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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Maritime Communications News

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Mitigating Maritime Risk

“The First Steps in Mitigating Contemporary Risks to our Strategic Sea Lines of Communication”It is indisputable that the world’s economy floats on seawater. It is equally indisputable that international maritime transportation is the tool that keeps the global economy moving. The world economy has surged over the last half century, and that growth has been largely driven by globalization and the consequent reduction in barriers to trade. Any operational disruptions in maritime transportation have wider consequences for society…

Mike McNally (Photo: GTMaritime)

GTMaritime Appoints McNally

Maritime software specialist GTMaritime has appointed maritime satellite veteran Mike McNally as Sales and Marketing Director, as it sets about expanding into new territories.McNally has more than 25 years’ experience working in the industry both at sea and in senior maritime communications management positions. His appointment reflects GTMaritime’s desire to further develop partnerships with its existing customers and resellers, while extending its reach and presence in new territories.As McNally takes up his new role overseeing GTMaritime’s sales and marketing strategy and teams…

Frank Coles joins Wallem Group as CEO at the end of October 2018.

Coles joins Wallem as CEO

Following the purchase of Transas by Wärtsilä, Transas' ubiquitous CEO Frank Coles will depart the newly merged company, finding a spot on top as the CEO of Wallem Group. Coles offers a diverse background and long career in maritime, spanning law, shipping services and maritime communications.Coles replaces Simon Doughty, who announced his decision to step down earlier this year.“The opportunity to lead and help grow a prestigious and diversified company like Wallem was something I could not pass up," said Coles in a statement.

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Stena Line Expands Partnership with Telenor Maritime

Maritime mobile operator Telenor Maritime said it has expanded its long-term partnership with Stena Line and announced the introduction of the mobile ecosystem onboard their passenger ships, deploying a connectivity platform with Mobile/3G/4G, Premium Wi-Fi, Ka-VSAT and mobile broadband backhaul in addition to existing system to improve the customer experience.“We are delighted to develop further our long-term partnership with Stena Line, one of the largest ferry companies in the world with Europe's most comprehensive route network…

Rasmus Nord Jørgensen. Photo: BIMCO

BIMCO Appoints Head of Communications

World’s largest international shipping association BIMCO has appointed Rasmus Nord Jørgensen as its new Director of Communications to develop the organisation’s communication strategy and increase BIMCO’s media profile. Angus Frew, Secretary General and CEO at BIMCO said: This is an important appointment reflecting our desire to significantly increase BIMCO’s communications activity. "BIMCO’s staff are leading industry subject experts on all aspects of the maritime sector, we want to share their industry analysis and perspectives and engage better with a wider audience.

Speedcast, Danaos Partner on Maritime Digitalization

Speedcast International Limited, the provider of remote communication and IT solutions, and Danaos Peripherals announced a strategic alliance agreement under which the two companies will combine maritime communications with advanced application management developed by Danaos. Within 2017, the two companies will jointly release a remote and autonomous IT system on board a vessel, leveraging key technologies such as big data analytics, internet of things (IoT) and cyber security.

Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime (Photo: Inmarsat)

Fleet Xpress Exceeds 10,000 Ship Milestone

Fleet Xpress has secured commitments covering in excess of 10,000 ships within 12 months of launch. The milestone has been reached as a result of contracts with individual ship owners, commitments from strategic Partners, and transitioning agreements with existing Inmarsat customers. “The demand for Fleet Xpress has been unprecedented since its launch at the end of March 2016, demonstrating that the market has been truly ready for the connected ship and the network supporting maritime business applications” said Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime.

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Fleet Management Selects Inmarsat's Fleet Xpress

Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress, which delivers maritime connectivity, has been specified by Hong Kong-based Fleet Management Limited, one of global shipping’s largest independent third-party ship managers. Fleet Management Limited (FML), which manages a large fleet of over 400 vessels consisting of bulk carriers, container vessels, general cargo ships, oil tankers, gas carriers and chemical tankers, with over 14,000 crew, has successfully upgraded all vessels previously equipped with Inmarsat’s XpressLink Ku-band service to Fleet Xpress.

Frank Coles, Transas CEO (Photo: Transas)

The Perfect Storm of Digitalization and Commoditization

Frank Coles, Transas CEO, delivered the keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference in Malta. We are faced with the perfect storm in the next few years. Many will conclude it is all the fault of President Trump, but in fact it is actually nothing to do with him. If anything he is going to enable the industry to think smarter because he is also bringing change. The perfect storm is the one confronting the maritime industry. It is one which will disrupt all elements of the shipping industry – is technology-driven and in some cases is also self-inflicted.

New Sat Comms Expert for the Greek and Cypriot Markets

Marlink has signed an agreement to enter into a joint venture with the satellite connectivity business of Greece and Cyprus based TNL Group, enabling it to launch a brand new maritime satellite communications expert, Marlink CG. Delivering a wide portfolio of innovative Marlink VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services, Inmarsat FleetXpress, Inmarsat/Iridium MSS (Mobile Satellite Services) and integrated business critical solutions for customers in Southern Europe, Marlink CG will operate from offices in Greece and Cyprus…

Intellian Hires McKee as VP, Americas Sales

Intellian, a  provider of maritime communications systems, has appointed Sam McKee as Vice President of Americas Sales. With 30 years of experience, McKee has represented more than a dozen maritime product lines and has produced consistent double digit Year Over Year (YOY) growth through effective leadership of different sales organizations. “Sam is an incredibly valuable addition to the team,” said Eric Sung, CEO and President of Intellian. “His relationships, experience, leadership…

Malcolm McMaster, President (Photo: Globecomm Maritime)

Globecomm Integrates Business Units

Globecomm,  providers of maritime connectivity services, is integrating its Telaurus and Globecomm South Africa business units to enhance service provision to ship owners. Globecomm South Africa is an Inmarsat Distribution Partner and L-Band specialist supporting service providers and resellers, while Telaurus has been one of the maritime industry’s leading communications solutions providers for many years. Both companies will operate under the Globecomm Maritime brand, providing VSAT, L-Band and cellular communications to a fleet of over 4,000 vessels.

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KVH's Zika Virus Safety Video for Mariners

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it is offering Videotel’s new safety and training video about the Zika virus free to all mariners worldwide. The goal of the program is to increase awareness  of the vitally important prevention measures that can keep seafarers and their colleagues and families safe. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a public health emergency earlier this year. Given the global nature of the maritime industry, it is imperative that seafarers take precautions to prevent further spread of the disease.

Eric Sung, President and CEO of Intellian receives 'World Class 300' certificate Photo Intellian

Korea Selects Intellian as 'World Class 300' Company

Intellian’s appointment to Korea’s prestigious ‘World Class 300’ list of the country’s most promising technology companies is a distinguished achievement and confirms its commanding lead in the mobile satellite communications terminal sector. Intellian, the global leader in maritime satellite communication antenna systems is now a fully-fledged member of the exclusive “club” comprising a group of Korean corporates recognized as the best and brightest in creative innovation, outstanding development and future market potential.

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A New Paradigm in Crew Connectivity?

Despite some recent suggestions to the contrary, demand for crew connectivity remains a strong driver of the maritime communications market. The Maritime Labor Convention is among the factors encouraging service upgrades and higher spending, but there are other fundamental forces at work and across our industry. Shipowners and operators, managers and crewing agents need to understand what is happening and how to manage this change in a positive way. The economics of maritime communications are evolving very fast.

left - Mr Andrew Lim, Managing Director, Business Group, Group Enterprise at Singtel; right - Mr Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime Courtesy  Singtel

Singtel, Inmarsat Join Forces to Boost Maritime Cyber Security

Singapore and London, 6 April 2016: Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) and Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance maritime cyber security using Trustwave’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution. Trustwave, the cyber security arm of Singtel, will provide the software based UTM service to be integrated with Inmarsat hardware onboard ships, to protect data and reduce cyber risk for maritime companies. The UTM service offers a suite of cyber security defences…

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Fleet Xpress a Success in Challenging Antarctic

Inmarsat together with Global Marine Networks and Network Innovations, today announced the successful trial and subsequent commercial order for Fleet Xpress in Antarctic waters. Fleet Xpress, installed on board the adventure cruise ship Ocean Nova, delivered robust communications in one of the most hostile environments on the planet. Fleet Xpress, the hybrid Ka and L-band service using Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, delivers the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband service from a single network operator.

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KVH Expands mini-VSAT Broadband Network

KVH Industries, Inc. expanded the capacity of its mini-VSAT Broadband network with two upgrades recently, supporting growing customer demand for broadband at sea. One expansion added a new satellite beam that doubled the mini-VSAT Broadband network capacity in the North Atlantic Ocean region, including Canada’s Hudson Bay. The second expansion added a new beam across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa to add 30 percent more capacity across areas such as the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

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TMR Unit MarCom Integrates with MCP

Telenor Maritime Radio’s (TMR) business unit for the commercial maritime communications market, MarCom, integrates with Maritime Communications Partner (MCP). The internal transfer in Telenor, effective from June 1, 2015, strengthens MCP with expert competence on maritime communications, new products and solutions, better coverage and the opportunity to maintain growth in Europe and the U.S. with further expansion into Asia, the company said. MarCom with a Nordic focus has delivered satellite communication to ferries and other vessels…

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…

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Boatracs' Workboat Management Software in Demand

Boatracs draws attention to a growing demand for its Fleet Management Software with over 2,000 vessels presently online. The company says that BTConnect is the only fleet management platform to combine visual monitoring of vessel positions on an interactive map with location based two-way messaging and reporting, providing intelligence that enables owners and operators of offshore service, inland waterways, coastal workboat and commercial fishing fleets to run their companies more efficiently, safely and profitably.

Chris Leber, Executive VP, Commercial Business Development (Credit MTN)

MTN Expands European Customer Base

MTN Communications (MTN) has expanded its communications and content business through maritime operators in Europe. As a result, MTN has increased its Southampton, U.K. office staff and space. The MTN Southampton office is one of seven around the world and houses sales, project management, technical and logistics professionals. MTN attributes its European growth to its ongoing transformation of communications on the world’s waterways, making it more akin to land-like experiences.

InterManager members meet in the Old Library, Lloyd’s of London, for their annual general meeting and seminar.

Intermanager AGM Pledges to Focus on Seafarers

InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has pledged to put ‘people’ at the center of its focus over the next year. He outlined a comprehensive program of activity for the next year with topics to be covered including best management practices, seafarer health and wellness, enhanced maritime communications and an examination of the administrative burdens onboard ship. The President outlined the work InterManager has carried out over the past year on behalf of its members.

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Globecomm Keeps Seafarers in Touch with Access Chat Crew

Globecomm Maritime, a provider of maritime communications solutions, is bringing crew closer to their friends and families with the launch of Access Chat Crew. Part of the Access Chat line of products, Access Chat Crew is a revolutionary way for seafarers to enjoy live video, voice chat and instant messaging – services previously considered too expensive or bandwidth-hungry to use over satellite. Globecomm recognized the need for the development of a low bandwidth video calling solution specifically geared to meet the interests of seafarers.

Keynote session panel; together with Frank Coles is David Balston, Director - Safety and Environment, UK Chamber of Shipping and Paul McStay, Lead Environmental Specialist, Lloyd's Register

Inmarsat Maritime Opens Smart Operations Dialogue

Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has staged the inaugural Smart Operations conference, the first in a series of events seeking an open debate in the maritime industry over the operational benefits of integrated thinking on shore and ship communications. With the first of the three new Global Xpress satellites already in orbit – a prelude to the global launch of the world’s first high-speed mobile broadband satellite service to the maritime industry…

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Inmarsat Brings 'Fleet One' Broadband to Small Vessels

Maritime satellite communications provider Inmarsat says it now connects leisure and fishing vessels with a specially designed broadband service. Accessing weather information and chart updates, keeping in contact with loved ones or simply checking the news are now as simple to do at sea as they are on land with the launch of Fleet One from Inmarsat Maritime. From nnow on, yacht and fishing boat owners can take full advantage of maritime broadband services previously only available to much larger vessels.