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Items filtered by date: October 2020

The heightened threat of targeted and complex cyberattacks is prompting the maritime sector to look for ways to improve network security. In response to perpetrators continuing to devise new ways to exploit the vulnerabilities of a vessels network, Port IT has launched a fully maritime tailored Network Detection and Response (NDR) solution.

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10th October, Hanseaticsoft is urging shipping companies to ensure seafarers have good connectivity at sea so that they are not left isolated from family and friends, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Singapore based PACC Ship Managers (PaccShip) has chosen to extend its supply relationship with Satcom Global, renewing their contract for Aura VSAT for an additional 3-year period. Satcom Global has supported over 50 PaccShip managed vessels with Ku-band connectivity since 2017, with an additional 5 vessels due to join the Aura network later this year.

Høglund Marine Solutions and Veracity by DNV GL have signed a collaboration agreement to explore how the combined strengths of Høglund’s onboard integration and data capture capabilities, and Veracity’s platform architecture and eco-system can help shipowners accelerate their digital initiatives.

Liverpool-based maritime tech training company Tapiit Live is launching a new package of mental health courses for seafarers left stranded by the coronavirus pandemic, on the eve of World Mental Health Day on October 10.

Dutch system integrator RH Marine has reached the first milestone in the Safer Autonomous Systems (SAS) project, a European research project in which the safety of various autonomous systems is being researched. Following a sea trial, it successfully tested a specially developed algorithm that fuses the collected data from the radar and the Automatic Identification System (AIS) of the vessel. As a result, objects are automatically detected and collisions can be avoided.

The Halifax Port Authority has awarded Saab a contract to supply a Port Management Information System (PMIS). The system will streamline port operations, allowing port departments, 80 service providers, customers and other members of the port community to further improve their collaboration.

The Port of Halifax is a full-service, deep water port on the eastern seaboard of Canada and the only east coast Canadian port that can receive Ultra Class Container Vessels carrying over 10,000 TEU’s. The Port is of great economic significance to Canada, connecting Halifax to 150 countries.

“The contract for the Port of Halifax further strengthens our position in the port management market, not only in North America, but worldwide,” said Tomas Hjelmberg, head of Saab's Maritime Traffic Management Department. “The Port has a grand technology innovation plan and we are proud to have been chosen as their visionary partner. Our cooperation with the Port will significantly boost our product innovation.”

The PMIS automates the planning and execution of a wide variety of port operations, from everything related to vessel visits such as resources and services, to complex multi-dimensional client contracts. An important aspect is the resulting accurate billing of services rendered. 

“We are a data driven port. We expect the PMIS to be the single source of information that will transform our business. It will make operations transparent to all members in the port community in real time. It will also make it much easier to measure performance,” said Captain Allan Gray, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority. “We decided to work with  Saab because of their track record. They have the best mix of functionality, cost and proven results in the market.”

The PMIS will be delivered by Saab’s Port Management in Vancouver, along with a multi-year support contract and is scheduled for completion in Q4 of 2021.

ABS has launched ABS My Digital FleetTM, a platform that provides real-time data-driven insights to improve fleet efficiency, reduce costs and help manage risks.

A new book, "Maritime Cybersecurity: A Guide for Leaders and Managers" by Gary C. Kessler and Steven D. Shepard was published in September to explore cybersecurity aspects of the maritime transportation sector and the threat landscape that seeks to do it harm.

Cybersecurity firm CyberOwl has announced the issuance of a new U.S. patent for the invention of its network security technology.

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