The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has formally approved Inmarsat’s Fleet Safety service for use as part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), in line with a recommendation from the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) made at the end of February.
Norwegian start-up technology firm ScanReach has launched a new safety system called In:Range, used to locate crews on a vessel or offshore installation in real time.
Martek Marine has launched its new Shipboard Unmanned Inspection of Tanks Solution (SUITS), a system combining enclosed space drone technology and VR software which can be used to remotely conduct tank inspections.
Inmarsat has launched SafetyNET II, a service for Maritime Safety Information Providers (MSIPs) that forms part of an upgrade programme for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
Insurance and financial services firm Allianz has published the 2017 edition of its Safety and Shipping Review, the company’s annual overview of trends and developments in shipping safety, highlighting the benefits accruing from modern technologies while also warning of potential risks through over-reliance on IT and the growing threat of cyber-attacks.
Inmarsat is to supply five Fleet One units to a pilot initiative looking to change the way ships connecting island communities in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu communicate, part of an IMO-endorsed capacity building programme based on co-operation between the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and the Government of Vanuatu.
ABS has launched NS Workboat, a new mobile application from its ABS Nautical Systems (NS) software division that has been purpose-built for the workboat/inland sector.
The European Maritime Safety agency has added a new web interface to provide integrated access to a variety of information sources, provisionally named SEG (SafeSeaNet Ecosystem GUI).
McMurdo has been awarded a US$3 million contract with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for the supply of to 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons (PLBs) over the next five years.
Korean telecoms company KT has announced the launch of an extended GSM LTE network that can extend 200km from shore, in comparison with the 50km coverage more common today, which it intends to use to power a new range of maritime safety equipment connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).
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