Chile to publish vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

The Chilean government announced that it will make its vessel tracking data available to public through the Global Fishing Watch map (GFW), which tracks the movements of commercial fishing vessels in near real-time.  The agreement was made between Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (or SERNAPESCA) and GFW.

Portuguese ports install Vessel Traffic Service solution

The Portuguese Ports of Lisbon and Setúbal/Sesimbra have installed a Vessel Traffic Service solution, manufactured by Wärtsilä. The systems aim to enhance the efficiency of these ports by reducing waiting time for vessels and allowing just-in-time pilotage. The VTS software has extensive functionalities, and the solution is modular, scalable, and accessible for future upgrade developments.

NTSB installs navigation simulator system

The US National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Marine Safety installed a navigation simulator system. The simulator enables the user to participate in a number of ‘what if’ scenarios, that aims to improve training, forensic analysis and reflective learning.

New satellite-AIS payloads boost ship tracking

Advanced Satellite-AIS payloads launched aboard Norwegian satellites last year has boosted the number of ships tracked by up to 70% and ship positions received by factor of three. Statsat, the company operating the Norwegian satellites, has been operating the improved AIS-receivers for four months, unveiling promising results.

MOL to develop Voyage Information Display System using AR

Japanese MOL announced an agreement with Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. and MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. to jointly develop a system that supports ship operation during voyages using augmented reality technology. MOL expects this technology to play a key role in realizing autonomous ships in the future.

Rolls-Royce, ESA join forces on shipping’s digital future

Rolls-Royce and the European Space Agency signed an agreement to pursue space activities for autonomous, remote controlled shipping, aiming to promote innovation in European digital logistics. The collaboration aims to develop new solutions for communication between vessel systems and shore based systems in addition to ship-to-ship communication.

exactEarth demonstrates new low-cost IoT platform

exactEarth Europe Limited has completed the demonstration of a new global maritime machine-to-machine and Internet-of-Things service. The project was part-funded from the European Space Agency’s Business Applications.

Rolls-Royce, Google to make autonomous ships a reality

The deal allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train the company’s artificial intelligence based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea.

Australia invests in technology to boost safety at Great Barrier Reef

The Palaszczuk Government announced a $36 million investment in ship tracking technology, aiming to protect the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s ports. The Vessel Traffic Service operations would undergo systems upgrade to meet the modern demands of international shipping.

First Sea Traffic Management ship systems installed

The EU STM Validation, which won the first 2017 SMART4SEA Innovation Award last January, has installed its first Sea Traffic Management compatible bridge systems in “Stena Germanica” and two rescue units from Swedish Sea Rescue Society.


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