Ship Equip announced the signing of a major broadband communications contract with Frontline Management, world leader in the international seaborne transportation of crude oil. The agreement between Ship Equip and Frontline Management AS (NYSE:FRO) includes ships from Frontline, Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Tankers. The Frontline group of companies, with majority owner John Fredriksen, is one of the world’s largest tanker owner, controlling more than 100 ships. Ship Equip will provide Frontline vessels with its exclusive SEVSAT (Ship Equip VSAT) broadband communications solution, delivering high-speed data, email and voice communications. Several SEVSAT systems have already been installed on Frontline ships and are currently in operation, providing a wide range of critical communications at a fixed cost, such as Internet access, email and telephone lines (including pre-paid crew calling). “We have been engaged in dialogue with Frontline for some time,” said Ship Equip Sales Director Knut Helge Drivenes after successfully negotiating the contract. “We reached an agreement where Ship Equip will provide our SEVSAT technology, expertise and know-how to ensure that the fleet owned by Frontline Management benefits from state-of-the-art, high-speed broadband communications at sea.”
Ship Equip announced a contract with Varada Marine to install its SEVSAT (Ship Equip VSAT) maritime broadband solution on the company’s entire fleet of Offshore Supply Vessels. Varada Marine, a company with its head office in Kristiansand, Norway, has announced an extensive new building program at ABG Shipyard Ltd in India. Deliveries of SEVSAT systems will commence in step with the new building program, with the first system already delivered to the yard.
The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a Notice stating that, effective May 24, the maximum allowable draft in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section will be increased to 80.8 dm (26’ 06”), subject to favorable water elevations. The draft increase will be for all inland ships and for ocean ships equipped with an operational bow thruster. For ocean ships not equipped with bow thrusters, the maximum allowable draft will be 80.0 dm (26’ 03”). Seaway Notice No. 10 of 2004 (HK Law)
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) announced that Kerry Pettitt has joined MTN as executive sales manager for its superyacht business in Europe and Oceania regions. Prior to joining MTN, Pettitt was the general manager for the superyacht division for Ship Equip. Pettitt has also held executive positions at Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, the Marine Contracting Association in Geneva and Stratos. www.mtnsat.com
In response to a rapid increase in activity in the Central european area, ship equip opens offce in strategically located Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The activity increase comes as a result of the steady growth of customers in the region, as well as the high number of ships calling by rotterdam as a destination or en-route. it provides a favorable opportunity to carry out installation and maintenance work. it will be fully operational from the 1st of February 2011.
MHI Develops System to Enhance Damage Stability of Ships To Reduce Capsizing Risk: Response to Revised SOLAS Convention; First Order for Vessel with New System Placed by Nippon Shipping. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a system to enhance the damage stability of ships, enabling reduction in capsizing risk, as well as a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ship* equipped with the new system. The company has already received an order for the newly equipped vessel from
Bremen – After careful comparison and in-depth analysis, German owner Hansa Shipping and Chinese shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding have decided to equip four new 4,800 TEU vessels with the German ballast water treatment technology CleanBallast® by RWO, a subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies. The plants will be delivered during the course of 2012. “We have picked RWO knowing that we are dealing with a sensitive and important task for the Future
Veka-Group has developed three new LNG tankers, which can also be used as bunker ships. Two tankers are destined for short sea trips and/or coastal services. The third tanker, a LNG inland waterway bunker ship, is the first of its type in the world. The tanker sails almost completely on the ‘boil off’ of the load and is 100% emission-free. After the introduction of the first bi-fuel tanker in the world, the “Pioneer Knutsen”
International classification society RINA launched new rules for Offshore Support Vessels, new environmental notations covering cargo handling and transshipment operations and a new guide on complete ship model calculation of passenger ships. All these initiatives were approved at a meeting of RINA’s technical committee held in Genoa this week. OSV Rules The free-standing and user-friendly Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) Rules have been developed in response to requests from
KVH IP-MobileCast CHARTlink to deliver Transas automatic chart updates to vessels at sea via multicasting technology KVH Industries, Inc., and Transas announced today a strategic relationship designed to ensure vessels at sea receive affordable, timely updates of mandatory electronic chart data. The CHARTlink channel of KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service will support delivery of chart and other data updates from Transas
Nothing escapes the constant vigilance of US surveillance activities near the Chinese coast and the Pacific First Island Chain which extends from Alaska to the Philippines, according to the Beijing Morning Post. A Pathfinder-class oceanographic survey ship USNS Bowditch is in charge
Poland is planning to get advanced cruise missiles for its submarines, the country’s defense minister has said, implying that the NATO member state is taking precautionary measures against a rising Russian threat, says a report in AP.
Azipod XO propulsion units will power two new vessels that Meyer Werft will build for Norwegian Cruise Line. ABB has been awarded a contract worth $60 million to deliver Azipod propulsion and power systems to two Norwegian Cruise Line vessels
The CMA CGM Volga, eighth of the 28 vessels named after famous rivers series, enters the CMA CGM fleet Newbuild containership CMA CGM Volga entered the CMA CGM fleet on March 17, and began her first rotation in Dalian, China, on March 20, the CMA CGM Group announced.
Navy Unveils Firefighting Robot Prototype at Naval Tech EXPO. Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall.
China has launched its first cruise liner to sail via its ambitious transcontinental initiative Maritime Silk Road (MSR) on its maiden voyage during which it will visit three South-East Asian nations. The liner has scheduled stops in Vietnam
The Taiwan Navy plans to put its first locally designed stealth missile corvette and a new locally manufactured supply vessel into service late next month, says a press statement. There will be a ceremony to formally put the corvette Tuo Jiang and supply vessel Panshih into service is
Containerships CMA CGM Loire and CMA CGM Ural were delivered to the CMA CGM Group on February 5 and entered the fleet on February 13 and 14, respectively, marking the arrival of the fifth and sixth vessels of the 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs series to be delivered through the third quarter of 2016
Royal IHC (IHC) has joined forces with Tompkins UK to enter the deep and ultra-deep water, oil and gas geotechnical survey and site investigation market under the banner of TI Geosciences. TI Geosciences will initially provide cone penetration test (CPT)/gravity coring services
Eidesvik Offshore has taken delivery of Viking Neptun, an offshore construction vessel from Kleven Verft AS. According to Eidesvik Offshore, TBN Viking Neptun is represents its largest ever investment in the subsea segment. A long-term loan facility of $124 million has been drawn with
ClassNK and Makita have agreed to bring the condition-based engine monitoring system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX to Mitsui-Makita MAN B&W main engines. The system assists in the early detection of abnormalities in electrically controlled diesel engines and is being developed in collaboration with
The maiden voyage of the containership CMA CGM Rhone started in China on February 20, the CMA CGM Group announced. The 9,365 TEU vessel CMA CGM Rhone is the seventh in a series of 28 ships from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs that will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016
Best known for modern, innovative passenger catamarans, Astilleros Unidelta SA of Buenos Aires is currently building an innovative tug. The aziumthing stern-drive (ASD) ship-handling tug is now being built at the Argentinian yard. The first, in an anticipated series
Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract worth $30.6m with the American owner Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). The contract for ship equipment comprises Azimuth main propulsion, propulsion control systems, anchor winches and an anchor handling crane for an Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel (AHTS)
Polish shipyard Remontowa Shipbuilding SA has signed a contract for building three car-and-passenger ferries for the Canadian ship owner - BC Ferries Company, said Xinhua. The Remontowa Shipbuilding shipyard in the Polish seaside city of Gdansk has laid down the keel of the first