NEWS AND VIEWS FROM SHIPPINGINSIGHT MEDIA SPONSORS – WEEK OF APRIL 17

KVH launches Connectivity as a Service (CaaS)

art1April 12, 2017 — KVH has announced the introduction of its new AgilePlans, a monthly subscription-based VSAT contract that requires no initial CapEx by the user and no long-term commitment, meaning it can be cancelled at any time – a product the company is defining as ‘Connectivity as a Service’ (CaaS)
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DigitalShipYour Ship Has Probably Been Cyber Attacked

art2April 13, 2017 — You have either been hacked… or just didn’t know you have been hacked.

I predict that the first catastrophic maritime cyber incident will not be the result of a direct attack on a safety critical specific piece of equipment. It will be the result of an infection on a random PC, perhaps an unassuming email to a crew member, whose PC is either connected to the vessels internal super highway or he transmits the infection internally whilst it lies dormant. Crypto locker, or Ransomware software (used by thousands of hackers), are easily available to download on the dark web, neither of which may necessarily attack the equipment they infect; they can lie dormant and infect connected equipment when nobody expects. You have been warned.
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MarineLinkUSMRC offers cyber awareness course for mariners

art3March 16, 2017 — (MIDDLETOWN, R.I.) — The United States Maritime Resource Center has launched a new e-learning course, Cyber Awareness for Mariners. This is the first training course of its kind for mariners on maritime cyber.
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professional-mariner-logoOPCs to have advanced Auxiliary Propulsion Systems

art4April 17, 2017 — Leonardo DRS, Inc., Arlington, VA, reports that it has been awarded a contract by Eastern Shipbuilding to provide hybrid electric drive systems for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new fleet of Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPCs).
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MarineLogGas Fleet Concept Receives Approval in Principle

art5April 14, 2017 — Wärtsilä and COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry have announced the joint development of a natural gas operating fleet concept which has obtained Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Approval in Principle.
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The Maritime Executive

High-tech VTS System to Guide Iron Ore Giants

art6April 13, 2017 — One of Australia’s most important economic gateways will soon house a state-of-the-art shipping management control system to be installed at Port Hedland, the world’s largest bulk export port.
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