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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Expands Coverage News

Globalstar USA Expands Coverage

Globalstar USA announced extended service coverage in both Alaska and the North Atlantic. As a result of agreements among Globalstar service providers in North America and Europe, calls can be made along the main shipping route between the two continents. Globalstar's expanded coverage also includes Alaska, regions of the north Pacific to the International Date Line, portions of Greenland, and all of Iceland.

Inmarsat Accelerates into Hand-held Satphone Market

Inmarsat and ACeS International Limited (ACeS) announced a collaboration to offer low-cost hand-held and fixed voice services, initially in the Asian market with extended coverage expected in early 2007 by combining satellite resources. Under the agreement, Inmarsat will assume responsibility for satellite and network operations, wholesale service provision, as well as product and service development. ACeS will focus on distribution of MSS products in the Asian land and maritime markets and will become a distributor of Inmarsat’s BGAN services. using the existing Inmarsat-4 satellite covering Asia and further intends to deploy a fullyglobal service within two years.

BunkerDesk Expands Coverage

BunkerDesk continues to expand its coverage since the launch of the service in April 2002. BunkerDesk now covers an additional 25 bunkering ports, and now provides Daily Bunker indication for 149 ports worldwide, twice as many as any other service. According to Jamie Halliday, Data Manager "We are continuing to expand and deepen our bunker price coverage. Not only do we cover more and more ports, but we are also canvassing more and more suppliers. Now well into its 3rd month, BunkerDesk has proved an unqualified success. The service already has over 350 users. "There genuinely has been no let up in the number of people subscribing and trialling the system" says Matt Cape, Managing Director.

Saab Transpondertech Wins Contract

Saab TransponderTech has won a contract to supply Automatic Identification System (AIS) base stations in China, as part of a major extension of AIS coverage along China’s coastline. The contract, which was awarded by the China Marine Safety Agency through Shanghai Navstar Technology, includes 35 dual base station sites with networking systems and enhanced data logging functionality. This AIS network will expand coverage in the Yangtse River and the North, East and South China Sea. Saab TransponderTech and Shanghai Navstar Technology have already deployed four AIS systems in China since 2002. They are located at Guangdong, Shanghai, Bo Hai and Quing Zhou.

INTERSCHALT Expands Africa, Asia Service Networks

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, the provider of maritime software, services and supplier of Voyage Data Recorders (VDR 4G[e] and s-VDR) has expanded its network of service partners in Africa and Asia with the addition of two new distributors in Nigeria and Korea. Multidigital Nigeria Limited, in Lagos, Nigeria, and Vega Communication Co. ltd, in Busan, Korea, take responsibility for the service for VDR G4, MER-(s)-VDR and the annual performance test (APT) in accordance with IMO regulations. “The agreed cooperation with Vega Communication and Multidigital represents an important step in our strategy to expand coverage and to provide with more efficient VDR support around the globe,” explained Robert Gärtner, CEO of INTERSCHALT.

TracPhone FleetBroadband Global Service

Mariners relying on the TracPhone FB500 and FB250 satellite communications systems from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) can enjoy the activation of Inmarsat’s newest I-4 satellite serving the Pacific Ocean. With this expanded coverage, Inmarsat FleetBroadband’s high-speed Internet and voice services are available via all existing and new TracPhone FB250 and FB500 systems operating worldwide. The TracPhone FB250 and FB500 offer KVH’s trademark commercial-grade design and fully stabilized operation. The TracPhone FB250 is designed for owners of leisure craft and small commercial vessels worldwide and is available in two sizes: a 12 inch high compact dome, or a 21 inch high dome to match the TracVision M5 satellite TV system.

Broadpoint Expands Coverage into GOM

Broadpoint announced the signing of a multi-year roaming agreement with T-Mobile USA, Inc.  For the first time, T-Mobile’s customers will have access to wireless voice, data and SMS service while in and around the Gulf of Mexico. Under the contract, Broadpoint will provide T-Mobile customers access to its GSM/GPRS/EDGE network, which extends over 100,000 square miles into the Gulf of Mexico. The news comes on the heels of an announcement earlier this year of expanded coverage in deepwater areas of the Gulf, highlighting Broadpoint’s continued commitment to network investment. (www.broadpointinc.com)

Wan Hai Lines Unveils China-India Service

Taiwan's global shipping company Wan Hai Lines has announced the launch of China – India Service III “CI3 service” on 23 January 2018. This new service will help to expand Wan Hai Lines network by providing direct service from East China to East India. A press release from the company said that the service will also help to complement Wan Hai Lines existing two other East India services with better port coverage and frequency. This service will be jointly operated with COSCO, IAL, OOCL and X-Press Feeders by using 5 vessels with nominal capacity of 4,250 TEU. Wan Hai Lines will deploy 2 vessels, while COSCO and IAL will operate 1 vessel each, OOCL and X-Press Feeders will operate 1 vessel jointly.

KVH TracNet 2.0 Offers Faster Mobile Internet Access

Enhanced System Expands Coverage Areas, Lowers Airtime Rates, and Provides Greater Versatility via Exclusive Broadband Service KVH Industries, the company that pioneered in-motion broadband Internet access, introduced its new, faster TracNet 2.0 Mobile High-speed Internet System today at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. broadband Internet system available to mariners throughout North America. the ability to maintain a two-way Internet connection even when the TracVision antenna is being used for satellite TV reception. addition, KVH is reducing TracNet mobile airtime rates by 40 percent, making the service even more affordable. explained Ian Palmer, KVH vice president of satellite sales.

SeaWave’s New Stations Completed

SeaWave LLC announced the completion of two new communications stations in South Texas and Seattle, Wash. The new stations consist of multiple antenna arrays which bolster SeaWave’s world-wide coverage, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Pacific coast. The new communications stations are just two of SeaWave’s many dedicated directional antennas located throughout North America and Europe and complement existing Satellite and GSM solutions already offered by SeaWave. “These new communication stations were designed and built to support the increased network performance and efficiency made possible by SeaWave’s suite of communications products,” stated Joe Estrada, Director of Operations, SeaWave LLC.

Malaysia & S.Korea Waters: Jeppesen Extends ENC Coverage

Jeppesen is now distributing official Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) with local partners in Malaysia and Korea. Jeppesen will distribute Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) ENCs for Malaysia from Jeppesen’s local partner Okenos. Included in this newly available ENC coverage is the Strait of Malacca, one of the most important commercial waterways in the world. As the main channel between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the Strait of Malacca links the major Asian economies of India, China, Japan and South Korea. It is estimated that 25 percent of all oil transported by sea passes through the Strait of Malacca, notable for its shallow waters, narrow passages and heavy shipping traffic.

Thailand: Yang Ming, Regional Container Lines Pact On

Image: Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (YM) inked a partnership agreement with Thailand’s Regional Container Lines (RCL) Group aimed at pooling the companies’ resources to weather a persisting downturn in the sector, according to a report in Taipei Times. The agreement  is expected to improve vessel utilization, reduce operating costs and expand coverage. The companies announced plans to expand bilateral cooperation on terminal operations in Taiwan and Thailand, slot exchange and vessel chartering services, as well as laden trucking and equipment interchange contracts.

Intelsat and SpeedCast Join Forces

New Agreement Brings Market Leading Broadband and Mobility Solutions to the Maritime, Oil & Gas and Enterprise Sectors. Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) has established strategic agreement to provide access to its global C- and Ku-band broadband mobility network to SpeedCast, the leading global satellite communications and maritime service provider. Under the multi-year agreement, Intelsat will provide SpeedCast access to Intelsat’s global C-band and Ku-band satellite capacity as well as to its terrestrially managed network, IntelsatOneSM.

WheelHouse Technologies Introduces WheelHouse Mobile for Smart Phones

WheelHouse Technologies, Inc. has launched WheelHouse Mobile, designed to provide real-time maintenance alerts and maintenance update capabilities from any smart phone in the cellular network. WheelHouse Mobile is a customer-driven enhancement to WheelHouse, intended to provide a fast and easy way to receive maintenance alerts and update maintenance using their mobile device. WheelHouse Mobile takes advantage of smart phone technology and provides service wherever a cellular signal is available.

AWT: First Service Using Global AIS for Accurate Vessel Monitoring

AWT Launches First Service Using Global Automatic Identification System for Accurate Vessel Monitoring. AWT Global AIS Service Expands Coverage to Include Terrestrial Data and Satellite Data. SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 13, 2011 – Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) today announced the launch of its global Automatic Identification System (AIS) service, AWT Global AIS. AWT is the first in its market to provide this innovative service, using satellite data to more accurately monitor vessels beyond coastal regions on a global scale.

CD-adapco Release New Engineering Software Update

CD-adapco release STAR-CCM+ v8.02, a major new version of its integrated solution for multidisciplinary engineering problems. CD-adapco is the world's largest independent CFD focused CAE provider. "The STAR-CCM+ v8 releases are specifically aimed at increasing engineering productivity, making the software even easier to use and interact with, and significantly reducing the time required to get a high-quality solution," said Senior VP Product Management Jean-Claude Ercolanelli. Parts Based Meshing allows users to associate mesh definitions with geometric entities, resulting in greater control, better automation and reduced turnaround time.

Drewry: Container Service Reliability Falls

Containership reliability took a small step backwards in October as the average on-time performance across all trades reached 77.9%, according to Carrier Performance Insight, the online schedule reliability tool provided by Drewry Supply Chain Advisors. The latest result is based on reliability across 10 deep-sea container trades, instead of the three East-West trades as was previously measured up to and including September 2015, when the aggregate on-time result was 79.9%. The expanded coverage is part of an upgrade to Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight, which now covers 69 ports and 809 port pairs, and also includes new functionality to download data from the monthly release in both Excel and PDF formats.

Airbus Expands VSAT Coverage

Ku-band coverage boosted with Seychelles region extension delivering high-speed data. Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (Very Small Apperture Terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite. The new coverage enables improved availability of Pharostar, Sealink and WaveCall VSAT voice and data services for vessels transiting or operating primarily in the Seychelles area, north to Ethiopia and south to Madagascar. Several diverse maritime groups will make use of more available high speed VSAT, including commercial fishing, government, naval, shipping and yachting vessels. An improved Ku-band footprint will also enhance security and anti-piracy efforts in the region.

Astrium Extends Ku-Band VSAT Coverage

Astrium Services, the global provider of satellite enabled telecom solutions, is again expanding its global VSAT coverage following the signing of new separate Ku-band capacity agreements with Eutelsat and SES. the company said new capacity secures more coverage and better performance in existing coverage spots. Enhanced capacity on Eutelsat’s E36B will provide improved services and more bandwidth for Astrium Services customers operating in the Mediterranean and Middle East, in addition to the area North of Norway and Russia (Barents Sea).

Improving ZIM’s Greece Turkey Service

​Photo: ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd

In order to improve our current service levels and provide customers in the region with the best solutions, ​ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd  introduced changes starting January 2018. Iskenderun port is added to TGX rotation: Thessaloniki cargo will now be served by our mainliner ZMP service, via Istanbul to Haifa, with a total transit time of 7 days and much improved schedule reliability. The change is implemented as part of ZIM’s strategy to create synergy with our mainliners through fast connections in Turkish ports.

KVH Broadband Service in Australia & NZ

KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced the activation of its mini-VSAT Broadband service in Australian and New Zealand waters following the successful completion of satellite testing.  The new coverage area is the first significant expansion of the mini-VSAT Broadband service in the southern hemisphere.  Together with the recent addition of coverage in Asia-Pacific waters, it significantly expands the capacity of the mini-VSAT Broadband network to support both leisure boaters as well as the vital commercial shipping markets in the region.

Marlink Enhanced Wavecall (TM) Services

Photo courtesy Marlink

Marlink, the maritime satellite communications provider, will announce new features for its WaveCall(TM) VSAT solution at Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show. The company has introduced automatic roaming and Committed Information Rates (CIRs) to enable users to seamlessly roam between Ku-band coverage spots as well as benefit from increased bandwidth for Internet browsing and calling. Furthermore, following acquisition of additional satellite capacity, Marlink has been able to enhance its Ku-band services to provide extended coverage in major regions throughout the world.

Broadpoint Expands Coverage

Broadpoint has increased its number of cellular sites in the Gulf of Mexico by more than 30 percent, and said it will continue an aggressive schedule to add additional sites through the end of this year. In addition to expanding its core network, Broadpoint has made technology upgrades to its remote customer premise equipment and product offerings. The upgrades and additions to Broadpoint’s cellular network were made to improve service in highly trafficked areas and to add coverage in several new locations. As part of the expansion, the company now provides telecommunications service and network coverage in the Gulf’s deepwater areas for the first time. Broadpoint’s coverage area exceeds 100,000 square miles in the Gulf, and the company provides 24/7 customer service support.

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