Out of Orbit

How shipping got ECDIS wrong – and how to put it right

As the shipping industry, its stakeholders and industry groups, grapple with the practicalities of embracing unmanned and autonomous vessels, an echo of the recent past provides a timely reminder about the risks of regulating technology. Regulation effectively freezes mandated systems and practices at a moment in time; though it also allows for a process of [more…]

Screaming for bandwidth? The shipowner and service provider perspective

When Satellite Network Operator Intelsat hosted a workshop in Copenhagen earlier this month, it brought together local players for a timely briefing of the VSAT/HTS landscape. MaritimeInsight was asked to moderate an informal discussion with Søren Andersen, General Manager, Marine Standards for Nordic Tankers and Freddie Hansen, CEO and Managing Director of Furuno Danmark, seeking their [more…]

Full steam ahead for unmanned ships?

The industry conversation on the topic of unmanned ships has entered turbulent waters. Its proponents say they can deliver the technology – though the initial project groups are only now investigating the subject in any depth – but doubts have been expressed about the regulatory framework that would permit their use. The issues are numerous. [more…]

Maritime satellite gets with the programme

Maritime communications spent a long time being of little interest to most people. Beyond safety requirements, it took the dotcom boom to generate a significant uptick in activity, as software entrepreneurs discovered this ‘untapped’ market. That ended with the dotcoms going belly up, but the Rubicon had been crossed. There was now a clear realisation that [more…]

A better image? Be careful what you wish for

I have read this article several times now and I still don’t know whether to laugh, cry or go fishing. I don’t fish, but I’m prepared to learn if it takes me away from reading about the ‘image of shipping’. There are some good points in Gary Howard’s piece, but there is back story too. [more…]