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KNS Inc. extends its SuperTrack portfolio with a Ku/Ka Dual Band Satellite Antenna System, Communication On The Move(COTM), and OTM series for military standards. KNS Inc. kicks off the year to provide a totally new type of patent-approved satellite antenna to meet the demanding needs of the customers from Unmanned Ariel Vehicles(UAVs), helicopters, SNG, cars, tanks and much more.

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1st Quarter 2017 volume 11 issue 1 Regulars 3 COMMENT 4 ON THE AGENDA 6 OPERATOR FEEDBACK 38 BEST OF THE WEB 40 FORESIGHT

Special report: forward thinking 9 Marlink’s Tore Morten Olsen and ABS’s Howard Fireman 10 Cobham Satcom’s Jan Michelsen and Hatteland’s Lars Skjelbred-Eriksen

Satcoms 12 New VSAT services deliver faster bandwidth 13 iDirect unveils new IT platform technology 15 MEC executive interview: Satcom Global chief executive Ian Robinson 16 Analysis of the future trends in maritime communications

Safety communications 19 New fire-fighter radio regulations are fast approaching 20 Inmarsat seeks GMDSS recognition for FleetBroadband

Passenger ships 22 Rising VSAT demand drives investment and consolidation 24 Integrated technology is ordered for new cruise ships 27 Ferries are embracing electric propulsion and batteries

Fleet management software 28 Tero Marine and DNV GL expand their solutions

Cloud computing 30 Development of a host of online ship management solutions

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Bridge systems 32 Radio Zeeland unveils new bridge systems

Training systems 34 Ship operators turn to competence assurance training 36 GE invests in a US facility and Transas’s Ralf Lehnert voices his views

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ast year was a transformative one for the maritime satellite communications sector with the launch of the first high throughput networks and new VSAT solutions. A lot changed over the past year, and several more developments are expected over the next 12 months. This year the shipping industry will adopt the fast broadband, datacentric and video-based content media that high throughput satellites enable. This is all based on the constellations launched in 2016. Last year, Inmarsat began its Fleet Xpress (FX) communications service using the Global Xpress platform for Ka-band based broadband. Intelsat commissioned two of its EpicNG high throughput Ku-band satellites to provide high intensity spot beams over major shipping routes. Earlier in 2016, Telenor Satellite begun providing fast broadband coverage over the Northern European seas using its Thor 7 satellite, and SES unveiled its maritime broadband services. On the back of all this new coverage came new VSAT solutions, hardware agreements and contracts for the service providers. There were also several company mergers and acquisitions. All this was covered in issues of Marine Electronics & Communications and on

the website. The biggest deals included Apax Partners merging Marlink with Telemar, SpeedCast announcing its intended purchase of Harris CapRock and Global Eagle Entertainment acquiring Emerging Markets Communications. Outside satcoms there were also the acquisitions of Navico and C-Map to form an e-navigation hub in Norway. Capturing market share of the booming cruise sector communications was a key strategy in some of these mergers as well as gaining the latest technology development. Cruise and ferry are by far the largest market for VSAT in terms of bandwidth capacity. Passenger shipping is the early adopter of technology that enables more expansive onboard communications. In 2017, we will see commercial fleets adopt faster VSAT services. Fleets of tankers, gas carriers and container ships will be installing Fleet Xpress, or using Ku-band for crew welfare, real-time data streaming and large information downloads. New modems and antennas will enable faster data rates because the hardware has been holding back crew and passenger expectations. We will see adoption of more VSATenabled applications such as real-time data transmissions for condition-based maintenance and big data analytics.

But we will also see many more cyber threats emerging. Riviera Maritime Media is on top of these trends with events covering Marine Intelligence and Maritime Cyber Risk Management are due to be held in 2017, and supplements covering ecdis and VSAT. Shipowners will see the benefits of data analytics through datadriven preventative maintenance, voyage performance analysis and route planning. We can expect more developments in e-navigation and more advanced ecdis functions in 2017. Bridge equipment suppliers need to update operating systems and shipowners must update ecdis to the latest standards by August 2017. Owners need to be ready for the EU’s monitoring, reporting and verification regulations, which require emissions monitoring strategies to be in place by August. So there is a lot or work to be done in 2017. It will be a busy year for ship operators, bridge equipment suppliers and VSAT technology instigators. Although there is not expected to be many newbuilding orders in the next 12 months, there will be considerable amounts of retrofitting and fleet system upgrades. There will be developments in a VHF-based data exchange system and e-navigation, in safety communications, remote ship monitoring and data analytics. If 2016 was described as a transformational year in marine electronics and communications, then 2017 will be the year of technology disruption and adoption. MEC

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GLA operates lighthouses around the UK and Ireland as aids to navigation (credit: GLA)

VDES GAINS SUPPORT FOR E-NAVIGATION COMMUNICATIONS Analysis shows that VDES, incorporating AIS, a terrestrial link and a satellite component, should provide significant advantages for a number of e-navigation services


here is growing confidence in the VHF-based data exchange system (VDES) providing a robust and globally standardised communication system for e-navigation applications, writes Aline De Bièvre. The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the UK and Ireland have been involved in the development and standardisation of VDES since its inception in 2012. Ongoing development work and analysis shows that VDES, which incorporates the Automatic Identification System (AIS), should provide significant advantages for a number of e-navigation services supporting the safety and efficiency of

both ship and shore operations. A particular attraction is the capability to cope with higher data rates required by some of the most demanding applications, said Jan Šafář, a research engineer with the Research and Radionavigation Directorate of the GLA. In a presentation* to the Royal Institute of Navigation he also cited the possibility of merging channels to cope with high data rates. VDES will help to protect AIS from future overload of its VHF data link. This has become an issue as a result of the expansion of AIS uses, such as AIS search and rescue transmitter (AIS-Sart), AIS emergency position-indicating radio beacons (epirbs), AIS

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Aid-to-Navigation (AISAtoN) and AIS man overboard devices. New AIS applications can now also be created through the use of applicationspecific messages (ASMs), as defined by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and IMO. Dr Šafář stressed that AIS is considered an integral part of VDES. It has the highest priority within the system and all other sub-systems are organised such that AIS is not adversely affected. Furthermore, by building upon existing AIS ship and shore infrastructure, VDES deployment costs could be reduced. Two 25 kHz simplex channels are dedicated

for existing and new IALA and IMO-defined ASMs. These provide a high reliability of message delivery and message acknowledgement support, including a satellite up-link. Other advantages of VDES include the capability to provide coverage to regions otherwise unreachable by other technologies, and to support a modernised Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). A study carried out by Helios focused on the UK’s maritime network and the implementation and use of the e-navigation communication infrastructure in the foreseeable future, to 2030. Dr Šafář said that four high-level user and performance requirements had been critical criteria for assessing candidate e-navigation communication technologies. These were capacity, coverage, availability, and confidentiality. With regard to data loads, the study found that the most data-intense applications were no-go areas for vessel traffic and telemedicine. In contrast, the least data-intense applications were those where only position co-ordinates needed to be transferred, such as route exchanges. VDES was also the recommended communication system for weather data and for maritime single window data exchange away from port. A recent GLA study looking into the security


aspects of e-navigation made recommendations regarding candidate public key authentication methods for VDES. Current work within IALA and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will lead to an international standard for VDES. Securing access to radio spectrum is being addressed, and it is expected that VDES with both a terrestrial link (VDES-Ter) and a satellite component (VDES-Sat) to enable bidirectional communication will become a core element of e-navigation communication. The satellite component, for which the ITU has yet to allocate spectrum, will be

critical to realise the potential benefits of the system to navigation on the high seas and in the polar regions. VDE-Ter comprises a 100 kHz duplex channel which is available for data exchange requiring higher capacity than the ASM. Dr Šafář said that this may open the door to IP-based applications and serve as a gateway to the Maritime Cloud. Jan Šafář presented a strong case for the implementation of VDES at the 2016 International Navigation Conference, organised by the Royal Institute of Navigation at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, in November.

Galileo launched for ship positioning and navigation The Galileo satellite constellation has begun providing positioning, navigation and timing information for shipping, offshore and search and rescue operations. The European Space Agency has officially begun open services over the first 18 satellites in the Galileo constellation. The opening ceremony was held at the European Commission’s premises in Brussels, Belgium. The European Commission’s vice president responsible for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, commented: “With Galileo, Europe gains its own satellite navigation system that will improve a range of everyday services for our citizens and strengthens Europe’s strategic autonomy.” Galileo is Europe’s global satellite navigation system (GNSS). It joins the US-funded Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russia’s Glonass as official constellations for providing positioning, navigation and timing information. Ships use this information for modern electronic navigation and offshore vessels use it for dynamic positioning operations. Search and rescue services use the information to locate stranded vessels and manage recovery operations. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for operating the constellation and service. It has a remit to ensure a return on investment from Galileo in the form of clear, acrossthe-board services and applications for end users. “The centre of gravity for the Galileo programme is now the user, meaning European citizens, businesses and entrepreneurs can benefit from the many innovative opportunities created by European GNSS,” said GSA executive director Carlo des Dorides. More satellites are being built and launched for the Galileo GNSS. This means its full operational capability will not be achieved until 2020.

Kongsberg added an MRV application to its K-Fleet suite of marine fleet management software (credit: Kongsberg)

EU EMISSIONS REGULATION STARTS TO BITE IN 2017 The European Union’s new regulation on monitoring and reporting ship gas emissions comes into force in 2017. The regulation, which requires the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from ships, covers any vessel exceeding 5,000gt which calls at any EU port regardless of flag or country of ownership. Shipowners that expect their ships to be affected by the MRV regulation need to have monitoring plans prepared by 31 August 2017. Verification organisations should also be prepared for their role in the regulation in 2017. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the European Commission published the delegated and implementing acts to support the entry into force of the EU MRV. This followed completion of a consultation process with input from the European Sustainable Shipping Forum’s MRV sub-group and classification societies, such as Lloyd’s Register. The commission provided information needed by shipowners or operators and verifiers. This included: • Regulation to determine the cargo carried for categories of ships other than passenger, roro and container ships. This provides the cargo parameter definitions for different ship types to support clear MRV implementation • Guidance on templates for monitoring plans, emissions reports and documents of compliance • Regulation on the verification activities and accreditation of verifiers, with various definitions and procedural details. The European Commission also amended annexes to MRV regulation to incorporate necessary changes to the required monitoring practices and to reflect industry best practice. More MRV solutions were launched in the fourth quarter of 2016. Kongsberg Maritime added an application to its K-Fleet marine fleet management software for MRV compliance. This provides monitoring and reporting of emissions on a per-voyage basis to, from and between EU ports. Dynamarine has certified its emissions monitoring platform with a rigorous audit from Verifavia Shipping for compliance with MRV regulations. The platform has been tested for data gathering, inconsistency verification and automated MRV reporting. It can also be used as a benchmarking and analytical tool. MEC

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CREW SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO SHIP DATA Ardmore Shipping and MTM Ship Management want onboard access to data, while Lomar Shipping and Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement use data for regulation compliance


anker owners and managers are using increasing amounts of data that is sent from their ships to improve operations, reduce fuel consumption and optimise maintenance. They benefit from transmitting performance and condition data from ships to shore offices, but some feel the data should be equally available to the crew. The data helps owners identify the key performance indicators (KPIs) and early indications of machinery fatigue. Ardmore Shipping uses data to analyse the performance of its fleet of tankers. Its chief operating officer Mark Cameron said this analysis has led to reductions in fuel consumption and more optimised routeing. Data can also be used to compare tankers in the fleet to detect differences in the way they are operated. “We use fuel consumption

metering and hull performance data for analysis,” Mr Cameron explained at Riviera Maritime Media’s Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference, which was held in London in November 2016. He added: “We analyse the performance in all weathers, draughts and other conditions. Then we compare this with similar ships and voyages. In this way, we can detect different autopilot settings.” This means Ardmore can identify ships that have autopilot settings that result in higher fuel consumption than other tankers. However, Mr Cameron thinks data is more useful for the ship’s master and officers. “Data has its place and is valued, but it should be available on the bridge where officers can review it and make decisions.” For example, officers can use the information to improve navigational safety, or for route optimisation.

Tanker owners and managers discussed the importance of ship performance data at a Riviera’s conference

At the conference, MTM Ship Management managing director Vijay Rangroo agreed that crew should have access to the operational data. He said: “We cannot ignore the data, so we use it and include the seafarers running the ships in this process. The data is not just for the office managers. It is a tool that staff on board can use, so they need to be familiar with the software. At another London conference in November, Lomar Shipping technical director Stylianos Papageorgiou highlighted how KPIs help shipmanagers and owners monitor the performance of ship engines, hulls and crews. “They are important for reporting performance to fleet managers so they can make decisions about where to invest to improve efficiency,” he explained. “Data goes back to the office for managers to make better

decisions, so they can collaborate with those on board.” Some shipowners have baulked at the cost of investing in transmitting shipboard data in real-time. But there are more incentives coming from the need for owners to comply with the EU’s upcoming CO2 emissions monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements, and any similar system coming from IMO. “The EU’s MRV compliance is an opportunity to install systems on ships to report performance for regulators and managers, and so owners know how well the engines and hulls are performing,” Mr Papageorgiou said. Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement is an early adopter of technology that enables it to comply with MRV requirements. Its energy manager Michael Servos agreed that MRV brings opportunities for ship performance monitoring. “MRV will enhance transparency and support performance monitoring.” He added: “It will improve the accuracy of fuel measurement and the application of different techniques and investment in the technology to achieve this.” Mr Servos recommended owners invest in digital systems for automated reporting and expressed his reservations about the requirement for manual input of data into EU databases. Another cost comes from the verification of data by a third party. “This needs to be automated, too, as it would be very time consuming,” Mr Servos said. MEC






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Top executives from the maritime IT and communications sector predicted the future technology trends for Marine Electronics & Communications’ forward thinking series.

Partnerships are vital for satellite communications The focus in 2016 was on higher throughputs and increased operational efficiency, and we believe that will continue in the coming years, says Marlink president of maritime business Tore Morten Olsen. There will be more demand for high bandwidth applications, growth in real-time monitoring, video conferencing, and crew usage. All this points towards the introduction of new technologies and services that enable faster connections. Because development direction is steered by user requirements, we believe that innovation in close partnerships with end-users will continue to be vital to future developments. With the launch of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress, Telenor’s Thor 7 and Intelsat’s EpicNG high throughput services in 2016, we now have access to a lot more satellite

capacity from different satellite operators. It is however not important what satellite a ship is using at any time, as long as the link is performing as required. So going forward, our focus remains on how the overall network performs and the quality of service we deliver. There is and will be more choice in the market and more flexibility to provide technology-agnostic services and solutions using our established global infrastructure, satellite capacity and technical expertise. This approach enables shipping’s increasing reliance on the use of data for smart, safe and efficient operations. Smart shipping will continue to develop, moving from a patchwork concept to a tangible and integrated reality, where all aspects of a vessel that can be linked, will be connected. To reach the reality of smart shipping though, organisations need to work together to get the most out of connectivity at sea. For instance, our customer proximity has been integral to the development of new solutions such as XChange Telemed and XChange Media. By working with our customers, software

Fleet management and data analytic challenges ahead

Howard Fireman: Increasing volumes of data will put a greater demand on crew and office personnel

Shipowners and operators will face more regulatory pressures in 2017, a challenge that is compounded by an economic outlook that remains uncertain, said ABS Nautical Systems chief technology officer and president Howard Fireman. Monitoring plans for the European Union’s monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) regulation must be submitted by August 2017. These plans will have a substantial impact on shipowners and operators using European ports. The regulation alone will force many to collect and manage more data than before, and the increased volume of data will put a greater demand on crew and office personnel. Data storage and integrity can quickly become concerns when owners have to

Tore Morten Olsen: Technology enables shipping’s increasing reliance on data for smart, safe and efficient operations

developers, shipping industry partners and satellite network operators, we will continue to introduce new means and methods of enabling communications solutions in support of the maritime market, to achieve safer, more efficient and more attractive vessel operations.

multiply monitoring information, data calculations and reporting by multiple voyages, port stays and ships. A shipowner with 20 vessels, for example, will have more than 20,000 data points to manage each year just for MRV. Compliance will not be the only challenge. Mr Fireman continues: In a tight shipping environment, preserving margins will be critical to remaining competitive, and that will require prudent fleet management enabled by software solutions that facilitate compliance and offer tools for improved vessel management and more efficient operations. At ABS Nautical Systems, we believe the regulatory landscape will continue to evolve in complexity, driving an even greater need for efficiency and compliance. Financial pressure will require a relentless focus on efficiency, making software solutions a cornerstone of efficiency gains, just as they will be required to accurately

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demonstrate compliance. Technology targeting vessel performance is expected to be important to both small and large owners and operators who are trying to achieve more with smaller workforces and tighter budgets. Ultimately, software vendors that provide the best value and best tools to support operational and financial decision-making will excel in this challenging business environment.

Flat panels will be challenged in a marine environment

Ultra high definition is the future of displays Hatteland Display’s vice president for sales and marketing Lars Skjelbred-Eriksen says that the development of ultra high definition displays is the future for integrated bridge systems. “The demand for ultra high definition – 4K – resolution displays on the bridge will continue to grow. The beauty of 4K is that everything on screen is much more vivid. The viewer can see clearer and in more detail, so it makes sense that this technology is becoming of more interest to integrated bridge system manufacturers and systems integrators. “The concept of our new 55in ultra high definition chart and planning table was born out of a realisation that maritime display technology evolution is vital to improving the effectiveness of modern bridge systems. The system provides the size and clarity needed to integrate various items of data in a single display, enabling integrated bridge system and navigation technology manufacturers to combine multiple data from ship systems into a single, user-friendly system. Crucially the 4K resolution ensures that multiple data types can be easily viewed under all conditions.” According to Mr Skjelbred-Eriksen, another area that will expand in the coming years is the use of panel computers, which are essentially maritime displays with integrated computers. They allow all processing to be done from a single unit and can deliver just as much computing power as a more traditional display and separate PC configuration. Panel computers have lower installation and lifecycle costs, which makes them an ideal solution for starting to introduce cost reduction programmes within the value chain. Hatteland Display’s Series X panel computers can be ordered with Intel Skylake processors. The company has also developed a 32in 4K display for use on standard bridge designs.

Jan Michelsen: Flat panels would be challenged by the three axes of motion

The maritime industry has witnessed a lot of discussion about flat panel antennas, but they would be challenged by the movement of ships, according to Cobham Satcom vice president for maritime business development Jan Michelsen. He thinks this is the main reason why lightweight stabilised antennas will be the main technology for maritime VSAT in 2017 and in the long term. “Discussions about flat panel antennas are welcome because this drives innovation in the satcoms industry,” said Mr Michelsen. “Likewise, it is always very important to analyse the potential end-user benefits of new developments in technology. But the truth of the matter is that at sea, a single flat antenna lying on the deck operating on a geostationary satellite will not suffice.” He continued: “Such an antenna would be challenged by the three axes of motion every vessel goes through – roll, pitch and yaw. The moment a vessel starts moving in a seaway the limited elevation angles of a flat antenna would reduce performance and quickly affect the quality of the link. “Any manufacturer would have to build a

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flat panel into a mechanism that would still be able to tilt the panel towards the satellite. Mechanics and electronics to steer the panel would be needed so a flat panel antenna would not be smaller, lighter or less expensive compared to a modern stabilised antenna.” Flat panel antennas would suit communications over low earth orbit (leo) satellite networks such as the proposed OneWeb and LeoSat Enterprises constellations. However, these networks are neither financed nor deployed yet. “While flat panel antennas are starting from scratch and facing numerous challenges, the current form factor of stabilised antennas will continue to be the most effective for maritime applications,” said Mr Michelsen. “Our focus remains on the evolution of an already market-leading platform, enabling even greater performance and reducing the installation burden through software and mechanical developments.” Cobham Satcom has developed a Sailor 60cm antenna that weighs 35kg and can be carried on board any vessel. It also manufactures the Sailor 900 antenna for Ku-band and Sailor 100GX for Inmarsat’s Ka-band network. MEC

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NEW VSAT SERVICES DELIVER FASTER BANDWIDTH SpeedCast reveals its Sigma Net management service and Cobham hardware deal, while Intellian introduces new terminals and Panasonic begins offering Newtec modems

Cobham Satcom has developed a 60cm antenna for Fleet Xpress Ka-band services (credit: Cobham)


peedCast International introduced Sigma Net for vessel communications and network management over satellite constellations in November 2016. Sigma Net is a cloud-based system that provides automated management of multiple wide area network links and satellite communications over VSAT and L-band. It has an integrated voice over IP server that enables digital crew calling services. This allows a caller to choose the outbound call route via a prefix, which reduces the cost. Crew can use their own devices on vessels using a prepaid personal identification number that enables vouchers to be generated and managed. SpeedCast explained that Sigma Net provides managed network segmentation between business-critical,

crew or machine-to-machine networks on ships. It incorporates firewalls and virtual private networking on the vessel and cyber security for the internet. There is a cloud-based secure portal for linking vessels to IT engineers for network management. Greece-headquartered Danaos Shipping Co is one of the first to use Sigma Net for vessel network management. According to Danaos, the service provides a web-based interface that enables the remote configuration of Sigma Net terminals across its fleet. It added: “The reporting provided by the Sigma Net portal gives us full visibility of traffic sent and received via the wide area networks. Our vessel IT support team is able to easily and quickly resolve problems on board via Sigma Net. In addition, the Danaos crew are extremely happy with the Sigma

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Net pre-paid vouchers for internet access or crew calling.” SpeedCast also signed a global framework agreement with Cobham Satcom for offering broadband connectivity to ships. Under this arrangement, Cobham Satcom will supply maritime stabilised antennas for SpeedCast’s Kuand Ka-band VSAT services. This will help SpeedCast offer Ka-band connectivity using Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service with Cobham’s Sailor 60 GX antennas. SpeedCast has hundreds of ships operating on Inmarsat’s XpressLink service that could be migrated to Fleet Xpress over the next few years. It may also have a number of ships, vessels and drilling rigs to migrate following its recent acquisition of Harris CapRock. SpeedCast chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier expects the technology to enable growth for both companies. He added:

“This strategic co-operation benefits both SpeedCast and Cobham, and supports our ability to innovate and deliver reliable communications services that help our customers to operate smarter.” Also in November 2016, Intellian Technologies launched a new generation of L-band terminals for ships. It began manufacturing the FB250R and FB500R FleetBroadband terminals after gaining final approval from Inmarsat for their use over the Fleet Xpress service. These terminals can also be used with other associated network service devices. Intellian can now provide a complete package to shipowners. This can include pre-integration testing of Fleet Xpress hardware such as data server racks and sourcing of all hardware components. Customers can also create customised configurations of


their own, said Intellian. The FleetBroadband terminals deliver simultaneous voice, data, messaging, fax, and data streaming over the Inmarsat I-4 constellation and the Alphasat satellite. In another deal, Panasonic Global Communications, a division of Panasonic Avionics Corp, selected Belgium-headquartered Newtec to supply high bandwidth satellite modems for its maritime satellite communications solutions. Versions of Newtec’s new modem will be available with Panasonic’s upgraded VSAT services for commercial shipping, cruise ships, megayachts, river cruises and offshore oil and gas vessels. Newtec’s technology will increase the bandwidth available over maritime VSAT by 20 times, said Panasonic. The new modem is capable of exceeding data speeds of 400 Mbps if linked to the next generation of high throughput satellites. The modem includes three demodulators for seamless beam switching and simultaneous data and video reception. It is part of the Newtec Dialog multiservice platform, which supports

maritime communications. It uses dynamic bandwidth allocation that combines the efficiency of single channel per carrier (SCPC) services with the dynamic bandwidth allocation capabilities of time division multiple access

(TDMA) technology. “Newtec’s broadband modem allows us to access much larger blocks of frequency and better support high bandwidth platforms across all of our markets,” said Panasonic Avionics Corp chief executive

Paul Margis. “As we continue to optimise our second-generation global communications network, we are constantly looking for new pieces of critical technology that will enable our customers to take full advantage of high throughput technology.”

Paul Margis (Panasonic) (left) and Serge Van Herck (Newtec) sign the modem deal (credit: Panasonic)

iDIRECT UNVEILS NEW VSAT TECHNOLOGY VT iDirect has announced new DVB-S2X standards technology based on a powerful, customised applicationspecific integrated circuit (ASIC) chipset that will deliver “revolutionary” gains in data throughput and will power a new line of DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X remotes called the iQ Series. “This introduces exponentially higher hub processing capabilities and virtualisation of core gateway components to offer further gains in performance and efficiency and lower business costs,” said iDirect. This technology will benefit those developing VSAT solutions that use high throughput satellites and the DVB-S2X standard. The modems can be continually reprogrammed remotely to increase network capabilities and throughput levels. This could lead to an expansion of applications and the setting of new service level standards. IDirect successfully tested the iQ Series remote, a ground

infrastructure platform and the DVB-S2X standard over Intelsat’s EpicNG constellation of high throughput satellites in October 2016. These were tested over the Intelsat 29e satellite, yielding a throughput rate of 5.71 bps/Hz, which was a 330 per cent efficiency performance gain on the Intelsat EpicNG platform. IDirect said this would enable service providers to exploit the full capabilities of the DVB-S2X standard for high speed bandwidth applications. Intelsat senior vice president for operations Mike DeMarco called this test a milestone in higher performance VSAT. He added: “With the iQ remote technology and EpicNG capacity, service providers can transition onto our high performance network while leveraging their existing investment in hub infrastructure. This is an important achievement in enabling our customers to expand their businesses into new applications and geographies and realise their future growth objectives.” MEC

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atcom Global has introduced a global VSAT service to deliver high bandwidth connectivity to maritime users. According to Satcom Global chief executive Ian Robinson, Aura VSAT offers flexible global communications at sea initially using Ku-band with an L-band back-up. Mr Robinson said C-band and Ka-band could be added in the near future as service agreements and coverage are initiated. He explained to Marine Electronics & Communications the reason for investing in Aura VSAT. “We were Inmarsat XpressLink and FleetBroadband resellers, but we looked at the market and saw the need for a more tailored approach to VSAT,” he explained. “We did not want to be a partner because we wanted the flexibility of operating our own network. So, we decided to commit to some Ku-band airtime by working with five satellite operators, including SES, Eutelsat, Intelsat and JSat for the main coverage.” Satcom Global, which is part of Broadband Satellite Services Ltd, also considered the trading patterns of shipping to decide which coverage to invest in and the technology trend in VSAT for future expenditure. It is already looking ahead to adding more coverage in the southern Indian Ocean between South Africa and Australia as Sky Perfect JSat plans to commission a satellite beam that covers that area. In addition, more bands will be deployed on Aura next year: “We will also have C-band capacity soon and could change VSAT out to Ka-band,” said Mr Robinson. “We will be able to include high throughput VSAT through SES coverage as three satellites are added to the network.” To adopt high throughput spot beam technology, Satcom Global will need to change platform technology from VT iDirect Evolution to its Velocity programme. The service provider has also invested in automatic beam switching technology. Ship operators wanting to use Aura will need to install Intellian antennas and below-deck units. Mr Robinson said there were technical reason for choosing Intellian as the main hardware supplier. “These are pre-tested and part of our wider network,” he said. “We can look at the antenna remotely and get performance reports. We also have modules on ships that reference the coverage map and manage which beams to use." He continued: “We offer 1m, 80cm and 60cm [diameter] antennas with Ku-band coverage that will improve when the high throughput satellites are launched. We are looking to maximise throughput.” Aura VSAT has been tested on 30 vessels that operate over seven different fleets,” Mr Robinson explained. “The trials were good with one vessel getting a committed information rate (CIR) up to 2.4 Mbps. It consumed more than 150GB of data over one weekend with guests and crew all using mobile devices to stream video. So our network has been rigorously tested.” The next stage for Satcom Global is rolling out the service to shipowners that have signed up their fleets. Mr Robinson said this is a challenge that is worth overcoming.

Ian Robinson: “We have signed contracts to deploy VSAT on more than 300 vessels”

“We have signed contracts to deploy VSAT on more than 300 vessels already and we expect to sign contracts for another 300-400 vessels in the next few months,” he commented. “The challenge will be installing these systems. We are going to be busy, but we have appointed installation service partners.” Aura will be deployed on tankers, offshore vessels, gas carriers, container ships and fishprocessing vessels. Satcom Global has its own engineering and implementation teams that can operate globally, and a dedicated network operations centre in the UK. It also has offices in Asia, Americas, Europe, Africa and Oceania. Mr Robinson said the technology it can offer will enable shipowners and managers to operate vessels as extensions of their corporate networks. “We have an open-pipe technology and can offer applications to optimise this pipe, to monitor sensor data, to deliver crew training and welfare platforms,” he explained. “We do not have any specific fair-usage or CIR restrictions. The bandwidth is up to the customer, as we can offer exceptional speed.” He expects the addition of high throughput satellite coverage from SES satellites will open new opportunities for shipowners. “Customers will be able to operate ships as offices at sea, with no need for file compression as capacity increases,” he added. The launch of high throughput satellites will change the VSAT market in the short term, but Mr Robinson expects new technology could have a longer-term impact. “We are researching flat panel antennas and could have our own range of mini-VSAT products in the future,” he explained. “Flat panels could be for the future if testing is successful. But we expect the VSAT market will consolidate around 1m antennas.” Satcom Global expects to become a Global Xpress partner in 2017 to offer different VSAT packages based on Ka-band to the maritime sector. But for now it has the challenge of deploying Ku-band Aura VSAT on more than 300 ships. MEC

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ver-increasing data communications demand in the maritime sector is driving investment in high throughput satellites, while the launch of more satellites with extra capacity is enabling shipowners, operators and managers to invest in VSAT. These are the encouraging trends that lead space markets specialist Euroconsult to forecast a 5 per cent compound annual growth rate in the number of maritime terminals and revenues over the 10 years to 2026. This is from a base of US$1.7 billion in revenues for service providers in 2015. Euroconsult also said that revenues at the satellite operator level were US$953 million, and that there were 338,000 active maritime satellite terminals in 2015. Growth in demand for broadband communications will come from increasing use of data transmissions from ships to shore, rising requirements for passenger internet connectivity, and crew welfare services. Euroconsult consultant Capucine Fargier said bandwidth demand is driving investment in high throughput satellites, which will lead to lower costs for shipowners. Satellites will have


“A number of additional high throughput satellites will be launched in the coming years”

larger payloads and lower launch costs and increasing bandwidth capacity over the world’s oceans. The number of fixed satellite service operators that can provide high throughput capacity is expected to reach 25 by the end of 2019, resulting in more competition and lower prices. Ms Fargier explained: “A number of additional high throughput satellites will be launched in the coming years, with maritime satellite supply expected to reach around 680 Gbps by 2020. This will result in a significant decrease in capacity prices.” She also expects the costs of VSAT hardware to fall over the next 10 years as flat-panel antennas are introduced. “All this will drive demand for more bandwidth-hungry applications such as big data analytics and video streaming applications,” said Ms Fargier. This will drive demand for VSAT in C-, Ku- and Ka-band in commercial shipping, passenger ships and offshore vessels. But smaller vessels are likely to continue using mobile satellite services such as L-band. The development of smaller and cheaper mobile satellite service broadband terminals covering basic communications needs will open up a new market, said Euroconsult. The consultancy also expects there to be more

consolidation in the sector as companies with higher purchasing power seek more economies of scale and new markets. There has been a recent spate of mergers and acquisitions with SpeedCast International acquiring Harris CapRock and Global Eagle Entertainment purchasing EMC. Ms Fargier explained that maritime broadband demand had led to new satellite launches and investment. She added: “2016 was an important milestone for maritime satellite communications. It marked the entry into service of high throughput satellites with a major maritime focus.” This included the entry into commercial operation of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress and Telenor’s Thor 7 satellite and the launch of the first two Intelsat EpicNG satellites. A total of 8.5 Gbps of C-, Ku- and Ka-band capacity was used for maritime VSAT business, compared with less than 2 Gbps in 2010. Investment in VSAT led to 9 per cent growth in the number of these terminals deployed in maritime applications. Euroconsult said the number of commercial and active VSAT terminals at the end of 2015 was more than 16,000. This demonstrated that the downturn in merchant shipping market conditions and the collapse of the offshore vessel sector had not affected maritime satellite communications growth. Euroconsult said this was because demand is driven by increasing operational data needs, passenger communications and crew welfare. MEC These figures were taken from Euroconsult’s Prospects for Maritime Satellite Communications report




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NEW FIRE-FIGHTER RADIO REGULATIONS APPROACHING FAST Nearly 300,000 radios will need to be ordered for shipowners to comply with new Solas fire-fighter communications regulations


ew regulations are coming that will drive owners to invest in two-way portable radios for fire-fighter communications. Cobham Satcom business manager for maritime integration Claus Hornbech expects there to be a rush of orders for these radios as shipowners realise they need to comply with changes to IMO’s Solas rules. Solas Chapter II-2, Regulation 10.10.4 requires that a minimum of two portable radios are carried on board for each fire-fighting party for communications. The deadline for implementation of the new regulation is set to be the first radio survey after 1 July 2018 for vessels built before 1 July 2014. However, Mr Hornbech thinks shipowners should begin their due diligence now, before it becomes too late. Fire-fighters’ radios as required by regulation 10.10.4 are additional to the fire-fighters’ outfit and are intended for the fire party. This means that the total number of these radios to be carried on board each vessel will depend on the number of fire parties detailed on the muster list, rather than the number of fire-fighter outfits. This makes it difficult to establish exactly how many new radios need to be delivered to the global fleet in the next 18 months, said Mr Hornbech. The number of relevant vessels built before 1 July 2014 is approximately 89,000, of which some 60,000 to 65,000 are covered by Solas. Some non-Solas vessels are expected to implement the regulation on a voluntary basis. This makes the requirement for new fire-fighter specific radios around 260,000 to 300,000 units. “A huge number of dedicated fire-fighter radios need to be supplied within a relatively short period of time, and the onus is on shipowners to ensure their individual vessels are ready before the deadline,” said Mr Hornbech. “Preparing carefully and securing the supply chain well ahead of the deadline will minimise the risk of disproportionate extra costs for urgent shipping or even detention of a vessel, compared with the relatively small investment needed to get compliant radios on board.” With regard to the radios themselves, the regulations are open to interpretation. Cobham has developed a portable UHF radio that will enable shipowners to comply with the regulations. Mr Hornbech explained: “The requirements may not be so clear on paper when the shipowner reviews the actual regulation in Chapter II-2, so it may be difficult to distinguish what the requirements actually are. We set out to help mitigate confusion in the industry by developing a radio that ensures compliance and by communicating the challenges and potential problems clearly to our customers and the industry at large.” Cobham’s new Sailor 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio has been designed to enable shipowners to meet new Solas requirements. However, Mr Hornbech told Marine Electronics & Communications that Cobham’s engineers had also considered the

circumstances in which it will be used. It is the only maritime radio system to accommodate spare emergency battery packs as standard. It has an ATEX 1.800 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, IP67 battery pack, and ATEX-approved non-rechargeable emergency batteries. These provide an extra level of security to ensure radio communication is available for fire parties when a fire breaks out, or if rechargeable batteries run down during an emergency. “At the end of the day, we provide communication for users who may depend on our equipment in critical situations,” said Mr Hornbech. “So, although regulations were a key driver behind development of the Sailor 3965 UHF radio, the end user was in focus throughout. It is a future-proof investment in terms of avoiding fines for non-compliance, but primarily it is a tool that can help onboard fire crews to save lives, or save the vessel itself, should a fire break out.” Cobham Satcom’s white paper New Solas requirements for fire-fighters on board vessels can be downloaded free of charge from the Maritime Technology Knowledge Bank: MEC

The Sailor 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio was designed for communications during ship fires (credit: Cobham Satcom)

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Inmarsat seeks GMDSS recognition for FleetBroadband An IMO subcommittee will discuss a request from the UK to grant formal recognition to Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband for use in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

Intellian introduced FB250R and FB500R terminals for FleetBroadband in December 2016 (credit: Intellian)

natural progression of the maritime safety services provided by FleetBroadband and Fleet One, all of which operate over the Inmarsat fleet of four I-4 satellites. These provide a similar coverage to the older Inmarsat I-3 constellation. The FleetBroadband system supports maritime safety voice services, which provide distress and urgent voice communications complying with the relevant IMO resolutions, A.694(17) and MSC.130(75). It will also support data safety services and the capability to receive maritime safety information, upon the introduction of the MSDS in 2017. The MSC decided to instruct NCSR, when it meets from 6 to 10 March (NCSR 4), to consider how the process of recognition should be undertaken and to submit a report to MSC 98 in June. The particular question that needs clarifying is whether a new application for recognition and use in the GMDSS would be needed, or whether FleetBroadband could be a bolt-on system. The brief discussion at MSC 97 revealed a variety of views and the general feeling was that more information was needed before making a decision. According to the UK information paper, Inmarsat FleetBroadband terminals equipped with a maritime safety terminal are capable of the same GMDSS functions as Inmarsat-C, as well as having enhanced safety and distress features. They are effectively compliant with the GMDSS and can be used for GMDSS communications. A ship using an Inmarsat FleetBroadband terminal should therefore be considered as meeting the Solas requirement for an Inmarsat mobile earth station, as has already been agreed for Inmarsat C and Fleet 77. Inmarsat notified the NSCR subcommittee in March 2016 that its Fleet 77 service, which carries voice and data communication services, will end on 1 December 2020. The UK’s request comes at an important time in IMO’s ongoing work with regard to the GMDSS. The organisation has been engaged in a comprehensive review of the GMDSS with the aim being to modernise and upgrade it. Furthermore, it has indicated it could recognise Iridium as a second GMDSS service provider once a number of technical issues relating to the capability of Iridium’s satellite constellation have been resolved. Inmarsat is still the only global safety services provider approved to deliver the GMDSS under the Solas convention. The Inmarsat C service, which carries data and messaging communication services only, has been successful in providing a critical link between vessels in distress and Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCCs) around the world for the past 25 years. It always prioritises seafarer distress alerts to MRCSS and nearby ships. At MSC 97, the UK stressed that the FleetBroadband system had not experienced any major operational outages in either space or ground segments. Its reliability and availability has been in excess of the required 99.9 per cent availability each year since January 2010. MEC

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MO will address a request from the UK to grant formal recognition to Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband mobile satellite system for use in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), writes Aline De Bievre. The decision of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) to refer a UK information paper to its Navigation, Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) subcommittee is a strong indication that the organisation is increasingly aware of the additional opportunities arising from developments in satellite services for enhanced GMDSS provision. At the committee’s session in November 2016 (MSC 97), the UK suggested it would be advantageous for ships to have access to the FleetBroadband Maritime Safety Data Service (MSDS) for the GMDSS carriage requirement under the Solas convention. This requirement applies to ships of more than 300gt. In an information paper, it described the MSDS as the

Asian Maritime Cyber Risk Management Summit 7 March 2017, Singapore


Understanding and managing cyber security risks in Asian shipping Maritime organisations are now recognising that they need to know if their data is encrypted, and what that means, especially if they are required to make a public statement in the aftermath of a cyber-attack. As maritime companies automate more and more processes, security gaps also increase. Attendees will be able to benchmark their maritime cyber security fitness and meet and mix with maritime and cyber security professionals spanning the worlds of owner/ operators; insurers; port operators and cyber security providers at the Asian Maritime Cyber Risk Management Summit. The summit is a one day interactive event comprising a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and demonstrations. Themes will include: implementation of cyber security systems for the maritime industry; risk management; operational issues and a look at the technologies available. There will be outstanding networking, marketing and branding opportunities and a supporting exhibition.

Programme highlights: • Current and emerging cyber risks facing maritime industries • What can be done to mitigate cyber risk • Latest best practices and technologies used to reduce the risks of a cyber security breach • What to do in the aftermath of a successful cyberattack • Benchmark how your company would fare if it were a victim of physical hacking or market manipulation • Users of Big Data solutions present case studies and share their experience • Opportunities to network during lunch, refreshment breaks and at the evening drinks reception. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities or to book your place today contact Kym Tan on +65 6809 3098 or at

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Rising VSAT demand

drives investment and consolidation SpeedCast is acquiring Harris CapRock for its VSAT technology and its share of the cruise ship market, and Color Line is installing Telenor’s hardware across its fleet

Cruise ship operators have invested in VSAT to meet passenger connectivity expectations (credit: Martyn Wingrove)


xpected high demand for bandwidth for passenger services is driving acquisitions and technology investment in satellite communications. It is one of the key reasons why SpeedCast International is acquiring Harris CapRock from Harris Corp, and why Global Eagle Entertainment acquired EMC. Increasing demand for passenger communications has also driven investment in new high throughput satellites with spot beams of VSAT coverage. It has led companies such as Marlink to book capacity on Intelsat’s EpicNG constellation of satellites. In the run up to SpeedCast’s announcement in November 2016 of its intention to acquire Harris CapRock, Marine Electronics & Communications interviewed top management of the two companies. SpeedCast chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier explained that the company was building its market presence in passenger ship communications (MEC October/November 2016). Earlier this year it acquired WINS, a cruise ship communications

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specialist, to gain a foothold in that sector. He later called the acquisition of Harris CapRock “a transformational opportunity for SpeedCast.” In November he said: “SpeedCast will become one of the largest purchasers of satellite capacity globally and create a diversified industry leader with a strong global network. The combination of SpeedCast and Harris CapRock enables us to accelerate our position in the cruise sector.” Harris CapRock brings its technical experience in different types of satellite communications networks, its own antennas, and investment in long-range radio and WiFi. Harris CapRock president Tracey Haslam said the company provided satellite communications to around half of the world’s ocean-going cruise ships, including those operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises and Star Cruises. It offers time division multiple access (TDMA), delivered by VT iDirect, and Comtech EF Data Corp’s single channel per


carrier (SCPC) network technology, as well as the multiband, IP-enabled antenna that is offered as part of the Harris CapRock One communications service. Ms Haslam explained: “We provide uncontended TDMA so customers can burst and dynamically allocate bandwidth when needed. But SCPC is also available where appropriate. It all depends on customer requirements.” She has seen communications technology on cruise ships advance rapidly over the last five years as passengers demand more bandwidth on board to use their own devices. “On cruise ships once we saw bandwidth of 3 Mbps,” she told MEC. “But penetration of bandwidth in cruise has increased as we supply more at lower costs. People want to use this for social media, resulting in stronger demand. Growth is such that there are more devices on board than there are passengers.” This leads to cruise shipowners investing in more onboard bandwidth to attract customers. “If cruise ships want to compete they will need more available gigabytes,” said Ms Haslam. “That is more than one satellite transponder per ship, so high throughput satellites are needed to meet this demand from cruise.” The satellite service is useful until cruise ships operate in areas that are outside the coverage or the signal is blocked. For these scenarios, Harris CapRock offers wireless radio and long-term evolution (LTE) 4G mobile technology. It has deployed this radio technology in Alaska for cruise shipping, as satellite signals are blocked by mountains because of the low angle of sight between the antenna and satellites. Ms Haslam added: “We will also have radio technology going into Norway, where fjords provide obstructions to the satellite coverage.” The Harris CapRock One antenna can switch automatically between C-band and Ku-band. When passenger ships have the VSAT, long-range radio and LTE technologies on board, there is an intelligent communications director that can choose any one of these options for least-cost routeing. Harris CapRock was investing in Phasor’s flat panel antennas for VSAT connectivity and had taken capacity on the latest high throughput satellites, including Intelsat EpicNG. With the increasing number of technical solutions for passenger services, there is a challenge for passenger shipowners in choosing the right ones in which to invest. Ms Haslam explained: “With the rapid growth in bandwidth demand and availability, the challenge is in picking the right technology. We are working on future-proofing, so we can ensure that we deliver bandwidth and technology that can keep pace with cruise sector demand.” She added: “We offer an always-on, multi-method delivery with redundancy to deliver the guest experience. The internet needs to work all the time, as passengers can become frustrated if they cannot be connected.” On passenger ferries the challenge is compounded by the short amount of time that passengers spend on the ships and the constant flow of users. Ferry operator Color Line has overcome some of these issues by deploying WiFi and fast broadband across its fleet to enable passengers to use their own devices on its ships. It has expanded its contract with Telenor Maritime to include VSAT and wireless networks. Chief information officer for Color Line Marianne Gade Gørbitz expects these connectivity platforms to enhance passenger experience on its fleet of six vessels. “The agreement with Telenor Maritime means we can offer full WiFi coverage on our vessels with increased capacity and bandwidth during the first quarter of 2017,” she said. “This enables further investments in digital solutions to provide guests with the best experience on board.” Telenor Maritime will provide VSAT connectivity to the vessels

Color Fantasy, Bohus, Color Magic, SuperSpeed 1, Color Viking and SuperSpeed 2. This will be delivered through the Thor 7 Ka-band high-performance satellite and Ku-band coverage when required. Color Line operates ferry routes from Norway to Denmark and Germany. Telenor Maritime is acquiring SatPoint to increase its market share of maritime satellite communications users in Scandinavia. SatPoint has a strong position in the Baltic Sea market with more than 125 maritime broadband installations on ferries, merchant ships, and floating accommodation units. Skybridge has introduced a digital voice service for passengers and crew to use over satellite links. The VoiSea application offers free voice over IP (VoIP), messaging and high definition video over IP to seafarers and ferry passengers. The program performs these applications while keeping bandwidth consumption to a minimum. It is hosted on a mobile phone and operates over the ship’s WiFi. VoiSea uses high bandwidth networks when they are available or can switch to a low bandwidth version that reduces consumption to as low as 8 Kbps for messaging over narrowband capacity. MEC

Harris CapRock has developed its own IP-enabled antenna for cruise ship VSAT (credit: Harris CapRock)

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Integrated technology ordered for new cruise ships


urging orders for new cruise ships have led to several contracts for integrated ship automation, power management and bridge systems. Some of the latest electronics technology developments, including dynamic positioning, will be installed on these newbuilding orders. For example, Wärtsilä won contracts in September 2016 to supply a range of integrated automation, bridge system and dynamic positioning equipment for four new cruise ships. Two of the vessels are being built at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland and the other two ships are to be built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The deliveries will comprise Nacos Platinum bridge systems, including 12 multifunction workstations, and Nacos Valmatic Platinum integrated automation systems. The bridge workstations will be used for radar applications, ecdis, voyage planning, conning and operations. The ships will have automatic steering and dynamic positioning. Three compact workstations will provide full

Wärtsilä, Kongsberg Maritime, Caterpillar Marine and GE’s Marine Solutions have deployed the latest technology on cruise ships

access to the customised cruise software from the main bridge and from both bridge wings. Nacos Valmatic Platinum includes numerous individual systems such as power management, energy measuring, liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel plant control, air conditioning, cabin control, emergency shutdown, information management, safety management control, video walls and tactical tables, as well as an extended alarm system. The complete system is operated and controlled from a total of 24 workstations at different locations. Kongsberg Maritime gained an order, to supply integrated automation, power management and navigation systems on a new ice class cruise ship. It will deliver an integrated bridge, dynamic positioning, safety management and control systems to 168m Scenic Eclipse. The vessel, with capacity for 228 passengers, is being built by Uljanik Group

Kongsberg has designed integrated bridge systems for Scenic Cruises (credit: Kongsberg)

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in Croatia for Australian cruise line Scenic Cruises. For this contract, Kongsberg is supplying a K-Chief automation control system with almost 10,000 input and output points and a K-Master integrated bridge system. The bridge equipment will include two independent and redundant workstations, with multifunctional operator stations for navigation and positioning. There will also be a redundant radar network to combine signals from all four radar units on board into a single display to improve the situational awareness of the crew. Scenic Eclipse will have functions for ice detection, and wave height and direction calculations. The safety management and control system will gather safetyrelevant information into a common platform for manual and automatic processing. It will interface with subsystems, such as fire detection, emergency shutdown, flooding

control, fire extinguishing, security video and the integrated alarm monitoring and control system. Caterpillar Marine has developed control systems for its dual-fuel engines that were designed for a new generation of cruise ships. The MaK 16 M 46 DF engines burn gas and diesel for cruise ship propulsion. They use the latest version of Cat engine control units and software so ship operators can optimise engine performance for specific operating profiles. They also have fast load response, better fuel consumption and long intervals between overhauls. Caterpillar is also offering asset intelligence and servicing that uses remote monitoring, automated data analytics and expert advisory services to ensure the highest uptime and lowest operating cost. General Electric’s (GE’s) Marine Solutions has upgraded propulsion control systems on Carnival Corp’s flagship liner, Queen Mary 2. GE replaced oil distribution boxes on steerable pods and modified the harmonic filters on the propulsion plant. It used realtime simulation to test and validate the technology that was installed on the ship before completing commissioning. This shortened the timeframe for the upgrade work in the drydock to 18 days. MEC




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assenger ship operators, especially in Northern Europe, are adopting electric propulsion and automation technology. One recent order was received by Rolls-Royce to supply hybrid power systems and new bridge and automation technology for Hurtigruten’s two new hybrid-propulsion expedition cruise ships. As recently reported in Riviera Maritime Media’s Passenger Ship Technology, Hurtigruten ordered Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen from Kleven shipyard in Norway. Rolls-Royce then received a contract to supply the latest automation and control systems, including its Unified Bridge, as well as electrical power systems, Azipull propellers using permanent magnet technology, two large tunnel thrusters, stabilisers, engines and winches. The hybrid technology is planned for delivery in two phases. In phase one, auxiliary battery power will provide large reductions in fuel consumption by enabling peak shaving. This solution is to be installed on the first expedition ship ready for delivery in 2018. For phase two, larger batteries will be installed, enabling the possibility of fully electric sailing across longer distances and over longer periods of time. This will be used when sailing into fjords, at port and in vulnerable areas, providing silent and emissions free sailing. Rolls-Royce will install this new technology in the second ship to be built, which is scheduled for delivery in 2019.

Hurtigruten intends to retrofit the first ship with the same technology, at a later date. Hybrid propulsion and batteries have been installed on increasing numbers of ferries operating in Scandinavia and the Baltic. Siemens supplied systems for the first electric-driven ferry Ampere in 2015, and has since gained fresh orders. These have included a follow-up order from Finlandbased FinFerries. It is also supplying two new battery-driven ferries for Fjord 1 in Norway, due for delivery in January 2018 from Turkey’s Tersan Shipyard. The order involves supplying lithium-ion batteries for energy storage, thrusters, and remote control modules for the propellers. ABB has gained orders for electric drive technology for battery-powered passenger ships. The latest contract, from Stena Line,

is for an energy storage control system and Onboard DC Grid to retrofit two HH Ferries Group vessels, Tycho Brahe and Aurora, in 2017. They will operate on battery power between Helsingør in Denmark and Helsingborg, Sweden. In another order, ABB is supplying an Onboard DC Grid for a new hybrid car ferry being built at Fiskerstrand Verft in Norway. Norwegian Electric Systems has signed a contract, valued at up to US$3.5 million, with Remontowa Shipbuilding of Gdansk, Poland for the delivery of two hybrid electric systems for two new ferries. The package consists of ultra-light converters forming a DC grid system with four battery packages, two on each side of the DC bus, for redundancy. In addition, for the main propulsion there are water-cooled, high efficiency permanent magnet motors and four direct-driven propellers. The ferries are being built to operate the Woolwich service across the River Thames for Transport for London, in the UK. Norwegian Electric Systems has already installed one of Europe’s largest test facilities for electric propulsion systems, including energy storage, and is developing a new energy management system. Ferry operators in the Solent in the UK are harnessing battery power. Cemre Shipyard in Turkey is building a hybrid battery-operated ferry for Wightlink Ferries. The ship will have batteries for powering the ship’s electrical supply and motion-activated light emitting diode (LED) lighting, as well as assisting with propulsion. Red Funnel is considering using batteries on a new fast ferry. It took delivery of Red Jet 6, which has conventional propulsion and power systems, in 2016, and plans to order another one from Shemara Refit in the UK. It is interested in combining batteries with fuel for future new dual-fuel electric vessels. MEC

HH Ferries has decided to convert two of its ferries to run on battery power, using ABB’s Onboard DC grid concept

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Tero Marine and DNV GL

expand software New functions have been added to fleet management programs to improve data analytics, reporting and voyage logging


arine information systems developer Tero Marine has added new functions to its fleet management software TM Master, writes Martyn Wingrove. The suite of programs has modules for procurement, maintenance, human resources, and health, safety, quality and the environment. More were added in 2016 to make the software more versatile for different users. The company said the new features in TM Master include functions for forecasting, incident reporting, voyage logging, document handling, auditing and failure reporting. According to Tero Marine director of marketing Jarle Holmelid, one of the most useful recent additions is data cleaning tools. “These are actually quite unique, and underestimated, in fleet management software,” he told Marine Electronics &

Communications. “When a company has a fleet with tens of thousands of spare parts, items and jobs – all connected through a central database – it is important that the data quality is high.” He continued: “Our tools clean the databases effectively, and make the software more effective. Data quality is something that the rest of the world’s software business is talking about, but not that much in our line of business.” He said the health, safety, quality and environment modules had been considerably extended in 2016. "The docking module is in the process of being expanded. This module has seen a considerable increase in its use the last two years, and fleet managers using this report big savings over time,” he added. Class society DNV GL has added functions to its ECO Insight fleet performance management software. It has added analytical and reporting features that it said should enable shipowners to manage greater volumes of vessel data. DNV GL has used in-house developments and third-party data collection systems to improve the analytics tools. DNV GL head of fleet performance management Torsten Büssow said the in-house research had been directed by feedback from shipping clients who had concerns about data. He added: “The last year has proven that ECO Insight can integrate

Eidesvik Offshore uses TM Master to manage its fleet of offshore vessels (credit: Eidesvik)

sensor and auto-logging data. And we can use this to provide more transparent and actionable data reporting and analytics.” There is a new service in ECO Insight that alerts operators to key fleet performance metrics on a daily basis and positions this information on the start-up page. DNV GL has also added a monthly fleet performance review and more analytics report functions on the operator dashboard. The software can be used to manage fleet performance including hull and propeller, engine systems and fuel quality performance. DNV GL has also added more functions to its Navigator Insight voyage reporting program. This includes a unique electronic owner-charterer co-operation contract option, where the data released to each party can be tailored to reflect contractual responsibilities. Navigator Insight reports on more operational data such as port logs and consumer usage from onboard equipment, such as cargo pumps and inert gas generators. It is also able to supply fully automatic emissions reports in readiness for the introduction of new regulations in 2017. Lloyd’s Register (LR) has acquired Sweden’s Seasafe Marine Software & Computation to add onboard loading and stability software to its portfolio. LR’s ship emergency response service uses the software for vessel modelling and stability calculations. This team provides emergency preparedness and response to vessel operators. Seasafe software has a variety of features for specialised loading operations and advanced intact and damage stability calculations. * Tug and offshore vessel operator CMI Offshore has begun using UK company Marine Software’s marine planned maintenance software MPMWin on a fleet of anchor-handling tugs and high speed catamarans. CM Jet 1, CM Rahil, CM Rescue, CM Rose and CM Ruby will start reporting all maintenance activities within the MPMWin software for central data replication ashore. MEC

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SHIPMANAGEMENT HEADS TO THE CLOUD The recent expansion in cloud services has led to the development of a host of ship and fleet management solutions with online portals

Eniram’s SkyLight includes a portable hardware unit, with sensors and its own software (credit: Martyn Wingrove)


loud services have become the main host for a series of fleet management, ship monitoring and crew management solutions. Shipping companies are able to access data from vessels in their fleets and information about their seafarers through secure online portals that can be accessed anywhere worldwide with a broadband connection. As a result, superintendents, fleet managers and company executives can keep track of the key performance indicators (KPIs) of their ships and crew, at their own convenience. They can also act on the information to optimise fuel consumption, improve ship efficiency and ensure crew are trained to the correct standards. Developments in this technology mean that nearly all fleet services that have online access are cloud-based. For example, when Eniram recently developed the SkyLight service for vessel performance monitoring and optimisation it included a cloud-based data centre with user access. The service uses a portable hardware

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unit, with sensors and its own software, which is installed on a ship. This records ship performance data and sends this to a cloud-based database via a satellite link. Eniram vice president for commercial shipping Jan Wilhelmsson said this service is free of expensive and complex onboard installations as it comprises just one compact and mobile unit. “This unit has sensors and a transponder with a connection to our own satellite coverage that sends real-time data to the fleet cloud,” he said. The service produces reports such as normalised fuel consumption, charter-party monitoring information and the vessel’s speed profile. “The latest development includes setting up speed alarms and including weather information,” said Mr Wilhelmsson. Eniram was acquired by Wärtsilä in the third quarter of 2016. The Netherlands-headquartered VAF Instruments has developed the Ivy fleet performance monitoring software to work alongside its existing ship sensors and processing unit. This is accessed


online through a mobile application and a cloud service. VAF area sales manager Edwin Schuirink explained how Ivy provides ship operators and managers with data analytics from a number of onboard sensors. These include flow meter, engine torque, propulsion thrust and fuel density sensors. “Ivy logs the data and performs analytics on shore on the relevant data so shipowners can compare ship KPIs in the fleet,” he said. “They can compare engine performance, propeller efficiency and hull fouling by using the torque and thrust sensors. Operators can analyse data between drydockings to get direct visibility of the propeller and hull performance,” Mr Schuirink added. BAE Systems is running tests on a new cloud-based software platform for ship KPIs and condition monitoring under the SeaCores (ship energy assessment – condition optimisation and routing enhancement system) project. Its consortium partners include James Fisher Mimic, which is providing sensor data, and OSIsoft, which has developed the software. The cloud-based platform will incorporate voyage data recorders, navigation equipment and engine performance information. BAE Systems platform energy manager Adrian Skidmore said the consortium was looking at energy assessment, condition optimisation, route enhancement and ship performance. He said the consortium was running trials of the Sea-Cores platform for the British Royal Navy and on commercial ships. He added: “We are looking at improving vessel efficiency and changing operations, using conditionbased maintenance, fuel consumption and emissions data. Around 60 KPIs have been developed.” Classification society Lloyd’s Register (LR) has acquired maintenance optimisation services that use a cloud-based databank. LR acquired UK company RTAMO (Real Time Adaptive Maintenance Optimisation) to offer real-time maintenance management solutions to shipping and offshore. RTAMO has developed data-driven solutions to reduce maintenance costs for asset owners. It claims to have lowered maintenance costs on offshore facilities by 30 per cent by using its optimisation services. This has been achieved on more than 20 offshore facilities operated by Maersk Oil, BG Group, Shell and Centrica. It uses condition monitoring and preventative maintenance plans, said LR strategic project director Murray Douglas: “Using this software-enabled service to manage our customers’ maintenance burden will significantly reduce costs while demonstrating safe and responsible operations.” The cloud-based technology will enable this solution to be made

available globally to LR’s clients. “Our methodology and software support all phases of asset life – design, operation, tail-end life and decommissioning,” said Neil Arthur, head of RTAMO at LR. He continued: “It is also evidence-based, which has an advantage over conventional maintenance planning. It is sensitive to commercial factors such as commodity price, time to failure and cost of planned versus corrective maintenance.” According to LR chief technology officer Nial McCollam, the software so far used in offshore oil and gas installations would be applicable to other high risk, capital-intensive industries, such as shipping and offshore renewables. He added: “This is an important step in building global software solutions that create value for our customers. We are bringing together all of LR’s existing commercial software activities to provide a suite of integrated solutions.” LR is also developing other data services. “Our global technology and innovation team is also developing a range of innovative data and digital solutions, such as remote presence inspections, cyber security and asset lifecycle management services,” said Mr McCollam. LR is developing an online-based, condition-based maintenance program, which is being tested on naval ships. LR strategic manager for technology and innovation Joseph Morelos said the Cyber Condition Based Maintenance (Cyber CBM) program can be used for analysing the condition and performance of critical components in real-time. It also helps lower lifecycle costs as equipment can remain well maintained. Cyber CBM includes the onboard sensors and instruments, cloud-based data access and data analytics. “We can include lubricant analysis, thermography, vibration analysis, acoustics measurements and other monitoring techniques,” said Mr Morelos. “We are developing the data analytics, piloting this on naval ships and looking for commercial shipping applications,” he added. Docmap uses cloud technology for the latest version of its fleet management software Docmap 8. This suite of software includes a task manager, incident reporting and document management functions. It also has a module for corporate quality, health, safety and environmental management. According to sales manager Adiam Negassie, these are all accessible through online portals to a cloudbased database. Docmap 8 also has a bidirectional data link that automatically synchronises data on vessels and in onshore offices over satellite connectivity. This can be done through automated e-mails or using a file transfer protocol with high data compression to minimise bandwidth use.

Boskalis deploys cloud suite to focus on growth Dredging vessel operator Royal Boskalis Westminster has started implementing Infor’s cloud-based Infor CloudSuite to support fleet management and growth opportunities. The suite of online software can be used for integrating procurement, resource management, social collaboration and data analytics. Infor CloudSuite is hosted by Amazon Web Services. Boskalis will begin implementing this in The Netherlands with the first live user before the end of this year. It expects to roll out the software

to its global offices and assets over the course of the next few years. Boskalis will complete this project through Infor’s UpgradeX programme. According to Boskalis director for information and communications technology Rien Krijger, this will enable the company to access applications instead of developing them in-house. “The technology we have to deal with is becoming more complex,” he said. “The decision to extract knowledge from Infor, which offers all specialisations together as a service, was

simple. We are moving away from the principle of doing everything by ourselves, in-house, so that our team can focus more on maximising the business value for its own organisation.” He added: “Infor CloudSuite meets all our requirements, such as interoperability with third-party systems, easy management and connections to our own applications. This means that the connection with other systems, such as our mobile platform, can be realised quickly and easily.” MEC

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Radio Zeeland unveils new bridge systems Navigation displays and controls were revealed at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans in December 2016


adio Zeeland DMP has unveiled a new range of bridge systems for workboats and commercial vessels. The Titan line of navigation displays and controls can be connected either to a network or to a wired system. It combines digital or analogue displays within the same panel so it can be flexible and customised for users. Titan incorporates the technology deployed from earlier products, the Falcon and Sigma lines. It is ISO-certified for quality assurance and designed for installation on newbuilding projects or for retrofitting vessels, including commercial ships. Radio Zeeland DMP president David Leone said it was important for the company to develop navigation panels that incorporated both digital and analogue components. “The Titan line provides a much more flexible solution and has many more variable options," he commented. "This will make it much easier to integrate our system into a multitude of different instruments.” The instrumentation could include rudder angle sensors, an echo sounder indicator set, wind speed and direction indicator, rate of turn indictor, GPS compass, autopilot and path pilot. It could also include an intercom station, generic control panel, trackball panel, steering system, joystick panel and controls for a camera or search light. “The power behind the Titan Line is that within the

Radio Zeeland combines digital and analogue displays and controls in its Titan bridge systems (credit: Martyn Wingrove)

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one system, all these elements are integrated and displayed in a streamlined touchscreen environment,” Mr Leone added. Also at the International Workboat Show, Hatteland Display introduced a new series of displays for workboats, ships and offshore vessel bridge and automation systems. This included the 55in ultra high definition chart and voyage planning table. This includes touchscreen operations, multi-data input, ecdis, radar and voyage planning functions. Hatteland Display also featured its Series X portfolio of displays up to 26in widescreen. These feature glass display control, light emitting diode backlighting, full dimming and multi-power functions. They can also come with multi-touch screen, optical bonding and ecdis calibration. Meanwhile, Zeaborn Group is deploying dual-ecdis and VSAT communications on a fleet of multipurpose heavy cargo vessels. It has contracted Germany-based Pronautas to deliver bridge systems and Sealink communications and the XChange platform from Marlink across the fleet. Pronautas will also deploy Marlink’s and its own onboard virtualised client servers on the cargo ships. Pronautas’ IT solution includes installation of ship IT infrastructure, remote access and full back-up availability. The dual-ecdis equipment can be combined with a firewall gateway to enable Zeaborn to use PayAs-You-Sail chart services for paperless navigation. The equipment installation, commissioning and software set-up will be conducted by Pronautas’ engineers. Bremen, Germanybased Zeaborn provides commercial and technical management of ships and has its own fleet of four ships with more on order. It operates four 8,600 dwt multipurpose cargo ships and has 10 ships, of 12,300 dwt each, due for delivery during 2017. For these it is providing technical ship management and supervision during the shipbuilding process. Thome Ship Management has contracted Radio Holland to service navigation and communications equipment on a fleet of 200 vessels. The Singapore-headquartered shipmanagement company will use Radio Holland for annual radio surveys, servicing bridge equipment, delivery of spare parts and troubleshooting. Thome Ship Management procurement and supply chain manager Ryan Dalgado said the single point of contact, global network and local contact in Singapore were important aspects of the agreement. “We need a reliable partner we can call on to support our worldwide activities of our entire fleet,” he commented. “It is also convenient for us to have a local contact in Singapore, where we know the people and they help us wherever our vessels are in the world.” MEC




Crews can be trained in offshore vessel operations using the K-Sim bridge simulator (credit: Modal)


odal Training has begun courses in its new £7 million (US$8.8 million) simulation centre in Immingham in the UK. The centre has been created to provide a centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sectors in the Humber region, with particular focus on what is required for the offshore renewables sector. Kongsberg Maritime has

supplied a suite of simulators to the centre. These will be used to deliver training for a wide range of maritime roles, including bridge crews, navigators, maritime engineers and vessel traffic service (VTS) operators. A full range of marine simulator courses will be delivered for deck, engineering and electro-technical officers working in the deepsea, offshore and port sectors. The industry-accredited

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courses will include: • bridge resource and team management • dynamic positioning • navigation with radar and ecdis • the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System • human element, leadership and management • high voltage systems • engineroom operations • vessel traffic services. Each section of the simulator system can be

operated independently, or sections can be interconnected to provide full vessel operation exercises for an entire crew. Modal Training is jointly funded by the Grimsby Institute Group and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. Grimsby Institute Group director of strategic projects Sam Whitaker said high quality and bespoke training was needed in the region to meet the growing requirements of the


offshore renewables and shipping sectors. He added: “Simulation is at the heart of what we offer here. We are confident this will help to create a new generation of highly skilled offshore operators, and will be key to streamlining the processes for offshore windfarm installation and service.”


Modal Training has a full mission bridge K-Sim simulator rated as DNV Class A. It incorporates a detailed 360-degrees model of the Humber, as well as forward and aft bridge stations for dynamic positioning (DP) and anchor-handling operations. This can be connected to work simultaneously with the engineroom simulator. There is also a K-Sim Class C desktop simulator system, with six PCs for DP training, and a desktop K-Sim ecdis and radar simulator for up to six students. The engineroom suite is equipped with a full mission K-Sim engine simulator with a new high voltage breaker function, and a desktop engineroom unit. There is also a K-Sim VTS operator simulator.

Offshore Simulator Centre will supply a crane simulator suite to Modal Training (credit: Modal)

Modal Training has also appointed Norwegian simulator specialist Offshore Simulator Centre to create an advanced crane driver simulator training suite. At the centre of this will be two crane simulators housed in domes. Each will have seven projectors capable of creating realistic training environments. There will also be six desktop classroom crane simulators, four deck personnel simulators, an instructor station and a debrief room. The suite will see individuals train to drive all types of cranes,

across a wide range of portside and offshore operations, said Offshore Simulator Centre chief executive Joel Alexander Mills. He added: “A simulator environment like this will enable users to gain experience in many crane operations.” These simulators can be used to simulate offshore ship bridge and underwater vehicle applications which will enable whole teams of crane drivers, deck hands and offshore vessel operators to train together in a wide range of critical scenarios.

“Interconnection is imperative, enabling people to interact with others,” said Mr Mills. “From basic training to virtual prototyping, which enables the test and development of new concepts, our simulators are flexible and provide the ability to interconnect with personnel, cranes and vessels.” Modal Training will also provide introductory courses for managers and businesses that need a fuller understanding of the operational issues associated with vessel operations.

Ship operators turn to competency assurance training Tanker and gas carrier operator Consolidated Marine Management (CMM) and passenger shipping company Condor Ferries have both begun providing crew with ecdis type-specific training. The two companies have signed up to provide annual competency assurance training (ACAT) courses through UK-based Ecdis Ltd. Greece-headquartered CMM will provide its crew with ACAT training for ecdis models supplied by Japan Radio Co and Furuno Electric on 23 ships. It operates a fleet of 12 product and chemical tankers, three oil tankers and eight very large gas carriers. The assurance training will be available to crew on these ships for at least one year. Condor Ferries, which operates passenger ships between the UK, France and the Channel Islands, has agreed to use Ecdis Ltd to offer competence assurance training to crew that use ecdis supplied by Transas. There is increasing interest in ACAT courses as shipping

managers need to be aware of the competencies of their officers, particularly in using navigation systems, instead of solely relying on them holding a certificate. Latvian Shipping Co subsidiary LSC Shipmanagement already offers ACAT courses to crew through Ecdis Ltd. Its head of personnel Sanita Žurzdina said that ACAT courses for specific ecdis models have been beneficial to the company. She added: “From my perspective, the courses have given us great insight into our crews’ competence and have given us peace of mind that they fully understand how to use the equipment. We have already found that our crew members are being reminded about the functions on their ecdis systems on which they needed refreshing.” Ecdis Ltd provides generic ecdis training that follows IMO’s 1.27 model ecdis course and several type-specific and familarisation courses. It is developing a range of additional ACAT refresher courses for other ecdis models. MEC

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GE invests

in US maritime training centre G

eneral Electric (GE) has reinvested in its dynamic positioning (DP) training school in Houston, USA in response to the changing requirements of offshore and maritime sectors. GE Marine Solutions has moved the Marine Technical Center to a larger facility in the Westway Plaza, Houston, and added new simulators. The school offers hands-on immersion DP training using a fully interactive simulation suite. The centre recently gained Nautical Institute accreditation to conduct sea-time reduction courses using its simulators. Mariners undergoing this training will be credited with 30 days of DP sea-time when they complete the five-day courses. Marine Technical Center has

GE trains DP operators on its SeaStream DP console

introduced new training courses that cover a larger scope of maritime operations as part of its expansion. This means it can train twice as many trainees as before and cover subjects such as power management automation, propulsion and drilling operations and maintenance courses. One of the new simulation facilities at the centre is a MV3000 medium-voltage switchboard, and another is a SD7000 low-voltage switchboard. The centre offers courses on SeaStream DP, MV3000 drives, vessel automation and control systems. It intends to offer training on LV5, MV6 and SD7000 switchboard and switchgear from May 2017. GE Marine Solutions president and chief executive Tim Schweikert said

Training is vital for maritime safety Training of maritime personnel is vital for safety at sea, says Transas Academy vice-president Ralf Lehnert. As a global leader in advanced simulation solutions, Transas constantly keeps track of all the aspects of development in marine technologies, allowing it to meet modern training standards. Training and operation skills of the crews of ships that use low-flashpoint fuel should improve because of the innovative technologies developed through Transas' research and development capabilities in IT, mathematical modelling and system integration, all implemented in the latest LNG tanker and terminal simulator solutions. Preparing crew means minimising the risk to the ship, personnel and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved. The main problem is a lack of infrastructure

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there was greater demand for training on this equipment. He added: “We see that demand for technical support and training is gaining momentum. We strongly believe in educating mariners on how to make the best use of these technologies to carry out safer and more efficient maritime operations.� The centre will also be used by GE to provide support to ship operators in North America that have GE systems on board their vessels. GE is employing field engineers and remote monitoring and diagnostics through its SeaStream Insight and Visor solutions at the centre to deliver this technical support.

and of qualified seafarers. Transas' task is to provide seafarers and LNG terminal personnel with advanced simulator training. The recently launched Transas Academy takes a holistic approach to training delivery. New training requirements for seafarers will depend on simulator training more than before, and Transas has contributed to maritime simulator training, especially in dynamic positioning, LNG-fuelled bunkering and ice navigation. With the amendment of the STCW Convention coming into force on 1 January, ice simulator training will become important. Transas has redeveloped the ice functionality in its simulator to train and assess ice-navigator proficiencies in polar waters according to the Polar Code. This includes identification of ice types, ice avoidance, risk identification, A-to-B transit in various ice concentrations, the use of polynyas, finding leads, iceberg drift track and ice management. The new ice functionality features meet the requirements of classic ice navigation training and ice management and icebreaking training to support energy production and cruise ship activities in the polar regions. MEC



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Forward thinking: Kongsberg’s Tom Eystø In the second article of our forward thinking series, Kongsberg Maritime looks ahead to wider deployment of autonomous ships. The future of unmanned ships is closer than many had expected, Kongberg Maritime vice president Tom Eystø explained. He bases this opinion on the work

Tom Eystø: Hrönn will demonstrate the viability of autonomous systems

NSSLGlobal acquires IPTV specialist SnapTV

that Kongsberg is doing for the UK’s Automated Ships Ltd, which is building the world’s first unmanned and fully-automated vessel for offshore operations. Hrönn will be a state-of-the-art ship when it is delivered, scheduled for 2018. Hrönn will be a light-duty, offshore utility ship servicing the offshore energy, scientific, hydrographic and offshore fish-farming industries. “It will initially operate and function primarily as a remotely piloted ship, in a man-in-the-loop control mode,” said Mr Eystø. He added: “But it will transition to fully automated, and ultimately autonomous operations as the control algorithms are developed concurrently during remotely piloted operations.” Mr Eystø thinks Hrönn will demonstrate the viability of autonomous systems that will lead to construction of larger ships with greater automation. “There are no technical limitations to constructing large, unmanned and automated vessels,” he said. The main challenges are regulatory, but there is hope these will be overcome. “With the confirmed participation of class society DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority, and Norwegian and UK institutions, it will be possible to rapidly, and at low-cost, build a fullsize unmanned ship.”

UK-based NSSLGlobal has acquired Norwegian online television specialist SnapTV to launch IP-based entertainment services for maritime and offshore sectors. The companies will collaborate to promote TV and media distribution to shipping, offshore vessels and drilling rigs to enhance the working environment and crew welfare. NSSLGlobal has satellite connectivity using VSAT and L-band for these services. SnapTV provides a range of infotainment software, hardware and services. The infotainment software service uses graphical user interfaces to provide TV, film and radio programs. Snap TV’s video on demand and TV streaming will provide a legally licenced media content to crews over NSSLGlobal’s VSAT IP@Sea service.

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Tarbit invests in tanker safety Tarbit Shipping has upgraded its safety management system across a fleet of tankers using Logimatic’s software. The Swedish tanker company has deployed the Sertica fleet management system on 14 tankers to improve operations and meet industry safety criteria. The software is already being used on two other Tarbit-operated tankers. Its ships transport bitumen, petroleum products and chemicals globally. The tool enables the shipowner to comply with the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) programme. This helps tanker operators assess, measure and improve their safety management systems. Tarbit has deployed the full Sertica solution including modules covering maintenance, procurement and vessel performance. It is also using the health, safety, environment and quality assurance module. Tarbit technical superintendent Joakim Hermansson explained how useful the software is: “With modules such as Sertica Inspection and Analytics, we are now able to continuously improve our tanker operations and fulfil all relevant industry ›››


››› demands. As an example, we can easily extract reports on our current status in relation to the TMSA stages,” he commented.

Soget and Thales launch port security coalition Thales has joined forces with Soget to deliver secured port systems that include physical and cyber security. Combined, the two companies will protect critical port infrastructure from growing digital and physical threats. Thales will offer its expertise in cyber security and in securing coastal and port sites. Soget will offer its supply chain management, informationsharing and intelligence. Thales can deliver integrated safety, security and cyber security to reduce intervention times and improve information sharing between the security operators. Soget can provide logistics optimisation solutions that helps improve the movement of goods and commercial or customs processes. Together they will offer a collaborative platform and a series of intelligent applications, such as video protection, anti-drone surveillance, cyber security and online security forces. This should provide effective protection to ports, said Thales vice president for secure communications and information systems Marc Damon. He added: “Global ports can effectively protect themselves against all types of threats, both on land and at sea: from physical intrusions to spying and the sabotage of their communication networks and systems.”

COSCO signs energy management fleet contract with Marorka COSCO Shipping Lines has struck a contract to roll out energy management and operational performance solutions from Iceland headquartered company Marorka across its container fleet. The rollout decision has been made following verification of the performance improvement results during pilot projects. “After two years of continuous monitoring and comparison of the pilot vessels with others in the same series, we see a clear difference between ships with advanced Marorka optimisation tools and those

without. We have verified that Marorka’s solution has helped crews make better decisions, leading to fuel savings and other operational improvements,” said Capt. Qian Feng, manager of the Global Marine Operating Centre. COSCO Shipping Lines says that it selected Marorka as the preferred provider of energy management solutions on board its operating fleet due to its sophisticated algorithms and performance record.

Accident highlights risk of not using bridge electronics effectively The UK government has highlighted the importance of keeping high standards of watchkeeping following a report into a ship collision. The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said high standards of bridge operations should include using radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS) information to identify dangers to navigation. The recommendations come in a report into the collision of general cargo ship Daroja and bunker barge Erin Wood east of Peterhead, Scotland. The accident occurred on 29 August 2015 in daylight and good visibility, and the MAIB report was published on 22 December 2016. Erin Wood, which was managed by Northern Oils, was badly damaged and its crew put in danger due to

the collision. There was also some minor pollution from leaking fuel cargo. The MAIB said the accident happened because a proper lookout was not being kept on either vessel. This meant that watchkeepers in both vessels were unaware of the risk of collision and took no action to avoid the other ship. Similar to previous MAIB investigations, this accident highlighted the potential consequences of using only one officer of the watch on ships and not using bridge navigational aids effectively. The MAIB said the use of radar, visual and AIS information could have been used more effectively on both ships to prevent the accident.

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sceptical about coating performance claims transparency, by International Paint This paper examines the costs to the shipping Telemedicine for the Marine Industry and there is a genuine need for more Intertrac Vision: a new tool to predict the industry for providing healthcare and handling accurate and transparent prediction models impact of fouling control coatings on medical emergencies, which is required by the A merchant ship at sea is one of the most to be developed. This paper explains how ship efficiency. This paper explains why Maritime Labour Convention. It explores the role challenging environments in which to provide Intertrac Vision can help ship owners make the shipping industry needs an improved that telemedicine can play in onboard healthcare healthcare. Recent legislation requires informed decisions regarding fouling vessel performance prediction tool. provision and crew welfare. shipowners to offer seafarers a level of control coating selection from both an medical care as close as possible to that economic and environmental perspective. available onshore.

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Martek starts European drone research project

Martek’s Paul Luen (right) agrees to develop drones for EMSA (credit: Martek)


artek Marine has gained a position on a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) research project that is looking at remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for maritime applications. The drone developed from the project will be designed for monitoring ship emissions and marine pollution. Martek has

invested in drone technology for the last three years and has combined its existing gas monitoring package for EMSA’s project. Through this project, EMSA intends to develop remotely piloted aircraft to help European Union member states meet Council Directive 1999/32/EC that governs the rules for sampling and

reporting on marine fuels for sulphur content, and monitoring sulphur oxides (SOx) emissions from ships. Data from sensors on RPAS units can be incorporated with existing information to enable member states to comply with the directive requirements. EMSA will organise and provide, as an institutional service provider, pilot RPAS

operations to support member states. Martek has been awarded one of a number of framework contracts launched by EMSA to develop drones for maritime applications. Martek will develop drones that can sample gases from a vessel’s emissions plume by using a sophisticated payload of electro-optical, infra-red imaging, and gas emission sensors as well as detecting the vessel’s AIS signature. Each RPAS will have a range of 50km from the ground station and will have an onboard video camera that streams images back to EU member states. It will also have an onboard gas analyser that draws samples of air to measure SOx, NOx and CO2 levels, so member states can determine possible breaches of EU law with regard to the sulphur content of a ship’s fuel. Martek is developing methods of incorporating command and control and payload data streaming over satellite so the drone can operate beyond radio line-ofsight capabilities. Martek chief executive Paul Luen said the drone would need to withstand storm force winds and heavy rain, snow and salt spray to operate effectively in marine conditions.

Technology to transform battery-powered ships Ultra-high density supercapacitors could transform the storage of energy on vessels and the way mobile devices are charged. UK company Augmented Optics, a subsidiary of Supercapacitor Materials, has developed technology that it says could revolutionise the capabilities of battery-powered appliances. Augmented Optics worked with the University of Surrey and the University of Bristol to develop high density supercapacitors that have proved to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times more powerful than existing batteries and other supercapacitor technology. The material would be safer, faster charging and more efficient than battery power. It could enable battery-powered vessels to take longer voyages without needing to recharge, or mobile devices to be charged within seconds. Supercapacitors store energy using electrodes and electrolytes. These charge and deliver energy quickly, unlike conventional batteries

Marine Electronics & Communications | 1st Quarter 2017

that do so in a much slower, more sustained way. Supercapacitors have the ability to charge and discharge rapidly over very large numbers of cycles. But previously developed materials had poor ratios of energy density per kilogram, which meant they were unable to compete with conventional battery energy storage in many applications. However, Augmented Optics has developed high density supercapacitors using high capacitance polymers. These tough, flexible and conducting materials have other potential applications including bioelectronics, sensors, wearable electronics, and advanced optics. Augmented Optics chief executive Jim Heathcote said the company was seeking commercial partners to develop ultra high energy density storage devices. He added: “The test results from the new polymers suggest that extremely high energy density supercapacitors could be constructed in the very near future.” MEC


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