• 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 November 22

18:26 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Red Sea
17:51 Another stage of quay modernisation completed at the Port of Gdansk
17:35 RINA signs an agreement with VRMedia to use Kiber system
17:24 RF Transport Ministry counts on 'regulatory guillotine’ to cancel overlapping and obsolete requirements
17:05 Royal IHC builds an integrated 550t reel lay system for Shanghai Salvage
16:35 Damen Oskarshamnsvarvet signs EPC contract with Swedish Coastguard
16:05 APM Terminals introduces industry-leading application monitoring solution
15:42 Igor Belousov, rescue ship of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet, to participate in Russian-Vietnamese exercise
15:40 Damen Road Ferry 6819 E3 launched at Damen Shipyards Galati
15:18 ESPO wins GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Initiative Award for EcoPorts’ environmental standard
14:49 Moscow Basin IWW carried 1.4 million people and 26 million tonnes of cargo in navigation season of 2019
14:05 Singapore to host Asia Pacific Maritime conference (APM 2020) on March 18-20
13:43 Maritime experts gather for a discussion on Vietnam’s maritime future ahead of APM 2020
13:16 ASCO represented at “Caspian Ecology 2019” exhibition
12:50 New container ship added to FESCO fleet
12:24 International Chamber of Shipping opens China Liaison Office in Hong Kong
12:01 World Maritime University contributes to deep seabed mining discussions
11:37 RS Rules Update: new approval scheme for marine equipment
11:08 GTT Training installs its G-Sim LNG Carrier and Fuel Gas Handling and Bunkering Simulator in MTC Hamburg
10:59 Russia will support IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim as a candidate for the next period
10:30 Bunker prices decrease at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:08 Fincantieri starts dry dock works on “Ryndam” in Marghera
10:03 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 22
09:55 PortNews-TV launches regular video reviews of industry-related events
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.5% to $63.65, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.65% to $58.2
09:27 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,255 points
09:08 Machulez KG coordinates the large scale logistics project at the port of Cuxhaven
08:11 Maersk Tankers is set to increase its managed fleet by 11 tankers

2019 November 21

18:01 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for m/v Polymnia with Cargill
17:50 Freeport of Riga Authority and province of Corrientes sign Protocol of Agreement to facilitate growth of Riga and Corrientes ports
17:23 Training ship Perekop of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet takes course from Sri Lanka to Sevastopol
17:00 Two Sendo Liners to be entering the port of Amsterdam emission-free by 2020
16:45 Severnaya Verf lays down fourth processing trawler of Project 170701 for Norebo Group
16:28 Star Bulk reports Q3 net profit of $5.8 million
16:00 MacGregor secures complete piggy-back hatch cover order from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
15:46 Danfoss Editron appoints Erno Tenhunen as new Marine Director
15:31 ECOsubsea gains further foothold in major European ports to become benchmark for sustainable effective hull cleaning
15:17 Baltic Sea Ports Administration reports readiness of 6 line and 7 port icebreakers for winter navigation season
15:00 Chart Industries joins SEA\LNG coalition
14:38 Orolia Maritime unveils new PLB with Return Link System for 2020
14:21 Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to host 8th edition of ACI’s Ship Recycling Congress on 29-30 January 2020
14:09 Nexans to provide the 225 kV power export cables for one of the biggest offshore wind projects in France
13:50 Bunker market in the Far East ports of Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
13:28 Singapore’s First Women in Shipping Summit to be held on 20-21 April 2020
13:27 Oldendorff Carriers signs agreement with MIT on ship design
13:09 ZIM posts Q3 2019 results
12:46 5th Singapore Maritime Technology Conference to be held on 21-23 April 2020
12:35 Proman Stena Bulk and GSI sign deal for new methanol tankers
12:09 Port of Zeebrugge and Yugo sign MOU for cooperation in Lingang Overseas Modern Industrial Park
11:57 Nobel Brothers Shipyard launches small refrigerating trawler of Project Т30В, Vympel
11:09 MOL to build Japan's 1st LNG-fueled ferries : Sunflower Kurenai and Sunflower Murasaki
10:43 DNG Energy to commence LNG bunkering operations from Algoa Bay next year
10:09 Fincantieri and Ponant sign an MOA for the construction of 2 new-generation cruise ships
09:51 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.2% to 15.27 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’2019
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 21
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.32% to $62.2, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.25% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,260 points
08:29 Port of Hamburg cargo throughput grows 3.2 percent to 104 million tons in first three quarters of 2019

2019 November 20

18:10 FESCO provided transportation of nuclear submarines’ blocks and tanker from Kamchatka Territory to decommissioning site in Primorye