Vizada and Nautical Equip 300 Fishing Vessels
Vizada, independent provider of mobile satellite services, has teamed up with its long-term service provider partner Nautical to provide the Inmarsat FleetBroadband service to more than 300 Spanish fishing vessels, enabling them to comply with new European Union (EU) regulations. The EU regulations came into effect on 1 July 2010 and require all fishing vessels of more than 24-metres (78-ft) to supply reports of catch, trans-shipments, landings and sales electronically to European fishing authorities. Vizada and Nautical have put together a customized communications package based on Inmarsat FleetBroadband to enable fishing companies to easily and cost-effectively transmit this data once recorded.
Astrium Upgrades SkyFile
Astrium Services released an update for its SkyFile Mail software, which provides more user flexibility and cost reductions on regular maintenance in addition to offering more possibilities to “Bring Your Own Device” on board. The new monthly update of SkyFile Mail Anti Virus improves security and features a new automatic notification that prompts the Master to update the Anti Virus software over the air. User flexibility is improved with SkyFile Mail v8.25 through enhanced I4 device control, which with the addition of JRC and Furuno, is now available for all types of FleetBroadband terminal.
Inmarsat Launches Fleet Xpress
Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications, has launched Fleet Xpress; the first globally available, high-speed broadband solution for maritime and offshore operators available from a single communications provider. Fleet Xpress aims to allow ship owners and operators to enhance business intelligence, improve operational efficiency and vessel performance, and provide a host of high-value, crew welfare benefits. Fleet Xpress will also empower third party application providers to enhance existing services to maritime customers, and to develop innovative new applications that will further drive operational efficiencies, ranging from real-time monitoring, remote diagnostics and telemedicine, to security and crew service management tools, among others.
Sandigan Selects Stratos for Deployment of FleetBroadband
Sandigan reports improved applications performance and crew productivity. Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has been selected by Sandigan Ship Services, Inc. to deploy the Inmarsat FleetBroadband satellite communications service on Sandigan’s fleet of commercial vessels. Based in The Philippines, Sandigan manages a global fleet that includes bulk carriers and car carriers. FleetBroadband from Stratos already has been successfully deployed on 12 Sandigan vessels.
Thrane & Thrane Adds to Sailor Fleebroadband
Enhanced voice calling and new tracking functions for terminals. Thrane & Thrane demonstrated commitment to the growth of its SAILOR FleetBroadband offering yesterday at Inmarsat’s annual partner conference in Barcelona. The FleetBroadband terminal manufacturer announced that Inmarsat’s new service enhancements, Multi-Voice Service and Dynamic Telemetry Service, will be available on SAILOR FleetBroadband terminals when the services go live in Q1 and Q2 2012. The new Inmarsat FleetBroadband…
Stratos Deploys FleetBroadband for the Royal Netherlands Navy
The trial led to the RNLN's purchase of the FleetBroadband from Stratos service, which it will use to manage its daily operations at sea. RNLN is the first organization to commercially deploy the FleetBroadband service. The three-month field trial was conducted onboard the RNLN Van Kinsbergen in Western European waters, including the Western Baltic. Radio managed the installation of a Thrane & Thrane SAILOR 500 FleetBroadband terminal onboard the vessel. FleetBroadband also was successfully integrated with AmosConnect to manage all email traffic. Other applications successfully tested during the trial included web browsing, instant messaging, video chat, digital faxing via eFax, and weather forecasting via MeteoConsult's SPOS.
Immarsat FleetBroadband Supports Solo Circumnavigator
Guo's 40-ft yacht will be equipped with a FleetBroadband terminal provided by Inmarsat which will help him send back video and pictures and assist him in plotting a safe course as he attempts to cover 21,600 nautical miles in 130 days. For his latest challenge, Guo, the first Chinese to cross the Atlantic single-handed, in a 21ft (6.5m) yacht, will depart from his home city of Qingdao, China, in November, to head east to Cape Horn, South America. Inmarsat Executive Chairman, Andrew Sukawaty, commented: "We first met Guo Chuan as MCM on Green Dragon during the previous Volvo Ocean Race. We were all impressed by his courage and tenacity.
SAILOR FleetBroadband Chosen by Thome Ship Management
Thrane & Thrane – a Cobham plc company – to supply SAILOR FleetBroadband terminals to ships managed by Thome. Thome Ship Management is an international shipping service supplier that manages a diverse fleet in excess of 180 vessels, under a new frame agreement facilitated by AND Group plc. Through this agreement, a combination of SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband and the flagship SAILOR 500 FleetBroadband bundled with airtime packages will be delivered to vessels managed by Thome. With well over 25…
Thrane & Thrane’s Sailor Fleet Broadboand Chosen by Thome Ship Management
Thrane & Thrane – a Cobham plc company – has been selected to supply market-leading SAILOR FleetBroadband terminals to Thome Ship Management, an international shipping service supplier that manages a diverse fleet in excess of 180 vessels, under a new frame agreement facilitated by AND Group plc. Through this agreement, a combination of SAILOR 250 FleetBroadband and the flagship SAILOR 500 FleetBroadband bundled with airtime packages will be delivered to vessels managed by Thome. With well over 25,000 SAILOR FleetBroadband terminal’s delivered to date, Thrane & Thrane’s established system is the clear FleetBroadband terminal market leader.
Vizada Launches Mobile Satellite Service
Vizada, an independent satellite communications provider, has launched Inmarsat FleetBroadband 150, a new service for the maritime community developed to deliver voice, IP data and SMS at speeds of up to 150 kbps. Additionally, Addvalue Technologies Ltd. (“Addvalue”) has appointed Vizada as its first Tier 1 distributor partner for Addvalue’s Skipper 150 FleetBroadband terminal. With a mobile satellite terminal measuring 29 cm, the Inmarsat FleetBroadband 150 (FB150) service is designed for smaller vessels with relatively low data requirements, including fishing vessels, leisure boats and smaller merchant vessels such as tug boats.
Inmarsat Activates 5,000th FB Terminal
Inmarsat (LSE: ISAT) announced that it has activated the 5,000th FleetBroadband terminal. This figure represents commercially active SIM cards passing operational traffic. The 5,000 FleetBroadband terminals activated through Inmarsat’s global partner network make it the fastest adopted maritime service in the company’s 30-year history. The latest member of the FleetBroadband family, FB150, launched just 22 weeks ago, already has 500 terminals activated – a rate of adoption which is twice that of FB500 and FB250 at a similar period after launch. The 5,000th terminal was activated on Happy Rover, a 1997-build owned by Dutch company BigLift Shipping B.V., a member of the Spliethoff Group.