An excellent piece of reporting from Lloyd's List uncovers a threat to shipping's digital future
By Ryan Skinner (email)
Imagine you're driving down an unfamiliar country road, in the dead of night, in a storm. You're tracking your route carefully on your car's GPS, when suddenly the signal begins to jump around the screen. According to the GPS, you've swerved off route and are racing into the forest at 300 kilometres an hour and swinging wildly. Lightning strikes and thunder ke-racks! Your car's warning lamps are now shrieking, and it feels like the gearbox is locking up. Lastly, your steering column ceases to respond, the muffler explodes and the accelerator gives its all, independent of your foot.
It's a nightmare scenario for ships' officers sketched by Craig Eason in an excellent piece of reporting recently in Lloyd's List.