• 2019 September 10 18:12

    NAVTOR and ScanReach sign agreement to connect ships and shore

    NAVTOR says it has signed with ScanReach a landmark agreement that paves the way for shipowners to have a connected, comprehensive and real-time view of vessel and fleet operations. The collaboration will connect a revolutionary onboard wireless IoT platform to a secure channel for sharing data between ship and shore. The result is a seamless stream of information running from onboard sensors (which can be fixed to almost any piece of equipment, system, or individual) to land-based facilities, and back, enabling optimal decision-making, 24/7.

    Complete connection

    NAVTOR is a world leader within e-navigation, providing innovative digital solutions that make life simpler, safer and more efficient for both navigators and entire shipping businesses. ScanReach officially launched to the industry at Nor-Shipping 2019, having devised and thoroughly tested a plug and play solution that, for the first time, creates a robust onboard network capable of transmitting data throughout complex and confined steel environments, with no need for expensive cabling.

    Their collaboration makes, according to NAVTOR Chief Commercial Officer Børge Hetland, perfect sense.

    Unique awareness

    “Both ScanReach and NAVTOR share the vision of utilizing technology to enable smarter shipping, and by that I mean safer, more efficient, more environmentally friendly and, at the end of the day, more cost effective maritime operations for shipowners and society itself,” he explains.

    “With our advanced ENC-based services as the foundation we have built an infrastructure that allows the seamless sharing of data between vessels and shore, giving bridge officers the very latest information (for example, up to date charts, weather data and regulatory alerts) while owners and operators access vital fleet management information. ScanReach have created a breakthrough onboard infrastructure whereby sensors share real-time information from equipment, systems and even personnel with the bridge, giving the crew genuine insight of current vessel operations.

    “This agreement puts those two infrastructures together. So suddenly it’s not just the bridge officer that knows the latest performance data from ‘sensor x’ in the engine room, it’s the team in the office on shore. This gives close to real-time 360-degree awareness like never before. The potential is really only limited by the ambition and imagination of this industry. This is the definition of a game changer.”

    Addressing industry demand

    The technology is currently undergoing full scale testing onboard North Sea Shipping’s North Sea Giant subsea construction vessel, with a view of launching to market later this year. ScanReach’s system will connect with NAVTOR’s communication and pre-processing hub, NavBox, with all information relayed to land securely through this DNV GL certified cyber secure gateway.

    Jacob Grieg Eide, Chief Business Development Officer, ScanReach, believes the agreement will fire the starting gun for a new age of maritime service innovation.

    “When you have two breakthrough technologies coming together in this way the possibilities are huge,” he states. “Suddenly we have the ability to develop a wide range of services, and quickly, directly addressing client needs and effectively switching vessels from ‘analogue’ to smart, connected, digital empowered ships – without having to install expensive cabling.”

    Unlimited potential

    Eide mentions numerous possibilities. In terms of performance, efficiency and cost control he talks of the ability of ship and land-based teams to see real-time vessel operational data, combining it with other data streams to fine-tune performance for optimal results. In this way immediate action can be enabled – for example saving fuel and reducing green house gases (in line with IMO targets) – rather than waiting for the results of office-based analysis potentially months later.

    In addition, automated and on demand reports of emissions and fuel consumption could be produced for complete regulatory compliance. Weather data could also be captured from weather stations on each ship (NAVTOR services a fleet of several thousand vessels) and streamed to land, providing real-time weather reports from exact vessel locations – calibrating existing weather models and helping other ships adjust routes and optimize performance and safety.

    On the subject of safety, Eide sees immediate gains.

    “We’ve already launched In:Range, allowing those on vessel bridges to see the exact location of all personnel onboard in emergency situations,” he says. “With NAVTOR’s infrastructure that information can be combined with their data, for example on routing, weather and navigation, to enable a new generation of emergency response services, both onboard and onshore.

    “Everything becomes connected – ship visibility is brought to shore,” he concludes, adding: “The implications of that for the industry are truly staggering.”

    Established expertise

    ScanReach’s low power, plug and play microsensor technology is simple to install while ships are operating, with no need for cabling. NAVTOR is the market leader in e-navigation innovation. The firm was the first to introduce Pay as You Sail (PAYS) ENC services to the market, launched the first digital chart table and currently offers a unique Passage Planning (PP) module, slashing average PP administration time from three hours to under 30 minutes (per voyage, per vessel).

    Both businesses are based in Norway with global client bases. NAVTOR also has offices in Sweden, Japan, UK, Singapore and the US.




2019 September 16

18:04 Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia
17:59 GOGL increases investment in Singapore Marine
17:50 Pella launched first serial trawler of Project 03095, Castor
17:25 Tenders on pilot projects for stevedoring company concessions in Olvia and Kherson ports officially announced
17:04 Vestdavit equips Norwegian Coast Guard’s next generation for Polar boat launch and recovery
16:29 USCG halts 2 illegal charters near Miami, Fort Lauderdale
16:04 Royal Caribbean to welcome first Quantum Ultra Class ship to North America
15:27 Boluda Towage Spain manoeuvres world’s largest container ship in port of Algeciras
15:04 Cargill and Maersk Tankers join forces in the Medium Range segment
14:10 Zvezda shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for third Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:39 Jotun transforms turnaround times for storage tanks with a new TankFast solution
13:16 North Sea Port starts testing more reliable lockage planning for scheduled services in the Terneuzen lock
12:42 Meyer Turku is moving the delivery of Costa Smeralda to November
12:18 AEC welcomes Guggenheim Partners Investment Management as Arctic Partner
11:55 Professional emergency response team of Kontur SPb LLC recommended to be certified for emergency response to oil spills
11:21 Workshop on ISPS Code for Designated Authority and Port Facility Security Officers held in Ghana
10:53 IMO continues work to promote ratification of international treaty covering wreck removal
10:29 GESAMP celebrates fifty years of service in ocean science
10:04 Busan Port Authority and Adani Ports & SEZ conclude MOU
09:50 Brent Crude futures price is up 9.96% to $66.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 8.61% to $59.52
09:32 Gazprom supports 3rd Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” as its General Sponsor
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,312 points
09:08 Nyborg becomes 30th port to join the Cruise Baltic network
08:44 ECSA, INTERFERRY, EUDA and CLIA Europe welcome report on the evaluation of the Energy Taxation Directive
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 16
08:00 Live webcast of NEVA 2019 zero-day conference begins at 10 am, September 16, on PortNews website

2019 September 15

15:47 M/V "SARA” refused access to the Paris MoU region
14:26 USCG assisted capsized USFSP sail students in St. Petersburg, Florida
12:02 World’s largest wind turbine blade test stand built by Siemens Gamesa
11:21 IMCA to introduce CPD scheme for diving supervisors
10:51 L3Harris Technologies delivers new advanced autonomous vehicle capability to UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

2019 September 14

15:29 Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after protest demonstration
13:39 Crondall Energy partners with Pharis Energy on innovative Pilot Field development
12:08 Prysmian's new cable-laying vessel Leonardo da Vinci scheduled for delivery in 2Q 2021
10:32 Woodside invests in emerging technology for seismic data acquisition

2019 September 13

18:06 Sture terminal situation normalised
17:47 Malaysia encourages gender diversity in the maritime industry
17:24 Multipurpose ship of Project MPSV12, Kalas, successfully completed sea trials
17:06 Frontline extends expiry date of first option for two Trafigura Suezmax tankers
16:30 ABP to welcome Royal Navy’s HMS Grimsby into Port of Grimsby
16:25 Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System chosen for retrofitting to four Korean vessels
16:05 Multi Modal Rail B.V. (MMR) launches rail service between Rotterdam and Ottmarsheim, France
15:48 ABP and WISTA UK host 'Women in Maritime' reception during LISW
15:09 Shearwater GeoServices awarded large South America survey
14:26 ABB enables emissions-free port stay in Marseille for Corsica Linea ferries
14:09 Start of the project “Dredging the Nieuwe Diep – Port of Den Helder”
13:45 First ever ABB electric propulsion to be installed on board a bulk carrier
13:20 Port of Oakland opens peak season with cargo volume growth
12:47 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 8M’2019 fell by 30% Y-o-Y to 22.35 million tonnes
12:09 MOL starts demonstration test of vessel image recognition system using AI technology on Nippon Maru
11:28 RS introduces new requirements into Part I of Rules for Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships
11:09 Rolls-Royce achieves 50th MT30 production milestone
10:42 In August, Klaipėda LNG Terminal regasified 1.4 times more gas than was consumed in the entire country
10:09 Port of Long Beach cargo volumes hit 663,992 TEUs in August 2019
10:04 Port Napier, NZ, places order for Damen ATD Tug 2412
09:51 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:34 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.28% to $60.21, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.24% to $54.96
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,331 points
09:10 Antwerp and Rotterdam Port Authorities ask new European Commission and Parliament to focus on the economic significance of ports
09:03 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 13