Maritime professionals and interested onlookers will have been equally astonished at the recent pictures following the curious collision off Corsica, with the Tunisian ro-ro ferry Ulysse buried up to her bridge in the side of the containership CLS Virginia. A universal question, asked by everyone, would have been – “How on earth did they manage to do that?”

It is not something you hear every day but Paul Stanley, ceo of GNS, actually wants to help customers by less of the company’s electronic charts and navigational data.

While the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made strides in better regulating the shipping industry, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) secretary-general Peter Hinchliffe said there are still shortcomings in the way the United Nations agency in charge of shipping comes up with regulations.

The trend towards Internet of Things (IoT) has reached the marine industry, with Danelec Marine and NAPA teaming up to deliver a complete cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) solution for ship performance analysis and optimization.

More onboard cyber vulnerability has been revealed, with maritime cyber defence firm Naval Dome demonstrating yet more ways hackers can compromise ship safety.

Cybersecurity threats at sea are not much different to those onshore and yet onboard electronic systems such as ECDIS have not always kept up even though it is important to do so.

The cyber security risks to ECDIS navigation systems, many of which run on old, and unsupported operating systems, are well known, and ABS director of cyber security Paul Walters offers some very simple advice on how to help keep them safe.

With the shift to e-navigation ECDIS is now an essential part of the ship’s bridge.

Malaysian shipping company MISC has chosen eMaritime Group's ACAT online courses as their electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) type-specific continuous personal development training solution.

Cyber-security is the weak link in the chain for communications technology being touted for the unmanned ship according to Transas boss Frank Coles.

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