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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.

Finland to focus on digitising maritime industry

Finnish Shipowners’ Association will cooperate with One Sea ecosystem to create better conditions for significantly a more energy-efficient and safer shipping, and to promote autonomous shipping. Digitalization and automation will revolutionize shipping, and FSA want to be a pioneer in this development.

Maersk to try AI situational awareness program on containership

Maersk will cooperate with Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics to try a situational awareness technology onboard one of Maersk’s new-build Winter Palace ice-class containerships. The technology uses artificial intelligence to improve at-sea situational awareness, object identification and tracking capabilities.

Human Element in ECDIS related accidents

The official introduction of ECDIS in shipping industry helped solve many problems (paper work load, easy planning and monitoring, real time information availability etc) as well as created some, most of which are related to human behavior and the way ECDIS systems are used. To this effect, IMO issued performance standards for systems and training standards for seafarers. The STCW has been amended encouraging seafarers with bridge watch duties to be trained through the IMO model course 1.27 for Generic ECDIS training and becoming type familiar with the on-board system through a Company established procedure.

MPA Singapore inks agreement to develop autonomous ships

The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore signed a MoU with Keppel Offshore & Marine and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore, to jointly develop autonomous vessels for a variety of operations, including channeling, berthing, mooring and towing operations.

New digital app improves Port of Rotterdam’s efficiency

The Port of Rotterdam Authority launched the first version of its new digital application “Pronto”. The application wants to achieve a more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, and a precise planning and coordination of bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. It also contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port.

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