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KVH Ships Three-Thousandth TrackPhone Terminal

KVH Industries passes the 3,000th mark with shipments of its TracPhone® terminal for the mini-VSAT Broadband network. Launched in 2007, KVH's maritime broadband service was the first to use spread spectrum technology that enabled small, easy-to-install onboard terminals to receive fast, affordable VSAT quality data connections offshore. KVH grew its service to become the world's largest maritime VSAT network through a geographic coverage rollout that is now complete and covers all the world's oceans. "We built the mini-VSAT Broadband network because we saw a huge opportunity from a potential market of 250,000 commercial, government, and leisure vessels that needed affordable offshore data connections that would allow crew members to use the Internet onboard and benefit from the efficiencies of the digital world," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's Chief Executive Officer. "Our global network is now complete, and our TracPhone product line offers a complete end-to-end solution to quickly and easily bring the benefits of fast, affordable VSAT service to vessels." The mini-VSAT Broadband network is unique in that it is the only complete, end-to-end solution for offshore connectivity. KVH designs and manufactures the onboard TracPhone terminals and antennas, owns the Earth station equipment, leases the satellite capacity, manages the network, and provides 24/7/365 after-sale support


Hughes Provides Broadband to Hercules Offshore Fleet

Hercules Offshore has invested in a satellite communications system from Hughes Network Systems, LLC. Hughes and Environmental Safety Systems International Corporation (ESSI) are equipping the entire Hercules Offshore fleet of Class 120 to Class 230 liftboats in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, with Hughes satellite-based broadband maritime services. These liftboats, commonly referred to as the workhorse of the offshore industry, are reliable, versatile, and self-contained


New NMEA2000 AC Monitor from Offshore Systems

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Offshore Systems has introduced an NMEA2000 AC Monitor to measure onboard AC voltage, current and frequency and report them over the vessel’s NMEA2000 network.   The monitor is the latest addition to a range of vessel monitoring and control systems designed for the NMEA2000 network by Offshore Systems, and is certified to the NMEA2000 network standard.   The AC Monitor can typically measure AC sources such as shore power, generators and invertors


KVNR Recognizes KOTUG for Hybrid Tugs

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The Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) has awarded its Shipping Award to Netherlands-based towage operator KOTUG for its next-generation ART80-32 Hybrid Rotortugs. The award was presented during the 10th Dutch Maritime Awards Gala in Rotterdam by Tineke Netelenbos, chairman of the KVNR Shipping Award jury, who stated, “The propulsion configuration of these new-generation ART80-32 Hybrid Rotortugs series draws on the proven design of KOTUG’s RT Adriaan


MODEC Connects Offshore Fleet with O3b/RigNet

RigNet and MODEC Sign Agreement to Deliver Fiber-equivalent O3b Satellite Connectivity to Offshore Brazilian FPSO Fleet   O3b Networks, technology solutions company RigNet and floating production service provider MODEC, entered an agreement to provide high-throughput, low latency connectivity for MODEC’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessels off the coast of Brazil.   RigNet will integrate the O3b satellite network solution


Castor Networks Acquires Watum Solutions

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Castor Networks has acquired Watum Solutions effective immediately, a prominent supplier of IT networks and satellite communication for the shipping and offshore industry. Watum Solutions is specialized in designing, installing and maintaining IT and VSAT systems on board of commercial vessels, offshore vessels and drilling platforms and is active in Europe, Africa, the Mexican Gulf, the Caribbean Sea and the Middle-East.


ENSCO Will Use New Communications System

ENSCO International Incorporated announced that they will install a new communications system onboard all of its Gulf of Mexico jackup rigs. The company will provide VSAT, telephone, fax, broadband internet, data and email services, all through a secure onshore hub facility. C. Christopher Gaut, ENSCO Senior Vice President, commented on the new service, ``We believe this enhanced system will enable us to better meet the communication needs of our customers and other service providers on our


Broadpoint Debuts Rate Plans, GOM

Broadpoint, a full-service telecommunications and network solutions company, announced that it will offer individual rate plans to offshore and marine employees in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. Workers can now tap Broadpoint’s 100,000 square mile cellular network for voice, SMS and data service, keeping them connected while away from home for significantly lower service costs than with traditional mobile carriers.


Wrist Ship Supply Acquires Strachans

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Global offshore market new target for supplies as Wrist continues rapid expansion Wrist Ship Supply, one of the world’s largest ship supply companies, today announced the acquisition of Strachans Ltd, the UK’s leading independent food distributor to the offshore catering market. This represents Wrist’s sixth deal in less than two years following acquisitions in Europe, America and Canada. The agreement combines Strachans’ specialist offshore market knowledge with


KVH Increases Mini-VSAT Broadband Network Capacity

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                  KVH Industries, Inc. has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world, including offshore oil and gas, fishing, and shipping, the company announced today.   Utilizing 17 satellites and 24 transponders to provide global coverage


Global Maritime Community Gathers in Singapore

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 Amid structural and cyclical changes brought about by over-capacity, mega-alliances, increasing digitisation, as well as economic and geopolitical uncertainties, Singapore remains a premier global hub port and leading international maritime centre that held steady growth in 2016.  


Concordia Maritime Charters Two MR Tankers

Concordia Maritime has signed a contract for the chartering of two IMO2/3 class MR tankers. This a joint chartering arrangement with Stena Weco, and Concordia Maritime’s share amounts to 50 percent. The contract is for one year, and the charters run from June and July 2017.


Speedcast, Tampnet Partner for GoM 4G/LTE Service

Speedcast International Limited,  provider of fully managed remote communication and IT solutions, has signed a reseller agreement with Tampnet for 4G/LTE services in the Gulf of Mexico. The agreement marks Speedcast as the first service provider to partner with Tampnet for its high capacity


Op/Ed: Trump Signals New Day for Offshore Energy

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National Ocean Industries Association president Randall Luthi weighs in on President Trump’s Executive Order on offshore energy. It’s a new day and a new attitude for American energy. The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) applauds President Donald Trump’s Executive


Norway's Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply Agree Merger

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 Norwegian OSV companies Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping and Deep Sea Supply have signed off on merger plans first announced on February 6, 2017.   The statutory merger plans have been approved and signed by the boards of Solstad, Farstad


VARD Selects Synapsis INS For an Advanced Research Vessel

Example of a Synapsis INS, installed on a research vessel. (Photo: Raytheon Anschütz)

The German navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz has won a contract for the supply of a Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to an advanced research vessel. VARD Holding Limited, a major global designer and shipbuilder of specialized vessels


C-Job to Provide Basic Design for DEME’s Orion

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Having recently supplied the concept design for DEME Group’s new offshore installation vessel Orion, C-Job Naval Architects said it will now provide COSCO OFFSHORE CO. Ltd (Qidong) with the vessel’s basic design package. Orion will be built at COSCO SHIPPING HEAVY INDUSTRY in China for


KVH Ships 7,000th mini-VSAT Broadband System

 KVH Industries, Inc. has shipped more than 7,000 mini-VSAT Broadbandsm systems, designed and manufactured by KVH to provide mobile connectivity at sea. The TracPhone V-series satellite communications antenna systems are currently in use on everything from small recreational sailboats


Offshore Supply Vessel Market to Grow 6% by 2021

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The global offshore supply vessel market is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 6.03 percent during 2016 – 2021, according to Azoth Analytics research report.   The growth in offshore supply vessels is expectect to be driven by rise in demand for oil and gas globally


MOL Invests in PKT Logistics

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 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has announced that it acquired 20.9% share in PKT Logistics Group (PKT), a leading Malaysian logistics company.   PKT provides end-to-end logistics solutions comprising freight forwarding, customs brokerage, contract logistics, haulage, distribution and others


CMM, DNV GL Team up on Vessel 'Health Checks'

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Classification society DNV GL teamed up with innovative Greek owner Consolidated Marine Management (CMM) for a test on the health of a control and communication network on board seagoing vessels.   The pilot project, conducted on one of CMM’s state-of-the-art chemical tankers


Accredited Vessel Inspector Scheme Conference

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An essential event for all Common Marine Inspection Document (eCMID) and Marine Inspection for Small Workboats (eMISW) stakeholders.   The forthcoming Accredited Vessel Inspector (AVI) Conference will be taking place at the Novotel at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam on Tuesday April 25, 2017


Thessaloniki Completes 20 Years as EcoPort

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 EcoPorts, the main environmental initiative of the European port sector, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.    The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has published an interview with the Port of Thessaloniki, one of the first ports in the EcoPorts Network


Lloyd’s Register Invests in Hanseaticsoft

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Lloyd’s Register invests in ship management software provider Hanseaticsoft in move to build a marine and offshore Industry 4.0   Lloyd’s Register (LR) said it has made a significant investment in Hamburg-based ship management software provider Hanseaticsoft.  


Liebherr Offshore Cranes Accessing New Markets

Design layout of the new Liebherr HLC 295000 mounted on Deme’s next generation offshore installation vessel Orion. (Image: Liebherr)

Liebherr’s maritime manufacturing plant in Rostock has been awarded the contract to supply the heavy-lift crane for the Orion, a new wind farm installation and platform decommissioning vessel ordered by DEME from COSCO (QiDong) Offshore, a subsidiary of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry






 
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