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Maritime Digitalisation & Communications

Cost saving communications unveiled at Europort

Mon 13 Nov 2017 by Martyn Wingrove reporting from Europort, Rotterdam

Cost saving communications unveiled at Europort
Dan Rooney (Speedcast): CrewReach operates on 3G and 4G mobile phone networks in around 190 countries

New communications, navigation software and monitoring services were revealed at the Europort exhibition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. These products offer cost savings for owners and communications alternatives for crew.

Speedcast International revealed its CrewReach service that enables seafarers to use their own mobile devices to communicate worldwide with one SIM card. It operates on 3G and 4G mobile phone networks in around 190 countries, said Speedcast director for commercial maritime products Dan Rooney.

He told Marine Electronics & Communications that Speedcast worked with Canadian telecommunications company Knowroaming on CrewReach. Seafarers can insert the SIM card into their own phones, scan a code, download an application to register the card, and then use it for free chat and calls on WhatsApp and WeChat.

Thuraya Telecommunications launched a voice over IP service for seafarers that use the company’s satellite network. Thuraya Talk enables crew to stay connected and opens up communication capabilities for both personal and professional use. Users will receive their own dedicated number which can be used for outgoing and incoming calls.

Users can make voice calls and send text messages using the Thuraya Talk app, which can be downloaded, using an internet connection and either wifi or mobile data. Callers can make phone calls to Thuraya satellite phones.

At Europort, ChartCo released version 5.4 of EnviroManager, its user interface for maritime environmental regulations compliance. The new version will be sent to more than 500 vessels with EnviroManager on board.

EnviroManager includes the baseline information for regulations in every maritime nation and displays a ship’s distance from land on a navigational chart. The new version integrates all current International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments information, including national designated ballast water exchange areas, which are carefully monitored by ChartCo and will be continuously updated.

Parker Kittiwake revealed a new attenuated total reflection (ATR) analyser for testing onboard oil samples. It tests the base number, total acid number, insoluble content, soot loading, viscosity and water content of oil samples.

It said “Frequent testing is essential to understanding the operating conditions in the system, allowing engineers to prevent unnecessary damage to critical and expensive engine components.”

Ship engineers have in the past needed multiple sensors for testing these parameters. However, the ATR analyser allows operators to combine these tests and measure the parameters simultaneously using a single, onboard test kit.

In addition, equipment manufacturer Hanil-Fuji (Korea) has signed up to be fully integrated with e-procurement platform ShipServ. This should increase its speed in processing multiple transactions and drive significant efficiency savings into its operations.

Hanil-Fuji (Korea) will be able to automate the process for sending, receiving and managing quotations and purchase order confirmations.

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