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KVH Ships Three-Thousandth TrackPhone Terminal

KVH Industries passes the 3,000th mark with shipments of its TracPhone® terminal for the mini-VSAT Broadband network. Launched in 2007, KVH's maritime broadband service was the first to use spread spectrum technology that enabled small, easy-to-install onboard terminals to receive fast, affordable VSAT quality data connections offshore. KVH grew its service to become the world's largest maritime VSAT network through a geographic coverage rollout that is now complete and covers all the world's oceans. "We built the mini-VSAT Broadband network because we saw a huge opportunity from a potential market of 250,000 commercial, government, and leisure vessels that needed affordable offshore data connections that would allow crew members to use the Internet onboard and benefit from the efficiencies of the digital world," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's Chief Executive Officer. "Our global network is now complete, and our TracPhone product line offers a complete end-to-end solution to quickly and easily bring the benefits of fast, affordable VSAT service to vessels." The mini-VSAT Broadband network is unique in that it is the only complete, end-to-end solution for offshore connectivity. KVH designs and manufactures the onboard TracPhone terminals and antennas, owns the Earth station equipment, leases the satellite capacity, manages the network, and provides 24/7/365 after-sale support

Hughes Provides Broadband to Hercules Offshore Fleet

Hercules Offshore has invested in a satellite communications system from Hughes Network Systems, LLC. Hughes and Environmental Safety Systems International Corporation (ESSI) are equipping the entire Hercules Offshore fleet of Class 120 to Class 230 liftboats in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with Hughes satellite-based broadband maritime services. These liftboats, commonly referred to as the workhorse of the offshore industry, are reliable, versatile, and self-contained

Wrist Ship Supply Acquires Strachans


Global offshore market new target for supplies as Wrist continues rapid expansion Wrist Ship Supply, one of the world’s largest ship supply companies, today announced the acquisition of Strachans Ltd, the UK’s leading independent food distributor to the offshore catering market. This represents Wrist’s sixth deal in less than two years following acquisitions in Europe, America and Canada. The agreement combines Strachans’ specialist offshore market knowledge with

New NMEA2000 AC Monitor from Offshore Systems


Offshore Systems has introduced an NMEA2000 AC Monitor to measure onboard AC voltage, current and frequency and report them over the vessel’s NMEA2000 network.   The monitor is the latest addition to a range of vessel monitoring and control systems designed for the NMEA2000 network by Offshore Systems, and is certified to the NMEA2000 network standard.   The AC Monitor can typically measure AC sources such as shore power, generators and invertors

KVH Increases Mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity

Image courtesy of KVH Industries

                  KVH Industries, Inc. has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world, including offshore oil and gas, fishing, and shipping, the company announced today.   Utilizing 17 satellites and 24 transponders to provide global coverage

KVNR Recognizes KOTUG for Hybrid Tugs

Photo: KOTUG

The Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) has awarded its Shipping Award to Netherlands-based towage operator KOTUG for its next-generation ART80-32 Hybrid Rotortugs. The award was presented during the 10th Dutch Maritime Awards Gala in Rotterdam by Tineke Netelenbos, chairman of the KVNR Shipping Award jury, who stated, “The propulsion configuration of these new-generation ART80-32 Hybrid Rotortugs series draws on the proven design of KOTUG’s RT Adriaan

ENSCO Will Use New Communications System

ENSCO International Incorporated announced that they will install a new communications system onboard all of its Gulf of Mexico jackup rigs. The company will provide VSAT, telephone, fax, broadband internet, data and email services, all through a secure onshore hub facility. C. Christopher Gaut, ENSCO Senior Vice President, commented on the new service, ``We believe this enhanced system will enable us to better meet the communication needs of our customers and other service providers on our

Broadpoint Debuts Rate Plans, GOM

Broadpoint, a full-service telecommunications and network solutions company, announced that it will offer individual rate plans to offshore and marine employees in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. Workers can now tap Broadpoint’s 100,000 square mile cellular network for voice, SMS and data service, keeping them connected while away from home for significantly lower service costs than with traditional mobile carriers.

U.K. Could Save $5.6 Billion by Linking Offshore Wind Farms: Report

Bloomberg reports that the U.K. could save as much as $5.6 billion by connecting offshore wind farms to each other, cutting down on construction and operating costs. As much as 15 percent of the cost could be knocked off the bill for building wind infrastructure, according to a report today from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and energy regulator Ofgem. The U.K. is seeking to have about 18 gigawatts of turbines at sea installed, up from 2 gigawatts at present

Communication via Mobile Devices – Advice for Boaters

Global Marine Networks Inc. explain to blue-water boat owners how to stay in touch using the latest mobile communication devices How to stay in touch with family, friends and information through radio, satellite voice, email and Internet services while at sea with laptops and smartphones is the subject of the GMN offering. Blue water cruisers, and other boaters have more choices than ever when it comes to staying in touch while at sea, but some choices are better than others

Ericsson, Inmarsat to Streamline Supply Chain

Inmarsat and Ericsson have signed a strategic maritime agreement that is intended to facilitate the sharing of cargo, logistics and vessel operational data to help streamline the maritime supply chain.   The two companies will jointly develop services

ESAB Weldcloud for Higher Productivity

The factory of the future is online, automated and highly productive through the use of data management systems such as ESAB’s WeldCloud

  Secure, robust, flexible, scalable and future-proof, the new ESAB WeldCloud online data management platform works with ESAB’s Aristo Mig semi-automatic, Aristo Mig 5000iR robotic and LAF/TAF sub arc welding systems. Users can purchase these systems WeldCloud-ready

P&O Maritime Rebranded Repasa

Vessels from the Repasa fleet in action. Courtesy DP World

  P&O Maritime has announced the rebranding of its joint venture company Repasa, the Spanish operator of offshore support vessels for the energy industry.   P&O Repasa will become the official brand of the joint venture which has expanded its fleet in the offshore towage

Largest Underwater CO2 Release from Pipeline - DNV GL

Pipeline DNV GL

  Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is gaining momentum to meet stringent climate change goals and secure energy supplies for the future. To fully understand the environmental and safety implications associated with the development of CO2 pipelines

K-Line Rolls Out UAE Logistics Firm

 Image: K Line Europe Ltd

 Japan-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) and Sharaf Group have established a new firm, K Line Shipping & Logistics (KLSL).    Based in Dubai, UAE, KLSL will carry out businesses in the fields of marine transportation, logistics, land transportation

Maersk Line Revamps Far East/Southeast India Network

Container shipper Maersk Line has introduced two new services for its Far East/Southeast India network: the Chennai Express (CHX) and the Chennai Express 2 (CHX2).   From January 2016, the shipper will introduce two new services, a vessel sharing agreement on the Chennai Express (CHX) and

VARD Wins Offshore Vessel Order

Vard Holdings Limited, a designer and builder of offshore and specialized vessels, said it has secured a new contract for the design and construction of one offshore vessel for an undisclosed international customer. The new offshore vessel is designed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway

NJ Offshore Wind Lease Sale Moves Ahead

Offshore Wind Photo TKPL

  As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday held the nation’s fifth competitive lease

New Thunderstorm Detector for the Offshore Sector

File photo: Jan Berghuis

Thunderstorms often play a significant part in disrupting offshore operations, especially when conducting personnel transportation by helicopter. And it is not just the threat of lightning, but also the dangerous wind-shear and icing events which can take place in a cumulonimbus cloud that can

Integrated Training, Travel Solution to Meet New STCW, OPITO Regulations

  GAC Training and Service Solutions (GTSS), the specialist provider of world-class training for maritime personnel, has announced an agreement with ATPI Griffinstone, part of the ATPI Group, one of the leaders in travel solutions for the shipping and energy industries

GAC Support for Tall Ship Tenacious

The tall ship Tenacious has left her home port in the UK for an epic voyage to Australia

  The tall ship Tenacious has left her home port in the UK for an epic voyage to Australia. Over the next eight months, she will sail more than 17,000 NM and call at 26 ports en route to her final destination, Sydney. And at every stop along the way

DNV GL'S Synergi Water Models Open Channel Flow

Synergi Water modules

With the new release of Synergi Water software, water network engineers can model open channel flow, providing a more efficient and time saving design process with more accurate results. Efficient water network design Many water systems include a network of open channels to transport water

Port of Rotterdam Attracts Offshore Wind

Photo by The port of Rotterdam

 Up to now, the port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, has played a negligible role in the construction of offshore wind farms in Europe. But that is about to change. On Maasvlakte 2, Sif Group and Verbrugge International are building a dedicated offshore terminal and a production

Moffatt & Nichol Hires Chief Software Architect

Brian Yoder (Photo: Moffatt & Nichol)

Brian Yoder has joined Moffatt & Nichol as Chief Software Architect at its Long Beach, Calif. office to help manage the software product development of FlexTerm, a simulation and emulation tool developed mainly for the container terminal planning, the terminal operating system testing

Seacat Services Invests In New Vessels

Offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services has placed an order for up to four new vessels with local boat builder South Boats IoW. The DNV-GL class-certified next generation 23- and 27-meter catamarans have been specifically designed to cater for the changing needs of European

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