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DMA awaits for autonomous ships discussion in MSC 99

On May 16, the IMO will start is efforts on regulation of autonomous ships with a meeting in the Maritime Safety Committee. The Danish Maritime Authority noted that the global industry needs international regulation to facilitate the use of autonomous ships, and it is looking forward to discussing the way forward within the IMO.

Radar agreement signed to ensure navigational safety in Norway

Kongsberg Norcontrol signed an agreement with the Norwegian Coastal Administration for delivery, operations and maintenance of radars to the maritime traffic service. The agreement has a potential total value of up to NOK 250 million and a duration of up to eleven years. The agreement enables the technical extension of the maritime traffic service area’s service areas in the following years,

New service to provide automatic ECDIS updates

Maritime software solutions provider “Nautisk” has announced that it is cooperating with “MarineMTS” to provide automatic ENC updates to vessels sailing with ECDIS. Marine MTS will provide both the hardware and the protocols needed to access the ECDIS with Nautisk providing the content and software.

85% consider autonomous ships a threat to sea safety

As the IMO is starting discussions regarding a two-year review of the regulatory framework governing the operation of autonomous ships, Nautilus International called operators to take note of the findings of a survey of almost 1,000 maritime professionals carried out by the Nautilus Federation of more than 20 seafaring unions.

New project eyes development of ‘intelligent’ steering gear

MOL announced cooperation with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, to jointly develop technologies that will enhance vessel reliability and energy-saving operation by vessel steering gear with new sensing capability and big data analysis. Control of the steering gear is one of the most critical elements when handling a ship.

USCG restores radio communications on North Carolina coast

USCG reported a loss of radio communication capability on Thursday, 3 of May; it could not monitor radio traffic offshore and called mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North coast. USCG has developed a radio coverage plan in the event repairs could not be fixed for an extended period.

ECDIS Training: An overview

A ship safety management system should include familiarization with the ECDIS equipment fitted, including its backup arrangements, sensors and related peripherals.

Loss of offshore radio communications on North Carolina coast

The US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability on Thursday, 3 of May. The Coast Guard could not monitor radio traffic offshore and called mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone. USCG reminds mariners to check all safety equipment

Crewing in the 21st century

During his presentation at the SAFETY4SEA Cyprus conference, Sotiris Kambanellas, President, YoungShip Cyprus presented key issues with regards to crewing in the 21st century, considering how new technologies are impacting the global shipping industry.  In a constantly evolving world, even a more “traditional” industry like shipping is already changing.

Autodocking technology successfully tested on ferry

The system is activated some 2000 metres from the berth and the vessel continues at normal transit speed. The system then performs a gradual slowing of speed, and activates the line-up and docking manoeuvre fully automatically until the ship is berthed. When the ship is ready to sail again, the system can be used for the departure procedure as well.

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