Communication Solutions News

18 Oct 2019

Interview: Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

“When the human element is considered, securing networks from cyber-attack is incredibly challenging.   Reducing human interaction with on board networks and computers by deploying a more standardized IT environment can minimize risks.”
-- Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink

Tore Morten Olsen, President Maritime, Marlink, discusses the pace and direction of high speed comms in maritime.Using metrics of your choice, put in perspective where we are today in terms of getting shipowners to adopt high speed communication solutions.The term broadband has been used in the maritime industry for at least a decade and if we are to follow the FCC’s definition which was upgraded to 25mbps from 4mbps (download) in 2015, then those high speed internet services are nothing of the sort.However, everything is relative.

10 Oct 2019

Interview: Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH

Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, on the manufacturing floor on the day KVH shipped its first TracPhone V11-HTS in April 2019. Photo: KVH

Connectivity is the backbone of modern maritime operations as ships and boats at sea increasingly become connected. We recently met with Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, to discuss the evolution of communication in the maritime sector and so much more, as KVH is diverse and engaged in a number of markets -- including autonomy for 10 years with work on about 30 different  platforms for self-driving vehicles.To start, give us a “State of KVH” today.We started originally in the leisure market…

24 Jun 2019

Oilfield Communications Market to Grow 8%

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The global oilfield communication market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 8% over the forecast period 2019-2024, said a study.With the growing adoption of cloud-based services, oil companies are compelled to use oil field communication, said a report from ResearchAndMarkets. This keeps their offshore sites connected with the inshore site about production stats, which helps in better supply chain management.The smooth flow of materials is very important for oil companies as their profitability is highly dependent upon the turnover and downtime needs to be avoided.For instance…

18 Apr 2019

Design: RNLI’s Shannon Class Lifeboat

The RNLI has also introduced a new launch and recovery tractor, designed in conjunction with high-mobility-vehicles specialist Supacat Ltd, specifically for use with the Shannon. It acts as a mobile slipway.  Pictured is the Hoylake, UK Shannon class lifeboat being recovered from the sea. (Photo: RNLI/Dave James)

The latest lifeboat to join the fleet of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the main sea rescue service in the UK and Ireland, is the waterjet-propelled Shannon class, which the organization says is its most agile and maneuverable all-weather lifeboat yet to be deployed. Designed entirely in-house by RNLI engineers, cutting-edge technology has been used in this new boat to meet modern-day rescue service demands following the lead taken with the RNLI’s introduction of the Shannon’s sister lifeboat class…

27 Nov 2018

GTMaritime Signs Agreement with Marinesat

Robert Kenworthy, CEO GTMaritime with Josh Suo, Vice GM of Marinesat (Photo: GTMaritime)

GTMaritime has signed Marinesat as a value-added reseller to deliver its maritime-optimized communication solutions to vessels in China and other markets. The agreement with Marinesat is GTMaritime’s first partnership within the Chinese market.GTMaritime provides a range of technology solutions to the maritime industry that serve to enable effective communications over satellite, including maritime-optimized products for email, anti-virus protection and data transfer.In addition to providing IT solutions…

12 Nov 2018

Digital Marine Communications in ‘Fast Attack’ Mode

David Clark Over-the-Head style digital headsets provide outstanding comfort, clear audio and voice transmission clarity for reliable crew communications.

Among the most important considerations in outfitting any fast attack craft is the critical nature of crew-to-crew communications. With David Clark, MetalCraft has long had that box ‘checked.’There are many obstacles facing boat manufacturers involved in the design and outfitting of patrol interceptor type vessels. This workboat segment is characterized by incessant demands for advanced design and new technology to accommodate the requirements of high performance and increasingly complex mission protocols.

17 Oct 2018

Intellian to Deliver SPL100 Antenna to US Navy

Intellian SPL100 (Photo: Intellian)

Satellite communication solutions provider Intellian said it has been awarded a contract by SPAWAR to deliver its new SPL100 antenna system to the U.S. Navy.The SPL100 antenna is acombined Ka- and L-band antenna system designed to provide sustained information warfare capabilities. The new antenna system provides enhanced capabilities in both the Ka- and L-band depending on operational requirements.Intellian said it was commissioned by SPAWAR to design, develop, and deliver the SPL100 product for the U.S.

14 Jun 2018

Rock Seven and Blue Sky Network Partner

SkyRouter (Photo: Blue Sky Network)

Communications technology and services developer Rock Seven said it has partnered with Blue Sky Network, a provider of mission-critical, satellite-based fleet management, tracking and operational analytics solutions serving private, commercial and government customers worldwide.This long-term cooperation will support growth in Blue Sky Network’s maritime strategy, but additionally has ramifications for clients in the aviation and land sectors.Headquartered in San Diego with a wholly-owned subsidiary in Brazil…

23 May 2018

Ship Tech: U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center

Mr. William Bryan, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Science and Technology, receives a personal demonstration of the Coast Guard Hailing Acoustic and Laser Light Tactical System (HALLTS) installed on a Coast Guard boat, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, on the Thames River, New London, Connecticut. Bryan visited the Research and Development Center to observe the HALLTS as part of a larger technology demonstration. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Research and Development Center)

The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) in New London, Connecticut, is the service's only command conducting research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) support for all 11 statutory missions. Since its commissioning in 1972, RDC has been involved in over 2,000 projects and initiatives that have significantly benefited the Coast Guard and the components of the Maritime Transportation System. As the demand for research and development capability grows within the service…

25 Jan 2018

Piraeus Port Contracts Huawei to Upgrade Network

(L-R): Chenle, Managing Director of Huawei Technologies SA, Captain Fu Chengqiu, Chairman & CEO of PPA SA and Leo Wang, Manager of Enterprise Sector of Huawei Technologies SA. Photo: Piraeus Port Authority S.A

Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) SA and the Huawei Technologies SA are pleased to announce the contract conclusion for the modernization of the PPA network infrastructure. Huawei Technologies SA, after an international open tender, undertook the project of redesigning and replacement of the PPA's network infrastructure. More specifically, Huawei Greece, using optimal international practices and utilizing the latest technology products and solutions of the Group, will replace the existing network infrastructure of PPA, aiming to satisfy the requirements of the biggest port of Greece.

16 Jan 2017

Castor Networks Acquires Watum Solutions

Watum Dome on vessel (Photo: Castor)

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. By integrating Watum in Castor, a one stop shop for the shipping and maritime industry is created…

31 Aug 2016

MN100: David Clark Company Inc.

(Photo: David Clark Company Inc.)

David Clark specializes in providing communication solutions for high-noise environments. The firm’s noise-attenuating headset systems are used worldwide in applications where clear communication is critical. All products are made in the USA at a 250,000 square-foot manufacturing facility with over 300 employees involved in design, engineering, manufacturing and support. A quality assurance system is designed to meet the most stringent testing standards to ensure product excellence.

13 Jun 2016

MSC Cruises, Marlink Enhance Guest Connectivity

MSC Cruises, a privately-owned cruise line and market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa announced that it has worked together with Marlink – the pioneer of business critical communication solutions for customers operating in remote environments – to launch a next-generation connectivity for MSC Cruises’ fleet with multi-band VSAT services. Working with Marlink, MSC Cruises will provide dynamic bandwidth to its 12 existing ships as well as the next-generation ships currently under construction, including MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside. No matter the itinerary of the ships, the bandwidth will be able to accommodate seasonal fluctuations…

15 Mar 2016

Marlink Opens Office in Singapore

Marlink has moved to a new office in Singapore in order to meet the growing demand for delivery and support of its portfolio of multi-band, business critical communication solutions for maritime customers operating in Southeast Asia. The original Marlink Singapore office was opened in 1998. The new Marlink Singapore office adds new facilities and potential while continuing to be a vital resource for local and international vessels through delivery of sales, installation and support services. The new office managed by Eric Jan Bakker, Head of Sales Asia in Marlink, includes a fully equipped support center operating seven days a week, in addition to live test, demonstration and training facilities, covering all of Marlink’s core connectivity services and solutions.

25 Feb 2016

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…

21 Dec 2015

Airbus Group Sheds its Commercial Satellite Communication Business

(Courtesy: Airbus Group)

[Press Release] Airbus Group SE (AIR) signed with French private equity firm, Apax Partners, a share purchase agreement (SPA) for the sale of 100% of the share capital of the legal entities comprising the commercial satellite communication business. The final closing of the transaction – subject to regulatory approvals – is expected to take place in the next months. Airbus Defence and Space announced in September of 2014 that a detailed and comprehensive portfolio assessment had defined Military Aircraft, Space, Missiles and related Systems and Services as its future core businesses.

30 Nov 2015

The Digital Oilfield Microwave Communication Offshore Brazil

 FPSO Skarv with  Pointlink antennas. Photo: BP

With most offshore wells in Brazil located between 30 and 300 km from the coast, communication with offshore assets has not always been straightforward or reliable. Some operators and service providers still use traditional maritime VSAT services for coverage offshore Brazil, yet the introduction of Microwave radio has led to a much better level of quality and reliability in high-bandwidth voice and data communications. Claudio Paschoa, Maritime Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil had an interesting conversation with Arild Fotland…

15 Oct 2015

Intellian, RigNet JV to provide Communication Solutions for Rigs

Satellite Communication

Intellian, a global leader in satellite communication antenna systems, has been successfully selected as the hardware partner on RigNet’s recently announced contract to provide remote communications solutions to a premium offshore driller across its entire global fleet of existing and newbuild rigs. RigNet, a leading global provider of remote managed communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, will provide comprehensive solutions across the customer’s fleet of jackups…

03 Sep 2015

MN 100: David Clark Company Inc.

David Clark Company specializes in providing communication solutions for high noise environments. Their noise-attenuating headsets and systems are used in a variety of markets and applications where clear communication is critical. All David Clark Company products are manufactured and assembled in the United States at its own manufacturing facility. Over 300 employees are involved in the design, engineering, manufacture and support of all products. David Clark Company has provided communication solutions to the marine industry for over 15 years.

26 Aug 2015

Cyber Security & the Challenge to Maritime Networks

Adrian Hartman

In the film “Captain Phillips,” a boarding Somali pirate’s statement represents a maritime operator’s worst fear: losing control of his vessel, cargo and crew. This same loss of control can result from cyber criminals and hackers. In the last year, there have been multiple prominent cyber attacks causing serious economic harm to companies and their partners with Sony Pictures being just the latest high profile victim. The maritime industry is particularly susceptible to cyber attack. Ships transfer millions of dollars of cargo and often utilize antiquated communications and network hardware.

30 Jun 2015

Beier Radio is now Beier Integrated Systems

Beier Radio is Now Beier Integrated Systems

For 70 years, Beier Radio has provided engineering, sales, and service for marine electronics around the globe. As the corporation marks its 70th anniversary, it also unveils a new name for the operating company known for its advanced vessel control and navigation systems. Beier Radio is now Beier Integrated Systems. The company’s new website address is www.BeierIS.com. “While the name is new, the Beier commitment to providing quality systems  and expert services has not changed.

27 Feb 2015

ST Engineering Y-O-Y Profits Slip

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd  reported today its full year financial results ended 31 December 2014 (FY2014) with a Group revenue of $6.54b compared to $6.63b as reported for FY2013. Profit before tax (PBT) of $650.7m was $79m or 11% lower year-on-year compared to $729.7m, and Net Profit of $532.0m was $48.8m or 8% lower year-on-year compared to $580.8m. At the business sector level, revenue for the Aerospace sector was comparable at $2.06b, and PBT was down 11% to $283m from $319.4m reported for FY2013. The Electronics sector achieved higher PBT of $184m, up 8% compared to $170.3m in FY2013 on the back of comparable year-on-year revenue of $1.58b. The Land Systems sector posted comparable year-on-year revenue of $1.4b, and a lower PBT of $56.2m, down 50% from $111.8m in FY2013.

25 Feb 2015

SpeedCast Acquires Geolink Satellite Services

SpeedCast International Limited announced the acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services, part of the CETel Group. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval. The acquisition follows SpeedCast’s acquisitions of two satellite industry players, SatComms Australia and Oceanic Broadband, in the Australasia region in the past 12 months. Geolink Satellite Services is a provider of satellite communication solutions in the African market, servicing customers in more than 20 African countries in the oil and gas, mining, media, NGO and maritime sectors. According to global satellite communications service provider SpeedCast…

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