GTMaritime reports that it has passed the milestone of having its software systems now installed on some 4,500 vessels worldwide, with more than 15 per cent of the installations having been completed since the beginning of May 2017.
Hamburg-based shipping group Reederei Hamburger Lloyd is to move its fleet of nine container ships and six bulkers to Marlink’s Sealink Plus package, including Ku-band VSAT and unlimited L-band backup.
Evergreen Line has teamed up with China-based online marketplace Alibaba.com to provide the site’s members with the option of booking sea freight services online with their purchases, offering guaranteed space and prices.
Rolls-Royce and towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated what they claim to be the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark.
The VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland reports that it has developed a new steering system to be used by remote-monitored and controlled autonomous ships, which will be applied to navigation systems and ship autopilots with the aim of steering ships automatically.
Kinnetik Solutions, a maritime e-Commerce company founded as a replacement for the discontinued MarineLink system, reports that it has now passed the milestone of having 5,000 online suppliers as it approaches the end of its third month in operation.
The IMO has agreed to add the issue of autonomous ships to its discussion agenda, following a proposal from a broad coalition of countries at MSC 98 (the 98th session of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee) to include debate on the development on unmanned ships as part of the next Committee meeting.
The STM (Sea Traffic Management) validation project reports that it has completed the first operational tests of its integrated vessel information sharing system with shore centre manufacturers, facilitating data exchange beet two different maritime IT manufacturers’ systems.
Inmarsat has ramped up the installation network for its Fleet Xpress Ka-band VSAT service, increasing the number of ports where a complete flat fee service installation is available from six to 33.
Turkish shipmanager Active Shipping is to implement VSAT services across its fleet of oil tankers and bulk carriers, following a deal with Marlink and its regional partner Ozsay Satellite Communications.
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