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“When the human element is considered, securing networks from cyber-attack is incredibly challenging.   Reducing human interaction with on board networks and computers by deploying a more standardized IT environment can minimize risks.”
-- Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Interview: Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, discusses the pace and direction of high speed comms in maritime.Using metrics of your choice, put in perspective where we are today in terms of getting shipowners to adopt high speed communication solutions.The term broadband has been used in the maritime industry for at least a decade and if we are to follow the FCC’s definition which was upgraded to 25mbps from 4mbps (download) in 2015, then those high speed internet services are nothing of the sort.However, everything is relative.

Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, on the manufacturing floor on the day KVH shipped its first TracPhone V11-HTS in April 2019. Photo: KVH

Interview: Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH

Connectivity is the backbone of modern maritime operations as ships and boats at sea increasingly become connected. We recently met with Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, to discuss the evolution of communication in the maritime sector and so much more, as KVH is diverse and engaged in a number of markets -- including autonomy for 10 years with work on about 30 different  platforms for self-driving vehicles.To start, give us a “State of KVH” today.We started originally in the leisure market…

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ARKUP 75 floating home to debut at Miami Yacht Show

ARKUP is an innovation in marine luxury combining attributes of yachts, floating houses and waterfront villas. Poised to become a pioneer in a new coastal market of floating communities, this rectangular, bi-level, floating luxury home is self-sufficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly with next-to-no footprint.The prototype resembles a chic, Miami-Beach condo, abounding with natural light, abundant space and luxurious appointments. Immersed in tasteful, muted, monochromatic tones…

Azimut 66 Flybridge (Photo: MarineMax)

Azimut 66 Flybridge Sold

MarineMax Sales Consultant Christian Brabender recently sold a 2018 Azimut 66 Flybridge.The Azimut 66 Flybridge incorporates the brand’s finest ingredients, starting from the exterior profile. In keeping with tradition at Azimut, this model remains graceful and sporty but offers more volume and surface area. The obvious starting point is the flybridge, the largest in its category, with three different areas for entertaining. Next comes the four-cabin layout, offering outstanding liveability…

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RMK Merrill-Stevens introduces electronics division.

The refit on the Miami River continues as RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard (RMKMS) introduces a marine electronics service and sales division led by David Gratton, past chairman of National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Gratton is an expert outfitting megayachts with complete electronics systems, having serviced and installed equipment on thousands of vessels with Martek of Palm Beach, which closed in 2018. During his tenure at Martek and on NMEA’s board, Gratton pioneered…

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Hatteland Expands 4K Display Portfolio

Hatteland Display released a new 43 inch premium quality display as part of its Series X MVD product family. Hatteland Display’s latest UHD system features the same 4K panel technology as existing Series X MVD variants, all of which are designed to deliver the brightest, clearest picture for the safe and effective operation of bridge navigation and control systems.With 3840 × 2160 pixels compared to 1920 x 1080 on Full High Definition (FHD) displays, UHD is a significant technology improvement that empowers maritime technology manufacturers to develop new…

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New Low Emission Micro Turbine for Marine Applications

RH Marine, Feadship, Seven Turbine Power and Boskalis have joined forces in a strong partnership to introduce a revolutionary micro turbine to the maritime industry. The Micro turbine has extreme low emissions, operates quietly without vibrations and requires very little maintenance. The compact, clean and comfortable solution consists of a DC65-D Marine turbine generator, a 65kW turbine-generator set that can run on a variety of fuels such as marine gas oil and delivers direct current to the grid, based on a Capstone C65 micro turbine.

A new class of ship: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection (Image courtesy: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection)

Raytheon Anschütz INS for Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, together with the Spanish Barreras shipyard of Vigo, have selected Raytheon Anschütz to supply a high-end Integrated Navigation System (INS) of the Synapsis NX generation for the first vessel of a new class of most advanced passenger ships.The INS is part of a larger contract awarded to ABB’s Marine and Ports Business, who are acting as the total ship system provider and integrator to the new class of ships. ABB and Raytheon Anschütz have entered…

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New MTU Hybrid Propulsion Systems Introduced

As of 2020, Rolls-Royce will launch a range of completely integrated MTU hybrid ship propulsion systems onto the market. The propulsion systems will be made available for yachts, workboats, ferries and patrol boats in a power range extending from around 1,000 kilowatts to 4,000 kilowatts per powertrain.“The combination of diesel engines and electric motors, in addition to batteries, will offer our customers significant benefits in a variety of marine applications. The most important being efficiency…

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SeaKing Electrical Announces Superyacht Sector Growth

Maritime engineering company SeaKing Electrical announced its busiest year in a decade for superyacht work ahead of its attendance at the Monaco Boat Show.Liverpool City Region based SeaKing Electrical has sent teams to work on 18 superyacht repair and upgrade projects in the nine months until September beating its previous record of 17 jobs in all of 2017. The company has worked in the Mediterranean in Cadiz, Cartagena, Genoa, La Ciotat and Barcelona as well as Miami in the United…

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Superyacht Latona to Premier in Monaco

CRN’s mastery of shipbuilding reaches its utmost expression in the new 50-meter superyacht Latona, which will be presented as a world première at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 at the end of September. Delivered in May, the Italian Atelier’s latest masterpiece has been custom-built to meet the wishes of a highly selective and determined Owner. Drawing inspiration from the ‘Superconero’ of the 1960s, the Latona marks the success of a new joint project between CRN and Zuccon International Project.

MTU Series 2000 (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce to Display MTU Series 2000 Engines in Miami

Rolls-Royce will showcase the complete MTU Series 2000 yacht engine family at the Miami Yacht Show, Feb. 15 – 19, 2018. Located in [BG 300 Ramp 3], MTU’s booth will highlight the full range of Series 2000 M96L EPA T3R engine configurations – the 10V, 12V and 16V – as well as the updated Joystick Control System, which now features Heading Hold capability. This new functionality caters to kite fisherman requiring a controlled boat drift for natural bait presentation. MTU’s Premium Yacht Service (PYS)…

Oceanco and RH Marine celebrate the renewed partnership.

Oceanco Contract to RH Marine

World-class superyacht builder Oceanco has awarded RH Marine with the contract for the electrical & automation system integration and overall electrical system responsibility of Oceanco’s new 100+ meter yacht. Both parties consider this collaboration to be the start of a productive long-term partnership. RH Marine is responsible for the delivery of the complete electrical & automation system. The system includes the newest version of RH Marine’s next generation of ship automation: Rhodium AMCS and the Energy Management System for optimization of energy consumption.

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Beijer Electronics Unveils X2 Extreme Panels

Beijer Electronics has rolled out its new X2 extreme family of rugged HMIs for tough environments. X2 extreme panels are certified by all major classification societies. Designed to perform in rugged environments and in hazardous areas where gases, vapors and dust are present. Extended environmental capabilities include operating temperatures from -30°C to +70°C, high vibrations and high-pressure wash-downs. X2 extreme panels are available in 7, 12 and 15 inches, all in three versions: Standard versions, high-performance versions and fully sealed high-performance versions.

Instant and accurate man overboard location is just one of many features that SCADA technology is offering to transform the safety and comfort of pleasure sailing. (Image: Products4Automation)

SCADA Makes Yachts Safer and Easier to Captain

Instant and accurate man overboard location is just one of many features that SCADA technology is offering to transform the safety and comfort of pleasure sailing. Products4Automation’s SCADA expert Paul Hurst examines the technology transfer from industrial process plant to luxury yacht. Fifty years ago, people were saying that automotive technology had reached maturity and could not be developed much further, but time has told a very different story. By embracing complementary new technologies and working on constant incremental improvements…

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“Blockchain” and the World of Marine Insurance

If you’ve been working in the marine insurance industry lately, you will have heard about “blockchain” at some point; it is the electronic, distributed ledger, notoriously known for enabling the use of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether. But the blockchain technology’s utility goes beyond cryptocurrencies, potentially offering creative ways to solve other real-world problems. Within blockchain ledgers, the use of ‘smart’ contracts essentially converts contractual obligations into lines of computer protocols, which facilitate, verify, or enforce its performance.

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Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum Bridge for Mega Yachts

Wärtsilä wa contracted to supply its Nacos Platinum integrated bridge system for two new mega yachts; one an 85 m long vessel and the other 91 mlong, being built in Greece. In addition to the systems, Wärtsilä will also provide the project management, engineering, pre-wiring of the consoles and system commissioning services, thus delivering a complete solution. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in March and July 2017. The new and advanced bridge console concept for these vessels includes an integrated navigation system (INS) with compass and latest technology navigation sensors…

State-of-the-art navigation consoles are included in the complete bridge system. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä Bridge Systems for Two New Mega Yachts

Wärtsilä informs it has been contracted to supply its Nacos Platinum integrated bridge system for two new mega yachts: one an 85 meter long vessel and the other 91 meters long, both being built in Greece. In addition to the systems, Wärtsilä will provide the project management, engineering, pre-wiring of the consoles and system commissioning services, thus delivering a complete solution. The new and advanced bridge console concept for these vessels includes an integrated navigation system (INS) with compass and latest technology navigation sensors…

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Raymarine: Make Your Boat a 'Smart Boat'

Digital switching makes it easy and intuitive to control all of the interior and exterior lighting on this high-performance centre console powerboat. Anchor lights, Aerators, Bilge Pumps, Blowers, Cabin Lights, Courtesy Lights....does this sequence sound familiar? It's the switch panel on your helm and it's just part of the A to Z listing of your boat's electrical equipment. In addition to switches and alarms, indicator lights and gauges cover many portions of a boat's helm and interior.