermore to assess the
cation flying squad based in Gdansk. mercially available, we performed a risk individual findings,” said Dr. Pierre C.
“Camera equipped drones are now assessment. Of course, before the drone Sames, director of group technology and
much more widely available and afford- operation started, we also ensured that the research.
able, and by using them for a first screen- cargo tank was gas-free and certified for “These are the first steps towards an
ing we can identify areas that require clos- safe entry.” automated survey process which might
er inspection quickly and without exten- “Our next step is to work with a more include using a drone to make the initial
sive staging, which can be both costly and advanced tailor-made drone in early 2016. survey, taking the images generated and
time-consuming.” We are also developing a special guideline then running them through an algorithm Drones can be used for remote
The tests used a camera-equipped for performing drone-based surveys. This to determine the hull condition.” structural inspections

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PwC Greece establishes Maritime Sustainability Centre toring, reporting and verification (MRV) of knowledge of the carbon emissions issues work and to be leading in Greece such a
CO2 emissions from maritime activities. in the shipping market, our experience in prevalent issue for the shipping sector
PwC Greece is to open a new Maritime The new EU Regulation entered into the development of the EU MRV system through a dedicated Maritime
Sustainability Centre staffed by a team force on 1 July 2015, aiming to establish an for the maritime sector and also from the Sustainability Centre.”
of specialists focusing on sustainable EU-wide system for monitoring, reporting strong experience of PwC professionals “Since 2007 PwC has built a very strong
business in the shipping sector, with a and verifying (MRV) emissions from large across our global network in similar MRV sustainability and climate change advisory
particular focus on upcoming EU MRV ships using EU ports. systems, our team can support shipping team, combining 800 experts globally. As
regulations. PwC says that it is already working companies holistically in improving the part of the team, I am looking forward to
Working within PwC’s Shipping with the European Commission in detail- energy performance management of their bringing the insights of global best prac-
Advisory Group, the Maritime ing the design of the MRV system for the fleet whilst complying with the new policy tices to shipping, in order to support them
Sustainability Centre will offer services to maritime sector, with the final require- framework,” said Helena Athoussaki, to find the right mix in staying competi-
shipping companies for performance mon- ments expected to be issued in the summer head of the Maritime Sustainability Centre tive, compliant, driving innovation and
itoring of their fleet and compliance with of 2016. at PwC Greece. designing efficient operational processes,
the new EU legal requirements on moni- “Drawing from our long-standing “I’m excited to be joining the PwC net- whilst preserving our environment.”

Wärtsilä adds 3D sonar integration EXMAR agrees 5-year maintenance deal this integration opening new opportuni- The deal includes the navigation and
ties for both companies,” explained Cheryl communication equipment onboard, as
3D sonar systems company FarSounder has Zimmerman, FarSounder CEO. EXMAR Shipmanagement has agreed a well as other systems that are subjected to
announced an integration partnership with “Their strong presence in the cruise full service maintenance contract with mandatory annual certifications and
Wärtsilä SAM Electronics, which will allow shipping and yachting markets aligns well Alphatron Marine, covering the equip- inspections.
3D sonar data from FarSounder’s naviga- with our strategic focus.” ment onboard six gas carriers for the next Alphatron Marine will work with
tion systems to be controlled directly from “Likewise, our FarSounder sonars bring five years. JRC and the support of its Centres of
all NACOS Multipilot workstations. an added safety tool to the NACOS The gas carriers are fitted mainly with Excellence in Tokyo, Rotterdam,
“After working with Wärtsilä SAM Platinum platform. This is particularly JRC equipment, a company of which Singapore and Houston in fulfilment of
Electronics for many years on common important in polar areas, shallow waters Alphatron Marine is a partner. the contract.
navigation projects, we look forward to and other challenging environments.”

Inland navigation Halul bring ship handling simulator to Qatar

simulator installed and reliable operation for our clients.”
“Technically speaking, with this simula-
in Paraguay Halul Offshore Services Company, a whol- tor we can create scenarios for towing oper-
ly-owned subsidiary of Milaha, reports ations like rig moves, berthing, unberthing, that it has recently procured an Offshore and tanker assist operations offshore. The
Support Vessel (OSV) ship handling simu- simulator has an option to program for
The Republic of Paraguay has had its first lator for training of its staff, the first of its both azimuth and conventional driven ves-
simulation complex for inland navigation kind in Qatar. sels. We also have a dynamic positioning
installed, with Transas deploying its Navi- “This simulator will significantly add to system integrated with the simulator.”
Trainer Professional 5000 system at the our crew’s ship handling skills, and help In addition to the simulator training,
Centre for Maritime and River them become better prepared for their next Halul says it will continue to offer other
Shipowners (CAFyM) in Asuncion. assignment on board our fleet of over 40 forms of on board training to its crew, cov-
The simulator will be used to train vessels,” said Halul’s CEO, Vivek Seth. ering safety drills, mooring, unmooring,
crews for tug operations in the Parana- “We continue to show our commitment and dynamic positioning system familiari- The new simulator at Halul
Paraguay Waterway. to develop our team and provide a safe sation, among other operations.
The project was carried out in conjunc-
tion with VTG S.R.L., Transas’ local repre-
sentative, which supplied four visual CherSoft buys Three-year PGS deal for Fugro
channels based on Transas Seagull 6000
visualisation software, with conning mod- AtoBviaC In addition, PGS will also be supplied
ule, ECDIS and ARPA/Radar. with positioning technology for its seismic
An additional manoeuvring console Fugro has been awarded a three-year con- sources and tailbuoys.
has been provided with the dedicated tract by PGS for the provision of satellite “Reliable, precise positioning technolo-
hardware to simulate conventional boats CherSoft Ltd has announced that it has positioning systems for its entire seismic gy is essential for modern seismic opera-
and push boats. acquired AtoBviaC, a provider of digital vessel fleet. tions. The solution supplied by Fugro will
marine distance tables, the successor to the PGS, a provider of marine seismic and ensure our entire fleet has highly accurate
BP Distance Tables. electromagnetic services, data acquisition, vessel positioning, along with precise
AtoBviaC distance tables are used by imaging, reservoir services and multi-client source and streamer positioning,” said
Worldscale as the basis for its guide to library data, will outfit its vessels with a Cerys James, VP technical at PGS.
tanker freight rates, and are derived exclu- number of completely inde-
sively from routes planned and checked pendent Global Navigation
by master mariners. Satellite Systems (GNSS).
This merger will combine the software These will include
and chart delivery capabilities of CherSoft Fugro’s recently launched
with AtoBviaC’s customer base and rout- Starfix.G4 - the first com-
ing data. mercial GNSS service to
“AtoBviaC’s experienced team have utilise all available GNSS
built a highly regarded, market leading systems (GPS, GLONASS,
business,” said Simon Salter, director of Galileo and BeiDou), giv-
CherSoft Ltd. ing sub-decimetre accura-
“We’re excited about building on the cy - and Starfix.G2+, a
AtoBviaC product offerings and the excel- global service offering cen-
CAFyM has a new inland system
lent level of service their team has been timetre accuracy in both
Fugro offers positioning using multiple satellites
providing.” position and height.

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Hacking the Voyage Data Recorder

In 2014, security specialists IOActive disclosed a series of cyber-attacks that affect multiple satcom devices, some of
which are commonly deployed on vessels. However, that is not the only area of vulnerability for malicious actors
targeting a vessel – the Voyage Data Recorder is also a potential target for exploit, writes Ruben Santamarta, IOActive

here are multiple facilities, devices, waters and that they had opened fire at a anti-forensics attacks, as described in the In 'moduleserv' there are several control
and systems located on ports and boat thinking they were pirates. This could real incident previously mentioned. messages intended to control the firmware
vessels and in the maritime domain have been verified from the VDR, but a As usual, I didn’t have access to the hard- upgrade process. By sending a 'SOFT-
in general, which are crucial to maintain- preliminary probe into the incident found ware; but fortunately, I played some tricks WARE_BACKUP_START' request, an
ing safe and secure operations across mul- that the VDR was tampered with.” and found both firmware and software for attacker-controlled string could be used to
tiple sectors and nations. Curiously, Furuno was the manufacturer the target VDR. The details presented below build a command that will be executed
Port security refers to protecting all of of the VDR that was corrupted in this inci- are exclusively based on static analysis and without being properly sanitized.
these assets from acts of piracy, terrorism, dent, as noted in Kerala High Court docu- user-mode QEMU emulation. Therefore, this vulnerability allows
and other unlawful activities, such as ments. However, we cannot say whether Basically, inside the Data Collecting remote unauthenticated attackers to execute
smuggling. Recent activity appears to the model Enrica Lexie was equipped with Unit (DCU) of the VDR is a Linux machine arbitrary commands with root privileges.
demonstrate that cyberattacks against this was the VR-3000. Just as a side note, the ves- with multiple communication interfaces,
sector may have been underestimated. As sel was built in 2008 and the Furuno VR- such as USB, IEEE1394, and LAN. Also Malicious access
threats evolve, procedures and policies 3000 was apparently released in 2007. inside the DCU, is a backup HDD that par- At this point, attackers could modify arbi-
must improve to take these new attack sce- Just a few weeks later, on March 1, 2012, tially replicates the data stored on the Data trary data stored on the DCU in order to,
narios into account. the Singapore-flagged cargo ship MV. Recording Unit (DRU). for example, delete certain conversations
IOActive has recently conducted research The DRU is protected against aggres- from the bridge, delete radar images, or
related to one type of equipment usually sions in order to survive in the case of an alter speed or position readings.
present in vessels, Voyage Data Recorders accident. It also contains a Flash disk to Malicious actors could also use the VDR
(VDRs). In order to understand a little bit store data for a 12 hour period. This unit to spy on a vessel’s crew as VDRs are
more about these devices, I’ll detail some of stores all essential navigation and status directly connected to microphones located,
the internals and vulnerabilities found in data such as bridge conversations, VHF at a minimum, in the bridge.
one of these devices, the Furuno VR-3000. communications, and radar images. However, compromising the DCU is
A VDR is equivalent to an aircraft’s The International Maritime Organization not enough to cover an attacker’s tracks, as
‘BlackBox’. These devices record crucial data, (IMO) recommends that all VDR and S- it only contains a backup HDD, which is
such as radar images, position, speed, audio VDR systems installed on or after 1 July not designed to survive extreme condi-
in the bridge, etc. This data can be used to 2006 be supplied with an accessible means tions. The key device in this anti-forensics
understand the root cause of an accident. for extracting the stored data from the VDR scenario would be the DRU.
Several years ago, piracy acts were on or S-VDR to a laptop computer. The DRU consists of a Flash Disk Card,
the rise. Multiple cases were reported Manufacturers are required to provide a Flash Disk Board, a Connector Board, a
almost every day. As a result, nation-states software for extracting data, instructions Connection Board, and a Repeater Board.
along with fishing and shipping compa- for extracting data, and cables for connect- As such, the privileged position gained by
nies decided to protect their fleet, either by ing between a recording device and com- compromising the DCU would allow
sending in the military or hiring private The voyage data recorder - potentially puter. Documents providing more detailed attackers to modify/delete data in the
physical security companies. vulnerable to tampering. information on this process are available DRU too, as this unit is directly connected
Photo: Hervé Cozanet
On February 15, 2012, two Indian fisher- on the manufacturer’s website. through an IEEE1394 interface.
men were shot by Italian marines onboard Prabhu Daya was involved in a hit-and- After spending some hours reversing Before IMO's resolution MSC.233(90),
the Enrica merchant vessel, who suppos- run incident off the Kerala Coast. As a the different binaries, it was clear that VDRs did not have to comply with securi-
edly opened fire thinking they were being result, three fishermen were killed and one security is not one of the main strengths of ty standards to prevent data tampering.
attacked by pirates. This incident caused a more disappeared and was eventually res- this equipment. Multiple services are Taking into account that we have demon-
serious diplomatic conflict between Italy cued by a fishing vessel in the area. Indian prone to buffer overflows and command strated these devices can be successfully
and India, which continues to the present. authorities initiated an investigation of the injection vulnerabilities. The mechanism to attacked, any data collected from them
'Mysteriously', the data collected from accident that led to the arrest of the MV. update firmware is flawed. Encryption is should be carefully evaluated and verified
the sensors and voice recordings stored in Prabhu Daya’s captain. weak. Basically, almost the entire design to detect signs of potential tampering.
the VDR during the hours of the incident During that process, an interesting detail should be considered insecure. IOActive, following our responsible dis-
was corrupted, making it totally unusable was reported in several Indian newspapers Digging further into the binary services closure policy, notified the ICS-CERT about
for authorities during their investigation. – such as this example from The Hindu: we can find a vulnerability that allows this vulnerability in October 2014. The ICS-
A story in the Indian Times mentions that “The officer said Prabhu Daya had 25 crew unauthenticated attackers with remote CERT, working alongside the JPCERT/CC,
the VDR could have provided authorities members on board and at least four of them, access to the VR-3000 to execute arbitrary were in contact with Furuno and were able
with crucial clues to figure out what really apart from Mr. Prasobh Sugathan, were commands with root privileges. This can to reproduce and verify the vulnerability.
happened. fully aware of the incident.” be used to fully compromise the device. Furuno committed to providing a patch
That story says: “With Italy refusing to “One of them was instrumental in As a result, remote attackers are able to for their customers “sometime in the year
send back two of its marines accused of inserting a pen drive into the VDR that had access, modify, or erase data stored on the of 2015.” IOActive does not have further
murdering two fishermen off the Kerala led to rewriting of files and loss of voice VDR, including voice conversations, radar details on whether a patch has been made
coast last February, the focus is on the data. Moreover, the main computer system images, and navigation data. available. DS
voice data recorder (VDR) of the marines' was also infected by a virus and it did not VR-3000’s firmware can be updated
ship Enrica Lexie. The dispute may now be have proper anti-virus protection software, with the help of Windows software known
This article is an adapted version of a post
played out on the diplomatic stage, but the officer said.” as 'VDR Maintenance Viewer' (client-side), on the IOActive blog. To see the full version,
any trial in the case will have to rely on the which is proprietary Furuno software. with references and further illustrations,
VDR as the prime source of evidence to VDR as a target The VR-3000 firmware (server-side) please visit:
ascertain the position of the ship during From a security perspective, it seems clear contains a binary that implements part of 2015/12/maritime-security-hacking-into-
the incident, conversations and decisions VDRs pose a really interesting target. If you the firmware update logic: ‘moduleserv’. voyage.html
taken at the captain's cabin.” either want to spy on a vessel’s activities or This service listens on 10110/TCP.
“VDR is equivalent to the black box in destroy sensitive data that may put your Internally, both server (DCU) and
About the Author
an aircraft, but the comparison ends there. crew in a difficult position, VDRs are the key. client-side (VDR Maintenance Viewer,
Ruben Santamarta is prin-
In a flight, even the commander cannot Understanding a VDR's internals can LivePlayer, etc.) use a proprietary session- cipal security consultant at
tamper with the black box, which usually provide authorities, or third-parties, with oriented, binary protocol. Basically, each IOActive, a security con-
throws light on the cause of an accident. In valuable information when performing packet may contain a chain of 'data units', sultancy advising compa-
the Enrica Lexie case, the Italian marines forensics investigations. However, the abil- which, according to their type, will contain nies in a variety of indus-
argued that they were in international ity to precisely alter data can also enable different kinds of data. tries across the world.

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