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Friday, March 24, 2017

Marlink Acquires IT Management Partner Palantir

Marlink has acquired Palantir AS, a Norway-based maritime IT company specializing in remote IT management solutions. The Share Purchase Agreement whereby Marlink acquired 100 percent of Palantir AS shares was completed on March 17, 2017. Palantir provides IT managers on shore with access to individual vessels or entire fleets for remote support and management of on board IT networks. Marlink and Palantir already collaboratep through a strategic partnership agreement started in September 2014, which has enabled Marlink to deliver integrated IT management services to its Sealink multi-band communications service customers, including Stolt Tankers and CMA CGM.

Australian Navy Communications Sailors Excel on Operations

Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Being used to the challenges of ship-borne communications has been an asset to delivering flexible and capable communications networks ashore as Australian Navy sailors are finding in the Middle East. On her first deployment to the  region Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Bree-ann Garner, worked as part of team developing and enhancing local area network infrastructure. Lieutenant Colonel David Jenkins, was in charge of the team and and said they had spent most…

Parramatta Saves Yachtsmen in Southern Ocean

HMAS Parramatta's Seahawk helicopter moves into position above stricken yacht 'Jedi 1' and prepares to winch her crew to safety. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Parramatta has rescued three South African sailors from a stricken yacht approximately 1,300 kilometres southwest of Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia. The three yachtsmen of the 13-metre yacht activated an emergency response beacon late on 17 March, when their mast was lost in rough seas on a journey from South Africa to New Zealand. It was their intention to abandon the vessel. The resuce was coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and to get to the sailors as quickly and safely as possible…

Singapore Supports ReCAAP ISC’s Roadmap for the Future

Governors and Representatives of Contracting Parties at the 11th ReCAAP ISC Governing Council Meeting. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore endorsed the roadmap and strategies to strengthen Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP)  Information Sharing Centre (ISC) as a Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia by 2020. Singapore, as a Contracting Party to the ReCAAP and host to the ReCAAP ISC, has participated in the 11th Governing Council meeting held from 14-16th March 2017. The Roadmap was the result of several rounds of consultations and discussions amongst Governors…

Pacific Basin Equips 99 Ships with KVH Mini-VSAT

Photo: Marco Chow / © Pacific Basin

Dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has deployed KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband solution on its entire fleet of 99 owned ships as part of its effort to modernize ship-shore communications. “Satellite communications continue to become more cost-effective over time as requirements rapidly grow for bandwidth and speed,” said Capt. Uttam K. Jaiswal, general manager – marine at Pacific Basin, a Hong Kong based owner and operator of Handysize and Supramax dry bulk ships.

ICT Changes Bring Capability Enhancement for Navy

Sub Lieutenant Samuel Penfold working on one of the older Defence IT computers prior to it being upgraded to the newer system. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

The biggest upgrade of Defence Secret and Protected networks in more than ten years will drive significant change for Navy, with 192 shore locations set to experience major network overhauls. The magnitude of the program reflects the need for the department’s information footprint to be able to support Defence capability well into the future. Commodore Jeff Goedecke is the Director General of Business Relationship Management in Communication Information Officer Group said the changes are likely to impact most Navy people in some way.

Hagenuk Comms Systems for 3rd Combat Support Ship

Hagenuk Marinekommunikation GmbH (HMK), a subsidiary of Atlas Elektronik, is also equipping the 3rd combat support ship (EGV) of the German Navy with its communication system. A contract to this effect was signed recently with the consortium for the Class 702, 2nd batch. HMK will be responsible for the complete integration, installation and setting-to-work of the integrated communication system for the Class 702 replenishment ships; this includes the entire radio equipment for external radio communications as well as the internal communication system. The communication system features the latest technologies, such as HF broadband antenna systems, adaptive radio techniques, on-board network (LAN) and wireless internal communication.

ENSCO, RigNet Renew Contract

RigNet Inc., a privately held provider of managed communications services to the oil and gas industry, announced it has renewed its contract with ENSCO Offshore Company to provide voice and high-speed data services to ENSCO's fleet-wide drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. As part of this renewal, RigNet will now be the sole communications provider for ENSCO's Gulf of Mexico fleet, replacing Caprock Communications who had provided satellite communications. As part of the agreement with ENSCO, the RigNet communications solution will continue to be available on each of ENSCO's 19 rigs operating in this region. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Andersen Named Head of Corporate Communications for Aker

Torbjørn Andersen has been employed as head of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations in Aker Yards. Andersen comes from a position as head of Corporate Communications in Aker Kværner. Tore Langballe, head of Corporate Communications and IR has accepted a position as SVP Corporate Communications in PGS ASA. He will be succeeded by Mr Torbjørn Andersen. Andersen was head of Corporate Communications in Aker Kvaerner until 31 December 2007. Mr. Langballe has been with Aker Yards since 2004.

ORBIT EXPANDS GLOBAL PRESENCE FOR ITS SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS UNIT

Netanya, Israel, March 14, 2011 – ORBIT Communication Systems, Ltd., a Satellite Communications, Tracking & Telemetry, and Communications Management Systems provider, today announced that it has appointed new regional sales directors in Europe and Latin America for its Satellite Communications (SatCom) Business Unit. Mr. Michel Rieken has joined ORBIT Communication Systems Europe as Director of Sales and Business Development. Having worked over 20 years in the telecommunications industry, including 12 years in satellite communications, Mr.

Hapag-Lloyd, Inmarsat Ink Fleet Xpress Deal

Image: Inmarsat

Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has signed a five-year contract with Hapag-Lloyd to migrate all ships directly managed by the shipping line to services enabled for Fleet Xpress. Hapag-Lloyd, the sixth largest container shipping operator in the world by Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) capacity, will transition all existing ships that it manages in-house from Inmarsat FleetBroadband services to Fleet Xpress. The agreement also covers five 10,500 TEU vessels as latest new builds.

Four New Expedition Cruise Vessels Ordered

Image: SunStone Ships

SunStone Ships, Inc. and China Merchants Industry Holdings Co., Ltd. (CMIH) have signed a framework agreement for the construction of four expedition vessels with options for an additional six vessels. The new vessels will be part of the SunStone Fleet and chartered to new and existing clients. CMIH has entered into an agreement with Ulstein Design & Solutions, who will supply the vessel’s design and equipment package, as well as the supervision for the building of the vessels.

Marlink Signs Deal with Kyma

OSLO, Norway and ROCKVILLE, Maryland (October 27, 2003) - Marlink today announced that it has signed a five-year agreement with the owners of the MV Mona Lisa, represented by Kyma Ship Management, Inc. of Miami, Florida, to provide complete satellite communications onboard the vessel. The agreement calls for Marlink, a company within Telenor Satellite Services formed to serve as the preferred interface between maritime customers and the satellite communications industry, to provide Sealink high-speed communications service. Operating at speeds up to 2 Megabits per second, the Sealink solution allows guests and crew to enjoy greater access to the Internet, e-mail, fax services, and telephone service.

ICG Helps Optimize Passenger Calling Services

The cruise line industry had a problem with optimizing passenger calling services. The requirements to any solution presented were to replicate the automation and conveniences offered by a contemporary business hotel and to make the billing and accounting functions automatic and accurate. Many of the large cruise lines came to ICG with their requirements because of the expertise acquired through years of providing communications management and control solutions to the commercial shipping and general aviation industries. ICG was tasked to provide a multi-medium communications control and switching center and to provide an accounting platform to account for every outbound call, whether it was revenue bearing or an expense.

Suez Canal Authority Goes for Major Communications Upgrade

Suez Transit: Photo CCL

Provider of business collaboration and communication solutions, Avaya, says it has signed a major deal with Cairo ICT 2013, which enables the Suez Canal Authority to move their full 15,000 communications ports to Avaya Aura® Communication Manager. In a move towards complete unified communications the Suez Canal Authority will be able to  improve employee mobility, centralizing the communications network with Modular Messaging technology that can 'find' employees and coordinates messaging across sms, email and voice services.

Rune Olav Pedersen Takes Over Corporate Communications in PGS

PGS' General Counsel Rune Olav Pedersen's role is expanded to also include the following departments from Corporate communications; investor relations (IR), internal and external communications, corporate marketing and customer relations. He will now have the position General Counsel and SVP Communications and Marketing and will continue to report to CEO Jon Erik Reinhardsen. Bård Stenberg is appointed VP Corporate Communications, responsible for IR, external and internal communications and will report to Rune Olav Pedersen. These organizational changes have been made following Tore D. Langballe announcing he will be leaving PGS to take a position as SVP Corporate Communications and IR, and Chief of Staff in Akastor ASA, an Aker-owned company.

Globe Wireless Granted Japan License

Globe Wireless Granted Blanket Wireless Radio Station License by the Japanese Ministry of Information and Communications. Globe Wireless, a  leading provider of communications, operational and IT solutions to the maritime industry, today announced it has been granted a Blanket Wireless Radio Station License by the Japanese Ministry of Information and Communications. This license authorizes Globe Wireless to offer Inmarsat FleetBroadband mobile satellite communications services in Japan and on Japanese registered vessels.

Paperless Navigation & Comms Solution Launched

Consilium and Orange launch Current At Sea, a paperless maritime navigation and communication solution. Consilium and Orange Business Services are modernizing maritime communications with the launch of a paperless navigation solution that extends an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) over the world’s largest MPLS-based network. This bundled, flat-rate solution named Current At Sea enables shipping companies to move to a fully electronic platform for navigation and communications. Current At Sea is a future-proof, modular ECDIS and communication system that can include voyage optimization programs, fleet and ship management systems, and real-time monitoring applications.

Satlink Signs on with Fleet Xpress, FleetBroadband

Satlink Satellite Communications Ltd, a satellite communication and technical services provider, announced that it has become an Inmarsat Partner for Fleet Xpress and FleetBroadband. As part of the partnership Satlink’s solutions will be integrated with Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service to deliver value added services including its in-house developed Satbox, and Tracklite service that enhances connectivity to their existing global customer network involving merchant shipping, offshore, fishing and leisure markets. Socrates Theodossiou, joint Managing Director of The Tototheo Group said, “On-board bandwidth requirements keep growing, driving the satellite communications industry to integrate and develop in-house tailor made solutions for end-users.

L-3 Henschel Wins Sub Contract

L-3 Communications SPD Technologies group said its Henschel business unit has been awarded a contract to provide the integrated communication system (ICS) for the next six VIRGINIA-class (SSN774) submarines. "The integrated communication system award builds on our strong relationship with General Dynamics Electric Boat Division," said Don Roussinos, president of L-3 Communications Henschel. "The multi-year contract ensures we provide Electric Boat the best value for the Virginia-class submarines."

MTN Provides VSAT to Crystal Cruises

MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), global service provider of communications, connectivity, and content services to remote locations around the world, announced that it has been awarded a five-year contract extension with Crystal Cruises to provide its VSAT satellite communication services. According to Brent Horwitz, senior vice president, MTN cruise and ferry services, MTN will continue providing a full range of satellite communication services for guests and crew, including onboard cellular phone service, OceanPhone crew calling, inbound dialing, and MTN Worldwide TV. The agreement calls for each ship to have a guaranteed committed information rate (CIR) of 1 MB with the ability to burst to significantly higher bandwidth levels. www.mtnsat.com  

Telenor Purchases GMPCS Personal Communications

Telenor Satellite Services, a subsidiary of Telenor of Norway purchased GMPCS Personal communications, Inc., based in Pompano Beach, Florida. Founded in 1996, GMPCS Personal Communications is a full service provider of global mobile personal communications via satellite. The company is a supplier of equipment, accessories, and value-added solutions and serves many Fortune 500 and Global 1000 corporations. The company realized revenues in excess of $23 million in 2003, a growth of more than 60 percent over 2002 figures.

Marlink Launches Broadband Global Area Network Service

Marlink today announced that it now offers a full range of Inmarsat services for customers requiring flexible and efficient land mobile communications over satellite. Marlink's new Regional Broadband Global Area Network (Regional BGAN) offers reliable, 24-hour a day Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity at data speeds of up to 144kbps via a secure channel. The service is available in Europe, Asia, and northern and central Africa. The service affords enterprise customers, governments, global and regional businesses, as well as educational facilities the ability to securely extend their corporate networks and access the Internet, via satellite, regardless of the local communications infrastructure.

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