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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


Truman Departs for Sea Trials

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 USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) for Sea Trials July 21 following a 10-month Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).    Truman's Commanding Officer, Capt. Ryan B. Scholl, praised ship forces


VMAG Rolls Out its Marine Refit and New Build Department

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 Voyager Maritime Alliance Group (VMAG) , one of the leading marine technology providers in South Florida, is expanding its already comprehensive list of services by adding turnkey marine services that now encompass the entire refit and new build process.   


Standard Club Establishes New Offshore Advisory Committee

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 The Standard Club is driving developments in offshore P&I with the launch of the Standard Club Offshore Advisory Committee (SCOAC). SCOAC aims to analyse offshore trends, assist the club in further understanding and disseminating industry best-practice and develop new strategies to


Songa Offshore Wins in DSME Arbitrations

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 Songa Offshore had submitted its defence to the claims asserted by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in arbitrations related to the Songa Equinox, the first Cat D rig, and the Songa Endurance, the second Cat D rig, in which DSME asserted aggregate claims of USD 329 million


BOURBON to Support World's First Autonomous OSV Project

Following further developments in its design, Hrönn will now be a monohulled vessel of 37 m length, better suited for the intended operations. (Image: Bourbon/Automated Ships Ltd.)

BOURBON entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Automated Ships Ltd to support the building of the world’s first autonomous, fully-automated prototype vessel for offshore operations, in collaboration with the project’s primary technology partner, KONGSBERG. 


Marsol Signs Two-Year OOCEP Contract

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Marsol International, a UAE-based global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, has signed a two years contract with Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production LLC (OOCEP) for the provision and management of the marine and offshore


AST to Supply VSAT to 30 SEACOR Vessels

Satellite communication services and solutions provider the AST Group said it has recently won a contract with SEACOR Marine International to supply VSAT and failover satellite communications to 30 vessels. The agreement sees AST supplying VSAT and back-up communications for SEACOR’s


COMSAT Announces Maritime Cybersecurity Programs

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Following a June 16, 2017, decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that requires ship owners and managers to incorporate cyber risk management into safety management systems established by the ISM Code, COMSAT has announced its suite of cybersecurity solutions for the maritime


Damen Continues to Forge Australian Connections

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Damen Shipyards Group has sent a high level delegation to meet with key members of the Australian shipbuilding industry, signifying its commitment to the SEA 1180 Program.   With an eye on maximizing local industry content and ensuring long-term Australian jobs


Iridium Plans to Start GMDSS Service in 2020

 Iridium Communications Inc. announced that two key milestones along the path to becoming the second recognized provider of Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services have been reached.   During its 98th session this past June


Rays of Hope Seen for German Marine Equipment Suppliers

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Germany’s marine and offshore equipment suppliers will have to continue efforts this year to respond to the continuing weak demand from other countries and growing competition in global shipping markets, says German Engineering Federation (VDMA) who reported a decline in orders in the


Inmarsat Provides Pacific Northwest, Bering Sea Coverage for Dunlap

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 Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat said it has partnered with satellite communications provider Network Innovations and maritime transportation provider Dunlap Towing to install Fleet One across its fleet of 12 vessels.   


Lundin Extends Contract for Ocean Rig

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 Ocean Rig UDW, contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, has announced that Lundin Norway AS, has declared their third option to extend the existing contract of the Leiv Eiriksson.    In addition, Ocean Rig has granted Lundin 2 additional options to drill further wells


IT Package Ordered for Australian Arctic Research Ship

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Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS, Vlissingen) has awarded Radio Holland a contract to supply the IT systems on board the state-of-the-art Antarctic Supply Research Vessel (ASRV) newbuild for the Australian Antarctic Division.   The 160m ASRV is a survey vessel which combines


Seacroft Hires Pearce as Engineering & DP Manager

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Aberdeen-based Seacroft Marine Consultants said it has appointed Richard Pearce as Marine Engineering and Dynamic Positioning (DP) Manager, as the firm looks to develop more specialized offshore marine projects.   Pearce brings to the role 16 years’ experience in engineering and






 
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