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Inmarsat $1.2B Investment in KA-Band Satellite

Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT), provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced that it has agreed a contract with The Boeing Company for the delivery of three state-of-the-art 702HP Ka-band satellites.  The Inmarsat-5 constellation will enable Inmarsat to provide a unique global high speed mobile broadband service offering.  With operations expected to start in 2014, Inmarsat-5 will support a next generation global service, Global Xpress, which will target a $1.4b incremental market opportunity in VSAT services.  Global Xpress will address the established, growing markets for VSAT services in the Maritime, Energy and Government sectors, with further growth potential in developing markets such as the Aeronautical sector.  Global Xpress will deliver global coverage and unprecedented mobile broadband with speeds up to 50MB/s, to customer terminals from 20-60cm in size.  Inmarsat will target $500m of annual Ka-band revenues 5 years after global service launch.  Inmarsat estimates that the total cost of Inmarsat-5 and Global Xpress will be $1.2bn over 4.5 years, incorporating the fixed cost of the satellites, as well as the cost of additional ground network infrastructure, product development, launch services and insurance.


Inmarsat to Purchase Additional Satellite from Boeing

Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, said it has triggered an option to purchase a fourth Inmarsat-5 satellite under its existing contract with Boeing Satellite Systems International, Inc. The program schedule from Boeing has a satellite delivery date of mid-2016. The fourth Inmarsat-5 satellite will have a dual strategic role. Initially the satellite will serve to provide an early available spare in the unlikely event of a launch failure of any of the


Over-capacity builds up in transpacific container trade

The addition of substantial new vessel capacity is widening the gap between supply and demand in the transpacific container trade, according to World Liner Supply, a quarterly reporting service of the ComPairData global liner shipping database. The results of the July 2001 World Liner Supply survey show that transpacific shipping lines have expanded capacity by 9 percent between July 2000 and July 2001, despite the slowdown in trade volumes


Corporate Investigation Service Launched

London-based law firm Lawrence Graham has launched LG Corporate Investigations - a multi-disciplinary team of experts who advise clients on the potential for corporate risk, and implement solutions to contain and minimize it, while also offering a full investigation service for those faced with possible fraud or regulatory breach. The team is also ideally positioned to advise businesses or directors who may require independent advice - both independent of the company and its existing


MTN Launches Live HDTV At Sea

MTN Communications (MTN) has announced another maritime industry first with the launch of its high-definition live television service at sea, MTN Worldwide TV HD (MTN-TV HD).   “MTN-TV HD delivers an amazing viewing experience onboard,” said Graham Douglas, media and communications manager, P&O Cruises and Cunard.  “We can now experience TV at sea like we can at home.  As we transformed the technology and ambience in our common areas, theaters and cabins


New Ferry Service to Long Island

Sea Jitney connecting NYC to Long Island (Photo: Sea Jitney)

A new intermodal service for the Tri-State area offers a transportation alternative linking New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut with Long Island.   The new service, launched in partnership between Seastreak, the Bridgeport–Port Jefferson Ferry and Hampton Jitney, uses a combination of ferries and busses to transport passengers from New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut to Long Island.   Beginning May 22, 2015


U.S. Customs Publishes Regulations

U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced the publication of final Customs regulations requiring sea carriers to provide cargo manifests 24 hours prior to the lading of cargo at foreign ports for shipment to the United States. This information is required in advance to enable U.S. Customs to evaluate the terrorist risk of cargo containers. "Terrorist organizations pose an immediate and substantial threat to the global trading system


Inmarsat FleetBroadband Moves Towards IMO GMDSS Nod

Photo: Inmarsat

The role of Inmarsat as sole provider of satellite technology performing to Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) standards is set for advancement, after an IMO Sub Committee decided to greenlight consideration of both FleetBroadband and Fleet One for formal approval.   To date, Inmarsat is the only company which has received approval from the International Maritime Organization to provide the GMDSS data and messaging communications on which mariners rely in the last resort


Navtor Seals Place Aboard Hurtigruten Fleet

MS Finnmarken undertook a three-month trial of the Navtor ENC Service

E-navigation specialist Navtor  has secured arguably one of its most high-profile customers to date, with the news that the entire Hurtigruten fleet has signed up to use its innovative ENC Service. The agreement has been reached ahead of the July 2014 deadline for existing passenger vessels to conform with IMO’s ECDIS Carriage Requirement (ECDIS Mandate). Hurtigruten, translating as ‘the express route,’ is one of Norway’s most iconic shipping brand


Gulfstream Services Launches Wireless Product to UK Market

Gulfstream regional managers Bryan Duplantis and Jason Page with the Torque Through Swivels & Ball/Dart Pumping Heads.

Gulfstream Services International (Gulfstream), provider of cutting edge equipment to the international oil and gas industry, is launching a world-first fully-automated wireless cement head to the UK market at Offshore Europe today. Gulfstream Services International UK (Gulfstream UK) was set up in January 2010 in Aberdeen to serve the international oil and gas industry and growing demand from customers in UK, Norway, Middle East, Asia and Africa.


UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

(Photo: BAE Systems)

The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K


Royal IHC Launches TSHD for Adani

(Photo: Royal IHC)

Dutch shipbuilder Royal IHC informs it has launched Adani’s 8,000m3 IHC Beagle trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) – Shanti Sagar 18 – at a ceremony on July 7 at the builder’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The Netherlands.  


CMA CGM, SEATRADE Launch Joint Reefer Service

Photo: CMA CGM

Container shipping firm CMA CGM Group and reefer transport specialist SEATRADE Group will together create a new vessel sharing agreement incorporating the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as MERIDIAN, linking Northern Europe, the East Coast of the U.S


Microsatellites Launched for Maritime Monitoring, Comms and Science

NORsat-1 in EMC test at SFL. Two AIS antennas may be seen at the top, and four Langmuir probes off to the sides. The solar wings of the satellite are at the bottom. (Photo: Space Flight Laboratory)

 The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) announced the successful launch of two Norwegian microsatellites developed and built by SFL for the Norwegian Space Centre with support from the Norwegian Coastal Authority, Space Norway and the European Space Agency. The Soyuz-2


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


ICTSI Subic on Growth Path

Photo:  ICTSI

 International Container Terminal Services, Inc.’s (ICTSI) new Container Freight Station (CFS) at the Subic Bay Freeport is at the forefront of ensuring the faster movement of goods in the Northern and Central Luzon markets.   


Royal Caribbean to Install NavBox Across Entire Fleet

Photo: Royal Caribbean Cruise

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCC) has signed a deal with NAVTOR to install the NavBox navigation solution across its entire corporate fleet of 49 vessels, in a deal which spans RCC's six different operating companies. E-navigation specialist NAVTOR launched NavBox in 2013


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. 


Erling Sande Named Cox Powertrain's Norwegian Distributor

Erling Sande AS headquarters - Drammen, Norway (Photo: Cox Powertrain)

Cox Powertrain has announced its first European distributor appointment as Drammen, Norway based Erling Sande AS.   The marine power specialist has signed an agreement to become Cox Powertrain’s sole Norwegian distributor and in doing so will play a prominent role in driving


CSSC Launches New Marine Service Business

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) said it has formally launched a new business CSSC Marine Service Co., Ltd, to coincide with the inauguration of its new logistics center within the Yangshang free trade zone, Shanghai.   The inauguration was marked with a ceremony on June 30, 2017


Ferus Smit Launches Arklow Cliff

 Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit said it has launched M.V. Arklow Cliff, the fifth vessel in a series of 10 to be delivered to Irish ship owner Arklow Shipping.   The vessel, Ferus Smit newbuild #428, was launched June 30 at the builder’s Westerbroek yard.  


Eastern Delivers Fourth Towboat to IWL River

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. said it has delivered the last of four newly built inland river towboats to IWL River, Inc., one of the builder’s newest clients.   The four new towboats – Impala Soledad, Impala Salgar, Impala Mompox and Impala Cantagallo – will service


New Global Industry Alliance Established to Support Low Carbon Shipping

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping and its related industries towards a low carbon future


Bollinger Delivers FRC Oliver Berry to the USCG

USCGC Oliver Berry in Key West, Fla. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards said it has delivered the Fast Response Cutter (FRC) USCGC Oliver Berry to the U.S. Coast Guard on June 27, 2017 in Key West, Fla. The vessel’s commissioning is scheduled for October 2017 in Honolulu.   The 154-foot patrol craft USCGC Oliver Berry is the 24th


Delta Pilots Order Fifth Vessel from Gladding-Hearn

Image: Gladding-Hearn

Delta Launch Services, the operating company for the Associated Branch pilots on the SW Pass of the Mississippi, has ordered a new pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. Delivery of the new 52-footer, scheduled for 2018, is the fifth St






 
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