E-navigation can be the cornerstone for a new age of smart shipping. But a new digital reality opens up new digital risks, argues Tor Svanes, CEO of NAVTOR. Security, he says, must be a top priority.
“E-navigation doesn’t just benefit navigators, it enhances fleet, business and entire industry performance,” explains an impassioned Svanes. “It can be the key to unlocking smart shipping and delivering enormous efficiency, safety, cost and environmental benefits for maritime. But due care is required.”
Set against the background of increasing cyber threats to the maritime industry, e-Navigation specialist NAVTOR has moved to demonstrate the integrity of its innovative NavBox solution with ‘cyber secure’ certification (IEC 61162-460 Gateway) from DNV GL. NavBox, which automates the distribution and updates of digital charts, publications and other navigational data, now guarantees both complete regulatory compliance and security for an increasingly digitized generation of shipowners and operators.
Singapore and Norway continue the close corporation for future digital solutions for efficient and sustainable maritime transport
During the Singapore Maritime Week, the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, together with the SESAME Solution II project and the Norwegian Coastal Administration, have signed a Letter of Intent to cooperate in research and testbed activities in Singapore.
SESAME Solution II is an e-navigation testbed project, currently in the second year of its three year project duration. The aim of the project is to digitize several maritime services to improve shared situational awareness and increase non-linear collaborative decision support. The ultimate result of the project will be a comprehensive e-navigation solution based on international standards and inter-operable with other e-navigation solutions. SESAME Solution II will be at the forefront of e-navigation development.
Passage planning. Two words sure to elicit a groan from any navigator anywhere in the world.
The vital, yet incredibly frustrating, process of developing a complete description of a vessel's voyage from start to finish, berth to berth, is an administrative burden the industry could do without.
On average, each vessel, for each journey, uses 3.5 hours of valuable officer time to collate a plan – manually adding elements such as ENC cells, journey waypoints and UKC calculations to a report for inspection by port state authorities and other relevant organisations.