Communications News

21 Jan 2019

USCG Arctic Satellites aim to Add Margin of Safety

SpaceX’s CRS-16 Mission.
Photo: Courtesy SpaceX

The U.S. Coast Guard‚Äôs mission of keeping the seas safe will soon get an additional boost from space with two polar satellites. The two satellites, called ‚Äúcube satellites‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúcubesats‚ÄĚ for their small size of about 60 square centimeters, or a little under 2 feet, will be part of a payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Nov. 28. Although the Coast Guard has used satellite technology for years, these two are the first to be entirely dedicated to a Coast Guard mission. The initiative is part of the U.S.

18 Jan 2019

Ørsted Collaborates with US Fishing Coalition on Offshore Wind

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Global developer of offshore wind farms Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind has entered into a partnership agreement with Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) to improve communications between the seafood industry and offshore wind energy developers.‚ÄúThis first-of-its-kind partnership will create an unprecedented opportunity for commercial fishermen to provide direct input to the wind energy industry on matters of significant interest to their businesses,‚ÄĚ according to the statement issued in Boston by the RODA‚Ķ

16 Jan 2019

Iridium Certus Service Goes Live

Image: Iridium

Iridium launched its Iridium Certus broadband service for commercial customers, the first new capability activated from the company’s $3 billion Iridium Next satellite replacement program.Iridium Certus is a platform designed for the development of specialty global broadband service applications, offering on-the-move internet and voice access, the mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe said.The service enables mobile office functionality for deployed teams and two-way remote communication for assets…

16 Jan 2019

Polar Radio Communication, Navigation Norms Getting Ready

Pic:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Polar Code helps ensure that ships operating in the harsh Arctic and Antarctic areas take into account extremes of temperature and make sure critical equipment remains operational.Draft guidance for navigation and communication equipment intended for use on ships operating in polar waters is expected to be finalized by the current session of the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR 6, 16-25 January).The guidance will include recommendations on temperature and mechanical shock testing…

16 Jan 2019

Torvald Klaveness Chooses Marlink

Photo courtesy of Marlink

Marlink and its inhouse IT specialist unit Palantir are to be the preferred supplier for vessels managed by Klaveness Ship Management AS.Vessels in the fleet will be equipped with an advanced solution, combining KeepUp@Sea remote IT service with Sealink VSAT connectivity, as well as XChange centralized communications management and global L-band back-up. This supports Torvald Klaveness’ ambition of becoming the leading digital bulk operator while optimizing their business operations…

14 Jan 2019

Coast Guard Conducts Medevac of Fisher off Kauai

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific

The Coast Guard successfully medevaced a 37-year-old Filipino crewmember off a tuna longliner 80-miles north of Kauai, Sunday."Our trained crews and hoist-capable aircraft are vital to ensuring mariners reach a higher level of medical care quickly," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Gray, a communication unit controller with Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. "Our aircrews worked effectively with the fishermen to conduct the hoist, and delivered their crewmember in stable condition…

14 Jan 2019

Vice Adm. Richard Hunt to lead SNA

Retired Vice Adm. Richard Hunt will assume the position of president of the Surface Navy Association (SNA) at the association’s annual symposium in January. Hunt succeeds retired Vice Adm. Barry McCullough, who has been president since 2013.Hunt is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was commissioned in February 1976 through the Officer Candidate School program in Newport, R.I. He attended Naval Post Graduate School, receiving a Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management in March 1988.He has served in USS Sampson (DDG 10), USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Roark (FF 1053), and has commanded USS Crommelin (FFG 37) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).

10 Jan 2019

Sensor and AI System for Plymouth Sound

‚ÄúTwo Thales unmanned surface vessels are pictured entering Plymouth Sound for the first time.‚ÄĚ

Photo credit: Shaun Roster Photography

M Subs Ltd has announced it has installed a ‚Äėgame changing‚Äô sensor system with connected artificial intelligence (AI) machine-learning technology around Plymouth Sound as part of the vision to turn the city into a center of excellence in maritime autonomy and unmanned vehicles.Plymouth-based M Subs  will operate a secure network of cameras, radars, and other sensors which will provide situational awareness and communications with the unmanned vehicles operating out of the city‚Äôs harbor.The system will also provide the command & control of unmanned vehicles using the nearby ranges at sea.

09 Jan 2019

Marlink Extends VSAT Contract with Transpetrol

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Satellite communications specialist Marlink has been awarded a contract renewal to expand its Sealink VSAT service to international ship owner Transpetrol.The provider of satellite communications services for the maritime industry claimed that the higher levels of guaranteed bandwidth ensure global connectivity for 14 strong tanker fleet.The renewal secures access to Marlink’s global network and specially-chosen business critical VSAT solutions for the entire tanker fleet and…

07 Jan 2019

GTMaritime Appoints McNally

Mike McNally (Photo: GTMaritime)

Maritime software specialist GTMaritime has appointed maritime satellite veteran Mike McNally as Sales and Marketing Director, as it sets about expanding into new territories.McNally has more than 25 years’ experience working in the industry both at sea and in senior maritime communications management positions. His appointment reflects GTMaritime’s desire to further develop partnerships with its existing customers and resellers, while extending its reach and presence in new territories.As McNally takes up his new role overseeing GTMaritime’s sales and marketing strategy and teams…

06 Jan 2019

Taiwan: Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Bags CGA Ship Order

Image: Coast Guard Administration, Ocean Affairs Council.

The construction of a 600-tonne Coast Guard Administration (CGA) patrol ship by  the Taiwan-based shipbuilding company Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Corporation (JSSC) began in Kaohsiung.An official statement from Taiwan coast guard said that the ship is the first of a dozen to be produced by the company for the agency.According to Taipei Times, CGA Fleet Branch head Hsieh Ching-chin and JSSC Chairman Han Pi-hsiang presided over the initiation ceremony Friday to mark the start of the‚Ķ

06 Jan 2019

Astrocast Launches IoT into Space

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Swiss satellite startup Astrocast announced the launch of 3 new pilots of its Low Earth Orbit Nanosatellite Network. The pilots with Actia, Marine Instruments, and Swiss Fresh Water highlight the power of satellite networks to deliver affordable communications to the world’s most remote areas.Designed specifically for IoT, Astrocast’s two-way system allows companies to monitor and control their remote assets, including over-the-air upgrades at lower latency and cost than existing…

04 Jan 2019

USCG: EPIRBs and False Alerts

After responding to over 700 false alerts in 2018, the Coast Guard is urging anyone with an emergency position indicating radio beacon to properly register their device.An EPIRB is a device that transmits a distress signal to a satellite system called Cospas-Sarsat. The satellites relay the signal to a network of ground units and ultimately to the Coast Guard and other emergency responders.Owners of commercial fishing vessels, uninspected passenger vessels that carry six or more people, and uninspected commercial vessels are legally required to carry an EPIRB.

02 Jan 2019

MSC Zoe Begins Clean-up Ops

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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has started a clean-up operation in response to a substantial spill of containers in the North Sea.The Panama-registered MSC Zoe shed 270 containers containing mostly toys, furniture and auto spare parts while battling a storm off the Frisian Islands, an archipelago off the northwestern Dutch coast also known as the Wadden Islands."The cargo ship MSC Zoe encountered heavy weather while sailing toward Bremerhaven, Germany, on 2 January. Unfortunately…

31 Dec 2018

Coast Guard Assists Sailing Vessel 50 Miles off NC

U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder

The Coast Guard saved three mariners aboard a disabled sailing vessel more than 50 miles east southeast of Cape Lookout, Saturday evening.At 9:45 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification of the 36-foot disabled sailing vessel Cloud from Sea Tow. All persons aboard the sailing vessel had donned their life jackets and there were no injuries or medical concerns aboard.The Coast Guard launched Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder to assist, and diverted…

27 Dec 2018

Third Party Oversight

File Image: the El Faro's VDR as it looked installed on the vessel.

... one year after the commandant’s Final Action Memo on the El Faro sinking.“… the Coast Guard is ultimately responsible to monitor the performance of third parties that perform delegated functions and also to guarantee the effectiveness of vessel inspections and surveys. Yet the Coast Guard failed to adequately oversee the third party in this case, and the investigation reveals that the Coast Guard has not sustained the proficiency and policy framework to do so in general. The…

26 Dec 2018

Soldier-run PDVSA and AWOL Oil Output

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Last July 6, Major General Manuel Quevedo joined his wife, a Catholic priest and a gathering of oil workers in prayer in a conference room at the headquarters of Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA.The career military officer, who for the past year has been boss at the troubled state-owned oil company, was at no ordinary mass. The gathering, rather, was a ceremony at which he and other senior oil ministry officials asked God to boost oil output."This place of peace and spirituality…

19 Dec 2018

Biggest Spenders of 2018

The biggest spenders of 2018 (VV.com)

With less than a week until Christmas and most of our presents bought, we're feeling the pinch. However, that's nothing compared to the amount that some have been spending this year. VesselsValue's Senior Analyst Court Smith gives a rundown on which countries have splashed the most cash on second hand vessel purchases over 2018.USAJP Morgan Global Maritime is the US company who has spent the most on second hand vessels: 308 million USD so far in 2018. However, they have changed their purchasing strategy half way through the year.

18 Dec 2018

A Costly Lapse in Judgment

File Image (CREDIT Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto)

An allision in the maritime sector is defined as an accident in which a moving object strikes a stationary object (bridge fender, bridge deck, dock, dredging vessel, etc.). According to the Maritime Law Association (MLA) such an accident calls the ‚ÄúOregon Rule‚ÄĚ into play. Simply put, the Oregon Rule states that ‚Äú‚Ķwhen a moving object hits a stationary object, the moving object is presumed at fault. The moving vessel thus has the burden of proving an alternate theory of causation‚Ķ

16 Dec 2018

Shanghai Port Awards Shipping Safety Contract to Saab

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Saab has received an order from the China Maritime Safety Administration to renew and extend the Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) in Shanghai, improving the safety and efficiency of shipping in the world's largest container portThe project will take 18 months to complete, and includes the replacement of most of the existing radar and communications systems, two traffic centres and the delivery of a new supervisory centre."Saab's expertise in upgrading complex…

13 Dec 2018

PSA, SUTD to Build NewGen Port Operators

Image: PSA Corporation Limited

Singapore's port operator PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to develop a pipeline of talent for the future mega port in Tuas.The MoU is aimed at producing data science, info-communications and engineering professionals for the Tuas port, said a joint statement by PSA and SUTD.The new Tuas Port will harness big data, and leverage automation technologies and smart systems to raise terminal productivity and service quality…

12 Dec 2018

Aramco Bags Galveston Bay Honor

ASC volunteers bagged recycled oyster shells, then placed them in Galveston Bay to form new oyster reefs. Photo:  Aramco Services Company (ASC)

The Galveston Bay Foundation recently honored the volunteer efforts of Aramco Services Company (ASC) with its ‚ÄúGuardian of the Bay‚ÄĚ award. This award recognizes ASC‚Äôs ‚Äúleadership, work, and commitment for the betterment of Galveston Bay.‚ÄĚAccording to a press note  the director of Public Affairs Abdulrahman A. Bayounis and Strategic Communications supervisor Alma S. Kombargi accepted the award on behalf of ASC.‚ÄúASC is proud to partner with the Galveston Bay Foundation to revitalize such a precious resource,‚ÄĚ said Bayounis.

10 Dec 2018

Four Rescued from Fishing Vessel Blaze

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brent Tilley

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people from a life raft after a commercial fishing vessel caught fire about 16 miles southeast of Cape May, N.J., Saturday morning. No injuries were reported.Crew members aboard the 75-foot fishing vessel Ocean Pearl activated Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and abandoned ship after an electrical fire ignited on board around 10:30 a.m.Once aboard their life raft, the Ocean Pearl’s crew used a handheld radio to contact watchstanders…

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