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'Survival Craft Inspectorate' Signs Middle East Agreement

Signing Ceremony in Doha: Photo credit SCI

UK-based 'Survival Craft Inspectorate' signs deal to provide for Qatar's onshore & offshore energy sector LS equipment needs. Survival Craft Inspectorate has signed an agreement that will see it establish an operational presence in the Middle East for the first time. The UK-based business has established formal links with Qatar-based IRM Offshore Services in the latest extension of its network of international bases. Senior figures from Survival Craft Inspectorate travelled to Doha to sign a memorandum of understanding with IRM counterparts in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Chairman of IRM Offshore Services. IRM is a leading supplier of consultancy, engineering and project management services to the oil and gas industry. Its Director of Operations, Jaison Francis, said: “"We selected Survival Craft Inspectorate to fulfil this demanding role as its current objectives and standards of expertise complement those of IRM in terms of the delivery of high quality products and services." Survival Craft Inspectorate currently has nearly 150 staff at nine locations worldwide: Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth in the UK, Florida and Houston in the United States, Canada, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia and Western Australia.  


Indian Navy Submarine Explosion Update

The Indian Navy diving teams have been working nonstop to reach into the compartments of the submarine since rescue operations commenced early noon of August 14. The boiling waters inside the submarine prevented any entry until noon that day. Access to the inner compartments of the submarine was made almost impossible due to jammed doors and hatches, distorted ladders, oily and muddy waters inside the submerged submarine resulting in total darkness and nil visibility within the submarine even


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


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


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


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


Treon Named Marketing Communications Manager at Ashland

Julie Treon has been named manager, marketing communications in Ashland’s Corporate Affairs Department with responsibility for Ashland Specialty Chemical Company, effective June 2. The announcement was made by Martha Johnson, vice president, divisional communications, and director, corporate communications, Ashland Inc. Treon will be responsible for marketing communications planning and execution, including brand management and positioning, product publicity


Hermes Awarded VSAT License

Hermes Communications Technology Awarded VSAT License in Libya The Libyan company, Hermes Communications Technology, has been awarded a VSAT License, issued by the Libyan government, which allows the company to provide VSAT communications to the oil and gas industry and other sectors in Libya. Glynn Wagg, Country Manager Libya, explains: “Our aim is to ensure that all our customers in Libya are provided with direct and extensive support and a more dependable and secure service


RigNet Gets Brazil Offshore Communications Contract

RigNet wins 6-year contract from major contractor for managed remote communications services on an ultra-deepwater drill rig. "It is a pleasure to bring the Brazilian oil and gas market high-quality, leading managed communications services," said Mauricio Rubinsztajn, RigNet's Brazil General Manager. "It is especially exciting to have the opportunity to serve this major drilling contractor and its customer in Brazil with world-class reliable communications services via


Intellian, JRC Ink Partnership Deal

Intellian

  JRC to sell Intellian satellite communications products through its sales network within the Japanese market Intellian, a leader in maritime satellite communication antenna technology, and JRC, a world leading marine electronics manufacturer specialising in commercial navigation and communications equipment, recently announced a new partnership agreement. Under the arrangement, JRC will begin selling Intellian satellite communication products within Japan through their established


Cargo Ship Sinks near Oman

Photo: Royal Oman Police, (From official account of Royal Oman Police in Twitter)

 A Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship sank off the Omani coast due to leaked sea water, reported Bahrain News Agency. Twenty sailors were saved.   The report quoted Authorities in Oman saying that the ship was loaded with construction material, consisting of steel bars and sand.  


Smart Ships: Inmarsat, Samsung Heavy Industries Partner

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President (Photo: Inmarsat)

Satellite communications services provider Inmarsat said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), establishing a relationship to leverage the ‘smart ship’ connectivity offered by Fleet Xpress at the vessel construction stage


Grieg Star Selects Sealink VSAT

(Photo: Grieg Star)

Global multi-band communication services with technical management and consultation for 33 vessel bulk carrier fleet    Bergen headquartered Grieg Star has chosen Marlink’s Sealink VSAT Premium for its entire General Cargo Open Hatch fleet of 33 vessels


Satellite Operator Orders Orbit’s Maritime Satcom Platform

Orbit Communications Systems Ltd., a provider of precision tracking-based communications solutions and airborne communications management systems, announced that a global NGSO (Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit) satellite operator placed a repeat order worth $645


Marlink's Maritime President Discusses the Future of Communication

Tore Morten Olsen (Photo: Marlink)

In maritime satellite communications, an industry sector defined by change, Tore Morten Olsen, President Marlink Maritime is a rock: a model of continuity and a wealth of knowledge. He has 22 years of experience in the satellite communications sector


HMAS Newcastle Joins Cousin for Replenishment

HMAS Newcastle (front) and Pakistani Naval Ship Alamgir conduct a replenishment at sea with United States Naval Ship Kanawha in the Middle East region. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 HMAS Newcastle has marked her second Operation MANITOU patrol with a dual replenishment at sea in the Gulf of Aden with USNS Kanawha and Pakistan Navy Ship Alamgir.   The resupply presented Newcastle with the opportunity to operate with another Oliver Hazard Perry class (called


Army Helicopter Reported Down in Waters off Oahu

U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army personnel are responding to a report of a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with five crew aboard approximately two miles west of Kaena Point, Oahu, Wednesday. Responding are: HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrew from Coast Guard Air


Search Continues for Missing Army Aviators

The search and rescue effort continues off the coast of Oahu (Photo CREDIT: U.S. Coast Guard)

Responders are continuing the search for five missing Army aviators from a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter approximately two miles west of Ka'ena Point, Oahu, Wednesday.    Searching are: HC-130 Hercules airplane aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point


First STM Ship Systems Installed

Displays on Stena Germanica outbound from Gothenburg show AIS targets of RS 1100 (portside) and RS Marta Collin (starboard). Left is the normal presentation, monitored route and the two AIS targets. Right includes STM-functions and two routes from the AIS targets. The STM ECDIS predict intersection points between ships route and CPA. (Image: STM)

 The STM Validation project has installed the first Sea Traffic Management (STM) compatible bridge systems, connecting ships with shore based services and actors. All available functions are said to be working flawlessly, including route optimization and synchronized port calls


Speedcast, Danaos Partner on Maritime Digitalization

Speedcast International Limited, the provider of remote communication and IT solutions, and Danaos Peripherals announced a strategic alliance agreement under which the two companies will combine maritime communications with advanced application management developed by Danaos


ST Electronics, Alpha Ori to Drive Digital Transformation

MOU signing ceremony - the MOU was endorsed by Capt. Rajesh Unni, CEO of Alpha Ori (front left of photo) and Mr Tang Kum Chuen, Deputy President of Corporate Development, ST Electronics (front right), and witnessed by Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Executive Chairman of Alpha Ori Technology Holdings (back left), and Mr Ravinder Singh, President, ST Electronics (back right).  (Photo: ST Electronics)

Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) and Alpha Ori Technology Holdings Private Limited (Alpha Ori) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to co-create digitalization solutions for shipborne and shore-based maritime fleet control and management


OSM Officially On Board Statoil’s Peregrino

From right to left – OSM crew members Giliard Damasceno Miranda (Deck Operator), Wilton Pereira Gomes (Deck Operator) and Alex Fabiano de Figueiredo Oliveira paying attention to the instructions that Bruno Araujo (back) is going through (Photo: OSM)

Efforts in Brazil are reinforced for OSM with more than 90 specialized offshore positions officially on board the Peregrino.   “OSM Brazil have successfully mobilized our crew on board the FPSO Peregrino,” says Tommy Olofsen, Managing Director of OSM Crew Management. 


Trends in Heavy Lift Solutions

Andrew Kinsey

Advances and developments in heavy lift transportation are allowing shipyards to rethink how, and where, they build and maintain vessels.   Utilizing this technology can help a yard expand its order book and improve its bottom line. The use of Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs) in


Honduras to Implement Maritime Security

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national table-top exercise on maritime security concluded in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (28-29 August).   The aim of the event was to encourage a multi-agency approach to maritime security and maritime law enforcement issues. The exercise also highlighted the need for an integrated


‘Lunch-and-Learn’ Planned for Fleet Optimization Conference

The organizers of SHIPPINGInsight 2017 say a Lunch-and-Learn program will be held during the annual Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, to be held October 10-12, at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, Conn.  






 
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