Cyber Threats Prompt Return of Radio for Ship Navigation

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology. Ships use GPS (Global Positioning System) and other similar devices that rely on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts … [Read more...]

Navigation Company ChartCo Acquired by British Private Investment Firm

British private equity firm Equistone Partners is buying marine navigation service ChartCo from fellow fund ECI for 55 million pounds ($79.43 million), the companies said on Friday. London-headquartered ChartCo began making charts for the Royal Navy more than 250 years ago and now provides data to over 12,000 vessels worldwide, from super-yachts to freight ships. It is the … [Read more...]

Not If, But When – Training For New Threats on Automated Sea

[su_pullquote] Long gone are the days of eye patches and peg legs. Long gone are the days of sail, grappling hooks, and one shot pistols. Long gone are the days, fearing names such as Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, and Bartholomew Roberts...[/su_pullquote] By Owen Palmiotti (Coeval, Inc.) Now we fear not individuals, but malicious programs and programmers are creating viruses, … [Read more...]

Slipping Through The Safety Net

  By Jaquelyn Burton (Coeval) The thing with Navigation Warnings is - are you sure that you have received all of the ones you might need? There are times when as an officer of the watch you receive a NAVTEX message that is corrupted or unreadable. When you have a message come in where the only thing that you can’t read about a firing exercise zone is it's … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Approves Use of Electronic Charts

The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance February 5th that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications. The Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16 establishes uniform guidance on what is now considered equivalent to chart and publication carriage requirements. Combining the suite of electronic … [Read more...]