At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., our maritime accident lawyers are always concerned with the many disasters that take place in the open seas, which can not only lead to severe accidents and injuries for individuals, but damage marine ecosystems as well.
While the focus of many cruise line and shipping companies is to build bigger vessels, the industry doesn’t always pay attention to how these larger ships affect fragile marine life and the environment. However, the efforts of two software companies are proving that with a little teamwork, anything is possible.
German marine software company SevenCs and Australian software company VoyageBank have partnered to create and distribute Portable Pilot Unit (PPU) technology to 50 marine pilots who are charged with keeping the Great Barrier Reef free of shipping disasters. The three year deal, recently signed with Australian Reef Pilots (ARP), aims at improving features and preserving the safety of both the Reef and the marine pilots through high precision navigation technology, real-time monitoring, and centralized management of the pilot’s activities as part of the company’s Pilotage Safety Management System (PSMS).
Simon Meyjes, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Reef Pilots, is excited about the program and its prospects.
“We are excited to have chosen SevenCs and VoyageBank to help us raise pilotage safety to a new level within the reef. Our new PPUs are tablet devices that connect our pilots to ship systems, business systems, and each other in ways that were impossible only a year ago. This investment in new technology will make a profound and immediate impact on shipping safety within the reef and further strengthen the quality of service ARP provides to its customers,” said Meyjes.
The new PPU technology features touch screen devices that run the SevenCs Orca Pilot G2 pilotage software and customized to meet the many challenges marine pilots face within the reef. Utilizing the connectivity with VoyageBank, this new, fully integrated approach to maritime safety is the first of its kind, allowing a more streamlined option for pilots who face varying navigational conditions throughout the world.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, spanning approximately 133,000 square miles off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is home to over 2,900 individual reefs and countless species of marine and animal life. The fragile and precious ecosystems found within the Reef face constant danger from shipping companies and other vessel operators, but with this new, integral approach to navigation, the companies are confident that safety in the Reef will improve, along with pilot efficiency.
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