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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015. This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction in such costs. All categories of expenditure were down on those for the previous 12-month period. This suggests continued pragmatic management of costs by ship owners and operators, as well as a reduction in active trading for some owners as a result of the prolonged worldwide economic downturn.

St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments Steady in September

Photo courtesy of City of Milwaukee

“Notable increases were reflected in the export of wheat, corn and soybeans from the U.S. Ports of Duluth, Milwaukee and Toledo during the month of September,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. “The good news is that we anticipate that trend to continue for the remaining three months of the 2016 navigation season.”  Also notable were shipments of aluminum and project cargo consisting of crane components, machinery, and transformers.

New Satcom Global Website in Oceania

Our team of industry experts across Australia have local knowledge and deliver forward thinking pproaches to present day communications problems Chris Leydon, General Manager, Oceania

Today, Satcom Global launched its Australian website,, which will offer a platform to better support our valued channel partners and customers in the region. The new website will provide local points of contact, and will address the varied and growing Australian market with relevant product information and industry news. The continued geographical expansion of Satcom Global, which in the last year has seen opening of news offices in both Russia and Australia…

Maine Maritime Named Top 50 Engineering College

Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) has been listed in the rankings of the nation’s top baccalaureate colleges for the northern region in the 2011 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The college was also ranked among the nation’s top 50 engineering colleges in the category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.” Based solely on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty conducted during the spring of 2010, Maine Maritime Academy was ranked 42nd in the undergraduate engineering category. Maine Maritime Academy was ranked for the fourth consecutive year in the section titled, “Best Baccalaureate Colleges (By Region)”.

Thrane & Thrane to Trade as Cobham SATCOM

Cobham plc has established a new strategic business unit (SBU) Cobham SATCOM: Thrane & Thrane will form its core. Headquartered in Denmark, Cobham SATCOM is led by Thrane & Thrane CEO Walther Thygesen with assistance from a multinational management team, and includes Cobham’s satcom facilities in Cape Town, South Africa, Concord, California and Orlando, Florida. Cobham SATCOM is now twice the size of what either Thrane & Thrane or Cobham’s legacy satcom businesses were prior to this coambination. Rebranding of Thrane & Thrane will begin immediately and is expected to complete during 2013. In addition to adopting the Cobham SATCOM name and Cobham’s brand, the SATCOM SBU will be rebranding its products throughout 2013.

Thales’s JTRS Receives JITC Certification

Thales Communications, Inc., has announced that its AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (MBITR), or JEM, has received Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification for the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM) Integrated Waveform (IW). Thales’s SATCOM IW capability eliminates the need for warfighters to carry their existing heavy, manpack tactical radio systems, and enables each member of the team to deploy with a fully-interoperable, beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) capability. The JITC certification allows users access to SATCOM IW on their fielded AN/PRC-148 JEMs via software upgrade, producing minimal impact on deployed radios and requiring minimal operator intervention.

Inmarsat Fleet One - Satcom Global

Fleet one

Satcom Global has announced the launch of three new exclusive postpay voice and data bundles for the Inmarsat Fleet One service. Fleet One brings cost effective satellite communications to small vessels including yachts and fishing vessels, through a compact, lightweight and easy to install antenna. Accessing weather information and chart updates, keeping in contact with loved ones or simply checking the news are now as simple to do at sea as they are on land. As well as these new postpay bundles…

Rebranded Marlink Adopts a New Identity

New logo: the commercial satellite communication division of Airbus Defence and Space is rebranded as Marlink. (Image: Marlink)

The commercial satellite communication division of Airbus Defence and Space has been rebranded as Marlink, now grouping all maritime and enterprise satcom activities under one brand. Marlink’s communication solutions for maritime and land customers are now offered through its established direct and indirect sales channels. Marlink said it will deploy a segment-based approach, ensuring expert focus, best-fit connectivity technology and solutions for its maritime customers in shipping…

U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Top Rank Again

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy listed as a top institution of higher education by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review & Forbes Magazine. The U.S. News & World Report rankings provide one of the most thorough examinations of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools in the U.S. compare in a set of widely-accepted indicators of excellence. This year, the academy was ranked #2 in the Regional Colleges (North) category in the Best Colleges 2013 guidebook as well as 10th in the Best in Undergraduate Engineering Programs category. The indicators U.S. News & World Report uses to capture academic quality fall into a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions…

Thrane & Thrane to Breach Agreement With Nera

Nera ASA has been informed that Thrane & Thrane will not close the agreement relating to the sale of the Nera SatCom AS. Based on this, Nera has considered taking legal action. Nera CEO Bjorn Ove Skjeie said: “Nera’s percetion is that this is regarded as a clear breach of agreement. Skjeie regrets that the planned merger will not be carried through, as this would have been a good industrial solution. Nera SatCom will now continue as a wholly owned Nera Group company.

Transport Canada Selects EMS Satcom

EMS Satcom, a division of EMSTechnologies, Inc. reported that Transport Canada has selected the EMS SATCOM eNfusion Broadband high-speed data system to enhance marine pollution surveillance and detection on Transport Canada's National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) Dash 8 aircraft. Flight Acceptance Tests were completed in early November 2006. EMS SATCOM's eNfusion system was installed and integrated with the Swedish Space Corporation's (SSC) Maritime Surveillance System (MSS 6000) to allow for real-time transmission and replay of data. The advantage is that evidence captured during the pollution patrol can be directly transmitted from the aircraft to command centers or marine safety inspectors in real-time…

KVH Webinars: Selecting, Fielding Maritime SATCOM

The three-part series offers information for those researching, implementing, or determining the business benefits associated with offshore connectivity. Given the increasing importance of broadband connectivity for vessels at sea, KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is presenting a three-part webinar series, “SATCOM 101,” to help explain the sometimes confusing world of maritime satellite communications. Commercial maritime business leaders faced with the need to optimize ship operations and reduce costs, address business challenges of crew retention and piracy, and adapt to regulatory compliance are relying on their IT professionals to provide better ways to support vessels at sea with improved connectivity.

Imtech Demos Remote Access to Cobham’s Communication Systems

Imtech Marine and Cobham SATCOM announce at Nor-Shipping 2013 the introduction of a sophisticated remote access service. Delivered by the Imtech Marine 24/7 Global Control Rooms (GTAC, Global Technical Assistance Centres) in Rotterdam, Houston and Singapore, the new service allows direct access to a vessel’s Cobham SATCOM communications systems, including current generation SAILOR GMDSS products and satellite antennas. As a result, both companies’ work in this remote access innovation seamlessly connects with the goal of reducing equipment life-cycle costs and maximizing uptime. “Experience shows that remote equipment monitoring and direct access provides significant operational and financial benefits for ship owners…

Satcom Global Opens Office in Perth

“ Opening our new office in Perth puts us in the best position to support and service the requirements of our valued customers and channel partners in the West.

Following a strong year for the satellite communications provider, Satcom Global announced the opening of new office in Perth, in order to better serve their valued customers and partners in Western Australia. As a trusted and experienced satellite communications provider, Satcom Global has been reliably serving the Australian market for over 14 years, and the Satcom Global Oceania team boasts friendly experts across the country including Sydney, Brisbane and now Perth. The new Perth office will provide dedicated sales and account management…

$ 10 mi Infusion to Fuel Growth of Satcom Global, AND Group

“ BGF’s investment enables us to make the next step in fulfilling the long-term growth strategy of BSS, allowing us to address additional growth opportunities & partnerships across key geographies & specific market segments

Broadband Satellite Services Ltd (BSS), parent company of satellite communications provider Satcom Global and marine engineering firm AND Group, has received a $10m investment from UK based organisation, Business Growth Fund (BGF). This significant investment will allow BSS to accelerate its long-term growth strategy, enabling expansion and development within the Mobile Satellite Services market, further strengthening Satcom Global’s position as a top tier distributor of services to maritime, offshore, aeronautical, media and aid customers across the globe.

Telenor Satellite Services Awarded Contract

Telenor Satellite Services, a subsidiary of Telenor of Norway has received a General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Technology Service (FTS) contract to provide a wide variety of mobile and fixed satellite communications products and services to the United States government. Under the provisions of the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract, known as SATCOM-II, government agencies and authorized government contractors can continue to purchase services directly from Telenor Satellite Services. A number Telenor's service partners were also among the companies awarded a GSA FTS SATCOM-II contract.

O'Gara Wins Navy Satellite Deal

SatCom Group Holdings PLC, a reseller of mobile satellite communications, said its subsidiary O'Gara Satellite Systems Inc has won a 5-year contract, worth 10m in the first year, from the US government to supply satellite airtime to the US Navy. O'Gara, which is one of the five companies in the world certified as a Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) awardee, won the contract following a tender. It has an existing agreement under DITCO to supply the government with other satellite services. SatCom Group Holdings chief executive Source: Thompson Financial

Apax Partners Completes Marlink Acquisition

Funds managed by the private equity firm Apax Partners completed the acquisition of Marlink, Airbus Group’s Commercial Satellite Communication business.   Marlink’s maritime and land commercial satcom business is present in 14 countries across Europe, Asia, Middle‐East and Americas, and has a distribution network of approximately 400 resellers worldwide. The company serves all maritime sectors, as well as users in the mining, energy and humanitarian sector.    The government satcom business is not part of this transaction and remains part of Airbus Defence & Space’ core activities.

Ports Honored at AAPA Awards Luncheon

Twenty seven ports were recognized today for exemplary projects and initiatives at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) annual Awards Luncheon, held in conjunction with AAPA’s 2003 annual convention in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Winners were announced in the association’s national Communications, Information Technology, Environmental Improvement and Facilities Engineering Competitions. Engraved plaques were bestowed at the ceremony upon the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Portland, winners in of this year’s Information Technology Awards; The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Port of Portland, the Virginia Port Authority and the Port of Tacoma, winners of the Environmental Improvement Awards; the Port of Vancouver, U.S.A.

Port Everglades Closed for Hurricane Matthew

Broward County’s Port Everglades is closed to all ship and truck traffic as the potential category 4 or 5 Hurricane Matthew approaches the U.S. East Coast.   The port will reopen after the storm once all safety and security protocols are in place and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, in conjunction with the Strategic Weather Advisory Team.

Long Beach Port Wins SCAQMD Clean Air Award

A container ship is worked at Middle Harbor in April 2016. Photo Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Container Terminal have received a Clean Air Award for working to reduce pollution in Southern California with the Middle Harbor redevelopment project. Given by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the award in the category of Business Leadership in Air Quality Achievement is for outstanding effort to advance effective solutions to the problem of poor air quality in the region. It was presented today at the SCAQMD’s 28th annual Clean Air Awards luncheon in Riverside.

Iridium Openport on Fishing Vessels

The FV Aart Maaskant (UK95) is was one of the first Dutch commercial fishing vessels to be fitted with Iridium OpenPort. Gannexion BV, an Iridium service partner, installed the Iridium high-bandwidth terminal to replace the existing satcom system on the 139 ft beam trawler, which operates in the North Sea. Jan de Boer, the vessel’s owner and captain, said, “Iridium OpenPort is always online. The crew is using the free e-mail service offered by Gannexion BV to send and receive messages at sea. The e-mail software also permits them to access Websites to download information on an adjustable schedule. “The captain sets the Iridium OpenPort terminal to automatically receive the weather forecast twice a day,” said Patrick Albers, service engineer, Gannexion BV.

Marine News Editor's Note

Fleet Optimization is a broad term which might be described as the best practices and equipment that will make any collection of vessels more environmentally correct, economical and yes, attractive to prospective charterers. In this edition, it means whatever I say it means. Separately, and as the closely watched rig count in the U.S. Gulf in the U.S. Gulf continues to drop – dipping below 80 percent utilization as we went to press – so, too, go the rates for offshore supply vessels. As such, and if you operate a workboat in this climate, you can probably be forgiven if SATCOM, Software and water treatment technology (of all things) aren’t necessarily the number one thing on your plate when you sit down at your desk each morning.

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