Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2023

135 Marlink Network Managment To deliver a high-quality connectivity service, passenger-focused shipping markets require a hybrid network that orchestrates and integrates both new lower Earth orbit wservices and Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) into one solution. Marlink can combine all available networks and use the best qualities of each to meet user requirements to deliver an optimised service with the required bandwidth, latency and availability. A hybrid network approach allows for new services to be integrated as they come onstream and enables Marlink to deploy tools for network segmentation and priority, application routing and nextgeneration firewalls. NAPA Stability Christened as the ‘next-generation loading computer’, NAPA Software’s new NAPA Stability solution transforms how passenger ship operators manage daily vessel stability. It allows real-time monitoring of safety status throughout a voyage, rather than just during emergencies. This helps to enhance situational awareness for onshore teams and improves their ability to support onboard crew, reducing safety risks. The solution also supports swift responses in emergencies and improves voyage planning with live and hyper-realistic simulations. Finally, NAPA Stability can create a digital twin of the ship with a comprehensive vessel operational profile that helps in validating new ship designs, retrofitting new systems, testing new operational plans and more. Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonars One of the allures of expedition cruising is the excitement of exploration, which often means venturing into the unknown. However, with less than 25 per cent of the world’s ocean floor mapped, providing these itineraries comes with increased risks. FarSounder’s Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonars have been developed specifically for navigation in the poorly charted sections of the world’s oceans. Argos systems provide a real-time image ahead of the cruise ship out to a range of 1,000 metres and display the map of the ship’s depth history in both a 3D view and as a chart overlay.