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Friday, October 19, 2018


At the 6th International Conference on Communications & IT in Shipping 2002 (CITIS 2002) organised by Lloyd’s List Events Dr Nikos Mikelis, ISTEC Chairman, presented an award for Innovation in Ship’s Communication. This award is given to firms or individuals that have developed systems, equipment or software which enhance maritime ship-to-shore communication.

In his presentation announcing the runners up and winners Dr Mikelis said that as it was recognised that communication was a basic human need, the judges this year had agreed to reward nominations aimed at communications that brought improvement of life at sea.

Furthermore, the judges proposed to the organisers of CITIS that in 2003 a separate award be instituted to reward developments in the application of IT for the benefit of seafarers.

The three developments short-listed were:

Tempus 2000 by “RemoteDiagnosticTechnologies” (RDT Ltd) of U.K. and VitalLink 1200 by “Telemedic Systems” of U.K, both remote medical monitoring systems which allow medical professionals to advise on emergency situations and decide on appropriate action when no qualified medical support is at hand.

The daily electronic seafarers’ newspaper by “NewsLink Services” of Cyprus. Editions from 23 countries are collated by more than 50 people, are translated into proper and easy to read English and are distributed to 2000 ships on a daily basis using compressed email. Each 4 page NewsLink edition contains a safety message, national news, hometown news, international news, and sport news

The winner was NewsLink Services Ltd for the NewsLink Daily Electronic Seafarers newspaper.