Cornes has announced that three of its subsidiary companies – Cornes Charts, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) and Safe Navigation – are to join forces under the new name of Voyager Worldwide, creating a single maritime technology firm providing navigation and information systems for shipping and related industries.
The combined firm will have a global reach stretching from Hong Kong across Europe to North America, supporting more than 1,200 shipping companies and 11,000 vessels worldwide. Kent Lee, Chief Executive of GNS, will act as the CEO of the new combined entity.
“The combination of these three great maritime companies creates the scale, portfolio and software development capability to compete differently in the maritime industry,” he said.
“With our large installed base, proven Cloud-based infrastructure and the leading web-based data analytics solution for ship management, Voyager Worldwide has the ability to support shipping companies through the next phase of digital transformation to deliver new levels of safety and efficiency as well as the capability to put those resources in the hands of customers virtually anytime and anywhere they need them. I am honoured to lead this great team and excited that together we will challenge this industry in new ways.”
“Our new Voyager Worldwide name and company logo represents the strength of GNS’s Voyager software platform, the stability and longevity of the Cornes business and our increased global scale. Together we plan to build new solutions that combine AI, automation and data analytics, giving our users the ability to predict and plan for the future and enhancing safety and efficiency across the world fleet.”
The Voyage brand has already been used by GNS for its range of voyage data management and analytics applications, including the Voyager Planning Station back of bridge software, and web-based Voyager Fleet Insight application for onshore fleet and vessel managers.
Cornes acquired GNS and Safe Navigation last year to add to its existing Japan and Singapore based navigation business, Cornes Charts. Voyager Worldwide will maintain offices in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Turkey, Greece, Germany, UK and the USA following the merger.