First ever marine type approval system for cyber enabled components announced

Lloyd’s Register (LR) releases Type Approval Requirements for components within Cyber Enabled Systems on board Ships – Procedure for Network and Network-related device.

Introduction of this type approval procedure is important, as it defines a critical point in the evolution of smart technology implementation within the marine and offshore industry – delivering an assurance system that provides confidence in the market for the supply of cyber enabled components.
Providing all the benefits of traditional type approval; reassurance on supply chain quality and robustness within the marine environment, the new procedure will also incorporate consideration to the functioning of a cyber enabled system, such as cyber security.

The type approval procedure will address:

  1. Production quality assessment in the supply chain
  2. Marine environment testing for cyber enabled components
  3. Verification of the cyber functions, such as communication and cyber security

Shipyards and designers will be able to select type approved component parts to build cyber enabled ‘smart’ ship systems with a new level of confidence and quality indication. Manufacturers of components will be able to demonstrate their product as meeting LR’s requirements on the above and differentiate their products in the market.

LR Marine & Offshore Innovation Strategy and Research Director, Luis Benito, said: “Type approval will work together with LR’s Cyber Enabled ShipRight document, providing type approved components to use in cyber systems, such as predictive maintenance and performance optimisation.” He added, “Together this offers the complete cyber solution for the future, from components to systems to functions.”

LR has been leading in the safe adoption of digital technologies within the marine and offshore sector, and has pioneered a ‘total-systems’ approach. In February 2016, LR issued the first guidance on cyber enabled ships: ‘Deploying Information and Communications Technology in Shipping – Lloyd’s Register’s Approach to Assurance’. This identified the elements that constitute a cyber enabled ship and the activities that need to take place to ensure that cyber technology does not introduce a safety risk, effectively providing the industry with a route map to understanding the implications of digital technology.

This was followed with the introduction of the industry’s first ShipRight procedure, which details LR’s framework for accepting cyber technology at varying levels of autonomy – from ships with the most basic decision support tools to vessels that are fully autonomous – identifying the assessments, processes and considerations that need to be followed. Cyber security is addressed as one of the six risk areas studied for connected ships and requirements are included within the ShipRight Procedure; without meeting these it is not possible to certify the level of autonomy as safe. The first ships to be classed with LR’s cyber notations were delivered in May this year.

A new set of cyber security services were also introduced in 2017. Built on an easy to use model that provides clarity and allows evolution in line with emerging threat patterns and the changing regulatory environment, it is designed to help LR clients understand how cyber secure they are now and what level of security they want to achieve in the future. These services deliver cyber security gap analysis and other readiness services to owners, operators and other clients against the US Coast Guard Strategy on cyber security and forthcoming IMO regulations as well as the cyber security best practice already established in other industry sectors, such as Naval.



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LR has a long-standing reputation for integrity, impartiality and technical excellence. Its compliance, risk and technical consultancy services give clients confidence that their assets and businesses are safe, sustainable and dependable. Through its global technology centres and research network, LR is at the forefront of understanding the application of new science and technology to future-proof its clients’ businesses.

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100th Mega Ship of 2017 Arrives at the Port of Felixstowe

The OOCL Hong Kong and MSC Ditte, the 97th and 98th mega vessels to call at Felixstowe this year. The 100th, the Metz Maersk, is due on Thursday

Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe will welcome its 100th 18,000+ TEU vessel of 2017 on Thursday this week as the UK’s maritime industry celebrates London International Shipping Week (LISW).

The 18,270 TEU Matz Maersk is operated by Maersk Line on the 2M Alliance’s AE10/NEU2 service between Europe and Asia.

Commenting on the milestone, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director, Hutchison Ports and a member of the LISW Board of Advisors, said:

“The Port of Felixstowe is firmly established as the port of choice for the largest mega-vessels. We were the first port in the UK to handle this latest class of vessel and continue to handle more of them than any other UK port.

“15,000 industry visitors are expected to visit London International Shipping Week and this latest milestone at the Port of Felixstowe helps demonstrate how the UK remains at the forefront of the global shipping industry. The Matz Maersk will be the fourth of six mega vessels we are expecting this week and we are on course to exceed comfortably the 137 mega vessels we handled in 2016.”

The other ultra-large container vessels calling during LISW are the current world’s largest container ship, the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong, the 19,224 MSC Ditte, the 19,100 TEU CSCL Indian Ocean, its sister-ship and former holder of the world’s largest container ship crown, the CSCL Globe and the 19,224 TEU MSC Sveva.

In addition, the Emma Maersk, which set a new standard when launched in 2006, is also due at the Port of Felixstowe this week. Now with a capacity of 17,816 TEU it is one of over 250 ultra-large container ships to call at the port so far this year.


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Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe is strategically located on the UK’s southeast coast and within easy reach of major ports in North West continental Europe. As the UK’s first purpose-built container-handling facility, we are the largest and busiest container port in the country. With three rail terminals, it also has the busiest and biggest intermodal rail freight facility in the UK. The latest phase of development, Berths 8&9, provides additional deep-water capacity for the world’s largest container ships.

Port of Felixstowe is a member of Hutchison Ports, the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). Hutchison Ports is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations in 49 ports spanning 26 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities

Minister calls on employers to “double” the apprentices they employ

Maritime Minister John Hayes has called on employers to “double” the number of apprentices they employ.

Mr Hayes was speaking on Monday evening to an audience of business and college leaders at the Maritime Skills Alliance’s Reception for London International Shipping Week. 

Encouraging employers to be positive about the opportunity created by the Apprenticeship Levy, he said:

Let’s not think in terms of modest incremental increases, but rise to the challenge of doubling the number of apprenticeships offered.

I want the Board of every maritime business, whether they pay the Levy or not, to discuss how apprenticeships can help them succeed by growing the next generation of talent.

The Minister went on to thank the companies profiled in a new booklet on apprenticeships which he launched at the event: Maritime Apprenticeships: Your Future, Their Future, Our Future – Associated British Ports, DFDS Seaways and Berthon.  It was a joint publication for employers, from the Department for Transport and industry representative body Maritime UK.  

The booklet challenges common myths about apprenticeships, and the Minister pointed to two of them – that apprenticeships are only for school leavers or new employees, and that the Apprenticeship Levy is “just another tax”.  He said:

The reason I support the Apprenticeship Levy is that it’s not just a tax, but an opportunity to get extra support for training.

Welcoming the Minister to the event, which was held at Trinity House, MSA Chairman Commodore Bill Walworth said:

We were delighted to see you re-appointed to your role as Maritime Minister.  The MSA is right at the heart of the work in the sector to create and promote more apprenticeships, and it’s great to be working with a Minister who so obviously shares our passion for them.


The Maritime Skills Alliance is an employer-led body, funded entirely by its 18 members, with no Government contribution. It is unusual in covering the full breadth of the maritime sector, and works to create and promote well-designed qualifications and apprenticeships across the UK. The current number of maritime apprentices is hard to pin down precisely because of weaknesses in the statistical sources. Our best estimate is that there are probably fewer than 250 today. Interest is, however, growing fast, in part because of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy (and of course there are many other employees on other long-term career programmes).

Iain Mackinnon, Secretary to the Maritime Skills Alliance 0771 424 6740  &  0208 99 88 77 2

KVH Introduces Videotel Performance Manager, a Breakthrough Solution for Maritime Training

Combines award-winning content and a cutting-edge software platform for transforming a fleet’s training activities

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK – September 11, 2017 – To help maritime operators ensure that crew are training and performing at their peak, KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI) has introduced Videotel Performance ManagerTM, a breakthrough solution for maritime training. The scope of the Videotel Performance Manager offering is unparalleled in the maritime industry, combining the extensive range of award-winning training content from VideotelTM with the power of web-based data analytics – all from KVH, a technology innovator known for its maritime solutions.

By providing maritime managers with actionable insights about their fleets’ training activities, Videotel Performance Manager is designed to help increase operational efficiency, safety, and crew performance. The cloud-based software platform ensures that a crew’s latest training records are accessible from any web-enabled device, and interactive, dynamically rendered reports and dashboards present easy-to-view data about crew performance, skill levels, strengths, weaknesses, and training schedules.

Leading ship management company Thenamaris, one of the early users of Videotel Performance Manager, notes the benefits: “It offers a wide range of sophisticated features and reports enabling our Marine Personnel team to have accurate and timely insight of the training progress per person, per vessel, per title,” says Yannos Koudounas, Performance & Development Supervisor, Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc. “Consequently, this application becomes a valuable tool in decision-making for our seafarers’ onboard training plans. We like its simplicity and the fact that it is constantly upgraded with new features. Most of all, we have found that it is well-supported by a skillful and fast-responding team.”

At the core of Videotel Performance Manager’s cutting-edge training management tools is the user-friendly web application, which was developed with input from maritime training professionals. Key features include:

  • Crew Management – for managing seafarers’ training programmes as they move from vessel to vessel
  • Training Reports – for seeing what training is being carried out, where, and by whom, and for generating evidence of compliance required during an external audit or ship inspection
  • Schedule Builder – for creating training plans for seafarers based on an established safety management system
  • Performance Monitoring – for tracking progress of crew against a recommended schedule of training


“The ability to quickly see the training status of all seafarers in a fleet provides important advantages for a maritime training manager,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president, EMEA. “With an easy-to-use dashboard, the manager can assess the precise level of a crew’s training, preparation, and compliance, which ultimately helps to keep operating costs low, and reduce safety and financial risk. This isn’t just recordkeeping, it’s valuable intelligence for maritime training managers.”

Videotel Performance Manager is available in three different packages, called Essential, Professional, and Master, that vary in the number of features and training titles provided. All packages include Crew Management, Training Reports, Schedule Builder, and Performance Monitoring. Additional features will be added over time.

Videotel’s maritime training programmes are in use on more than 12,000 vessels worldwide and cover a wide range of topics related to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping established by the maritime industry. The extensive selection includes 950 new and updated titles – available in a range of formats including computer-based training, videos, and gamified learning. Videotel’s Practical Engineering Suite includes 100 modules covering topics critical to marine engineers; it was released earlier this year on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices, which was an industry first for maritime eLearning.

Videotel has a 40-year track record of developing training content in partnership with leading industry bodies and organizations, and the company’s videos have received more than 100 awards. The company began creating training materials in 1973 at the request of the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization, the forerunner to the International Maritime Organization, which today oversees standards for maritime training. In 2015, Videotel became part of KVH, a technology company whose maritime products and services include mini-VSAT Broadbandsm global connectivity and the IP-MobileCastTM service for delivering news, entertainment, chart, and weather content via satellite to vessels at sea.

Government pledges to double UK fleet flying under the Red Duster

Britain’s famous Red Duster will fly proudly in new ports across the globe as part of our new trade drive after our exit from the EU.

The flag of the UK’s Merchant Navy, more properly known as the Red Ensign, is one of the most admired and well known emblems on the high seas with every vessel sporting it under the protection of the Royal Navy.

And now Shipping Minister John Hayes wants to increase the amount of trade carried under the Duster to showcase Britain’s trading and maritime might around the world.

The Government is working to double the size of the UK Ship Register from 16 to 30 million gross tonnage (GT) after we leave and build a new partnership with the EU – propelling the UK from 15th place into the top ten global maritime nations. This will be good for the UK, helping boost trade and exports, create jobs and ultimately boost the economy across the UK.

Maritime Minister John Hayes will use next week’s London International Shipping Week to start the drive for new business, selling the main benefits of flying the British flag including:

  • International tax breaks for vessels flying the Duster;
  • British consular support for ships in foreign docks;
  • The protection of the Royal Navy

Shipping Week is expected to feature ministers from up to 50 nations around the world and up to 15,000 high level shipping delegates.

  Maritime Minister John Hayes said: “In Britain’s post Brexit future we will grow the Red Duster, forging new global relationships.

“Our ship register has a special significance and our flag is of distinct quality.

“Unfurling the Red Duster shows Britain’s maritime leadership to the world. Once again Britannia rules the waves and the UK will be a dominant maritime force.”

The UK Ship Register team has taken great strides to ensure the Red Ensign is more commercially attractive to a 21st Century shipping community. For instance, the register’s customer account managers are available around the clock to registered vessels, meaning doing business has never been easier.

The register shows the size of our fleet, measured by the number of vessels and by gross tonnage. It grew by 11.5 per cent between 2015 and 2017.

New-build vessels registered from companies such as Atlantic Container Lines, Stena and Stolt Tankers helped increase the UK’s gross tonnage (GT) from 14,470,895 to 16,067,921 over the last two years.

Overseen by the MCA, the ship register has a reputation for maintaining the highest international standards ever since it was established by an Act of King George III in 1785.

On top of the prestige of donning the world’s most recognisable maritime flag, vessels carrying the red duster will benefit from British consular support, a world class tonnage tax regime and low registration, survey and certification costs with no annual renewal fees.

The news comes as the UK showcases the best of its maritime industry at London International Shipping Week 2017, which runs from September 11-15.



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