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Globalstar USA Expands Coverage

Globalstar USA announced extended service coverage in both Alaska and the North Atlantic. As a result of agreements among Globalstar service providers in North America and Europe, calls can be made along the main shipping route between the two continents. Globalstar's expanded coverage also includes Alaska, regions of the north Pacific to the International Date Line, portions of Greenland, and all of Iceland.


Saab Transpondertech Wins Contract

Saab TransponderTech has won a contract to supply Automatic Identification System (AIS) base stations in China, as part of a major extension of AIS coverage along China’s coastline. The contract, which was awarded by the China Marine Safety Agency through Shanghai Navstar Technology, includes 35 dual base station sites with networking systems and enhanced data logging functionality. This AIS network will expand coverage in the Yangtse River and the North, East and South China Sea


TracPhone FleetBroadband Global Service

Mariners relying on the TracPhone FB500 and FB250 satellite communications systems from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) can enjoy the activation of Inmarsat’s newest I-4 satellite serving the Pacific Ocean. With this expanded coverage, Inmarsat FleetBroadband’s high-speed Internet and voice services are available via all existing and new TracPhone FB250 and FB500 systems operating worldwide. The TracPhone FB250 and FB500 offer KVH’s trademark commercial-grade


Broadpoint Expands Coverage into GOM

Broadpoint announced the signing of a multi-year roaming agreement with T-Mobile USA, Inc.  For the first time, T-Mobile’s customers will have access to wireless voice, data and SMS service while in and around the Gulf of Mexico. Under the contract, Broadpoint will provide T-Mobile customers access to its GSM/GPRS/EDGE network, which extends over 100,000 square miles into the Gulf of Mexico. The news comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this year of expanded coverage in


Rickmers-Linie Expands its China Coverage

Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg-based operator of heavy lift and project liner services,  is expanding its market coverage in China and is enhancing its sales and marketing activities into central China and in Southern China. According to Wolfgang Harms, Rickmers-Linie’s Chief Representative for Greater China, moving closer to the major industrial production facilities and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies will enhance the company’s ability to offer


Caterpillar Marine Launch Product Support Campaign at Show

Caterpillar Marine Engine detail: Image courtesy of Caterpillar Marine

At the 2013 International Workboat Show, Caterpillar is launching an unprecedented product support campaign, unveiling not only a new Cat® 3406 Marine Bundled Repair Solution but also Extended Service Coverage (ESC) for all available Bundled Repair Solutions. The new Cat 3406 bundled repair solution, which builds off of the Cat 3412 bundled repair solution launched earlier this year, is a customizable, comprehensive solution for customers looking to keep their vessels on the water longer


Seaman’s Work Extends Beyond Insurance Coverage

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the marine coverage endorsement on the business insurance purchased by a ship operator did not provide coverage for the on-shore work being performed by a seaman when he was injured. Thus, while the ship operator was liable, under the Jones Act, to the seaman for his injuries, it was unable to recoup those monies from the business insurance company, since the policy only covered work performed on the ship.


O.W. Bunker Expands Far East Business

O.W. Bunker has expanded their activities in the Far East with the establishment of O.W. Bunker China Ltd. The new company will be situated in Hong Kong and is the result of the purchase of all activities from South Horizons International Petroleum Ltd. (SHIP), Hong Kong. With effect from 1st May, 2004, all bunker activities of SHIP Hong Kong will be transferred to the newly established company. O.W. Bunker China Ltd


M.E.B.A. Calls for Recognition of U.S. Cruise Industry Mariners

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association Raises Awareness of U.S. Mariners in the Cruise Industry in Light of Media Coverage The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (M.E.B.A.) will represent U.S. Merchant Mariners on the only U.S.-flagged and U.S. crewed cruise ship, the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) Pride of America. Recent media coverage concerning the cruise line industry has highlighted the lack of qualified ship’s officers in this industry


Imtech Extends Indian Ocean VSAT Coverage

Photo: Imtech Marine

Imtech Marine has upgraded and extended the coverage of its Global VSAT Network. In addition to its wide network, Imtech Marine can now offer VSAT coverage in the Indian Ocean, roughly between Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, India and Indonesia, which is an important and busy area for the international maritime industry. Imtech Marine offers a reliable, cost effective and always-on broadband communication solution that utilizes the iDirect Evolution platform


TT Club Signs Partnership in The Philippines

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Specialist transport insurance provider, TT Club has appointed a network partner in The Philippines.  Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc. becomes the seventh such partner that the international logistics and freight handling insurer has in the Asia-Pacific region


OSC Plans Fleet Expansion through 2018

Photo: OSC

State-owned Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) is projecting to expand its current fleet of 43 ships to 50 by 2018, the Oman Daily Observer reported. According to the report, the expansion is in line with a ramp-up in hydrocarbon, petrochemical and industrial investment throughout Oman.


Coast Guard Battles 24-inch Plate Ice

Morro Bay, Photo courtesy of USCG

Coast Guard Cutters Morro Bay and Katmai Bay, homeported in Cleveland and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., conducted ice breaking operations in Marquette, Mich., Sunday. The harbor breakout operations commenced following a difficult and lengthy escort that started in Duluth, Minn


InterManager Welcomes New Protection for Seafarers

Captain Kuba Szymanski

InterManager said it welcomes the adoption of new measures to protect seafarers against abandonment. Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, agreed at a meeting of the International Labour Organization in Geneva last week, will ensure the provision of financial security systems to


Conqueror: 200 Cities in 100 Countries

Conqueror Freight Network said it has reached a milestone in its global coverage with the addition of its 200th city in its 100th country. “This is a significant moment for the network. With only 1/10 applications’ passing our external audit


Schechtman Promoted at Parsons Brinckerhoff

Jeffrey Schechtman

Jeffrey Schechtman has been named Deputy Regional Business Manager for the Southeast region of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position


Eagle Bulk Enters Forbearance Agreement

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Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. announced that it has entered into a waiver and forbearance agreement with certain lenders under the company's fourth amended and restated credit facility, effective March 19, 2014. Subject to the company's compliance with certain terms


Seaspan Accepts Containership Delivery

Seaspan Corporation announced that it accepted delivery of a 10,000 TEU containership, the Hanjin Buddha, which was constructed using Seaspan's fuel-efficient SAVER design. The new containership, which was constructed by Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd


CG Icebreakers Active as Shipping Picks Up

USCG photo by Levi Read

The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers are continuing to create pathways for commercial shippers throughout the Great Lakes region including the St. Lawrence Seaway, which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.


Airbus Expands VSAT Coverage

Ku-band coverage boosted with Seychelles region extension delivering high-speed data. Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (Very Small Apperture Terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.


Kongsberg Maritime's Double Whammy 200th Anniversary

Plaque presentation: Photo Kongsberg

Kongsberg Geoacoustics informs it has delivered its 200th Geoswath Plus on Kongsberg Maritime’s 200th anniversary. Nick Burchill, Subsea Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime in Canada presented a plaque to Denis D'Amours, Director of the Canadian Hydrographic Service's Pacific Region


Icebreaking Postponed in Saginaw Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) postponed an icebreaking operation originally scheduled to begin Sunday morning in the vicinity of the Saginaw Bay Entrance Channel. Based on the extent of ice coverage in the region, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock


Energy Industry Needs Insurance Against Cyber Attacks

Energy companies have no insurance against major cyber attacks, reinsurance broker Willis said on Tuesday, likening the threat to a "time bomb" that could cost the industry billions of dollars. Willis highlighted the industry's vulnerability to cyber threats in its annual review of


KVH will bring FIFA to Mariners

 KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has come to an agreement with IMG Media to distribute video content of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ to merchant ships. KVH will deliver coverage of the month-long tournament, which takes place in Brazil this summer


Canada Grain Handlers to Expand, Crops Overwhelm System

Three Canadian grain handlers said this week that they will expand facilities to handle the country's crops, after a record-smashing harvest overwhelmed the transportation system. Viterra, owned by Glencore Xstrata PLC, said on Thursday it will spend C$100 million ($92 million) to boost grain


 
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