SevenCs is happy to be part of the EU INTERREG V A cross-border project “MariGreen” to support the maritime industry in the transition towards more efficient, greener and more sustainable shipping.
The MariGreen project develops innovations for greener and low-emission shipping and supports in particular small and medium enterprises. There are twelve innovation projects behind "MariGreen" that are dealt with by a total of 59 partners located in the Netherlands and Germany. Alternative fuel for ships, Wind Energy Systems for freight and passenger shipping, improvement of logistics operations, resource-efficient ship operations and safety issues in nautical education and training are among the main topics. For more information please visit www.marigreen.eu.
SevenCs engages in the MariGreen work stream “Wind propulsion in commercial shipping”. As a partner in the subproject “Windship Modelling and voyage optimization” we will investigate together with our project partners vessel modelling software providing automated voyage optimization criteria for wind propulsion supported vessels.
The number of external parameters influencing a voyage significantly increases for this type of vessel. Therefore the development of the vessel modelling software and the connection of this software to the main navigational tool on board, the ECDIS, are the core requirements within this project. The result will be an optimized voyage plan for a particular wind propulsion supported vessel to prove ship efficiency for such vessels under commercial conditions.
SevenCs GmbH is located in Hamburg, and for decades has been “the Expert” in developing maritime software applications. Global linkage and business experience for nearly 25 years have led to a reliable product family such as the S-57 chart display Kernel, professional navigation software (ORCA-Series) and ENC production tools. Discover further product or company highlights on www.sevencs.com.
The project MariGreen is funded under the INTERREG V A program Deutschland-Nederland with funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by national co-financing from Germany and the Netherlands.
"During SMM in Hamburg we had an interview with Mr. Jochen Rudolph, Managing Director of the companies ChartWorld GmbH and SevenCs GmbH. Before starting the interview we had a little chat about our magazine and presented our SMM Hamburg special issue. Mr. Rudolph said "I have been to Turkey already in order to visit shipping companies and shipyards. I was quite surprised and it is again confirmed in your magazine that there seem to be far more women in top positions in the Turkish shipping industry compared to, for example, Germany. Is my impression true?" We were very surprised to hear that, and were happy and proud because of the successful women in the Turkish shipping industry.
DNV GL has developed a new industry standard for the type approval of Portable Pilot Units (PPUs). The ORCA Pilot G2 unit, created by SevenCs, a navigation equipment and software expert from Hamburg, is the first product worldwide to achieve compliance with the new standard.
SevenCs officially receives the Type Approval for ORCA Pilot G2 from DNV GL in Hamburg
FLTR: Falk Bethke (Approval Engineer Electrical Systems & Automation at DNV GL – Maritime), Sven Dudszus (Head of Business & Production Management at DNV GL – Maritime), Jochen Rudolph (Managing Director at SevenCs), Marius Herzig (Product Manager at SevenCs)
“In summer 2015, we developed the Type Approval for PPUs, in order to allow ports, terminal operators and pilot organisations to assure a minimum standard in the selection process of their equipment, against which manufacturers of navigation equipment can test their products. Our dedicated testing programme is based on the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS),” explains Sven Dudszus, Head of Business ＆ Production Management at DNV GL.
A PPU is a mobile computer-based system that a pilot can use as a decision-support tool for navigating in confined waters. It displays a vessel’s position and movement in real-time and provides more information about the location and movement of other vessels using data from AIS (Automatic Identification System). The latest PPUs can also be utilized to access more information about ice coverage, soundings/depth contours from recent hydro surveys, dynamic water levels and security zones.
SevenCs decided to apply for this challenging certificate because of its long-term experience in developing type approved navigation software. It also helps customers to guarantee quality and safety towards their regulating authorities. But moreover, the uniformity of PPU and on-board navigation equipment can be fostered to avoid misunderstandings between masters and pilots. “So far, pilot software was not meant to be compliant with any criteria. But what is good for ships in preventing groundings cannot be bad for pilots navigating in the most challenging environments. Following this strategy for years made the approval much easier for us,” states Marius Herzig from SevenCs.
As a result, the new ORCA Pilot G2 passed the test procedures for software and overall PPU. “SevenCs has taken a proactive approach to ensuring their products fulfil the latest standards and requirements. The approval process went very smoothly,” says Falk Bethke, Approval Engineer Electrical Systems & Automation at DNV GL. The new industry standard establishes a set of minimum requirements for PPU quality but allows manufacturers to adjust their PPUs to pilots’ needs.