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KVH introduced the TracPhone V11-HTS, and antenna that the company dubs 'the world’s fastest' 1 meter Ku/C-band maritime VSAT antenna. Image: KVH

KVH Debuts New VSAT Antenna

KVH introduced the TracPhone V11-HTS, and antenna that the company dubs 'the world’s fastest' 1 meter Ku/C-band maritime VSAT antenna.The V11-HTS is designed to deliver data speeds as fast as 20 Mbps down/3 Mbps, supporting the upward trend of information transport on commercial ships today for operations, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and crew connectivity.“With the TracPhone V11-HTS, we continue to bring innovative solutions to the maritime market, enabling commercial vessel operators to take advantage of the many benefits of VSAT…

Bob Lawler, PVA 2019 President

PVA Announces Emerging Leaders Committee

The Passenger Vessel Association has formed an Emerging Leaders Committee to identify and support a community of individuals within the passenger vessel industry who are transitioning into leadership roles in their companies. The Emerging Leaders Committee will help encourage their growth as the next generation of industry leaders through customized seminars, resources and programs. The committee will also assist PVA in identifying and tailoring future issues, tools and programs…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority Welcomes Hron

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority has announced that Grand Rapids native Jayson Hron has been named Director of Communications and Marketing. He returns to Minnesota to join the leadership team effective February 1, 2019.Hron (pronounced ‘RŌHN’), brings an extensive background to the position, having served in a variety of public relations, copywriting, media relations, brand management and marketing capacities. Since 2013, Hron has been a communications manager for USA Hockey in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Crowley Awards Scholarships to Two Webb Students

Webb Institute, a four-year college specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering, has announced that the 2018-19 academic year recipients of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship are Taylor Campbell (Class of 2019) and Reneé Tremblay (Class of 2020).Webb’s scholarship selection committee chose Tremblay of Bristol, R.I., and Campbell of Altoona, Pa., for their hard work, academic excellence, volunteer efforts and the superb leadership…

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Maritime Ports Pushed to Up Cyber Security

Resilience planning, Info Sharing Take Spotlight“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” That old chestnut gets turned on its head when it comes to port cyber security. It’s more like “Oh what a tangled web we’ve woven, so much harder to stop data stolen.”Ports today have the physical aspect of security pretty well nailed shut - gates, locks, fencing, alarms, cameras, drones, etc. As Chris Mason, Rajant Corp.’s director of sales for EMEA, notes, “Every…

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OSM Launches Seafarer Mental Health Campaign

OSM has chosen The Day of the Seafarer to launch a global campaign aimed at safeguarding and improving the mental health of its 11,000 crew members. The year long initiative, christened How Healthy is Your Mind: An OSM Seafarers’ Guide to Positive Mental Health, will be pushed out across the 500 plus vessels managed by the business, addressing an increasingly pressing, but often overlooked, industry issue. According to a recent report carried out by Sailors’ Society and Yale University…

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EBDG Adds Technical Staff to Seattle Office

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has added two marine professionals to the Seattle office. Alina joined EBDG as a contractor in 2017 and is now a full-time naval architect. She is a broadly skilled engineer and researcher with experience in vessel repair, design and analysis, material planning, construction management, regulatory compliance and inspection. Alina will be responsible for the design, construction and repair of vessels, ensuring that a safe, economic and seaworthy design is produced.

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China Blames U.S. for "largest-scale trade war"

China says forced to respond to U.S. tariffs. The United States and China slapped tit-for-tat duties on $34 billion worth of each other's imports on Friday, with Beijing accusing Washington of triggering the "largest-scale trade war" as the world's two biggest economies sharply escalated their conflict. Hours before Washington's deadline for the tariffs to take effect, U.S. President Donald Trump upped the ante, warning that the United States may ultimately target over $500 billion worth of Chinese goods, or roughly the total amount of U.S. imports from China last year.

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Panasonic Connectivity Services for TUI Cruises

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) announced that in partnership with its subsidiary, ITC Global, it has been awarded a four-year contract by TUI Cruises for connectivity services to two new-build cruise ships, Mein Schiff 1 and new Mein Schiff 2.The agreement establishes communication capabilities onboard the vessels serving guests and crew, enhancing the user experience during the cruise line's travels across international waters. Germany-based TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

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NC Ports Hurricane Florence Notice - Update #5

The North Carolina State Ports Authority continues to closely monitor Hurricane Florence. The Port of Wilmington and the Port of Morehead City are currently at Condition Zulu and closed to all vessel traffic.NC State Ports Authority continues its Hurricane Preparation Plan and is taking all necessary steps to protect cargo, facilities and equipment.NC Ports' terminals in Wilmington and Morehead City are CLOSED to commercial truck traffic Wednesday, September 12, however, tenants have access to both Ports but must complete any storm preparations by 5:00 pm.

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East Libyan Forces Advance to Retake Oil Ports

East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, though clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf in the afternoon after a counter-attack by rival factions.Staff were evacuated from terminals in Libya's eastern oil crescent and exports were suspended last Thursday when armed opponents of eastern-based military commander Khalifa Haftar stormed the ports and occupied them.The closure has led to production losses of up to 450,000 barrels…

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Brazil Logistics Worry Soy Farmers, Exporters as Harvest Starts

As Brazil's soy farmers begin harvesting, problems on a road connecting the country's agricultural heartland to northern ports provide new evidence the world's largest exporter of the oilseeds is far from solving its logistical bottlenecks. Over the last few days, soy truckers posted numerous videos, including footage shot from drones, on social media showing they were unable to move on an unpaved stretch of the BR-163 federal highway in Pará state. The most affected area was around the district of Moraes Almeida…

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Supply Chain Technology: Debunking Digital

Digitization without integration in the world of global shipping is a sure recipe for failure. While most shipping companies would say that they have embraced the digital world, there are differing degrees of digitization. Some companies operate fully comprehensive systems that extend into every corner of their business. Others might use programs such as Microsoft Word to create documents or Excel for their finances. Both companies are digitized but clearly not to the same extent.

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Gaining the Competitive Edge in a Booming Cruise Industry

2018 is set to be a recordbreaking year for new cruise ships, with just about every major cruise line due to launch a new ship during the course of the next 12 months. The four leading cruise companies – Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises – are all poised to unveil their own state-of-the-art vessels, each attempting to offer the most innovative features at sea. The cruise ship building boom will force ship owners to think of new ways to outsmart their competitors…

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China Hammers US Goods with Tariffs

China has increased tariffs by up to 25 percent on 128 U.S. products, from frozen pork and wine to certain fruits and nuts, escalating a dispute between the world's biggest economies in response to U.S. duties on imports of aluminium and steel. The tariffs, to take effect on Monday, were announced late on Sunday by China's finance ministry and matched a list of possible tariffs on up to $3 billion in U.S. goods published by China on March 23. Soon after the announcement, an editorial…

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Cybercrime at Sea: Prevention Is Better Than Cure

David Thompson, Investigator at UKP&I Club’s Signum Services consultancy arm at UK P&I Club, highlights the importance of cyber security at sea. While the use of computerized systems for everything from navigation to container inspection has enhanced the safety and security of vessels at sea, it has also created a new type of threat to the shipping industry – cybercrime. The risks around cyber security and insurers’ exposure to these risks are a concern for the industry and regulators alike.

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Barcelona Welcomes AIDAperla

AIDAperla - the youngest member of the AIDA Cruises fleet - reached the port of Barcelona via the western Mediterranean on June 7, 2017, as part of its "Welcome Cruises". During AIDAperla’s maiden season, Barcelona is, alongside Palma de Mallorca, one of the start and end ports for her seven-day cruises in the western Mediterranean. The Rostock cruise company’s latest ship will be christened on June 30, 2017 in Palma de Mallorca by model and presenter, Lena Gercke. The christening ceremony will be streamed live on the Internet, the AIDA social media channels and on board all AIDA ships.

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SailSafely Gets 300 Ambassadors

The SejlSikkert (SailSafely ) campaign enjoys fair winds and is now backed by more than 300 ambassadors, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority (DMA). Nautical warnings are now updated daily in the SejlSikkert App (SailSafely App), it said. Six deaths, 516 reported incidents and almost 3,000 unreported incidents speak for themselves – it is still necessary to pay full attention to safety at sea. For two years, the Danish foundation TrygFonden and the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board have focused fully on the safety of fishermen and yachtsmen…

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Day of the Seafarer 2017 on 25 June

With only Nine days to go until Day of the Seafarers, International Maritime Organization (IMO) encourages everyone to join the campaign and show that #SeafarersMatter. Under this theme, the campaign is engaging people responsible for the world’s ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them by featuring great initiatives that support and promote seafarer welfare. These efforts are presented on a new virtual world map, which showcases best practices and help celebrate seafarers.

Felixstowe, the busiest container port in the United Kingdom, where the IMO kicked off its 2017 World Maritime Day theme ‘Connecting ships, ports and people.’ Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

"It is Easy for Seafarers to Feel Lonely and Isolated" Says UN

Highlighting the challenges faced by seafarers – women and men sailing and working aboard ships – the United Nations International Maritime Organization has called on everyone around the world to show appreciation for their vital contributions. “Even though seafaring can provide the basis for a fulfilling and life-long career, it is still a very difficult and demanding job,” Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said in his message on Day of the Seafarer.

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Telenor Expands Communication Services for DFDS

Global maritime mobile operator Telenor Maritime said it will expand communications services for longstanding partner DFDS, deploying its connectivity platform with Premium Wi-Fi, Ka VSAT and mobile broadband backhaul for the Northern European shipping company. “We are moving fast forward into the Networked Society, and we are expecting the same experience whether we are at home or at sea when using our mobile devices,” said Frode Støldal, CEO of Telenor Maritime. “Speed and connectivity are crucial for passengers, and even more so in situations where a mobile device is used for business.

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Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma

Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. "Their safety and security is a top priority," Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maintain essential functions on the installation. Naval Air Station Key West personnel have a designated safe haven area of within 300 miles of Atlanta.

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Maritime Matters – a Global Celebration

World Maritime Day (28 September) has been marked around the world in a series of events and celebrations led by International Maritime Organization (IMO) from its London headquarters. Seafaring nations, coastal states and the shipping industry staged conferences, seminars and public events under the 2017 theme “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”. At IMO, the traditional diplomatic reception was preceded by a special visit for maritime students and young professionals from the maritime industries.

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Beagle Star to Use Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress for Superyachts

Inmarsat has launched a new and flexible Fleet Xpress plan for superyachts to address the seasonal luxury market, and through its partner e3 Systems has signed up the first superyacht Beagle Star V, a luxury sail yacht, to the plan. The award-winning Fleet Xpress service has become the fastest growing VSAT service in the 2017 commercial shipping market. With additional flexibility being a key demand for the superyacht industry, where voice and video calls, entertainment and social media can vary widely during the season…

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APL Launches Container Tracking Mobile App

APL has launched a mobile application to help shippers track containers from place of loading to delivery destinations. APL Box Track, available for download from both the Apple iTunes and Google Play stores, is designed to offer convenience and visibility, allowing APL shippers to trace and track their containers while on the go. Its intuitive interface enables users to bookmark their queried container number for a one-touch access after an initial search. Additionally, search results on the APL Box Track application can be shared over emails…

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Iran Oil Production, Exports Not Impacted by Protests

Iran's crude oil production and exports have not been impacted by the unrest spreading across the country, Iranian oil and shipping sources said on Tuesday, as a crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations that began last week. Iran, OPEC's third-biggest oil producer, pumps around 3.8 million barrels per day. "I see no impact on the production and export," one Iranian oil industry source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Everything is going normally," another source said, adding that the protests had not spread into the energy sector and "remained in the streets".