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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


Intelsat and SpeedCast Join Forces

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New Agreement Brings Market Leading Broadband and Mobility Solutions to the Maritime, Oil & Gas and Enterprise Sectors.   Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) has established strategic agreement to provide access to its global C- and Ku-band broadband mobility network to SpeedCast, the leading global satellite communications and maritime service provider.   Under the multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide SpeedCast access to Intelsat’s global C-band and Ku-band satellite


US Obamacare Impacts the Global Marine Industry

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, the recent healthcare plan in the United States, is affecting the international superyacht industry, according to yacht insurance expert Eva Maria Karlsson of Superyacht Insurance Group (SYIG). Maria, who is president/broker at SYIG, said, “The biggest challenge presently is Obamacare. Interestingly enough, it’s actually affecting the international marine industry


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


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


Imtech Extends VSAT Coverage Above Europe

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Imtech Marine expanded its Global Ku-band VSAT network with additional coverage above Europe. Next to the Telstar 12 satellite and the Intelsat 21, the Eutelsat 10A is added to the Imtech Marine Global VSAT Network.   With this extra beam Imtech Marine offers improved coverage for its customers in Europe. Especially the yachting market, where 24/7 connectivity via internet is a high requirement, will benefit from this extra beam


How to Approach Maritime Cyber Security

Luke Ritter

Be the Hammer, not the Nail when it comes to  Maritime Cyber Security Maritime security professionals understand the value of a layered approach to risk management. Cyber security posture continues to develop as a critical component of a maritime security strategy


CMA CGM Upgrades Gulfbridge, Hispaniola Lines

Container shipping company CMA CGM Group announced its Gulfbridge service upgrade, and its Hispaniola feeder service optimization.    The CMA CGM Group upgrades its Gulfbridge service between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean area


TMR Unit MarCom Integrates with MCP

Frode Støldal

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


Logistics and Warehouse Insurance: Understanding its Complexity

Virginia Cameron

In October 2013, a fire blazed through Brazil’s Santos port, destroying six warehouses and the 180,000 tons of raw sugar inside Sugar Company Copersucar’s terminal. The fire hit all of the sugar giant’s warehouses at the port and left many exporters holding contracts for sugar


Building the World’s Largest 4G Offshore Network

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Statoil has chosen Maritime Communications Partner (MCP) to deploy and operate its high speed 4G-network on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Statoil and MCP have signed a six-year contract with an option to extend for another four years


Adani, GVK Get Oz Nod for Port Expansion

 T2 area where Abbot Point dredge spoil would be dumped (Map by Queensland Government)

 The Government of Australia has cleared project proposals to expand a port for two coal projects of both Adani Enterprises and GVK Hancock opposed by green groups.   The Labor government in Queensland will allow mining companies Adani and GVK to dredge in Great Barrier Reef waters to


Fisherman Medevaced near Cape Cod

A crewman was medically evacuated from a fishing boat by U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue crews 110 miles east of Cape Cod, Friday.   Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center received an urgent call from the fishing vessel Capt Joe stating that a 62-year-old crew


Boskalis Increases Holding in Fugro

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Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. informs it has increased its holding in Fugro N.V. to 25.1%, stressing that the move is not a step toward making an offer.   “Boskalis views Fugro as an interesting company with strong market positions in its core activities


Hafnia Reports Profit

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 Danish product tanker carrier Hafnia Tankers logged a $2.33m gain in 2014 after a strong finish to the year, according to its annual report. The firm finished 2014 in the black despite running up a $5.13m loss across the first three quarters of the year.  


Affordable SATCOM for Workboat Applications

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SATCOM edges closer to providing standardized services to the workboat sector. It’s affordable now and someday soon, you won’t be able to afford to be without it. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based JouBeh Technologies today makes it possible for far flung workboats to transmit critical data


Great Lakes Losing Ice

Great Lakes Ice Cover: Picture Credit: Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

 The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory reports ice cover for all of the Great Lakes combined at around 52%, thanks to milder temperatures and gusty winds over the past several weeks.   On March 1, nearly 89 percent of the Great Lakes were covered in ice


ISS Sets base in Mozambique

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  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world-leading marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider, has expanded its operations in Africa with the opening of new offices in Maputo, Mozambique which provide coverage across all of the country’s main ports from Pemba in the north


Port Canaveral Receives ‘A’ Bond Rating

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With $617 million in capital projects planned and under way for expansion of its cruise and cargo operations moving forward, Canaveral Port Authority has received Fitch’s  ‘A’ rating for $26.9 million of outstanding revenue bonds, series 2005 and 2006 A&B


CMA CGM Opens Corridor in Libreville

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CMA CGM announced the opening of a new corridor to Gabon's inland destinations via the port of Libreville.   Coverage of Gabon's major locations (Franceville, Lambarene, Mouila, Bitam, Moanda, Mitzic, Makokou) is provided by rail and by road


Spliethoff Chooses Imtech for VSAT Network

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Spliethoff Group, one of the largest ship management companies in the Netherlands, has awarded Imtech Marine a three-year extension contract for the supply of a broad-ranging Ship to Shore Communications service on the global VSAT network of Radio Holland






 
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