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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


CMA CGM Acquires OPDR

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The CMA CGM Group has acquired the German shipping company Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei GmbH & Co. KG (OPDR), CMA CGM founder, chairman and CEO Jacques R. Saadé announced during his visit in Hamburg, Germany on November 25


Meyer Turku Building another Ship for TUI Cruises

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Meyer Turku Oy celebrated the start of production of cruise ship Mein Schiff 5 on November 18, 2014, as the cutting machine was started by Mike Schwanke, Marketing Director of TUI Cruises at a ceremony witnessed by members of Meyer Turku, TUI Cruises and DNV GL.


Ship Management Contracts for BSI Newbuilds

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Norway-based Golden Energy Offshore has entered into management contracts for two platform supply vessels (PSVs) under construction at Ulstein Verft for Blue Ship Invest (BSI). The PX121 designed vessels are due for delivery in the first quarter of 2015


Study: Offshore Ambient Vibration Monitoring

Dr. Daniel Fridline (left) and Dr. Neveen Shlayan (right). Photos courtesy of SUNY Maritime College.

SUNY Maritime research team studies ambient vibration monitoring of offshore equipment Two State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College professors have received a $65,000 grant from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to develop a program for inspecting underwater drilling equipment


Technip to Modernize Flexi France

The site encompasses the worlds first and largest unbonded flexible pipemanufacturing facility as well as Technips flexible pipe R & D center, onshore and offshore engineering, offshore construction

  Technip announces an investment over four years to modernize its flexible pipe manufacturing plant, Flexi France, in Le Trait, France. Further strengthening Technip’s expertise and industrial capabilities at the site will reinforce its global position in the production of flexible


ClassNK Expands Veracruz Office

The 462 gt offshore support vessel Lluavi is one of the ships that transferred to ClassNK this year

  Leading classification society ClassNK has announced the expansion of its Veracruz Office in order to better support the growing offshore oil industry in the Gulf of Mexico. The expansion will increase the survey capabilities and management of the Veracruz office in response to growing


GE Opens Global R&D Center in Brazil

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  *  Working with Petrobras and BG Group to develop advanced technologies for oil and gas processing on the seabed *  GE’s Brazil Technology Center to focus on subsea oil and gas research, capitalizing on $1.2 trillion offshore market opportunity


Cat Unveils MaK M 25 E Platform

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Caterpillar Marine launched the MaK M 25 E engine platform at SMM, an engine platform developed for state-of-the-art vessel designs with an emphasis on fuel savings. Key product features include optimized engine performance as well as an efficient part load range


SBM Offshore Shares Jump as Bribery Case Settled

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SBM Offshore NV has settled a bribery case with Dutch prosecutors for $240 million, including a $40,000 fine, sending shares in the Dutch oil platform leasing firm up more than 20 percent on Wednesday. The settlement, which was in line with provisions already taken


Speedcast Secures Deal with AMPTC

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SpeedCast International Limited announced that it has been awarded a multiyear contract from Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC), a provider of maritime transport services of hydrocarbon substances in the Middle East region.  SpeedCast will provide satellite network connectivity


New Collision Guidance for the Offshore Industry

Mitigating the risk of collision at sea requires an understanding of the causes. The new industry guidance issued by Lloyd’s Register aims to help make offshore operations safer for marine and energy operators. Lloyd Register’s new Guidance Notes for Collision Analysis assist owners


ESG Holds HOSMAX Double Launch Event

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. held its third HOSMAX Double Event in Panama City, Florida. On Friday, October 24, 2014, the christening and subsequent launching of the HOS Brairwood (Hull 210) the 10th HOSMAX launch in 20 months, followed with the same day delivery of the HOS Black Watch 


SWISSCO Sets Up JV with Union Offshore

  The Board of Directors of Swissco Holdings Limited has entered into a joint venture with Union Offshore Ltd, a company incorporated in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The joint venture has secured a charter contract with an approximate value of up to US$115 million to provide an


SBM Offshore Reaches Out-of-court Settlement

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  SBM Offshore today reached an out-of-court settlement ex Article 74 of the Dutch Criminal Code with the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office (Openbaar Ministerie) over the inquiry into alleged improper payments.  Furthermore, the United States Department of Justice has informed SBM


SERS Partners IEMS for Enhanced Oil Spill Response Services

Enhanced Oil Spill Response Services

  Dubai-based Swire Emergency Response Services (SERS), a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore group, announced its partnership with Mediterranean-based International Environmental and Marine Services (IEMS) to jointly provide Tier 2/3 response services to clients in Europe






 
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