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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


New NMEA2000 AC Monitor from Offshore Systems

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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


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


Wrist Ship Supply Acquires Strachans

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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


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


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


Gulf Offshore Selects CapRock VSAT

CapRock Communications announced a three-year contract with Gulf Offshore – a wholly owned subsidiary of GulfMark Offshore Inc. – to deploy its broadband maritime service, SeaAccess Communications, onboard its fleet operating in the North Sea and along the coast of Africa. SeaAccess’ VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services will enable GulfMark to extend its corporate IT network and applications to its vessels and provide onboard crew morale services.


Harris Corp Acquires CapRock Communications

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CapRock Communications, a global provider of mission-critical managed satellite communications solutions for the energy, government and maritime industries. Established in 1981, CapRock managed network solutions include multiband, portable and fixed satellite communications services supported by its teleports and network operations centers


MTN Broadband Coverage Expanding

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After launching its Terrestrial Broadband Network (TBN) just more than one year ago, MTN Communications (MTN) announces the number of TBN-connected cruise ships has doubled and covered regions have tripled. Since the MTN TBN kick-off in Alaska in the Summer 2013 cruise season


Marorka Opens Offices in Copenhagen

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Marorka announced it is currently expanding following a substantial injection of funds. The expansion plan was approved and Marorka will extend its worldwide network in 2014. As a result, Marorka has opened Copenhagen offices in August 2014 and offices in Dubai and Athens will be strengthened


Norvestor to Become PG’s Largest Shareholder

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Norvestor VI, L.P., a fund advised by Norvestor Equity AS, announced it has signed an agreement to invest in Ing Per Gjerdrum AS including its subsidiaries PG Hydraulics AS and PG Construction AS. The transaction is expected to close end of October 2014


EMAS Offshore Launches Singapore Listing

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EMAS Offshore boosts profile amongst international investment community by providing Asian platform for growth;  Singapore public offer opens at 6.00 p.m. today and closes at 12.00  noon on 2 Oct 2014.   EMAS Offshore Limited (“EMAS Offshore”


Optimarin Cements Offshore BWT Market Share

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Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin says over 50% of its system orders now placed for PSVs, AHTS and associated, advanced service vessels.   According to CEO Tore Andersen, the last six months alone have seen 16 new agreements signed


NSSLGlobal Adds New Satellite Beams

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The additional beams will improve NSSLGlobal’s coverage of Europe and the Far East.   NSSLGlobal, an independent service provider of satellite communications, has added two new satellite beams to improve the quality and geographical reach of its global VSAT network


Mammoet Partners with Port Freeport

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At the upcoming Breakbulk Americas Event in Houston, Mammoet will present its partnership with Port Freeport, Texas. With this partnership, Mammoet intends to take its factory-to-foundation service to the next level. Mammoet’s factory-to-foundation service aims to ensure that large and


Bibby Offshore Scoops Two Business Awards

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Bibby Offshore, a provider of subsea installation, inspection, repair and maintenance services to the offshore oil and gas industry, has been recognized at the 2014 Northern Star Business Awards winning in the categories Commitment to People Development and Outstanding Contribution to the Energy


German Shipbuilder FSG Taken Over by Siem Industries

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The German Shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) informs that it has a new owner: the Norwegian controlled Siem Industries will take over command of the shipyard, including all its employees. Peter Sierk and Frank Bywater, the two Managing Directors of FSG


Commandant Signs USCG Coast Guard Strategy Document

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The US Coast Guard informs it has released the 'Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy' under the signature of Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, who outlines the content of the document as follows: "This morning I signed the Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy


Investors Warm up to German Offshore Wind

German offshore plants attract new investment; offshore energy a key component in switch from nuclear. Start-up costs high, but returns are attractive. Germany's offshore wind parks, once seen as only for brave investors because of high costs and operational risks


Pay-As-You-Go Satellite TV Service

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KVH TracVision owners in the U.S. can now enjoy satellite TV from DISH Network on their boats and pay only for the months of service they use KVH Industries, Inc., is bringing the benefits of “Pay-As-You-Go” satellite TV service from DISH Network to customers in the marine market


Cloud Data for Real-time Vessel Monitoring

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Chetco Digital Instruments (CDI) has partnered with Telemetryapp.com to offer a complete vessel monitoring and data visualization system based on cloud data services. By integrating CDI’s HelmSmart.net vessel data acquisition and storage service with Telemetryapp’s data board


Last Call to Register for SHIPPINGInsight

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Maritime industry conference and exhibition opens next week in Stamford, Conn. There’s still time to register online for SHIPPINGInsight 2014, the North American maritime industry technical conference and exhibition, which opens next week in Stamford, Conn.


Two More Damen Twin Axe Catamarans for SeaZip

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Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service signed another contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Wind Energy in Hamburg. The two new vessels, to be named SeaZip 3 and SeaZip 4, will be mobilized in transporting personnel and small quantities of freight to North Sea offshore wind






 
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