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Items filtered by date: March 2020

Online procurement company for marine equipment ShipParts.com has signed a research collaboration agreement with Singapore’s Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP), and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Inmarsat has become a founding member of Asia’s first ‘Decarbonising Shipping’ initiative to harness the power of start-ups to meet UN targets on greenhouse gas emissions, which launched earlier this month.

Wärtsilä has been awarded a DNV GL type-approval certificate and cybersecurity certification by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for its Translink solution, part of the company’s connected ECDIS concept.

The cybersecurity verification has been issued according to the updated DNV GL rules and the internationally recognised standard for cybersecurity for bridge and navigation systems, IEC61162-460.

Translink is a system that comprises the hardware, router, and software components. Together, they ensure that data can be encrypted as it is transmitted across the network using the latest protocols of cybersecurity. The certificates validate that the Translink Gateway has the key components in place to ensure secure operations. They also denote Wärtsilä’s commitment to developing cyber secure products in support of critical infrastructure and operations.


Wärtsilä achieved the certification after in-depth analysis by DNV GL, verifying that the system follows best practices on cybersecurity. The product is type approved and ready to be applied for vessels with the DNV GL Cyber Secure Class Notation, while the IEC reference aligns it with the industry prerequisites, as well as any regulatory requirements.


“Digitalisation offers more efficient and better ways of operating and designing vessel equipment, such as integrated voyage planning including the remote update of ECDIS charts. With a 3rd party cyber verification, vessel owners can take advantage of such new technologies with assurance that it follows best practice cyber security design. Wärtsilä Voyage has achieved the first Cyber Secure Type Approval using the updated February 2020 Type approval programme,” said Jarle Coll Blomhoff, group leader Cyber Safety & Security, DNV GL.


“Great work has been done to ensure that Wärtsilä Translink not only complies, but sets the standard for ship-to-shore data exchange through secure channels. The full compliancy with IEC61162-460 and DNV GL Cyber Secure rules takes Wärtsilä Translink to an unprecedented level of security, quality and trust,” commented Anton Karelskiy, solution manager, Wärtsilä Voyage.


Following more than ten years of experience in connecting ECDIS with implementation and certification of four generations of cybersecurity solutions, Translink provides a cyber secure gateway for Wärtsilä Navigation systems to the outside world, including for connecting ports or revolutionising voyage planning with the new Wärtsilä Navi-Planner.

GNS has launched VFI Plus, a new extension to its Voyager FLEET INSIGHT (VFI) web service and, at the same time, announced that it will be making the service available free of charge during the COVID-19 pandemic to support shipping companies with remote-working or office-based teams with increased demands for fast access to up-to-date information.

Monday, 30 March 2020 09:37

OneWeb files for bankruptcy

Satellite communications start-up OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy after failing to secure funding it had been negotiating since the beginning of the year.

Kongsberg Maritime has announced an integrated strategy to deliver remote, targeted training for its customers.

Since Singapore-based maritime eCommerce B2B platform, Marine Online launched the Global Shipowner Alliance (GSA) program in mid-2019, an average saving of 10 per cent on ship procurements transacted has been made.

Friday, 27 March 2020 11:21

Connecting crew during COVID-19

By Ronald Spithout, president, Inmarsat Maritime. 

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organisations to assist seafarers in need.

NAPA has joined Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ (MOL) FOCUS project for enhancing the collection and application of ship operation data.

Chevron Marine has launched a suite of digital solutions to support shipping’s journey into a more efficient future.

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