Although modern satellite systems have reached a landmark for maritime navigation and navigators vastly rely on ECDIS data, safe navigation requires also from mariners to take into consideration the accuracy and reliability of the source hydrographic data, Capt. Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention at Standard P&I Club, highlighted.
Maritime industry will enhance safety and sustainability if it becomes more connected and better informed by data, Mr Matthew Galston, Cobham SATCOM argues, highlighting the importance of increased connectivity onboard. Among others, the quality of a ship’s connectivity impacts the wellness on board.
Mr. Peter Broadhurst, SVP Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime, talks about the next steps toward GMDSS modernisation. Following recent IMO decision with regards to GMDSS, real progress can be made in the functionality of the satellite-based emergency service seafarers call on in the last resort.
While the voting procedure for the 2018 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Mr. Peter Broadhurst, SVP Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime , talks about company’s ‘Fleet Safety’ service for which Inmarsat has been nominated in the ‘Technology’ category alongside a number of other distinguished nominees.
For centuries, the shipping administration has been collecting huge amounts of manual scripts and reports in and continuous effort to maintain the OPEX and the CAPEX under control. Only the last few decades Technology (Telex, Fax, emails, smart control systems) have managed to bring the ships closer to Onshore Operations and secure the existence of at least one report per day, notes Mr. Christos Giordamlis, CEO, Prisma Electronics.
Over the last decade communication technology in commercial shipping has been steadily improving with the widespread adoption of VSAT solutions and HTS. Increasing reliability, bandwidth and reducing costs have brought vessels much closer to being floating branch offices than ever before, argues Mr. Jamie Jones , Head of Service, GTMaritime.
Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime outlines his company’s efforts for enhancing safety at sea and discloses information about Inmarsat’s new services and improvements. Mr. Spithout highlights his company commitment to cyber safety and security and reveals that Inmarsat is about to launch a new system addressing cybercrime before the end of 2017. Being part of a new IACS joint working group which is working towards a harmonised approach to cyber security, Inmarsat is also developing a new cyber training course in collaboration with the World Maritime University.
Peter Broadhurst, Inmarsat Senior VP Safety and Security Services highlights that safety in the most remote waters is always a priority for Inmarsat which is the only provider of satellite communications technology approved under the IMO’s GMDSS.
VSAT promises a step change in connectivity for shipowners but they must understand what it can and cannot do, says Malcolm McMaster, President, Globecomm Maritime. In this article, Mr McMaster explains risks and opportunities of upgrading to VSAT communications, from his perspective.
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