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New Vizada Broadband Packages

Vizada has launched a range of maritime broadband packages integrating Ku-band VSAT and mobile satellite services (MSS), including the newly-launched Vizada XChangeTM. Shipping companies can select the combination of VSAT, MSS hardware and airtime best suited to their needs while being able to upgrade to a higher bandwidth plan or next generation satellite service during or after contract termination. The packages range from unlimited 256kbps VSAT airtime-only starting at $1,500 per month up to an unlimited 1024kbps VSAT plus MSS airtime and hardware back-up, for a monthly fee of $2,750. Customers can choose between a VSAT antenna from Thrane & Thrane, Vizada’s preferred partner, as well as Intellian or Sea Tel, with the Inmarsat FleetBroadband 250 and 500 or Iridium OpenPort service as back up. Packages are further enhanced with the newly launched Vizada XChangeTM service, seamlessly integrating VSAT, MSS voice and broadband data in one unified network designed to provide access to Vizada SolutionsTM, such as the SkyFile messaging and security suite and Prepaid solutions, hosted via the Vizada teleports. In order to meet timeframes that suit shipping companies’ needs, Vizada offers flexible contractual terms, starting from 12 month commitments. 36 month contracts include vessel lay-up and bandwidth upgrade options while allowing for the best migration path to next generation Ku- or Ka-band service.


Feature: Losing Contact ... Not an Option

Maritime communications is an estimated $1 billion industry, encompassing ship operators, merchant fleets, governments and private yacht owners. There is arguably no more quickly evolving technical sector in the maritime market than the satellite communications niche. Safety, operational efficiency and quality of life onboard vessels of all type and size today more than ever depends on clear, reliable and cost effective satellite communication services and products


CMA CGM Agent in Ouagadougou Has Moved

  CMA CGM Agent DELMAS BURKINA FASO (Ouagadougou office) has moved to the following address: DELMAS BURKINA FASO Avenue KWAME NKRUMAH Immeuble Banque Atlantique 01BP 4101 Ouagadougou BURKINA FASO Tel: +(226) 25 41 77 72 Tel:+ (226) 25 41 77 73  


Sea Wave Power Stations Contract for SDE Energy

Israel-based SDE Energy Ltd  has signed an agreement with the Conakry government for the development of a 100MW sea wave power plant along the coastline of Guinea Conakry, West Africa. This project is intended to help Conakry become more independent and with a stable power supply that can solve all its energy problems. Due to the high oil prices and the rising costs of electricity, sea-wave energy production has emerged to become today a proper viable alternative for renewable energy


Directory: Marine Materials

AquaMarine Engineering Company P.O. Box 83495 San Diego, CA 92138 Tel: (619) 498-3899 E-mail: Shimizu717@aol.com Aquamarine Engineering supplies titanium heat exchangers, and has done so for the marine industry for more than a decade. The shell-and-tube design have performed as main engine fresh water coolers, hydraulic oil coolers, refrigeration condensers and brine coolers. Blue Ice and TI-Hex heat exchangers all feature titanium tubes


New Schottel Sales Partner for Namibia & South Africa

Effective immediately Stone Marine Services will be the official Schottel sales partner for Namibia and South Africa. Stone Marine Services has been a Schottel partner for UK and the Republic of Ireland already. The German manufacturer of marine propulsion systems claims this is a further step towards enhanced commitment to the customer. Contact Details: Stone Marine Services Namibia (PTY) Ltd 2003 Ben Amathila Avenue, PO Box 2923, Walvis Bay, Namibia Tel: +264 64 204388


New Radio Holland Location in UK

Imtech Marine Group and Radio Holland Group announced that a new Radio Holland service location in the southern part of the United Kingdom has been established. The office of Imtech Marine & Offshore in the UK will perform service activities for navigation and communication equipment, trading as Radio Holland. Imtech Marine & Offshore UK will, with direct support from Radio Holland, perform service activities from their service station in the Southampton area


AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen Moves Office

AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen, one of the largest law firms in the Netherlands, is moving its Rotterdam-based shipping, transport and insurance team to a new office on Rotterdam's Admiraliteitskade. Effective February 1, 2003, AKD's Rotterdam office will be located at: AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen Admiraliteitskade 50 3063 ED Rotterdam PO Box 4302 3006 AH Rotterdam Tel: +31 (0) 10 272 5300 Fax: +31 (0) 10-272 5400


SATCOM Battle Heats Up

The evolution of satellite communication use at sea closely mirrors that of land-based communication trends: a never-ending quest for speed, reliability and lower costs. While it is foolhardy to select this or any other single technology as the one with the greatest impact on the maritime industry, a strong case could be made for satellite communication. Prior to the introduction of radio, maritime communication was generally limited to line-of-sight visual signaling during clear weather


Rickmers-Linie Appoints Navitrans as its Agent in Turkey

Rickmers-Liniehas appointed Navitrans as its agent in Turkey with immediate effect.   Navitrans' head office is based in Istanbul. Branch offices are located in Iskenderun, Izmir and Izmit. Contact details of the head office in Istanbul are:   Navitrans Agency Services Inc Mumhane Caddesi Nuri Bey Han No. 17/2 Karakoy Istanbul Turkey Tel: +90 212 251 79 00 switchboard Fax: +90 212 249 45 32 Email: istanbul@rickmers.net Contact persons for Rickmers-Linie business are:


Legally China Can't Claim South China Sea: Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Photo:  The national association for Amateur Radio)

 Indonesian President Joko Widodo said China'a claims to the majority of the South China Sea have "no legal foundation in international law," he told Japan's Yomiuri newspaper.   "We need peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


China Criticizes US over Maritime Patrol Proposal in South China Sea

Vice Adm. Robert Thomas, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet: US Navy Photo

 China asked the United States to take no position on the South China Sea issue after US Navy Officer Robert Thomas promised to back the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in patrolling areas of the waterway.   "We hope the United States will strictly honor its


Harbor Police Rescues Stranded Sea Lion

Harbor Police officers found a sea lion wandering a roadway on February 18, 2015. After it was evaluated by SeaWorld specialists and deemed healthy, it was returned to the Pacific Ocean on February 26. (Photo: Port of San Diego)

Sea lions are a common sight in San Diego Bay, but a sea lion wandering a busy roadway and then ending up in the back of a patrol car is slightly rarer.   The San Diego Harbor Police Department received a call on February 18 of a sea lion in the roadway of Harbor Island Drive


Israel Rolls Out Port Privatization Program

Ashdod port (Picture: Israel Ports Development and Asset Company Ltd)

 The Israeli Government will privatize its two main ports, Ashdod and Haifa in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The plans were proposed by the Finance Ministry and have been approved by the Prime Minister.  Finance Minister Yair Lapid said: “This is another step in stopping the


Israeli Navy installs advanced underwater AquaShield detection system

Image of the AquaShield radar at work. (Photo: DSIT)

 Israel has launched new AquaShield defense system, which locates threats posed to Israel by individual divers and small maritime crafts.  The latest defense system makes Israel “100 percent impervious to all such attacks”


USS Cole (DDG 67) to Enter Black Sea Today

Cole (DDG 67) approaches the outer harbor breakwater as the ship departs Constanta, Romania. Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. natio

USS Cole (DDG 67) will enter the Black Sea, Feb. 8, 2015, to promote peace and stability in the region. Cole’s presence in the Black Sea will serve to reaffirm the U.S. dedication to commitment towards strengthening the partnerships and joint operational capabilities amongst U.S


Philippines, Japan to Enhance Maritime Security

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin (Source: Department of National Defense)

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and his Japanese counterpart, Defense Minister General Nakatani, renewed vows to strengthen cooperation maritime security at a time when China's reclamation in the South China Sea raises concern among ASEAN countries.


US Wants Japan to Patrol South China Sea

Courtesy: Japanese Ministry of Defense

 Admiral Robert Thomas, senior U.S. Navy officer and commander of the Seventh Fleet and the top U.S. navy officer in Asia, has told Reuters that the United States would welcome operations conducted by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in the South China Sea


Maritime Dispute an Issue for Entire ASEAN, Says US

Image: Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

The South China Sea took center stage at the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between the United States and the Philippines held in Manila, as China continues to engage in "massive" construction activities in the disputed area. Both the countries jointly expressed their concern over recent


China in Mind, Japan Seeks Maritime Ties with India

Image: Indian Navy

 apan has pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, to counter an increasingly powerful China.  During his visit in India on Saturday Japan's foreign minister Fumio Kishida said that both nations should "proactively" assume responsibilities to ensure


Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade

  Hinode Maritime Conferences have announced their "2nd Annual Conference on the Outlook for India's Seaborne Dry Bulk Trade". Considered the largest conference in India on Dry Bulk Trade to be held on January 22, 2015 at Hotel Vivanta by Taj-President Mumbai


Accelerating Sea Level Rise Threatens Coasts

Sea level rise in the past two decades has accelerated faster than previously thought in a sign of climate change threatening coasts from Florida to Bangladesh, a study said on Wednesday.   The report, reassessing records from more than 600 tidal gauges


N-Sea, Siem Offshore Extend Charter Agreement

Siem N-Sea (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has extended its charter agreement with Siem Offshore following three years of operations. The renewed agreement, concerning Siem Offshore’s offshore subsea construction vessel, Siem N-Sea (previously Siem Stork)


BIMCO Supports Young Shipping Professionals

  BIMCO encourages members to take part in the next free event organised by the Young Professionals in Shipping Network (YPSN) in Shanghai on 15 January 2015. BIMCO fully supports YPSN’s aim to hold events to help young professionals meet their industry peers, build relationships






 
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