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LevelSeas launches service

LevelSeas has finally launched a service. The first rollout, LSX 1.0,
enables owners, brokers and charterers to trade, communicate and
manage market information. It includes a messaging system, an
overview of current and forward cargo positions, data on cargos,
search and filtering tools and data on specific vessels. Users can
share data with third parties and departmental/company groups if they

LevelSeas was established early last year by Shell, BP and Cargill,
later joined by Clarksons and venture capitalists eVolution, and then
later this year by 30 major charterers, owners and brokers.

In September it will release LSX 2.0, providing main terms
negotiation, questionnaire and charter party editing functionality,
and a button to actually complete a transaction. A further module,
LSOps (LevelSeas Operations) will bring together the pre-fixture,
fixture and post-fixture tools.

Further information about LevelSeas is on page 23.

Marine IPDS “earmarked” for Europort launch

Inmarsat’s long awaited maritime packet data service is currently
“earmarked” for launch at the Europort exhibition this year (November

When the service is launched, Inmarsat maritime customers will pay
for airtime in terms of the kilobits of data sent (as they do now
under Inmarsat-C), but at data transmission speeds and charges
comparable to Inmarsat-B (around $10/minute for high speed data
services, carrying up to 64 kilobits a second).

The packet data service will dramatically increase the flexibility
possible for onboard systems which use the data communications link.
There will no longer be a requirement to “batch” data and send it
every few hours to reduce communications costs, as there is now,
because costs will be exactly the same whether the data is batched or

Onboard systems can be continually connected to the internet at no
cost, because the shipping company only pays when data is actually
sent. It becomes viable for seafarers to surf the internet at sea
over Inmarsat (although probably over specially designed low data

Inmarsat is planning to launch a non-maritime packet data service in
“mid June” of this year, and will launch a maritime service once it
has been thoroughly tested and appropriate hardware is under
development by manufacturers.
APL Logistics in alliance with Organic

APL Direct Logistics, the logistics subsidiary of shipping line APL,
has announced an alliance with internet services company Organic. The
two companies will work together to build e-commerce systems for

Organic will provide business strategy consultancy and web site
development, whilst APL Direct Logistics will provide transportation
management, fulfilment, inventory, order management and customer

MAN B&W in three year tie up with ShipServ

Maritime diesel engine company MAN B&W, which claims to be the
world’s largest supplier of engine spares, has signed a three-year
co-operation contract with e-procurement company ShipServ.

Under the terms of the agreement, ShipServ is nominated MAN B&W’s
provider for all internet sales activities; it agrees to channel all
of its online trading, including the Alfa Diesel and Holeby
divisions, through ShipServ’s TradeNet platform.

“We have selected ShipServ as our e-business provider (because) we
see them as the most serious and neutral player in the maritime
market,” comments Otto Winkel, vice president of Man B&W. “This will
be the e-trading platform that MAN B&W Diesel will integrate with
directly. We have chosen to use ShipServ as our supply chain
integrator. This maximizes our e-business resources by focusing on
one trusted partner.’

The agreement will not affect any other agreements that MAN B&W
Diesel has in place; if a ship manager sees a need to integrate
directly with MAN B&W Diesel this will always be possible. However,
MAN B&W anticipates that e-business solutions will be based on
networks rather than direct integration between suppliers and their
customers and that this will be to the benefit of both buyers and
sellers. MAN B&W Diesel will be recommending that their customers
integrate with TradeNet.

“This is a very important agreement for ShipServ,” says Paul
Østergaard, CEO of ShipServ. “Not only do we have an agreement with
one of the world’s leading marine engine specialists but MAN B&W’s
trust in us and its co-operation will greatly assist with future
development of ShipServ’s services to the benefit of all our
customers as we build our TradeNet network.’

MAN B&W has been a target customer for ShipServ for some time. “MAN
B&W is one of (if not the) most important companies in the Ship
Supply Management space,” comments Mr Østergaard. ShipServ says that
it also has deals to connect with the next four largest engine parts
suppliers (after MAN B&W), which are Wärtsilä, MAK, Caterpillar and


E4marine to integrate with Wärtsilä

E-procurement service provider e4marine has announced that it will be
integrating with propulsion systems manufacturer Wärtsilä's in-house
e-commerce system, thereby allowing users of e4marine to view
Wärtsilä's catalogue and to purchase spares online. E4marine will
create an AMOS-linked browser that will link up to Wärtsilä, showing
product information, pictures and serial numbers.

E4marine's procurement platform is already fully integrated with ship
supplier Unitor and Xantic's shipboard applications, AMOS Maintenance
and Planning and AMOS Purchasing.


Heidenreich launches Q88

Shipping company Heidenreich Marine has launched Q88, an application
for shipping companies to distribute and complete oil company and
terminal questionnaires online.

The questionnaires are linked to the OCIMF (Oil Companies
International Marine Forum) VPQ’s (vessel particulars questionaires)
so most answers can be filled in automatically. The system is also
XML enabled, which means that the data filled in can be easily
integrated into computer systems of customers and issuing companies.
Completed questionaires can also be sent by e-mail or fax directly
from the website.

The service is free until December 31, 2001; after that, each
subscriber will be charged a nominal annual fee per ship.

Transas extends low-cost Iridium pricing

Transas Telematics, distributors of the relaunched Iridium satellite
service, has extended its introductory pricing of $1.50 per minute to
any landline or GSM phone in the world until the end of September
this year. Calls between Iridium handsets cost $0.50 per minute.

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OneSea merges with PrimeSupplier

Maritime e-procurement portals OneSea and PrimeSupplier have merged
to create a new company, SeaSupplier.

The majority holding in SeaSupplier will be with Stolt Nielsen
(previous owners of Prime Supplier) and Jacob Stolt-Nielsen,
previously CEO of PrimeSupplier, will be CEO of the new company.
Arvid Bergvall, previously CEO of OneSea, is appointed deputy CEO of
Sea Supplier. Henrik Platou (previously with OneSea) and Terry
Kearney (previously with PrimeSupplier) will continue to be involved
in the new company.
SeaSupplier’s head office will be in Wandsworth, London, previously
OneSea’s offices. SeaSupplier will own minority stakes in both the
Marcas ship purchasing consortium and the Stolt-Nielsen Owning
Consortium (SNOCO). Negotiations have been taking place for a number
of months.

With the move PrimeSupplier is broadening its equity base from just
Stolt Nielsen. has the support of ship-owners with more
than 1200 ships, including Bergesen, R.S. Platou, Teekay,
VShips/Acomarit, and World-Wide Shipping. PrimeSupplier also benefits
from OneSea’s stake in maritime purchasing association MARCAS.

The new venture is expected to combine the best aspects of both
companies’s technology, although it seems likely to use more
technology from PrimeSupplier, since its system has been used by
Stolt Nielsen for real life purchasing for a number of years and is
fully tried and tested.

At the time of the merger, PrimeSupplier had pilot projects in place
with MOL Ship Management Asia, Seabulk International, Stolt Offshore,
Tschudi & Eitzen Shipmanagement, and VBSK (Bernhard Schulte).

Transas sells AIS and VDR

Maritime electronics and software company Transas are trading a
voyage data recorder, dubbed Navi-VDR, and an automatic
identification system (AIS), dubbed AIMS MIII. The latter was
developed in co-operation with South African Marine Data Systems.

Transas Eurasia completed the installation of the first full-mission
ship-handling simulator in Bulgaria. The simulator was installed at
the Nikola Yaptasarov Naval Academy in Varna.

The core of the simulator complex is a main bridge fitted with three
visual channels, a bridge console with conning station, 'real' ship
controls, ARPA/radar station, ECDIS station, chart table and a set of
communications equipment. The simulator also comprises a secondary
bridge as well as five virtual bridges, where PC-based desktop
simulators are used at all workstations. A dedicated debriefing room
is provided for after-training analysis of trainees' performance.

MarineProvider bares all

Norwegian maritime e-procurement company Marine Provider has
published its annual report for the year 2000, as it is required to
do as a publicly traded company (trading in Oslo since the second
quarter of 2000). It is the first commercial maritime e-procurement
company to release these kinds of figures.

The business generated revenues of NOK 38.2m ($4.2m) in 2000. Of this
$4.2m, 83 per cent ($3.49m) was generated by MarineTrans, a maritime
logistics service wholly owned by MarineProvider, established in
1991. MarineTrans earned revenues of $3.46m in 1999, generating a
profit of $103,000.
The remaining 17 per cent ($714,000) of year 2000 revenue, the
company says, was primarily due to income from bunker trading.
MarineProvider provided bunker-trading services to help secure a
foothold with a customer, it says, in the hope that it would pave the
way to introduction of the electronic exchange.

MarineProvider was established in February 2000 by Teco Maritime,
previous owners of MarineTrans. Teco Maritime grouped together a
number of industry buyers and suppliers to invest in MarineProvider,
growing the business out of MarineTrans, at the same time reducing
its stake in the whole business to 19.5 per cent.

The other shareholders at the end of 2000 were Astrup Fearnley (11.6
per cent), Frontline Ltd (11.6 per cent), (7.8 per cent)
OMI Corporation (6.2 per cent), Geveran Trading (5.2 per cent)
Euronav Luxembourg (4.6 per cent) with the remaining shareholders
having under 3 per cent.

The company claims that it is being run as a “traditional business”
and not as an “internet start-up,” in other words, as it puts it,
investing in the Oracle Exchange and product development rather than
building the brand. Total investment in the license to use the Oracle
Exchange platform was $975,000.

The company currently has NOK 62.6m total assets ($6.7m), including
NOK 40.2m ($4.3m) cash in the bank.

As far as the actual procurement exchange goes, an online trial was
completed with a bunker buyer in November and December last year, and
implementation tests are being carried out with ship operators,
representing 500 ships.

The company hopes to do more with its “strategic relationships” with
other e-commerce companies OceanConnect, Marline, Xantic and ShipNet.

In a separate statement, the company has revealed that it has been
broking bunker purchases for shareholder Frontline, to a total value
of $1.65m, since May 2001, through its collaboration with It has appointed a senior product manager for
bunkers and lubricants, Dag Nyrud (formerly with BP Marine).


Telemarine publishes first bunker yearbook – in print

The publisher of bunker trading and information platform has announced the release of a yearbook covering all
aspects of the marine fuel industry in 2001, containing a review and
analysis of the year 2000, articles written by industry insiders and
a bunkering directory of suppliers, traders and brokers.

The book is priced at £99 and can be ordered from the

E4marine, Berg-Hansen and Xantic provide crew management
Maritime   travel agency Berg-Hansen Shipping, e-procurement service
provider   e4marine and marine software provider Xantic have clubbed
together   to provide an online crew management service, whereby Berg-
Hansen’s   Web-Crew travel booking service will be integrated with
Xantic’s   AMOS Personnel software via e4marine’s procurement platform.

The three companies say that this co-operation will benefit crew
managers, as the system will be integrated through to in-house
accounting systems and will provide communication and reporting


STN Atlas wins further NACOS orders

Hamburg-based maritime electronics company STN Atlas Marine
Electronics has won orders for ten new Series 4 NAcos integrated
navigation command systems from shipyards in China, Norway and
Poland. Worldwide sales of NACOS systems now totals 680

The new commissions include systems for 4 48,000 dwt bulk carriers
being built at Gdansk Stocznia yard in Poland for delivery to
Gearbulk Pool in 2001-3, as well as 2 24,250 dwt vessels to be
delivered to Columbia Shipmanagement next year by Jinling-Nanjing in

RTM Star Centre joins forces with Lockheed Martin

Fort Lauderdale-based maritime training establishment RTM Simulation
Training, Assessment and Research (STAR) Centre has announced plans
to work together with Lockheed Martin Training to provide distance
learning services to seafarers worldwide.

The two companies will work together to develop computer based
training tools, available through the internet, CD-ROMs or at on-site
training locations.

The distance learning program can be used for seafarer training as
required under the International Convention on Standards for
Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

Kelvin Hughes launches new radar series

Kelvin Hughes Ltd, the Naval and Marine Division of Smiths Industries
Aerospace, has announced the introduction of the Nucleus 3 Series
Radar systems developed from its predecessor, the Nucleus 2 series.

Enhancements of the Nucleus 3 Series include improvements in target
detection with a data link between transceiver and display, while new
algorithms provide an advanced target tracking performance.

In anticipation of new legislation covering the automatic
identification system (AIS), a new serial processor, capable of
handling large amounts of data, has been added. This will allow AIS
data to be displayed, once specifications have been approved.

STN Atlas Marine Electronics and Lyngsø Marine form alliance

STN Atlas Marine Electronics of Hamburg and Lyngsø Marine of
Hørsholm, Denmark have announced the formation of an alliance, called
PartnerShip, which will see the two companies jointly developing and
marketing shipboard electronics.

The two companies' existing product lines include ship automation
systems, including alarms, propulsion control, electronic governors
and power management and reefer monitoring systems.

PartnerShip will also provide consultancy services and customer
support, in addition to the development of new standardised product
lines united by a common user interface.


Digital View launches navigation displays

UK liquid crystal flat panel display company Digital View has
launched a line of flat panel screens designed specifically for
onboard maritime use.

There is a 15-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) with a sealed, rugged
waterproof enclosure (MM-1500), submersible in one metre depth water
for one minute, with a scratch resistant screen face plate. The
screen has automatic dimming in low light conditions, with a built in
touch pad to emulate PC mouse functions.

Kongsberg announces new contract

Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) has announced a contract worth
nearly $3.2 m (NOK30m) to supply equipment packages for two Artic
Tankers currently under construction for Lukeoil.

Kongsberg will supply a full Bridgeline 10 integrated bridge with
radar, ECDIS, Datachief 20 alarm, monitoring and control system,
AutroCARGO cargo monitoring control and Autochief 7 propulsion
control. The system will also include a BS100 Fire Detection System
and sensors from KMSS ship control, in addition to a voyage data
recorder (VDR) and automatic identification system (AIS).


KMSS wins simulation order from RCCL

KMSS Ship Simulation, a division of Norwegian electronics company
Kongsberg Maritime, has won an order from Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
(RCCL) and training centre RTM Star Centre to build what it claims is
the world’s first ever full mission diesel electric ship simulator.
The simulator will mimic operations of the engine of a large cruise
ship, requiring 40 megawatts of power at 6.6 kV, with associated
mechanical and electrical systems.

Kongsberg Norcontrol has also launched “Polaris Desk Top,” a PC-based
ship simulation system.

The software is based on software used on the full Polaris 3.0
simulation systems for bridge and engine rooms. It provides single
and limited task training modules on ECDIS, ARPA and instrument

The system is part of its Total Training Programme, available through
its portal to be launched in August this year.
The distance learning tools have been developed over the past year,
it says, in co-operation with maritime training establishments in the
US, Scandinavia and Singapore.

Each shipping company and maritime school using the service will have
their own custom web site, including a set of modules based on KMSS

KMSS will also publish tools to allow maritime training
establishments to adapt their own internet course material.

KMSS launches simulator software

Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) has launched version 3.0 of
its Polaris ship’s bridge simulator software, with the following

* The Navtex system can enable messages of up to 1450 characters
* The orbit algorithm for GPS satellites has been rewritten to
calculate their positions more accurately
* The sound generated when the ship hits a fender is graduated to
reflect impact speed
* The own ship engine sound is dependent on engine revs per minute
(RPM) and engine load
* When connecting a hawser to another ship or fixed position, the
slack is set to 25 per cent of the distance
* If fog level decreases to less than 1 nm, the international fog
signals are automatically turned on
* An oil spill of up to one square mile is available.
* Parachute flares can be released from the ship
* An automated helicopter mode has been implemented


Star Information Systems offers e-procurement

Norwegian maritime software company Star Information Systems (SIS)
has launched SISCommerce, an e-procurement solution for the marine
industry, which has been developed in co-operation with 4 shipping
and offshore companies: Odfjell ASA, Wallenius Lines AB, Ocean Rig
ASA, and Norwegian Gas Carriers AS, with the first transactions made
by Ocean Rig ASA on May 16th.
SISCommerce is a back office system for fleet and ship management,
which includes material administration with inventory control on
board, requisition system, inquiries to vendors, purchase orders,
forwarding, quality control and receipt of goods, with cost control.

SIS claims that when researching existing e-procurement portals, it
found that “most of them were designed for a quite different
purchasing process than that we know our customers are using.”

CONRAC launches ship control display

CONRAC has launched a new display system for shipborne applications,
which can be used with either radar, ship control or ECDIS.

The display offers a resolution of 1280 by 1024 pixels, a perfectly
flat picture, it says, and high magnetic field immunity.


iShipExchange now available in Japanese

Maritime e-procurement service iShipExchange is now available in
Japanese. It claims to be the first e-procurement site to be
available in Japanese.

“Although English is the universal language for the shipping
industry, in Japan, day-to-day operations are largely conducted in
Japanese”, says iShipExchange. “We took this step to be responsive
to the custom of the Japanese market and to facilitate the use of our
services for both buyers and suppliers.”

A Japanese language help desk will be operational in the near future
to strengthen iShipExchange’s customer support in Japan. To access
the Japanese version, users click on the Japanese flag that appears
on the home page.

Data entry will continue to be in English to maintain the consistency
and integrity of the database.

Marubeni Corporation, a Japanese based trading company and strategic
partner of iShipExchange, is marketing iShipExchange in the Japanese


Launch of

Announcement has been made of the imminent launch of, a directory of maritime suppliers online. The
company is based in India.


Unitor updates product guide
International ship supplier Unitor has updated its CD-ROM product
guide. Improvements include the ability to bookmark frequently used
pages, full pricing information, more installation options (full hard
disk , compact or CD-ROM only), contact information, the ability to
add notes and save enquiries as e-mail attachments.

Norcontrol wins Los Angeles VTS contract

Norwegian maritime electronics company Norcontrol IT has won a
contract to replace the vessel traffic management system (VTS) at Los
Angeles and Long Beach Harbour.

The system links the Los Angeles main control centre with Jacobsen
Pilots of Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbour Pilots, which also use
Norcontrol IT systems.

The system has a remote display at the US Coastguard’s Marine Safety
Office in the harbour, where all vessel movements are monitored to
assist with search and rescue, port state control and law


Danaos' Info@Gate is WAP-enabled

Greek shipmanagement software company Danaos' Info@GATE
communications software is now WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)
enabled. Users can read and send e-mails, telexes, faxes and x.400
messages via mobile WAP phones.

Setfair launches maritime procurement bulletin

Inmarsat-backed e-procurement service provider Setfair has launched a
free electronic news bulletin called 'Stem to Stern', designed to
promote new maritime products and services, publish developments in
maritime regulations and safety issues and cover advances in e-

Stem to Stern will be available both on the Setfair website and via

Drew Marine launches boiler management software

Ashland Marine has launched Drew Watch Electronic Services software
to assist onboard engineers with management of a ship's boiler
system. The software includes features for water treatment training
and a tutorial for each necessary water test. Data generated by the
system can be sent to shore as an e-mail attachment, eliminating the
need for paper logs and handling.

There is a visual signal when water treatment test results are out of
control range. It provides corrective action recommendations to the
ship's crew. It provides recording, tracking, organising and
reporting of onboard water treatment test results, with results
provided in an onboard graphic log or histogram. Data analysis is
provided on a summary sheet.


Intertanko takes a stance on VDRs

During the Intertanko press briefing at Nor-shipping, Dr Peter Swift,
MD, made a number of points about the association’s stance on a
number of issues, including transparency, the role of classification
societies, ports of refuge and voyage data recorders (VDR).

Swift stated that Intertanko feels that VDRs are of ”somewhat limited
value”, as they are only useful in the event of a total loss. ”We
don’t lose that many tankers,” he said, pointing out that most tanker
incidents involve collisions or groundings, rather than catastrophic
loss. He also expressed reservations about the retrofitting of VDRs
to tankers in light of the impending phase-out of single-hull

However, he also said that Intertanko does fully support the
installation of VDRs on newbuildings and does believe that VDRs, in
conjunction with automatic identification systems (AIS), will be
useful as accident avoidance tools.


Stolt selects Marline

Maritime excess component trading service Marline has announced that
shipping line Stolt Nielsen will be using the service to buy and sell
excess inventory.

Marline stresses that it is not in competition with maritime e-
procurement companies; its function is to enable trade of excess
components, either if a shipping company buys too much stock or a
manufacturer produces too much.

Marline creates a new source of revenue to companies which have
excess inventory and saves them the costs of storing it, including
taxes and insurance, which, it says, can add up to 40 per cent of
inventory value.

The company is currently negotiating with major shipping companies
regarding integrating with the system. It claims to have 218 vessels
signed up altogether, and be in the black “within the next 24


P&O Princess Cruises selects AMOS M&P

P&O Princess Cruises has announced an agreement with multi-maritime
service provider Xantic, formerly SpecTec, Station 12 and Telstra
Global Satellite, to implement AMOS Maintenance and Purchasing (AMOS
M&P) across the company’s fleet of currently 17 ships, land-based
purchasing and logistics centres.

P&O Princess’ made its decision based on the requirement for improved
control of its technical assets and an integrated approach to overall
business planning.

Jeff Danis, vice president of global purchasing and logistics for P&O
Princess Cruises, says, “The AMOS M&P system will provide the
information management capability necessary to operate as a truly
global company. We consider AMOS M&P a key enabler in our future


ABS launches newly designed website

Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has launched
a newly designed website ( to enable its clients to
access information on regulations and class suspensions, as well as
order technical documents online.

The site is divided into four major categories: company information,
products and services, rules and guides, and news and events. The
new site includes a search engine so that users can retrieve
information quickly.

Via the site, visitors can view updates for ABS SafeShip, ABS SafeNet
and ABS SafeHull. Container inspection reports are also available,
and in accordance with the International Association of
Classification Societies (IACS), a class suspension list is published

According to ABS, the site logged more than 300,000 visitors last


New installations for Marine Software

UK-based software house Marine Software Ltd has announced the
completion of a number of new contracts, including the delivery of
two Marine Planned Maintenance for Windows systems (MPMWin) to V
Ships UK; the first of five promised installations of MPMWin to
Seaspan Ship Management, plus an office-based system to receive
planned maintenance information from vessels; one each of MPMWin and
Maritime Storekeeper for Windows (MSKWin), a stock management system,
to Global Marine Systems; one each of MPMWin, MSKWin and the office-
based systems OPMWin and OSKWin to SBSS; and finally one installation
each of MPMWin and OPMWin to MOD Warship Support Agency.


Saab Marine Electronic receives Samsung-Q Silver Mark

Swedish Saab Marine Electronics, now named Saab Rosemount Marine, was
awarded with the Samsung-Q Silver Mark for its TankRadar, a cargo
tank monitoring system for level, temperature and pressure.
Amongst the five companies nominated, Saab Marine was the only
European contender and received the highest score with 93.6 points.
The Golden mark level was set to above 95 points.


Tribon signs up Marine Machinery Association

Shipyard procurement site has signed a letter of
understanding with the Marine Machinery Association (MMA), whereby
members of MMA will receive special benefits for participating in

The Marine Machinery Association was established to serve the
interests of US ship suppliers to shipyards around the world.


Kockum Sonics launches ballast water exchange concept

Sweden-based Kockum Sonics AB has launched a new concept for ballast
water exchange based on its existing products, LoadRite and

LoadRite is a hydrostatics calculation tool, developed to include a
Ballast Exchange Support Tool to help ship officers to define the
safest way of exchanging ballast while at sea.

After LoadRite has completed the appropriate simulations, it
exchanges information online with Levelmaster, which is linked to
Kockum's new CALM-sensors (computer aided level measurement).

The CALM-sensors feed LoadRite data from the tanks and supervise the
actual process of exchanging ballast.


Litton Marine is bought

Maritime electronics company Litton Marine has been acquired by US
defence company Northrop Grumman, as part of an acquisition of parent
company Litton Industries. The deal was valued at approximately 5.1
billion dollars, including the assumption of Litton's 1.3 billion
dollars net debt.

The move is expected to have little affect on Litton Marine, apart
from a possible name change. Litton Marine is a small component of
Litton Industries; Litton is involved in shipbuilding and defence

Litton marine has supplied a complete suite of electronics for Ro-Pax
ferry Stena Hollandica, delivered from the AESA shipyard in Puerto
Real, Spain. The installation includes dual Decca BridgeMaster E ARPA
radars, Sperry Marine voyage management system, type approved ECDIS,
gyrocompass, magnetic compass, dual axis speed log, echo sounder,
adaptive autopilot, steering gear control system, DGPS, Loran-C,
weather instruments, watch alarm, sound surveillance system, power
supply and voyage data recorder.

Litton has also supplied a suite of navigation, machine control and
stabilisation systems for P&O fast ferry European Ambassador. The
ship has been fitted with a Litton Vision 2100 integrated bridge
system, ISIS 2500 alarm, monitoring and control system and Sperry
gyrofin stabilisers.

The integrated bridge system includes dual ECDIS/conning stations,
fibre optic gyrocompass, GPS receivers, autopilot and steering
control and a complete weather station. The ISIS 2500 alarm system
includes interface with the Wartsila local control system for the
main ship's engines, with 700 channels for monitoring generators,
fire systems, HVAC systems, bilges, tanks and other shipboard

Auxitrol launches new products

French Auxitrol, which specialises in measurements and sensors, has
launched a new generation of radars. The TA3840, as well as its
predecessor TA840 was developed between Auxitrol and Thales, a
provider of cargo management systems for the shipping industry.

Two other products that have been introduced newly are the Gasbal gas
detection system and the PL3700, which can be used as a level gauge
or pressure transmitter. Gasbal features an analyzing unit as well as
a control unit, which allows for local and remote operation, as well
as two digital ports for communication with any host computer.

Auxitrol has announced the opening of a sales office in Oslo due to
the importance of the location for the maritime industry. Commercial
operations will extend across the Norwegian border to cover the whole
of Scandinavia.


DNV introduces surveillance system for container ships

DNV has unveiled the prototype for a surveillance system called
Active Operator Guidance (AOG), designed to help ship masters to
avoid the loss of containers.

The surveillance system consists of a bridge   display, wave radar
technology provided by technology firm MIROS   and inputs from DNV’s
wave load analysis tool WASIM. The prototype   display clearly shows
speed and heading, as well as limits of safe   operation, represented
by a red circle.

According to DNV, the model is probability-based with the red circle
defining a ’comfort zone’. Anything outside of it denotes an
increased risk, indicating to the captain that he should reduce
speed, change heading or both if he wants to reduce the risk of
damage to the vessel or container loss.

DNV is developing the system with Kongsberg Norcontrol and APL, among
others. APL has already agreed to trial it one of its ships, and DNV
hopes to have the first version of the system ready for launch by the
end of this year. Further plans for the system include linking it to
weather routing systems, other bridge equipment and voyage data

Tuapse Port Authorities invest in Transas VTS

Transas has signed a US$2-million contract with the Tuapse Port
Authorities, Russia, to supply its Navi-Traffic full-mission VTS by
the first quarter of the year 2002.

The Tuapse VTS will consist of a control centre and two remotely
controlled coastal surveillance radar systems. Functions and
configuration of the VTS will be tailored to match the requirements
of the port authorities.

Features will include advanced tracking and multi-radar processing as
well as higher system reliability through full redundancy of
equipment units and communication links. The Navi-Traffic VTS in
Tuapse will be capable of tracking up to 500 vessels simultaneously
within the coverage area.


IMARE plans onboard computers conference

The Institute of Marine Engineers (IMARE), in association with the
Nautical Institute, is organising a two-day conference on gaining
value for money with computer equipment onboard ships. The fee for
the conference is £300 per day.

The conference is designed to complement Nautical Institute research,
aiming to establish the best way to implement computer-based
monitoring and administration systems onboard vessels.

The first day includes a session geared towards assessing the need
for computers onboard ships (speakers Lars Brödje, Satpool; Paul
Ashton, Xantic and Per-Erik Holmberg, ICT).

In the afternoon, the implementation of systems is addressed, with
speakers Costa Fafalios from ABS Nautical Systems and Andrea Grün
from Germanischer Lloyd, followed by a case study about onboard
computers, from Stephen Gyi, fleet manager, and Craig Jackson,
operational superintendent with Osprey Maritime.

The second day begins by discussing how computer systems can be
developed, with presentations from Steve Barraclough, IT account
manager fleet management division with P&O Nedlloyd; John Carlton,
principal surveyor with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping; and Mark Stokes
of the Maritime E-commerce Association.

The afternoon session discusses training seafarers to use systems,
with presentations from Gerry Woolfenden, head of business and
computing school, Blackpool and Fylde College; Ian McCall, marine
technical manager, Coflexip Stena Offshore and Jim Land, managing
director of Maritech Training.

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Telemedic Systems launches VitalLink

Telemedic Systems, a UK-based company providing medical support over
the internet, has launched its VitalLink service. Users are provided
with equipment, about the size of a medium rucksack, which can record
a person’s electro-cardiogram, blood pressure, heart rate, blood
oxygen and temperature.

The information can be sent to the Telemedic Systems 24 hour call
centre in London, where a medical team can immediately provide swift
diagnosis and advice. The data can be transmitted by whatever
communications medium is available (satellite, cellular phone, fixed

Buy flowers using Inmarsat

Inmarsat is running a special promotion in co-operation with
international flower delivery service Interflora, to allow seafarers
to purchase flowers from onboard using Inmarsat-C.

A single price of 55 dollars is charged for the service, which
includes the cost of the Inmarsat-C message (it is not billed to the
shipping company). The seafarer can pay for the service by credit
card. For complete instructions about how to use the service, go to

Inmarsat is continuing its promotional Inmarsat-C service, enabling
friends and family of seafarers to e-mail their fathers at sea free
of charge using Inmarsat-C on father’s day, June 17, 2001.

The service can be accessed by typing in the message on a special
form on the Inmarsat website (
The service is in partnership with COMSAT Mobile Communications,
Stratos, Telenor, Xantic and France Telecom.

Inmarsat plans to continue to offer free 'c-mail' services to
coincide with traditional family times and religious festivals when,
it says, the isolation felt by crew can be at its greatest.

Inmarsat has celebrated its 100,000th registered maritime terminal,
understood to be an Inmarsat C terminal.


Telia and Satpool in VSAT partnership

Telia Satellite has signed a 5-year contract with shipping line Birka
Line to install at VSAT communication system and television
installation onboard MS Birka Princess, commencing early June 2001.
The service will be jointly developed by Satpool.

The system includes a VSAT system onboard the vessel and gateway
system at the head office, based on Starwire equipment from Viasat
Inc. It includes a stabilised antenna from SEATEL.
The system will initially provide 8 simultaneous voice channels and
one 64 kbps data channel. The data speed can be increased to 312 kbps
at short notice (30 to 60 minutes), for video conferencing,
telemedicine and similar activities, using the DAMA (demand assigned
multiple access) system.

All voice and data communications are channelled through Birka Line
headquarters in Mariehamm, with voice channels incorporated as
extensions in the Birka Line company switchboard and full integration
of the vessel’s local area network into the Birka Line intranet.

Traffic control is handled through the Tanum earth station on the
west coast of Sweden, with the Ågesta earth station in Stockholm
providing full backup.

The contract includes a system for reception of TV broadcast and
internet to ship services, as recently launched by Telia. This system
is based on a stabilised TV antenna from SEATEL and satellite
antennas from Wisi Antenna.

Satpool will provide project logistics and planning, complete
installation, telephone helpdesk, spare parts, service and a planned
maintenance program.

The services and contract are based on fixed monthly fee covering all
equipment and functions necessary, including installation, space
segment, 24-hour helpdesk, service, staff traveling cost and spares.


Telia introduces Telia Maricom

Swedish land earth station operator (LESO) Telia has launched a
unified communications package called Telia Maricom. It comprises
Maricom Internet Connect, a means of providing web access via
Inmarsat; Maricom C-Mail, an e-mail messaging platform based on Inm-
C; Maricom Texnet IP, a ship-shore telex service; and Maricom Fax, a
ship-shore fax service.


ChartCo offers content services

ChartCo, which operates a data broadcast service to the maritime
industry over Inmarsat, has announced three new content services.

It has started providing updates to official Electronic Navigation
Charts (ENCs), in association with official electronic chart
distribution service PRIMAR. The service is dubbed oceanXpress.
ChartCo believes that electronic charts will be more widely used than
paper charts onboard vessels by 2007. They can be updated
automatically, unlike paper charts which must be updated manually
using tracing paper, a time consuming process.

ChartCo will be broadcasting IMC's news service to vessels, including
international news, including political, financial and sporting news.
The service is priced at 2 dollars 50 per ship per day.
It will also be broadcasting weekly maritime news from Lloyd's List,
including world news, human interest stories, sports news and a
crossword. Subscriptions are charged at 10 dollars per week.

Leica Geosystems introduces shipboard system with AIS

Leica Geosystems has launched MX420, a fully integrated GPS/DGPS/AIS
shipboard system, which has been developed in accordance with the IMO
carriage requirements for Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). The
system incorporates the MX421 GPS/DGPS receiver as well as the AIS

Leica Marine has also published a guidebook on AIS which explains all
aspects of the technology. The transponder system broadcasts a ship’s
ID, position, course, speed (among other data) to nearby ships and
shore stations on a common radio channel. IMO has determined that
after July 1, 2002, all ships over 300 grt must be fitted with an
approved AIS transponder.

Gunnar Mangs, marine buisness area director of the company, says:
"AIS will have far-reaching effects on the commercial marine
industry, including shipboard collision avoidance and shore-based
vessel traffic control."

GN Comtext signs Europacific Logistics

Ship-shore communications company GN Comtext has signed an agreement
with Europacific as its agent in Australia, New Zealand, Asia
(excluding Hong Kong) and the Middle East. Europacific claims to be
the largest provider of IT solutions to the maritime industry in
Australasia, specialising in providing cargo owners, ship owners,
liners, agents and NVOCCs with integrated business systems., the online messaging portal launched in February this
year, is now being used by London shipbrokers Athena Navigation. “The
advantage to us of the new service is the ability to send telexes
from our e-mail account, which although it uses the Internet still
provides us with a confirmation of delivery,” comments Nick Pentreath
of Athena.

GN Comtext is currently upgrading UK shipping company Silver Line’s
UK office systems; the upgrade also includes ship broking messaging
software from Strategic and databases from Dataworks. “It is all for
the good of the client that we can work together to give them an
integrated solution", says Rhodri Jones, GN Comtext's Technical
Support Manager.

Stratos and Concert offer integrated voice solutions

Communications provider Stratos has joined forces with Concert, the
global venture of AT&T and BT, to offer integrated voice
communication solutions to the maritime industry.
Initially targeting Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, the venture
will deliver integrated fixed, wireless and satellite services, which
include Inmarsat, Iridium and VSAT amongst others.

Another service offered is the Concert Marine Network, a “community
of interest” network specifically designed for the shipping industry.
One-stop shopping and seamless global service enable customers to
call all other members on the network which includes ship owners,
managers, surveyors, agents, brokers, ships at sea and suppliers at a
lower cost.

Vice president, Asia Pacific for Stratos, Michael Smith, says about
the move, “Connecting our networks with the Concert network means our
maritime and remote-area customers can benefit from a single point of
contact for all their telecoms services, discount plans across their
total telecoms purchases, a global emergency response service and
enterprise/industry directory services.”

Stratos announces Asia Pacific partners for Iridium

Stratos, provider of remote area communications services, has
announced its Asia Pacific partners to market and support the Iridium
mobile satellite service throughout the region.

Stratos’ network of local dealerships includes Singapore, Hong Kong,
South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the
Philippines, the east coast ports of Russia, Thailand, and Taiwan.
The company is finalizing agreements with local agents in Japan,
Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Brunei and Papua New Guinea.


Iridium introduces data capability

Mobile satellite telephone company Iridium has announced the
commercial availability of its long-awaited data services. It claims
to offer up to 10kbps data rates to everywhere in the world. Prices
are included in the voice telephony and will not be higher than $1.50
per minute, promises Iridium.

Iridium’s CEO Gino Picasso says: "For many of our target customers,
the data capability has been the missing link in their remote
communications plans. The ability to send and receive e-mails, data
files and to conduct basic web services will prove invaluable for
users in the field.”

Iridium specifies its dial-up data capability provides connectivity
to corporate data users at 2.4kbps, while direct-Internet data
services provide a connection at 10 Kbps, independent of the Public
Switch Telephone Network (PSTN).

Mini-M connections soar, says Inmarsat
Satellite communications company Inmarsat Ltd has announced that over
85,000 mini-M satellite phones have been registered worldwide, double
the number of two years ago.

"We are delighted to have reached this milestone," says Michael
Butler, MD. "Sales of mini-M satellite phones have grown rapidly
since the launch of service in 1997, and today it is the most popular
solution in our Instant Communications portfolio, enabling people to
communicate via voice or e-mail virtually anywhere in the world."

Inmarsat has achieved a formidable position in the market for
mobile satellite telephones, helped along by the lack of credible
competition. Iridium, which faltered last year, is only now beginning
to gain a small foothold with its recently re-launched system;
Globalstar appears to be in financial trouble; and ICO has yet to
come to market with a product.

Transas launches Navi-Sailor 3000

Transas has launched Navi-Sailor 3000, a new generation electronic
chart display and information system (ECDIS). It incorporates all the
functionality of the type approved Navi-Sailor 2400 with some
additional features.

New capabilities include integrated weather forecasting, multiple
chart display and usable selectable screen layout; advanced Route
Planning, Radar Overlay and Playback facilities; North-Up/Course-
Up/Head-Up chart display modes; Relative and True Motion display; and
advanced (U) AIS transponder interface. The Navi-Sailor 3000 has been
designed in compliance with the IMO requirements for Integrated
Navigational Systems (draft IEC61924).

Transas has completed the first commercial installation of a vessel
traffic system (VTS) in the UK, for the Port of Tyne. It supplied a
Navi-Harbour 2000 system with two operator display units, a radar
site and a VTS database.

A VTS system has also been installed in the Port of Auckland, New
Lanad, including a Transas Vehicle Traffic Management System
operating through a remote radar station.

The system   includes a Transas Navi-Harbour 3000 software, remotely
controlled   by a Navi Harbour workstation joined by microwave link to
a radar on   Mount Victoria. It stores data for 30 days for replaying,
useful for   analysing port operations.

The Navi-Harbour 3000 is designed for vessel monitoring, coastal
surveillance and environmental protection. It displays radar data on
a detailed Transas chart of the Waitemata Harbour and traces vessel

The Port says that the system enables it to track a vessel’s course
and estimated time of arrival much more precisely, which is very
useful for planning port resources, such as tug boats, pilot boats
and cargo unloading.
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Strategic Software acquires Dataworks

Shipbroking software house Strategic Software has acquired rival
Dataworks. The acquisition is intended to help Strategic build its
product offerings and customer base.

Lawrence Royston, formerly marketing director of Dataworks and its
principal public face, will join the Strategic board of directors and
become sales and marketing director for Strategic. Strategic will
continue to market and support Dataworks services.

The acqusition was funded predominantly in cash with an element of
equity, with additional investment from Seacor Capital Corporation
and Geocapital Euro Fund.

The investment places Strategic in a powerful position as the
undisputed leading software company for shipbroking software. It also
places Strategic in a powerful position in the field of e-chartering,
particularly if the other e-chartering sites, including LevelSeas and
Shipping-Direct, take time to gain market momentum.

There could be interesting personnel issues though. Dataworks was
originally founded by Strategic staff who were unhappy with
Strategic’s decision not to move the system onto the Windows
platform; it is understood that the split was not made on the
friendliest of terms. It will be interesting to see if the two
companies can work together.

Lloyd’s Register and Fairplay merge (from July 1, 2001)

The Maritime Information Publishing Group of Lloyd’s Register is
merging with Fairplay Publications Limited. The new joint company,
Lloyd’s Register - Fairplay Limited, will commence trading on July 1,

The new company will have a staff of over 130 and a worldwide
customer base of over 15,000. It will maintain the database of the
world’s merchant fleet comprising over 90,000 sea-going merchant
ships, together with details of over 50,000 ships either totally lost
or broken up.

Other maintained services include the company’s database, containing
records of over 170,000 organisations operating in the maritime
industry and a database of world’s ports and terminals, totaling over
6,500 records.

The on-line Fairplay News, including a five-year electronic archive,
will be continually updated and maintained. Lloyd’s Register -
Fairplay will also keep operating the databases on marine casualties,
market fixtures, an electronic ship picture library, distance tables
and historical statistics.

Richard Silk, managing director of Fairplay and joint managing
director of the new company says: "The combination of our databases
and the mix of skills will enable us to provide the high quality
information and services that our customers require.”

Poten upgrades its portal

New York-based tanker brokerage Poten and Partners has made an
upgrade to its information portal,

Users can view their own Microsoft Outlook files (inbox, calendar,
tasks) together with Poten’s information. Users can also display
their own personal web pages as part of the portal. Tanker clients
can view Poten’s morning and evening market reports from within the

The portal provides Poten clients, colleagues and trading partners
with access to real time market data, analysis, research and
knowledge management systems, including part of Poten’s proprietary
databases and document library.

It covers commodity brokerage of LPG, naphtha and other petroleum
products; ship brokerage of LNG, LPG and tankers; and consulting on
tankers, LNG, LPG, crude oil, fuel oil, feed stock, petrochemicals
and marine information technology.

The tanker positions database provides current and projected ETA open
position data for crude and product tankers worldwide. The database
is linked to a vessel trading history database, allowing users to see
the vessel’s specifications, ownership and spot market trading
history. A tanker fixtures database provides data about fixtures by
vessel size or cargo type over the past 30 days.

A tanker analysis service provides company profiles, industry
movements and commentary about energy and transportation markets and
e-commerce. A news service provides information about industry
developments supplied by NewsEdge and iSyndicate.


Progress for Cargobiz

Online chartering platform Cargobiz has announced that since going
online on April 17, 2001, 70 lots of cargo have been posted on its

According to the Hamburg-based company, this number represents in
excess of 1.1m freight units and comprises single voyage
requirements, COA's and time-charter orders to carry a diverse range
of commodities from iron ore to vehicles, in vessel sizes ranging
from coasters to capsize. Of this 70, 22 came from Ernst Russ, the
Hamburg-based shipowner/broker/operator, which has been affiliated
with Cargobiz from its inception. According to Cargobiz, the majority
of the cargoes have been posted by companies based in the UK,
Switzerland, Hong Kong and UAE. To date one transaction has
been completed.

Cosmos launches “e-Terminal”
Cosmos, technology provider for port terminals, has web-enabled its
container terminal management software. Container terminals using
Cosmos can provide container-tracking data to terminal users over the

Agents can obtain historical data and real-time information on the
states of their containers handled by the terminal, which is only
possible concerning information relevant for the shipping lines he is
representing. Furthermore, data such as International Standards
Organisation (ISO) codes, damage codes, port codes and International
Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) labelling are available.

Cosmos has also announced future features and additional information,
i.e. the stock of empty containers, full containers on the yard, the
status of bookings, an overview of outstanding bookings, lists of
available reefers on the yard, vessel abbreviations and equipment
interchange reports.


China to introduce e-port system

The Chinese government has announced plans to introduce an electronic
port service across the country from the beginning of June this year,
enabling shippers to file documents with port and government
authorities electronically.

It follows trial runs of selected applications of the e-port system
launched in Beijing, Tianjin and Guangzhou from December 2000 to
March 2001. Hong Kong companies which have export activities on the
mainland have been advised to submit applications to the appropriate
authority concerned.

The system covers the following documents: registration certificates
of customs-declaring entity and customs declaration staff card;
certificates of import-export enterprises and approval certificates
of foreign-invested enterprises (foreign economic and trade
departments); taxation registration certificates (taxation
departments); verifying eligibility of enterprises in foreign
exchange settlement (foreign exchange administration departments);
business license of enterprises (industrial and commercial
departments); and PRC organisation code certificate (quality and
technical supervision departments).


ANZDL installs call centre software

Shipping line ANZDL (Australia-New Zealand Direct Line) has installed
call centre software which allows customer service representatives to
view shippers’ requirement profiles automatically during the phone

The software is dubbed “enterprise interaction client”, working
together with a “pivotal software customer relationship management
application.” It was developed by a company called Interactive
The system automatically identifies the caller from his telephone
number, and routes the call automatically to the most qualified
customer service representative to deal with it based on geographic
location and commodity being shipped, saving the caller from being
bounced between different recipients. If one customer service
representative is away, the call can automatically be sent to a
different one.

As the call is answered, the shipper’s details automatically pop up
on the customer service representative’s computer screen, showing
standard shipping patterns, equipment needs and any other
requirements. Alerts can be set up, which pop up on the screen any
time a certain customer service representative calls.

The system also links voicemail, fax and e-mail into a centralised
location, so all documents associated with a particular customer can
be read together. The software links up ANZDL offices in Australia,
New Zealand and North America, including over 300 ANZDL employees.


Launch of

ShipForum, a company providing voyage management tools, has launched
in Singapore. Its ambition is to help shipping companies gain better
control of their business. Ahrenkiel Shipping in Germany is already
using the system for managing spot business. ShipForum is selling
software through licensing and maintenance.

LINE adds new features to Transact Link

Logistics Information Network Enterprise (LINE), the e-commerce arm
of Hutchison International Terminals (HIT), has added additional
functionality to its Transact Link service.

The “data bridge” software enables users to capture information from
electronic documents and download it into their back office systems.
It can be used, for example, for information exchange between
operating systems of freight forwarders, shippers and suppliers.

Transact Link supports documentation for quotations, bill of lading,
purchase order, house airway bill, shipping order and shipping

The service can be accessed through or


NedCargo selects Russian agent

Online container booking service NedCargo has appointed St
Petersburg-based International Transport Agency as its sales agent
for container handling and forwarding activities in Russia. The two
companies will work together to offer door-to-door transport to and
from Russia.

NedCargo believes it has a great deal to offer shippers in St
Petersburg by bringing stability to freight rate negotiation. “Rates
to and from Russia are very unstable and NedCargo can offer steady,
good and reliable services,” says NedCargo.

“The market is enormous and still unknown to many players in Europe.
St Petersburg is the logical place for the regional office as it has
good international connections and it is the main port in the Baltic
and Russia.”


GT Nexus offers wireless notification services

GT Nexus, the shipping line-backed shipment management portal, is now
offering wireless notification services, through WAP-enabled phones,
pagers and portable digital assistants (PDAs). Customers can receive
notifications about their shipments. The service will initially only
be available in North America.

GT Nexus is currently building its infrastructure to enable wireless
applications, working together with wireless application service
provider Mobileum.


Contingate integrates with Dakosy

German cargo booking platform Contingate has integrated its system
with Seedos, a port communications system developed by Dakosy, which
is used by over 200 freight forwarders. As a result of this
integration, the freight forwarders can connect their own in-house
systems directly into the Contingate platform. adds new features has added a number of additional services, including
an enhanced barge operations service, container tracking and
appointment system, export delivery, empty container collection and

Shipping lines can apply online for lighter berth availability and
obtain details of assigned berths. The container tracking service
will now advise them of customs clearance status.

Shipping lines, truckers and consignees can book appointments for
newly discharged containers and containers still onboard. An export
and empty collection and delivery function allows real time inquiries
about container locations.

The service will also be available in Chinese language for the first
China Shipping Group uses Descartes

China Shipping Group, which has 103 container vessels under its
control, has selected logistics management technology company
Descartes to provide rate management services. It will use the
WebSimon rate management service developed by E-Transport, a company
acquired by Descartes.

FreightDesk partners with Data Junction, which provides internet-based cargo management
applications for freight forwarders, customs brokers and other
transportation intermediaries, has announced a partnership with data
integration company Data Junction. Under the agreement FreightDesk
will use Data Junction’s integration software.

Swedish Club launches online claims cost benchmarking

The Swedish Club has developed an online risk management facility,
which is available to members using the Swedish Club OnLine (SCOL)
and includes a claims cost benchmarking function.

Club members are now able to compare Hull & Machinery and P&I claims
costs across 16 sectors, against the average for the entire
population of over 1,300 vessels. The user can identify any areas
exhibiting excessive cost levels and, when appropriate, take remedial

Mats Lindau, The Swedish Club’s quality manager, says, “SCOL
benchmarking does not give you the answers, but it does give you a
very solid indication of where to look for enhanced loss prevention
performance. It’s a starting point.”

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