Communications System News

13 Dec 2019

Digital Developments Continue Apace in the Workboat Space

Image Credit: Kongsberg

Sustainable, energy-efficient working practices and environmental regulatory compliance are among the hot-button topics driving the spread of maritime digitalization.The benefits of a digital strategy for companies working within the maritime industry soon stack up. In addition to providing operational/logistical streamlining, data-based insights, a competitive edge and a reputational leg-up, connecting operational systems and consolidating interfaces also drives the levels of…

24 Oct 2019

KVH Ships 10,000th VSAT System

Photo: KVH Industries

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leader in mobile connectivity, has announced that it has shipped its 10,000th VSAT satellite communications system. This is the latest milestone for a company whose history of innovation in the maritime satellite communications industry began in 2007, when KVH introduced the TracPhone V7, the first maritime 60 cm VSAT terminal, and the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service. Since that time, KVH has become the market share leader for maritime VSAT terminals (Source: Euroconsult…

01 Jul 2019

Port Canaveral Wins Funding for Response Vessel

Six ships call on Port Canaveral on May 27, 2019 with 35,111 passengers accommodated in one day. (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)

New fireboat will provide enhanced firefighting and rescue capabilities for maritime and commercial space. The Canaveral Port Authority will receive $1.5 million in funding from the State of Florida to support the acquisition of a specialized fireboat to provide marine firefighting and rescue capabilities for Port Canaveral and the surrounding communities. Port Canaveral’s Marine Firefighting Rescue Vessel (MFRV) will be purpose built to offer enhanced fire protection and response…

04 Jun 2019

‘KVH Watch’ IoT Connectivity Introduced as a Service

Photo: KVH

KVH Industries has introduced the maritime industry’s only all-inclusive, no-commitment, Internet of Things (IoT) Connectivity as a Service program utilizing global VSAT communications. KVH Watch is designed as the connectivity solution for remote equipment monitoring and intervention by maritime equipment manufacturers and IoT application providers. With remote monitoring, manufacturers can act in real time, minimizing expensive service calls and ensuring that their equipment…

04 Jun 2019

Iridium Unveils First GMDSS Terminal

Photo: Iridium

Iridium Communications and partner Lars Thrane, has unveiled the Lars Thrane (LT) 3100S terminal designed to operate on the Iridium network for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) vessel carriage requirements, with service targeted to launch in January 2020. This is the first terminal designed to provide truly global GMDSS services and is the first to be offered after the International Maritime Organization’s decision to recognize Iridium as just the second-ever satellite provider for this critical service.

26 Jun 2018

Kongsberg, Robert Allan Drive the Future of Marine Firefighting

The first vessel in the series will be the 20 meter RALamander 2000, featuring FiFi1 capability, pumping capacity of 2400 m3/hour and with optional foam capabilities. Vancouver based naval architects and marine engineers Robert Allan Ltd., and international marine technology specialist Kongsberg Maritime are collaborating on the development of a radically new remotely-operated fireboat that will allow first responders to attack dangerous port fires more aggressively and safer than ever before.

05 Jun 2018

Meet the Future of Marine Firefighting

(Image: Kongsberg / RAL)

Kongsberg, Robert Allan drive the future of marine fighting. The first vessel in the series will be the 20 meter RALamander 2000, featuring FiFi1 capability, pumping capacity of 2400 m3/hour and with optional foam capabilities. Vancouver based naval architects and marine engineers Robert Allan Ltd., and international marine technology specialist Kongsberg Maritime are collaborating on the development of a radically new remotely-operated fireboat that will allow first responders to attack dangerous port fires more aggressively and safer than ever before.

30 May 2017

Danelec Introduces New Remote Management Tools

Image: Danelec Marine

Danelec Marine’s new intelligent remote management platform is bringing the Internet of Things (IoT) to the maritime industry by providing easy, low-cost access to data from ships at sea. The second-generation DanelecConnect telematics platform is now fully available and the first ship installations are currently underway. The company is working with third-party software application providers to use the DanelecConnect application programming interface (API) tool to capture data from shipboard systems and sensors into their specialized software packages.

08 Jun 2017

SES Supports Medical Ship Project in Peru

SES - Vine Trust new medical ship MV Forth Hope (Photo courtesy of SES)

In support of the Vine Trusts’ latest project in the Peruvian Amazon, Ships Electronic Services (SES) will provide and install a comprehensive navigation and communications system aboard the Trusts’ new medical ship MV Forth Hope. Built by David Abels in Bristol the 35 meter vessel has been fitted out to the Trusts’ specification by Babcock International Group in Rosyth and will now be completed with a sophisticated electronics navigation and communication system developed by SES for her departure in the first half of July.

14 Jun 2017

Intellian’s V65 Antenna Packs a Punch

Photo: Intellian Technologies

Live network testing conducted by Marlink over the newest Intelsat EpicNG High Throughput Ku-band satellite demonstrates that the v65 system will enable users to achieve high throughput connectivity for vessels of all sizes. Maritime satellite antenna systems provider Intellian Technologies said its v65 Ku/Ka band convertible satellite communications system has been independently tested by satellite communications service provider Marlink and exceeds all expectations in terms of performance efficiency on the company’s newly launched 60cm global network.

28 Jul 2017

'Team Damen' Unites Dutch and Australian Industry

Artist’s impression of the Damen 1800 OPV  (Photo: Damen)

Australian Maritime Systems Group is entering into a joint venture with one of Europe’s leading marine technology companies as part of a tender for Australia’s next giant defence contract. The Brisbane-based company is partnering with Dutch firm Alewijnse Marine to support the Damen Group’s bid to build the next generation of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Australian Navy. The vessels will be mainly constructed in Adelaide and Perth, but AMSG’s involvement would generate highly-skilled and long-term electrical engineering jobs for the Queensland-based company.

05 Feb 2018

Remotely Operated Fireboat Under Development

The first in the series will be the 20 m RALamander 2000, equipped with Fi Fi 1 capability, with a total pumping capacity of 2400 m3/hr with optional foam. Image: Kongsberg/RAL

Robert Allan Ltd. and Kongsberg Maritime announced a collaboration to develop a new remotely-operated fireboat that will allow first responders to attack dangerous port fires more aggressively and safer than ever before. The un-crewed RALamander fireboat will offer in-close firefighting and ‘eye in the fire’ capability that keeps marine firefighting professionals out of harm's way. Fires involving containers, petrochemicals, shore-side structures or vessels can be attacked more…

23 Mar 2018

Future Frigates: Naval Group Starts Equipment Acquisition

Image: Naval Group

Naval Group has started to select the first equipment suppliers for the five future intermediate-size frigates (FTI) intended for the French Ministry of Defense. In the framework of the execution of the contract awarded by the French Defence Procurement Agency in April 2017, Naval Group initiated its process of selecting the program's industrial suppliers for the five future intermediate-size frigates, the first of which will be delivered to the French Navy in 2023. "We expect a lot from our suppliers," said Frédéric Massa, Director of Naval Group Purchasing.

24 Mar 2018

Radio Holland, Lars Thrane Team

LT-3100-System Photo Radio Holland Group, PR

Radio Holland Group and Lars Thrane A/S concluded a global distribution agreement for the LT-3100 Iridium system. As a ‘kick-off’, mid-March Peter Thrane (CEO & Co-founder) and Thomas Flinth (Sales Manager) visited the Rotterdam office of Radio Holland Netherlands for a sales presentation, a commercial and a technical training. The global agreement enables every Radio Holland office in the world to distribute the LT-3100 Iridium system as well as perform after-sales service and maintenance.

24 Jan 2017

MASS continues to support Maritime Anti-piracy Operations

Boarding team from EU Naval Force combat support warship FGS BERLIN stops a suspicious skiff. Photo courtesy Operation Atalanta

The European Council has extended the mandate for European Union Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) - Operation ATALANTA - until 31 December 2018, which means Cohort company MASS will continue to provide the Classified Mission Network for the enduring Operation. Operation ATALANTA was launched in December 2008 to contribute to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast. The operation also protects vessels of the World Food Programme and other vulnerable shipping…

31 Jan 2017

Smart Shipping: Transas CEO Sifts through the Hype

Frank Coles at 2017 SMART4SEA Conference & Awards (Photo: Transas)

Transas CEO Frank Coles delivered a presentation at 2017 SMART4SEA Conference & Awards, where he voiced his views on “smart shipping”, from big data and cyber security to unmanned ships. We live in a world where we hear the words, smart ships, connected ships, unmanned ships, automated ships, etc. We hear statements about a digital shipping world and a forecast of new business models in shipping. It’s a confusing world, a fast moving world. What is the reality and how do we sift through the hype?

09 Mar 2017

Intellian to Debut Convertible 60cm Class Antenna

Photo: Intellian

Intellian Technologies, provider of maritime satellite communications and entertainment systems, said it will introduce the v65; a 60cm class Ku/Ka convertible satellite communications system at the Satellite 2017 show in Washington D.C. According to the manufacturer, the v65 is poised to drive adoption of new connectivity solutions in the mobility market by making access to both Ku- and Ka-band on the same antenna system simple and cost-effective. “Conventional antenna technology forces a choice between one frequency or the other.

12 Apr 2017

KVH Debuts Connectivity as a Service Offering

KVH Industries, Inc. has launched a new all-inclusive Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) offering for the maritime industry, AgilePlans by KVH. For a single monthly fee, AgilePlans by KVH brings an advanced satellite communications solution onboard without a costly capital expenditure or long-term commitment. The subscription fee is as low as $499/month for a complete package including hardware, connectivity, installation at select ports, entertainment and training content and global support. The AgilePlans by KVH subscription model is designed to deliver everything a fleet needs for better communications and improved operational efficiency at sea.

21 Apr 2016

US Coast Guard Expands AIS Requirements

The U.S. Coast Guard has expanded Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements to include additional commercial vessels.    The change, which applies to U.S.- and foreign-flagged vessels that are 300 gross tons or less, went into effect this month.   Most commercial vessels operating on U.S. waterways are required to have AIS, a navigation safety communications system designed to mitigate collisions.   AIS increases situational awareness across the U.S. Marine Transportation System, the vital economic arteries that enable the continuous flow of overseas trade, sustain 13 million jobs and facilitate $3.2 trillion in commerce

12 Jul 2016

Vard Bags Electrical Work for UK Polar Research Ship

Artist's impression of the new polar vessel. Copyright Cammell Laird  BAS. Image NERC

Vard Holdings Limited's subsidiary Vard Electro AS has secured a contract for the delivery of an engineering and electrical installation package for U.K.’s new $290 million polar research vessel under construction for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Vard’s contract signed with Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd includes engineering resources to support the shipyard in the drawing approval process, complete electro installation onboard, and systems and products developed by Vard Electro. The value of the contract is nearly $12 million.

12 Sep 2016

Intellian Unveils 60cm Class Antenna at SMM

Photo: Intellian Technologies

Intellian Technologies, a provider of maritime satellite communications and entertainment systems, has unveiled its latest new product at this year’s SMM show in Hamburg, Germany. The v65, a 60cm class satellite communications system operating in Ku-band, delivers best-in-class RF performance by a substantial margin. The improved performance capability will enable service providers to build new global service plans targeting high volume market segments. The industry has the opportunity to take a closer look at this new offering at SMM, and to learn about its features in more detail.

20 Oct 2016

Radio Holland Supplies Communications for Weir Complexes

Weir complex at Nederrijn. (Photo: Radion Holland)

Radio Holland’s Mission Critical Communications (MCC) department is responsible for the design, supply and commissioning of the communications system for the Nederrijn and Lek weir complex. This complex, consisting of three hydraulic structures, will be subjected to a major renovation. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure (Rijkswaterstaat) awarded the contract for this programme to Siemens in late 2015. Siemens had included the communications system designed by Radio Holland in its tender bid.

30 Nov 2016

New Satellite Communications System For Workboats

OmniCom (Photo: McMurdo)

McMurdo has announced a new global satellite communications system, McMurdo OmniCom, the first in a family of products that will be rolled out over the next six months to provide complete worldwide fleet management and vessel monitoring solutions for the workboat, commercial fishing and artisanal fishing industries. McMurdo OmniCom is an integrated solution for commercial fleet operations that combines worldwide satellite coverage for constant communications to and from remote vessels with PRISMA Connect…

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