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Global Inmarsat Fleet Service Launched

On April 1, Xantic became the world’s first company to offer the new maritime Inmarsat Fleet 77 service globally. It is also the first provider to have its service commercially approved for global operations by Inmarsat. It is the service’s availability via the company’s Burum (Netherlands) and Perth (Australia) Land Earth Stations that allow Xantic to become the first LESO to offer a fully global Inmarsat Fleet service, spanning all four Inmarsat ocean regions. Approval for commercial operation was granted by Inmarsat at the end of March following a successful and extensive test program. Inmarsat Fleet allows several forms of rapid and effective communication, including global voice, the world’s first global standardizd satellite ISDN for high-speed calls, and 2-way GMDSS voice calls incorporating the latest IMO requirements – another world first. The Inmarsat Fleet service offers a range of added benefits, including the crucial addition of a Mobile Packet Data Service (MPDS) capability. This provides a permanent, high-capacity, always-online connection to all vessels in a fleet. Users only pay for the actual data sent and received. As well as being highly cost-effective, MPDS allows instant operational information from a fleet, immediate e-mail and file deliveries to vessels, a secure means of incorporating all at-sea vessels into a corporate network, and easy set-up and maintenance.


Straightforward Safety from Schat-Harding

Lifeboat and davit manufacturer Schat-Harding is making its global service network available to all shipowners by offering a fixed term multi-brand Fleet Service Agreement covering all lifeboats, davits, hooks and winches for any shipowner. The Fleet Service Agreement provides a fixed point of contact for all lifeboat and davit matters, and fixed pricing for annual and five yearly services in key ports designated by the shipowner. It is a new and unique service agreement.


Xantic Offers Free Airtime

Xantic, the first global provider of Inmarsat Fleet 33 and Fleet 55 for all four-ocean regions, announced a unique offer on these recently launched services. Together with the Fleet 77 service launched in the beginning of 2002, Xantic now offers the full suite of Inmarsat Fleet services. The Fleet 33 and Fleet 55 offer comprises US$ 500 of free airtime for each new activation using Xantic. It is available for terminals activated up until 1 April 2004 and the free traffic is to be used before


Thome Names Senior Managers

Steffen Tunge, Director and Chief Operating Officer

Thome Ship Management Announces Series of Senior Key Appointments.   Thome Ship Management, one of the world’s leading independent third party ship managers, has appointed Steffen Tunge as Director and new Chief Operating Officer for its Tanker Fleet. His appointment is effective immediately.   Steffen Tunge’s arrival at Thome brings onboard a vast amount of experience from the tanker industry and he will add valuable hands-on experience from his many years in


Inmarsat Launch New Fleet Services

Inmarsat Limited have launched the commercial availability of the Fleet F55 and Fleet F33. The new Fleet services incorporate global voice and a range of fax and data services. According to the manufacturers, Inmarsat Fleet F55 and F33 bring the benefits of satellite communications to vessels which were previously restricted by size and cost of terminal hardware. Maritime information, such as sea and weather charts, can now be accessed online and updated in real-time


LNG Carrier Cleared for Service

The Suez Matthew moored in Everett, Mass., around 11 a.m. on Dec. 29, after the captain of the port lifted a detention order placed on the LNG tanker when it temporarily lost propulsion east of Provincetown, Mass., late Saturday night. The captain of the port of Boston reviewed and approved the final repair certification presented by Lloyd's Register, an internationally recognized classification society, and the ship's owner, Hoegh Fleet Services


Lazard Frères Renews 'Buy' Rating For NNS

Based on Newport News Shipbuilding's second quarter earnings increase, strong third quarter performance and high expectations for fourth quarter revenues, research firm Lazard Frères & Co. LLC has renewed its buy rating for the company, and raised its full-year estimate for 2000 to $2.60 from $2.50. Construction programs in aggregate should approach $1 billion next year, an increase from an earlier forecast of $687 million for 1999.


Malaysian Shipping Masterplan by Year-end

Photo: Malaysian Shipowners’ Association (MASA)

 The Malaysian Shipping Masterplan draft, which seeks to identify issues and make recommendations on the criticality of the shipping industry, will be ready by 2015-end, Bernama reported as Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai saying.   “The masterplan would elaborate and recommend appropriate strategies and measures to revitalise the shipping industry in particular and the supporting industry in general and it would change the entire spectrum of Malaysian shipping


Virginia (SSN 774) Class Submarine Program Achieves Multiple Milestones

The Virginia Class Submarine Program (VCSP) achieved Initial Operating Capability, when USS Virginia (SSN 774) successfully completed her Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) and began regular fleet service. Upon completion of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, also known as Operational Evaluation, and certification by the Type Commander in the spring of 2009, VCSP will reach Full Operational Capability. The Virginia class is the first post-Cold War submarine and is designed


Elcome Scores Service Agreements in the Middle East

Marine technologies and system integrator Elcome International has signed fleet service agreements with two major ship operators in the Middle East, the company announced today.   Elcome will provide shore-based maintenance and service for navigation, automation and electrical systems for 45 crude and product tankers operated by a Dubai-based shipping company under a three-year contract. The scope of work will include periodic inspections, performance and health checks


US Navy Accepts delivery of 7th Austal EPF

Photo: Austal

Austal USA’s Expeditionary Fast Transport (EPF) team finalized the delivery of USNS Carson City (EPF 7) to the U.S. Navy during a small document-signing event held onboard the ship on June 24, 2016.   The EPF program provides the Navy with a new high-speed intra-theater transport


Moore Assumes Command of NAVSEA

Vice Adm. Thomas Moore relieves Vice Adm. William Hilarides as commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) during a change of command ceremony today at the Washington Navy Yard. NAVSEA provides centralized surface ship li

Vice Adm. Thomas J. Moore relieved Vice Adm. William H. Hilarides as commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) during a June 10 ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard. Moore graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in math and operations analysis


Marlink Integrates Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress

Maritime communication and maritime VSAT operator Marlink has signed a strategic alliance with Inmarsat, which will see Inmarsat’s new Fleet Xpress service integrated into Marlink’s existing service portfolio. Through the agreement, Marlink will bring more than 2


Davie Begins First Resolve-Class AOR Conversion

Photo: Davie Shipbuilding

Davie Shipbuilding has cut first steel for the Resolve Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessel.   The project consists of converting a containership into an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship to support the operations of the Royal Canadian Navy


VT Halter Launches Tug for Bouchard

Frederick E Bouchard launch Photo Courtesy VT Halter Marine

VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announces the launch of the M/V Frederick E. Bouchard, at its Moss Point Marine Shipyard Facility in Escatawpa, Mississippi on Thursday, March 31, 2016. M/V Frederick E


This Day In Naval History: March 30

USS Hawes (FFG 53) (U.S. Navy photo)

1944 - Task Force 58 begins bombing of Japanese airfields, shipping, fleet servicing facilities, and other installations at Palau, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai in the Carolines. 1944 - USS Darter (SS 227) sinks a Japanese army cargo ship near New Guinea, despite the presence of an escort vessel


VT Halter Delivers ATB Tug to Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. on sea trials (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine, Inc. announced the delivery of the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., the first of the two 6,000 horsepower Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs to Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.    Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, the M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr


VT Halter Launches Another ATB Tug for Bouchard

M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr.  6,000hp Twin Screw ATB tug (Photos: VT Halter)

Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine, Inc. and Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc. announced the launch of M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr., a 6,000hp Twin Screw Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tug, on October 29, 2015.   The M/V Morton S. Bouchard Jr. is part of a two-vessel contract awarded to the shipyard


Maersk to Install Inmarsat's Entertainment Service

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  The leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that Maersk Tankers, the owner and operator of one of the world’s largest fleets of product tankers, has chosen to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Media maritime entertainment service on 30 of its


Drydocks World Highlights Capabilities at Nor-Shipping

Photo: Drydocks World

Drydocks World, provider of maritime and offshore services to the shipping, oil, gas and energy sectors, showcased its global services, projects and infrastructure to an international audience at the 50th Nor-Shipping Exhibition in Oslo from June 2-5, 2015.   


AAL Fleet to Expand, Surpass 500,000 DWT in 2015

  The AAL Bangkok (Photo courtesy of AAL)

  Global ocean transport operator AAL today announced plans to increase the size of its fleet to over 500,000 dwt in 2015.    Comprising owned and chartered vessels, the move will add needed capacity to the multi-purpose sector’s youngest and most advanced fleet


VT Halter Launches ATB Tug for Bouchard

ATB tug Kim M. Bouchard (Photo: VT Halter Marine)

VT Halter Marine launched ATB tug Kim M. Bouchard for Bouchard Transportation at Moss Point Marine facility on February 26, 2015. Measuring 150 feet long, the 10,000hp twin screw ATB tug is classed by ABS as A1 Towing Vessel, Dual Mode ATB, USCG Subchapter M


RCN to 'Retire' Four Ships, Procure Replacements

HMCS Preserver: Photo RCN

Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), informed a recent news conference that the RCN begins its transition to the future fleet. The four ships to be taken out of service are Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Protecteur and Preserver


VT Halter to Build Bouchard ATB Tugs

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced new contracts to build two 130-foot Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) tugs for Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. (Bouchard). Measuring 130 feet by 38 feet by 22 feet, these 6


Harding Inks Deals with Three Industry Giants

The signing (Credit Harding)

In the past few weeks, Harding, an international supplier of maritime safety equipment, has signed three framework agreements with Statoil, Petrobras and A.P. Møller Mærsk. "This shows that our global strategy of being a complete supplier of both equipment and services was






 
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