Maersk Booking System Back In Action after Cyber Attack
Maersk Line, one of the world's largest container shipping companies, said on Wednesday its cargo booking system was back up and running after a global cyber attack crippled its IT networks a day earlier. "Further to earlier communications, we are now able to accept bookings via INTTRA," the company said on Twitter. Earlier, Maersk said it was using alternative channels to take orders manually and to communicate with customers until it could resolve its IT problems.
Brexit Prompts Ship Insurers to Mull New Outposts
U.K.-regulated ship insurers are preparing plans to open new outposts in European Union jurisdictions such as Luxembourg and Cyprus, fearing that Brexit will hinder access to the EU's financial market, industry sources involved say. Britain dominates the global marine insurance market and losing access to specialist Protection and Indemnity (P&I) clubs - marine insurers owned by shipping firms - could further weaken other parts of its multi-billion pound shipping services sector.
The Maritime Cloud becomes Maritime Connectivity Platform
Maritime Connectivity Platform, or MCP, is the new name for what was previously known as the Maritime Cloud. The team behind the Maritime Cloud has decided to change the name of the communication framework. The new name, Maritime Connectivity Platform (MCP), has been chosen to provide clarity and support e-Navigation going from testbed to real life implementation. “MCP is at a level of maturity where we are ready to take it from our project spheres into operational mode. However…
CMA CGM Confirms Order for Nine Mega Ships
CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said it expected operating profits to improve further in the second half as the market continues to recover, and confirmed an order for nine giant vessels. The announcements by French-based CMA CGM underlined a recovery in the industry this year after a prolonged downturn that sparked a series of consolidation deals. In a second-quarter results statement on Friday, CMA CGM said its board had approved an order for nine container ships…
Caribbean Oil Terminals Prepare for Hurricane Maria
Several Caribbean oil storage terminals that temporarily closed ahead of Hurricane Irma earlier this month have started making preparations in case they have to shut again due to Hurricane Maria, which was a rare Category 5 storm on Tuesday. Shippers and traders in the Atlantic basin are struggling amid this year's very active storm season, which has seen seven hurricanes so far, four of them major hurricanes, defined as at least a Category 3 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricane Harvey hit the U.S.
GVF Launches Maritime Communications Glossary
During the Informa VSAT 2014 conference in London, the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) announced the launch of its Maritime SatCom Forum (MSF) ‘Glossary’. The document, earlier iterations of which were developed by the Maritime SatCom Forum Working Group of the GVF, has been further developed by the joint-chairs of the MSF, Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development, GVF, and Roger Adamson, Chief Executive, Futurenautics. “The ‘Glossary’ comprises a highly comprehensive…
SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference Update
Early Bird Pricing Extended for SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference; More than 30 Industry Experts to Address Challenges and Solutions for Reducing Costs and Enhancing Efficiency in Ship Operations. The organizers of the SHIPPINGInsight 2012 Fleet Optimization Conference in Stamford, Conn., have extended the deadline for Early Bird registration until Sept. 21st. The $995 Early Bird registration represents a savings of $400 off the full onsite conference fee of $1,395. Taking place at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel Oct.
ShipConstructor 2015 R2 & Enhanced Communication
A major determinant of shipbuilding productivity is clear communication. The SSI's ShipConstructor 2015 R2 distinguishes this with modified improvements focused on how information is conveyed. SSI continues to make advancements in regard to how ShipConstructor facilitates the modeling and management of welding. Welding can represent 20-30% of production hours and approximately 10% of total cost. Therefore, improvements in this area have immediate bottom line implications. ShipConstructor 2015 R2 further facilitates communication…
Dominican Republic Shuts Most Ports ahead of Hurricane Maria
Dominican Republic closed most of its ports ahead of Hurricane Maria, but the country's 34,000-barrel-per-day refinery was still running, the government said on Wednesday. Ports that suspended operations under the "red alert" declared for extreme weather conditions are La Romana, Samana, Arroyo Barril, Puerto Plata and Manzanillo, the Dominican Port Authority said in a statement. Maria was a Category 4 hurricane when it hit Puerto Rico earlier on Wednesday. The ports of San Souci and Haina…
ST Engineering Wins $ 509 mi Contracts in 4Q2014
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced today that its electronics arm, Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) has secured about $509m worth of contracts in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q2014) for Rail Electronics & Intelligent Transportation, Satellite & Broadband Communications, as well as Advanced Electronics & Information Communications Technologies (ICT) solutions. Rail Electronics & Intelligent Transportation contracts of about $113m were secured from local and overseas customers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Middle East and Latin America.
Iridium, KVH Team on Broadband Solution
Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) and KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) have agreed to offer what the pair is touting as the first-ever, fully global, seamless broadband satellite communications service for the maritime market. Under the agreement, KVH will offer an integrated service package that combines its mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service and the Iridium OpenPort broadband service. “We are enthusiastic that KVH is our first distribution partner to launch Iridium’s new VSAT companion service offering…
Intelsat Makes Senior Appointment
SatCom provider Intelsat S.A. announce James Collett has joined the company as Director of Mobility Services Product Management. Based in Intelsat’s London office, Collett will be responsible for advancing Intelsat’s mobility product line and furthering the company’s leadership role in providing managed services and space-only solutions to the aeronautical, maritime and government sectors. Collett has more than 25 years of industry experience, including 13 years at Inmarsat, where most recently he was Senior Director of Maritime Business.
Intelsat Appoints John Diercksen to Board of Directors
Intelsat S.A., a satellite services provider, announced that its board of directors has elected John W. Diercksen to serve on the board as an independent director effective today. Mr. Diercksen will also serve on the Audit Committee. Mr. Diercksen is currently an executive vice president of Verizon Communications, with responsibility for key strategic initiatives related to the review and assessment of potential mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. At Verizon, he previously held the position of executive vice president…
Ocean Signal Appoints US Sales Manager
Ocean Signal has appointed its first dedicated U.S. Sales Manager to manage the company’s expansion in the country. With a background in the marine electronics and fishing industries, maritime sales manager Joe Bauschka is handling increased demand for Ocean Signal’s rescueME and SafeSea ranges of recreational and commercial communication and safety products, and a growing distribution network in the U.S. Bauschka previously worked as regional manager for Navico Inc for 17 years, before moving on to key sales roles at Pure Fishing and Simrad Fisheries.
CCCC May Build Terminal in Sydney Harbour
China Communications Construction Co. Ltd (CCCC). has agreed to build a highly automated container terminal in Sydney Harbour, depending on the results of a feasibility study to be conducted next year. Albert Barbusci, CEO of Harbor Port Development Partners (HDP), said that his company, which has the exclusive right to market the port of Sydney, has signed a deal with China Communications Construction Company related to the design, construction and ownership of a deep-water container terminal in Sydney. It’s expected the multi-year development of the port will cost more than $1 billion.
New DMRs for USN Destroyers, Submarines under Construction
The U.S. Navy has ordered 56 AN/USC-61(C) Digital Modular Radios (DMRs) and related equipment from General Dynamics. The newly built DMR radios will be capable of using the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform, the digital dial tone needed to make voice calls to the U.S. Department of Defense's next generation, narrowband MUOS satellite communications system. The four-channel radios form the foundation of the Navy's network communications aboard submarines, surface ships and on-shore locations.
Inmarsat Maritime Takes Distribution Partner
Inmarsat has appointed SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast), a leading global network and satellite communications service provider, as a Distribution Partner (DP) for its flagship maritime service, FleetBroadband, and Fleet One, its new voice and broadband data service for leisure yachts and near-shore fishing boats. As part of the agreement signed today, SpeedCast has also been appointed as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Fleet Xpress, Inmarsat’s high-speed broadband maritime service, delivered over the new Global Xpress (GX) constellation.
Divex Introduces HeliCom for Diver Comms
International diving equipment technology company Divex announced the launch of a communication system for the saturation diver. Divex, headquartered in Westhill, Aberdeen, Scotland launched HeliCom, the Helium Speech Unscrambler Communication System. Saturation divers use helium as the major component of the special breathing-gas mixture called heliox (a mixture of helium and oxygen). One of the disadvantages of helium is the "Donald Duck" effect on the voice which complicates the communication process.
KVH Promotes Bruun to COO
KVH Industries has announced that Brent Bruun, currently executive vice president of mobile broadband for the company, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief operating officer (COO). In this position, Bruun will assume direct responsibility for KVH’s corporate development, as well as operational responsibility for mobile communications products and services for maritime and land markets. His purview as COO covers the customer lifecycle from sales and manufacturing through customer onboarding and on into long-term services, support, and customer retention.
Globecomm Displays Communication Range at Posidonia
Specialist communications provider Globecomm Maritime said it will use the Posidonia 2014 exhibition to showcase the latest additions to its innovative range of connectivity management solutions. Globecomm also said it will provide a chance for users to hear from experts on how to get the best from next generation ship-shore communications solutions. New from Globecomm is Nimbus, a scalable platform solution for managing and simplifying ship and shore-based communications, enabling users to choose the applications and levels of user control that suit them best.
SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference
Advance Registrations Now being accepted Online: Agenda to Feature Speakers from Top International Maritime Industry Companies and Organizations. The organizers of the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference today announced that discounted Early Bird registration is now available online at www.shippinginsight.com. The Fleet Optimization Conference, which will take place at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn., Oct. 8-10, will address the challenges and solutions for improving efficiency in ship and fleet operations.
Registration Open: SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference
The organizers of the SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization Conference announced that discounted Early Bird registration is now available online at www.shippinginsight.com. The Fleet Optimization Conference, which will take place at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Conn., Oct. 8-10, will address the challenges and solutions for improving efficiency in ship and fleet operations. Panels will focus on major issues, including ship design and construction, fuel and propulsion alternatives, hull performance, asset management strategies, voyage optimization and regulatory compliance.
EMC Enhances Leadership Team
EMC has appointed several established executives to its global leadership team to further enhance its delivery of mission-critical communications and content to top organizations around the world. EMC has appointed Tom Severson as chief financial officer (CFO). Previously, Severson served as CFO for Paxson Communications, Inc.; American Media, Inc.; The Nicklaus Companies and Myxer, Inc. In addition, he was Chief Accounting Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and started his career as a CPA in the audit department of KPMG.
Inmarsat's Launch Date for Xpress Satellite
Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, will complete another significant milestone in the delivery of its transformational global mobile satellite communications (GX) service with the scheduled launch of Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12.31pm (GMT) on Sunday 1st February. Inmarsat is investing US$1.6bn in the delivery of Global Xpress, which will create the world’s first globally available, high-speed mobile broadband service, delivered through a single network operator.
Transas: New Anti-Piracy Training Solution
In response to still pressing piracy threat off the coast of Somaila, Transas has developed an Anti-Piracy solution that will support maritime schools in performing relevant training. The Transas Anti-Piracy package consists of a mothership, a smaller mothership and four fastboats with different speeds. The look of all vessels is typically 'pirate': badly maintained and rusty. The fastboats have four different visual states that can be triggered during running exercise to increase the threat by escalation levels from 'fisher' to 'agressive pirate' state.
SAIC Tsunami Buoy System for Russian Federation
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced it has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of an SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) system by the Far Eastern Ecological Center, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, for the Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute (FERHRI), Vladivostok, Russian Federation. The STB system will be one of the key sensors monitored by the Tsunami Warning Center in the Russian Far East, and will serve as the ocean segment of the Russian Federation tsunami warning system network currently in development.