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Delivery Update – Fire Fighters Communication

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With the SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 10.10.4 – ‚Fire Fighters Communication‘ coming into force this summer for nearly 70,000 SOLAS class vessels, global market demands have surged beyond expectations.

This has regrettably led to a global supply shortage of key electronics components required by nearly all ATEX approved radio devices and thus incurring delays to production and delivery schedules throughout the industry. This shortage impacts all suppliers of ATEX Radios.

Almost all manufacturers are confirming current orders for delivery in Q4 2018 / Q1 2019.

Please note that the Q4 delivery is on a preliminary basis and manufacturers are doing everything they can to improve it.

As conditions improve we will update our order backlog accordingly and keep you clearly advised throughout the process.

Required Setting on Inmarsat-C MES due to I-4 Satellite Migration

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Required Setting on Inmarsat-C MES due to I-4 Satellite Migration

This is is to inform that FURUNO FELCOM 15 and FELCOM 18 Inmarsat-C users will be required to take necessary actions due to the transition of services via I-3 to I-4 Inmarsat satellites.

Once the migration has started, some vessels who are navigating specific area may lose synchronization with the satellite due to the change of coverage area by I-4 Satellite Migration. The right Ocean Region will then have to be selected MANUALLY in order to ensure that the antenna is pointed to the appropriate satellite. The procedure to manually select the right Ocean Region is as shown in the attached Appendix.

Note:

  • Distress Alert can be generated even under the “unsync” condition because automatic searching of/connection with an appropriate satellite is temporarily possible under such condition according to GMDSS regulations.
  • FURUNO Mini C FELCOM 16 and 19 (mainly used for SSAS), and FURUNO Fleet F77 terminals allow for an automatic selection of new Ocean Region just after the migration.

 

1) Migration Schedule

I-3 to I-4 migration Applicable Terminals Schedule
Atlantic Ocean Region West (AORW) I-3 to Americas (AMER) I-4 Fleet 77 30 April 2018 at 17:30 UTC
Inmarsat-C/Mini-C 09 May 2018 at 14:00 UTC
Pacific Ocean Region (POR) I-3 to Asia/Pacific (APAC) I-4 Inmarsat-C/Mini-C

Fleet 77

End Q2 2018 (planned)
Atlantic Ocean Region East (AORE) I-3 moved from 15.5W to 54W (I-3 F5 satellite) End Q3 2018 (planned)
Indian Ocean Region (IOR) I-3 to Alphasat EMEA I-4 End Q4 2018 (planned)

 

2) Applicable Products

  • FELCOM 15
  • FELCOM 18

 

3) Symptom

Some vessels, who are navigating applicable Ocean Region where the migration is planned, may lose the connection with the satellite. In this case, the caution message “Synchronization loss” will appear on those Inmarsat-C Terminals.

Step 1 Migration on 9th May, 2018 at 14:00 UTC
The vessels who are navigating the red-shaded area of
AORW (see the right map) on 09 May, 2018 at 14:00 UTC
will face the “Synchronization loss”.
AORE needs to be selected manually in this case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECDIS updates and port State control

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III.2/Circ.2

2 October 2017

ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY PORT STATES ON THE REQUIRED UPDATES OF

ELECTRONIC CHART DISPLAY AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ECDIS)

 

  1.  The Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) at its fourth session (25 to 29 September 2017), noting that some manufacturers have been unable to provide the required updates by 31 August 2017, expressed concern about the challenges being experienced by the industry in making required updates to existing Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) on board ships and considered the need for issuing advice to port States.

 

  1. In this regard, the Sub-Committee agreed that port State control officers (PSCOs) inspecting ships carrying ECDIS that have not been updated as per SOLAS chapter V, owing to the lack of availability of required updates from the manufacturer, should take a pragmatic and practical approach. In doing so:
    2.1. PSCOs should check whether relevant documentation has been issued by the flag State; and
    2.2. in the absence of flag State’s documentation, the PSCOs should consult with the flag State accordingly.

 

  1. Member Governments are to be guided accordingly and are invited to bring this advice to the attention of all concerned, in particular, PSCOs, recognized organizations, companies and other relevant parties.

Fleet 33, 55, 77 and MPDS – closure dates announcement

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Inmarsat have now confirmed End of Life dates for Fleet 33, 55 & 77.

As new and innovative technologies emerge and marketplace requirements change, the products and services eventually reach their natural end of life (EOL).

We can now confirm the schedule is as follows:

Service EOL Date
MPDS 31 December 2017
Fleet 33 & 55 31 December 2018*
Fleet 77 1 December 2020

*Fleet 33 & 55 EOL date subject to further validation and may be scheduled earlier in 2018.


What is EOL?
‚End of Life – EOL‘ is the time when the terminals associated with the retired services are deactivated on the network and the services are no longer available to customers.
Note: Please be advised that activations of the Fleet services should cease at least three months prior to the respective EOL dates (as above).

Why is Inmarsat ending Fleet services?
Inmarsat has retired several of the legacy services operating over the Inmarsat-3 (I-3) satellites during the last few years. The I-3 satellites are reaching the end of their lifespan and therefore it is necessary to continue the end of life process of the legacy services, including Fleet services.

Note: Inmarsat is committed to providing safety at sea and will continue to offer and support the Inmarsat-C service. This service will be migrated to the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellites.

What service migration options are available?
Customers are encouraged to migrate to one of the following Inmarsat services which offer simultaneous voice and IP data:

Service Performance Capabilities
Fleet One •    Up to 100kbps Always-on IP data
•    Voice
•    SMS
•    Inmarsat’s free ‘505’ safety service
FleetBroadband 250 •    Up to 284kbps Always-on IP data
•    Up to 9 phone lines
•    Group 3 and 4 fax
•    SMS
•    Inmarsat’s free ‘505’ safety service
FleetBroadband 500 •    Up to 432kbps Always-on IP data
•    Up to 9 phone lines
•    Group 3 and 4 fax
•    SMS
•    Inmarsat’s free ‘505’ safety service
Fleet Xpress •    Up to 8 Mbps Always-on IP data
•    Committed Data Rates
•    Up to 25 phone lines with support for 5 concurrent calls
•    Unlimited FleetBroadband back-up
•    Inmarsat’s free ‘505’ safety service

Inmarsat is developing a set of incentives to support customers wishing to migrate to one of their well established services.

For further information, or if you would like to discuss the migration options and available incentives, please contact us.

Information re. Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU – implementation

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On 16 April 2014, the European Union adopted a new set of rules for making available radio equipment on the European market, and putting them into service. EU Member States have to adapt their National laws to this new Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EU, published on 22 May 2014) (“RED”), and apply its provisions starting from 13 June 2017.

Manufacturers of products which are compliant with the existing legislation (R&TTE or LVD/EMCD) who want to continue the deliveries of these products (i.e. making these products available on the market) after 12 June 2017, must certify these to comply with the new requirements from first deliveries starting 13 June 2017

It is important to underline that the new European (EU) RED directive is a replacement of the current European R&TTE Directive. Outside the European Union, national radio frequency regulations will still apply.

The EU is very specific on when RED comes into effect. RED specifies that all deliveries from 13 June 2017 onwards must be in compliance with its terms.

According to RED, 13 June 2017 is the first date of deliveries – meaning the last date of deliveries according to the previous Directive is 12 June 2017.
12 June 2017 reflects the last date when products which do not comply with RED can be “Placed on the market”.
RED explains that “Placing on the market” means: …the first making available of radio equipment on the Union market…
In practice, this means that 12 June 2017 is the final date for any product covered by the previous Directive to leave the “Manufacturer”.
Products shipped to partners before this date have been “Placed on the market” and are therefore allowed to remain in stock or be sold and installed by partners post-13 June 2017.

DNVGL on ECDIS upgrading – what you should do

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The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has revised its ECDIS standards, with an implementation date of 1 September 2017. A new ECDIS installed after 31 August 2017 shall conform to the latest IHO standards.

DNV GL has been approached by customers uncertain about how to interpret the new requirements for their fleet in service. Is an upgrade of the ECDIS in operation required? Or even a complete replacement? Will an exemption application be viable? To name just a few questions.

For existing ECDIS installations, the IMO has addressed the issue of software maintenance in guideline MSC.1/Circ.1503. The general perception in the maritime industry appears to be that the guideline shall be followed and that an ECDIS upgrade must be conducted for ships in service. Most flag administrations have addressed compliance with the latest IHO standards as mandatory for ships flying their flag. This means that an ECDIS upgrade will be required.

It is expected that several port states will also consider an upgrade as mandatory, and that lack of upgrading may be considered a deficiency, which could lead to detainment. A confirmation of this anticipation can unfortunately not be expected until the implementation date has been passed.

DNVGL Recommendation

General recommendation is therefore to contact your ECDIS manufacturer to initiate an upgrade of existing ECDIS software for compliance with the latest IHO standards.

Ing.-Buero Querin GmbH receives certification for Sperry Marine gyro

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We are proud to announce that Ing.-Buero Querin GmbH has been approved and certified by Sperry Marine for the sale, installation, maintenance, as well as repair for the product line of gyro compasses.

“This is a great addition to our continuously expanding portfolio. With the certification we will be able to serve our customers on an even wider range while using only one contact.” – Christian Querin CEO

We are looking forward to the challenges and possibilities in our new line of products and are excited to present our new skills to our customers.

 

Scheduled Maintenance On The Iridium SBD Service

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Maintenance period date & time: Wednesday 30th November 2016, 17:00 – 18:00 GMT.

During the time frame provided, Iridium will be performing maintenance on the above mentioned services. Customers may experience degraded, intermittent or even a complete loss of service during the indicated maintenance window.

Top 10 Shipowning Nations by Value

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Today we look at an infographic showing Top 10 Shipowning Nations by Value (USD Millions), including the percentage change difference against 2015, provided by VesselsValue.

The data in this infographic contains all live and on order vessels. Click on below image to enlarge.

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