The potential of digitalisation and the imperative of decarbonisation mean shipping needs to embrace secure, regulated networks, writes Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink.
A series of causes contributed to vessel grounding; the safety investigation revealed that the course recommended by the pilot was different from the one prepared in the passage planning. Moreover, during navigation in El Dekheila Channel (Egypt), the vessel navigated close to shallow areas, and subsequently ran aground and remained stranded.
Following COVID-19 outbreak, Inmarsat and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) collaborated and launched a call service for seafarers onboard vessels.
The need for a common language onboard is considered essential for safe operation of a ship, at a time when the nature of seafaring itself means ships are manned with crew members from different parts of the world.
Poor communication has been a main contributing factor in numerous maritime casualties, varying from groundings and collisions to entire ship losses and even worse, fatalities. We picked three accidents from the years 2018 and 2019 to create a better understanding of how this simple-to-hear factor can be vital to a ship’s safety.
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.
The introduction of new technology designed to save money by restricting crew access to email and the internet, has ‘worrying implications’, Nautilus International stated. Such systems help managers cut costs, monitor data usage, apply tougher security and control onboard connectivity.
The US Coast Guard Alaska issued a statement informing that Sector Anchorage watchstanders are having intermittent communications in a 3,745 square-mile area of Prince William Sound, Alaska, and may not be able to hear mariners on VHF-FM radio.
Global satellite communications provider Inmarsat and its partners, Addvalue Innovation Pte Ltd and Network Innovations, launched the first type-approved IP-based terminal and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for fishing vessels operating in US waters, marking a significant milestone for sustainable fishing in the region.
With respect to the recent figures on boating safety, Maritime NZ stressed that waterproof communications can save a life: An estimated 59% of recreational boating fatalities involve inadequate communications, and only 40% of boaties report having two ways to call for help every time they go on the water.
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