CIRM Annual Conference 2017 – details announced!

Dear CIRM Members,

We would like to announce the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore as our Annual Conference venue for 2017 This fine hotel is on the Marina Bay and close to Raffles Place MRT (Subway System).

Having checked all timings and after further investigations we decided that it was better to run our meeting hard up to SEA ASIA, so that many of you can take the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  We’ve negotiated the special rates shown below for 3 days before and also 3 after, which means you can stay at the Fullerton Hotel for the duration of SEA ASIA at that price.

Rooms Single occupancy  S$ (today’s rate) Double S$
Courtyard Room 280  (£156 – EUR 187) currently this room is selling at  S$368 (£205) (EUR 245) 310
Quay Room 330 (£184 – EUR 220) 360
Premier Quay Room (balcony) 370 (£206 – EUR247) 400
Further room categories will be available on request

The conference will start 09.00 Saturday 22nd  –  Monday 24th April 2017.  Sea Asia runs from Tuesday 25th –  Thursday 27th April at the Marina Bay Sands.

(Board Directors are kindly asked to note that a meeting will be held from 12.00 on Friday 21st April at the hotel.)

Our web page for booking the hotel and conference will be available very shortly.

Conference content –send your thoughts to us again please –we received outstanding positive feedback for this year’s conference in Italy and we would like to repeat that success!

With best wishes


EfficienSea2 Project: a summary

By Andy Winbow, CIRM EfficienSea2 Consultant

Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) – EfficienSea2

The EfficienSea2 project commenced at the beginning of May 2015 and is scheduled to complete at the end of October 2018.

Objectives (Link)

The overall objective is to create and deploy innovative solutions for safer and more efficient waterborne operations. With a total of seven specific objectives all interacting within one framework, the project aims to:

Continue reading EfficienSea2 Project: a summary

96th session of the Maritime Safety Committee starts this week

This Wednesday, 11th May, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee will convene for its 96th session. The meeting will last 1.5 weeks and will be held at IMO headquarters, in London.

Topics of relevant to CIRM on the agenda include cyber-security, urgent maters emanating from NCSR 3 (including the Modernization of the GMDSS), and possible development of Maritime Service Portfolios as part of the e-navigation programme.

Approximately 20 CIRM members are registered to attend the meeting.

CIRM Conference 2016 comes to a close

The 2016 CIRM Annual Conference & AGM came to a close at 18:30 yesterday in Liguria, Italy.

The Conference featured three days of presentations, seminars and a workshop, on topics including cyber security, ECDIS, developments in navigation and communication, and VDR. An interesting workshop was held on the use of non-Type Approved electronic equipment on the bridge of SOLAS ships.

The meeting featured a number of guest speakers from across the shipping industry, including representatives of IACS, INTERTANKO, ICS, Flag State administrations and insurance organisations.

A full report of the conference will be circulated to members in due course.

Extra accomodation options for last minute bookings (CIRM Conference)

For those of you who wish to attend the 2016 CIRM Annual Conference but have not yet booked, Frances has arranged extra accomodation options (as the two original hotels have now sold out).

The Hotel Continental is available for EUR140 per night, including Bed & Breakfast. Please email Frances if you wish to reserve a room.

Please go to the conference page.

CIRM launches the CIRM User Feedback Forum

During e-Navigation Underway 2016 this week CIRM launched the CIRM User Feedback Forum in conjunction with The Nautical Institute. Please follow this link to the Forum (Link)

The purpose of this Forum is to put designers and manufacturers of marine navigation and communication systems directly in touch with users during product development.

Hosted by CIRM and supported by the Nautical Institute, the Forum exists to support and promote Human-Centred Design (HCD).

For full information on the background of the Forum, how it works, and how to get involved, please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the website.

SMA invites ECDIS Manufacturers to tender for STM Validation Project


Dear ECDIS-Manufacturer,

Sea Traffic Management (STM) want to take a giant step in the shipping domain when it comes to Information technology; the ship should no longer be a separate unit in the logistic chain, it should be connected to all concerned stakeholders e.g. Ports, Cargo owners, Pilots, VTS Services etc.

The MONALISA 2.0 Project ( ) has defined a need for validating the STM concept which will be done in the EU-funded STM Validation Project where STM will be tested on board ships and in shore-centres.

As part of this the Swedish Maritime Administration procures 300 STM compatible on board systems, developed and installed by ECDIS-manufacturers, to be installed on board test ships. If your Company wants to be involved shaping the future, please apply for tendering on Tendsign (, where also more information on the project and the scope of the procurement are found.

For access to TendSign you need a login, which is provided by registering on It is advisable that you register your TendSign account with an e-mail address that can be accessed by more than one person. All communication during the procurement will be linked to this e-mail address. There is no cost associated with submitting an application/tender.

If you have questions or need support regarding TendSign, please contact Visma TendSign helpdesk on +46 771 440 200, weekdays during office hours.