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BWTS Main Alarms and Bypass Alarms in ECR

BWTS Main Alarms and Bypass Alarms in ECR

Save costs in AMS update with BWTS Main Alarms HMI by Hi Pro Electronics.

The marine approved HMI is designed to display the main alarms and warnings:

·        Common Alarm

·        Common Warning

·        Bypass Alarm

to meet Class requirements for the notification of these alarms in the ECR. Its smart design about Bypass Alarm as separate alarm complies and satisfy Lloyds Class special requirement.

Alarm History and alarm function is built in as per Marine Approval of HMI and replaces the expensive upgrade of your AMS. Option to install additional units in more locations like the Bridge, is available.

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DNV GL Delivers Offshore Cyber Security Assessment Remotely

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The widescale impact of COVID-19 had not hit when DNV GL Maritime Advisory (DNV GL) was contracted to conduct a cyber security assessment and penetration test for an offshore asset. Before long, however, travel had become a risk, and the parties were forced to evaluate alternative means of performing the related surveys, which resulted in the completion of DNV GL’s first remote cyber security test.

Cyber security assessments and penetration testing involve the examination of an asset’s systems to find weaknesses in the network’s perimeter. Traditionally, testing involves a DNV GL Certified Ethical Hacker carrying out a series of activities aboard the asset, simulating a cybersecurity breach. With no option in the near-term to access the asset physically, DNV GL and the client worked together to define an extensive plan that would allow the assessment and the penetration testing to take place remotely. The plan involved DNV GL staff from Maritime and Digital Solutions in offices across three different countries, as well as personnel from client both in an office setting and on the asset. Each party was responsible for tasks related to the set-up of the test infrastructure, or aspects of the assessment itself.

As technology becomes more sophisticated and critical equipment becomes more interconnected, companies need to make changes that will increase their cyber defenses and the ISM Code has become another driver for this. With the requirements from IMO, ship owners and managers need to have cyber risk management incorporated into their Safety Management System (SMS) and verified at 1st Annual audit after January 1, 2021. By bridging the cyber security in information technology and operational technology critical infrastructures, DNV GL Maritime Advisory can help companies navigate their digital transformation with services that help in assessing, improving and verifying cyber security related to the increased use of technologies in our industry.

“Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected; that statement is applicable on so many fronts at this moment in history,” said Antony DSouza, Executive Vice President and Regional Manager for DNV GL Maritime Region Americas. “With the global transformations taking place, there is no company that should think cybersecurity is irrelevant to them. With trust, cooperation, and out of the box thinking, we can support our clients in these challenging times and work together towards a successful future.”


SevenCs Releases ORCA Pilot X Software

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SevenCs, part of the ChartWorld Group, announced the release of ORCA Pilot X software. 

Originally designed as a primary navigation aid for Pilots, ORCA Pilot X is a tool for professional navigators. ORCA Pilot X is being offered as a free download on the Apple AppStore for iOS tablets.

SevenCs has a long tradition of developing bespoke navigation applications for pilots around the world. Following the feedback and input from many  users, SevenCs began the development of ORCA Pilot X as the natural evolution from ORCA Pilot G2.

Ralf Lehnert, SevenCs’ Director of Navigation Solutions commented, “Time and time again we were told there was a need for a completely fresh approach and redesign of the digital navigation aids to meet the ever-expanding professional needs of the Pilot community. We had a look at what was on the market, balanced that against what could be developed, and realized there was an opportunity to provide a system that included the best hardware and software, delivered a unique 3D Head-Up situational awareness mode, rapid installation of official ENCs and chart updates, bathymetric data, route planning, navigation, and docking modes.

ORCA Pilot X is available for free download on the Apple Store for iOS tablets.

CYSEC SA Wins Maritime Cyber Security Contract

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CYSEC SA, a cybersecurity company from Switzerland, has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a solution mitigating the cyber risks related to ship tracking using satellite communications.

The digital revolution also impacts the shipping industry by integrating automated navigation, cargo-tracking systems and digital platforms which facilitate operations, trade and the exchange of data. To achieve this transformation, the mitigation of cyber security risks is critical.

There are vulnerabilities in many existing maritime communication systems that could lead to dramatic consequences when under a cyber-attack. In particular, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) provided by multiple satellite constellations has been the subject of spoofing and jamming attacks that led to a partial or total loss of the ability to locate ships at sea. Such a failure can be disastrous if the ship is, for example, navigating narrow straits or near the shore. Another critical piece of equipment on board is the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which tracks every ship in the world and whose data is used by numerous organizations and downstream services such as insurance companies. Ships have used multiple techniques to tamper with AIS data and entered zones from which they are legally excluded, for fishing or performing other illegal activities.

Both GNSS and AIS signals use satellites and are regarded as critical to improve the safety of maritime navigation and the reliability of data for downstream services. Using its family of secured servers and its experience in satellite communications, CYSEC SA will lead a feasibility study to investigate the protection of both GNSS and Satellite-AIS (SAT-AIS) communications.

CYSEC SA has established a consortium to develop and test the potential solutions composed of U-blox, a global provider of leading positioning and wireless communication technologies for the automotive, industrial, and consumer markets; and Gomspace, a globally leading designer, integrator and manufacturer of high-end nanosatellites for customers in the academic, government and commercial markets. The team will work under the guidance of both ESA and European maritime stakeholders.

CYSEC’s objective of securing maritime communications is a natural extension of its current activities in IoT and Space, where its flagship product ARCA is already used to protect communications to satellites and connected devices on ground.

Mitsubishi Electric to Launch 12.1-inch WXGA Color TFT-LCD Modules

TOKYO, October 3, 2019 – Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today the launch of a 12.1-inch WXGA TFT-LCD module designed for use in harsh outdoor environments, such as on construction sites and in heavy-duty vehicles, as well as in industrial applications and in agricultural use.

The new modules will offer an unprecedented combination of advanced features, including high-resolution WXGA (1,280 × 800 pixels), super-wide 176-degree horizontal/vertical viewing angles and a high luminosity of 1,500 cd/m2. They will additionally feature a high contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a versatile operating-temperature range of -40 to +80 degrees Celsius and will have high resistance to vibration, attributes for which there is increasing market demand.

Sample sales will commence October 31 through Mitsubishi Electric offices worldwide.

Product Features

  1. 1)Wide operating-temperature range and high vibration resistance
    • Rugged components enable use in extreme temperatures ranging from -40 to +80 degrees Celsius.
    • Optimized mechanical design achieves high vibration resistance of 6.8Gs (7x greater than 1.0Gs of existing Mitsubishi Electric “AA-” products) allowing compression mounting (LCD peripherals attached to chassis from behind) or 1.5Gs for side mounting (attached to chassis via side openings).
  2. 2)High resolution, super-wide viewing angles and high luminosity suited for diverse measuring instruments and installations
    • High-resolution (WXGA) screen capable of handling dense text and images.
    • Super-wide viewing angle of 176 degrees, both horizontally and vertically, ensures excellent visibility in a wide range of installation scenarios.
    • High luminosity of 1,500 cd/m2 and a high contrast ratio of 1,000:1 providing excellent visibility even in bright environments. Dimming ratio from 1 to 100 percent assures visibility at any level of ambient brightness.
    • Newly-designed TFT panel improves the NTSC color gamut by 70 percent over the previous model (AA121TH), providing vibrant graphics.

Wärtsilä becomes first Ballast Water Management System supplier to be granted dual technology USCG Type Approval

The technology group Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. With the company’s other BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC, already Type Approved by USCG, Wärtsilä becomes the first manufacturer able to offer two USCG Type Approved BWMS technologies.

“Wärtsilä’s dual technology offering provides the broadest range of BWMS solutions for fleet wide regulatory compliance. This means that owners can be sure of having the most appropriate system for their particular needs from the same premium support supplier,” says Craig Patrick, General Manager, Sales, Water and Waste, Wärtsilä Marine.

The Wärtsilä Aquarius UV (Ultra-Violet) technology utilises proven filtration and UV irradiation, while maintaining a high degree of safety and operability. It retains its effectiveness regardless of the water quality.

The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC (Electro-Chlorination) system features a simple two-stage process involving filtration and electro-chlorination across the full scope of a ship’s operating and environmental conditions.

In addition to the USCG approvals, both technologies have also been awarded Type Approval by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Wärtsilä supports its products, systems, and solutions with the marine industry’s most extensive global service network.

ABB powers tourists to the Niagara Falls with first US built all-electric vessels

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Niagara Falls tour operator Maid of the Mist orders two new passenger vessels sailing on pure electric power, enabled by ABB’s technology

Visitors to the iconic Niagara Falls will soon be able to experience one of the USA’s top landmarks emission-free. Two new Maid of the Mist passenger vessels will be powered entirely by high-capacity battery packs, becoming the first all-electric vessels ever built in the US.

The new vessels will benefit from ABB’s zero-emission technology when they start operating later this year, allowing guests to experience Niagara Falls undisturbed by engine noise, vibration or exhaust fumes from a conventional diesel engine.

Maid of the Mist, one of North America’s oldest tourist attractions, operates from April through to the first week of November, with boats departing for the base of Niagara Falls every 30 minutes, with an estimated 1.6 million guests on board annually.

“We are thrilled to be the USA’s first vessel owner to add all-electric ferries to our fleet,” said Christopher M. Glynn, president of Maid of the Mist Corp. “We have chosen ABB to support us in our journey towards more sustainable operation based on their unparalleled experience in marine system integration, as well as efficient and innovative technologies for sustainable transportation.”

“Maid of the Mist’s decisive move towards e-mobility signals a new era in the future of transportation and complements ABB’s commitment to power the world without consuming the earth,” said Peter Terwiesch, President of the Industrial Automation business at ABB, which offers solutions for a wide range of industries, including marine. “Reducing emissions at Niagara Falls is not only important for the natural landmark, but also proves that the technologies enabling sustainable mobility are already available today.”

Each of the vessels will be powered by a pair of battery packs with a total capacity of 316 kWh, split evenly between two catamaran hulls. Having two fully independent power systems on board will increase the resilience of operations by creating a redundancy.

The vessels will charge between every trip while passengers disembark and board. Shoreside charging will only take seven minutes, allowing the batteries to power the electric propulsion motors capable of a total 400 kW (563 HP) output. The power setup will be controlled by ABB’s integrated Power and Energy Management System (PEMS), which will optimize the energy use on board.

The batteries will be charged using hydropower – the largest single renewable energy source for electricity generation in the US, which accounts for 7% of the country’s total utility-scale electricity generation. The use of locally produced renewable power will make the energy cycle for the operation of the new Maid of the Mist vessels entirely emission-free.

Sustainable transportation has a crucial role in the fight against climate change, with shipping accounting for 2 to 3 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency responsible for regulating shipping, has set a global target to cut annual emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 from 2008 levels.

In addition to integrating the ship-to-shore battery charging connection, ABB will supply the Maid of the Mist newbuilding project with switchboards, drives and the integrated control system, as well as the ABB Ability™ Marine Remote Diagnostic System for remote equipment monitoring and predictive maintenance. ABB Ability™ is ABB’s leading offering of digital solutions and services.

Source: hellenicshippingnews

Turkmenistan modernizes “Balkan” dry cargo ship

The Turkmen private logistics company “Beyik Yupek yoly” has invested in the technical modernization of the Balkan dry cargo ship, Trend reports with reference to the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UIET) May 7.

The overhaul was carried out at the Balkan shipyard near the Caspian Sea together with the specialists of the state enterprise “Balkan gami gurlusyk” and foreign partners, the report said.

The dry cargo ship is now equipped with the radio navigation equipment of the latest generation and the company “Beyik Yupek yoly” will use it for three years. The main purpose of the vessel is transportation of construction materials, bulk, packaged and general cargo, including containers, heavy factory and other equipment.

The Balkan shipyard in Turkmenbashi city near the Caspian Sea is a basis for development of domestic shipbuilding. Dry cargo ships and oil tankers are repaired at the plant.

It is planned to build ships of various classes and types in the future. Among them, there are the RO-RO ferries for transportation of vehicles (cars, trucks, trailers and wagons).

The Balkan shipyard started to operate in May at the Turkmenbashi International Seaport.

The shipyard was designed according to the requirements of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies).

The shipyard holds a total area of 166,000 square meters. Its construction project was implemented by the Turkish company Gap Insaat.

With the commissioning of an additional international sea port in Turkmenbashi in May 2018, optimal opportunities emerged for sending goods that enter the port along the Silk Road route from the countries of Asia and the Pacific, and further to European countries through the ports of Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran.

The annual throughput capacity of the port is 17-18 million tons. Together with the previously operating port, this figure reaches 25-26 million tons.

Source: hellenicshippingnews

Naval Dome: Tankers’ Attack in Fujairah Could Develop to Include Cyber-Attacks on Vessels Operating in The Region

Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela, a former senior officer in the military, comments on the recent attacks on tankers operating near the bunkering port of Fujairah.

“It is deeply worrying that four tankers have been attacked outside the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. Our indications are that these incidents could develop to include cyber-attacks on vessels operating in the region.

“It is highly likely that vessels operating in high-risk areas could be targeted, systems hacked and GPS spoofed in order to render vessels immobile or re-directed as part of wider actions. There has been increased activity in the cyber domain over the last few months, which is very worrying.

“While we hope these incidents will not escalate, shipowners with operations in the area must be vigilant and carry out inspections of all their PC-based navigation and machinery control systems. Ship operators should not allow crew members or technicians to plug-in USBs or external devices onboard or download maps and charts for specific areas, unless they absolutely need to do so. We also advised that operators check their insurance policies to ensure that OT systems are covered in the event of any cyber damage.”

Naval Dome is an Israel-based cyber security specialist providing security detection and protection solutions to the international maritime industry. The multi-award-winning Naval Dome solution is the first maritime multi layer cyber defence solution for mission critical onboard systems.

Source: hellenicshippingnews

iX 2.40 SP1 – Taking your EXTER/E1000 applications to the next level.

Beijer Electronics is proud to present iX HMI software version 2.40 SP1 offering a powerful conversion tool to upgrade EXTER/E1000 applications to iX and modern X2 series operator panels, along with other minor improvements.

The EXTER/E1000 operator panels are end-of-life and with the release of iX 2.40 SP1 we help customers set a successful strategy to secure applications created in Information Designer and E-Designer. The powerful conversion tool of iX enables customers to reuse their applications to the greatest extent in iX Developer and on modern X2 operator panels, with the best result and a minimum of work.

The conversion tool in iX 2.40 SP1 supports:

  • Resize & aspect ratio option lets you determine whether an application should be scaled, and aspect ratio locked.
  • Function key templates enables an X2 panel to have a similar user interface as a key panel but realized in a touch panel. The function key templates automatically add objects for navigating/controlling the application and emulate function keys, LEDS and text strips.
  • Key field objects can now be converted directly to iX Developer eliminating the need to add key field objects manually afterwards.
  • Log messages gives a clear overview of the conversion status.
  • Index registers are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer.
  • Data types are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer.
  • Scaled datatypes of scaled INT tags are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer with the original settings.
  • INT tags are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer.
  • Function key macros are automatically transferred and converted to iX Developer. 

Other improvements in iX 2.40 SP1:

  • Improved database back-up and restore actions.
  • Consolidation of four data base backup actions into one user-friendly action.
  • The .NET Framework is upgraded to version 4.7.2.
  • Minor general bug fixes.

Learn more about iX here.

Click here to download iX 2.40 SP1 and try the software.

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