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Friday, March 23, 2018

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Dubai's Thuraya Gets Media & Broadcast Certifications

Thuraya Telecommunications Company announce certification of a range of MediaComms Solutions for its  IP terminal. At the heart of Thuraya MediaComms is Thuraya IP, which is the world’s most compact satellite data modem, which is now fully compatible with the media industry’s favored broadcast solutions including: Clipway, Livewire, Globecast, Streambox and Quicklink. Mr. John Huddle, Head of Media Services at Thuraya said, “Thuraya delivers the highest standards of reliability, security and performance so that journalists can remain focused on breaking the news, without having to worry about staying connected. All of our Thuraya MediaComms solutions undergo a rigorous testing and certification process.

Derecktor’s Sala Moves On

After almost four years with Derecktor Shipyards, Enrico Sala is following his family in its move back to Europe. He will be working with the Italian Challenge for the next America’s Cup and we are certainly excited for him at the idea. As marketing manager Enrico handled all our image promotion, advertising, public relations with media, industry and clients relations as well as trade shows exhibits and attendance. He also coordinated all yacht bids and yacht sales and contracts, besides taking care of Derecktor’s Internet needs and web presence.

Eco-Business Launches The EB Circle

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Eco-Business, Asia Pacific’s leading media organisation dedicated to reporting on sustainable development, has unveiled a new membership programme for its growing community. The EB Circle is a new dedicated network in which readers who sign up for just S$60 a year will gain priority invites to its events, access to an inner circle of professionals committed to sustainability on the Slack platform, media training opportunities and more. Since Eco-Business was founded in 2009, it has been committed to providing a platform for the region to discuss sustainability issues…

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…

Australian Maritime Regulatory Landscape to Change

Australian Parliament's new maritime legislation will revamp Australian maritime regulatory responsibilites in 2013. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will become the national regulator for all domestic commercial vessels in Australia, with state and Northern Territory maritime agencies exercising AMSA delegations in administering national standards. The new Navigation Act 2012 will modernise the way international shipping is regulated by AMSA, providing for high levels of safety and protection of the marine environment through transparent and flexible regulation. The Regulatory Affairs and Reform Division will become the Domestic Vessel Division.

KVH will bring FIFA to Mariners

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has come to an agreement with IMG Media to distribute video content of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ to merchant ships. KVH will deliver coverage of the month-long tournament, which takes place in Brazil this summer, via KVH’s satellite network to merchant maritime customers, with the exception of passenger vessels, cruise ships, and ferries. “Knowing how many football fans there are among the world’s seafarers, we are thrilled to be able to provide coverage of the world's greatest sporting event,” says Mark Woodhead, managing director of KVH Media Group. “Life onboard a ship often isolates seafarers from their friends and family and their lives onshore.

JRC Gets New Staff Additions

Japan Radio Company, Ltd., announces the addition of three new members to the staff in North America. Buddy Morgan is national sales manager in light marine and commercial fishing, Dennis Hogan is high seas sales manager and Patricia Beth Barker is public relations and marketing coordinator. 2003 begins the introduction of a new line of cutting edge Marine Electronics with innovative designs and advanced technology, which is an expansion into the pleasure craft Marine Electronics sector. Buddy Morgan brings over twenty years of experience in product development, sales and management with VEI, Datamarine, Simrad, Trimble and Raytheon. His extensive knowledge in all aspects of sales, service, support and marketing makes him a key player in JRC’s move to the forefront.

Containerships Collide at Port of Karachi

Visible damage to containers aboard MV Tolten, which side-swiped the moored containership MV Hamburg Bay (Photo: Hassan Jan)

Authorities are working to retrieve more than 20 containers that fell into the water at Pakistan's southern port of Karachi on Monday following a collision between two containerships. Video footage posted on social media shows the Hapag-Lloyd containership MV Tolten side-swipe the moored containership MV Hamburg Bay while moving into its berth at South Asia Pakistan Terminal. Maritime security vessels were arriving on scene to assess damage and respond to the casualty, according to local reports.

Inmarsat Alphasat Satellite Launch Successfrul

Alphasat preparation: Photo credit Inmarsat

Inmarsat provider of global mobile satellite communications services, confirms the successful launch of Alphasat, the largest satellite, designated I-4A F4. Alphasat was launched on an Ariane 5 ECA, the latest version of the Ariane 5 launcher, from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana at 20.54hrs BST on 25th July (16.54hrs Kourou local time). Arianespace confirmed a successful spacecraft separation at 27 minutes 45 seconds after launch and the Alphasat Mission Operations Team confirmed telemetry reception and that they have command of the satellite at 21.47 BST.

ARL Strengthens Asian Presence

Rolf G. Oetter, Founder and President of Albacore Research Ltd (ARL), and Dr. Oskar Lee announced the official launch of ARL Asia Pte Ltd (ARL Asia) as solutions provider and training and technical center for ARL’s ShipConstructor software in Asia. ShipConstructor is the powerful AutoCAD based 3D product-modeling software for the design and fabrication of ships and offshore structures. As Director of ARL Asia, Dr. Lee will provide CAD/CAM system integration in the Asia Pacific region for all ShipConstructor clients, with the aim to co-ordinate sales and technical support. To aid this effort, ARL Asia has enhanced its website ( to provide full product, training and exhibit information for ShipConstructor’s Asia-based clients. “Under Dr.

India's Oil Imports from Venezuela Hit Lowest in over 5 Years

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Indian imports of oil from Venezuela have fallen to their lowest levels in over half a decade, shipping and industry data showed, as a severe economic and political crisis hits crude output in the South American OPEC member. India's oil imports from Venezuela averaged around 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) between November, 2017 and February, 2018, a drop of about 20 percent from the same period a year earlier and the lowest such level since 2012, according to data from shipping sources and industry. The sources declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak with media.

USCG offloads 36,000 lbs cocaine in San Diego

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf offloads more than 36,000 pounds of suspected contraband at B Street Pier, San Diego, March 20, 2018.  Photo USCG

The Coast Guard offloaded approximately 36,000 pounds of cocaine Tuesday, which was seized during a counter-drug patrol in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband offloaded by the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf's (WMSL-750) crew represents 17 interdictions of suspected smuggling vessels off the coasts of Central and South America by five Coast Guard cutters between early February and early March. “This offload by the Bertholf represents the great work being conducted in the Eastern Pacific combating the transnational organized crime groups…

3 Rescued Off Port of St. Lucie

The Coast Guard rescued three people aboard a disabled boat approximately 12 miles east of Port of St. Lucie, Sunday. At approximately, 5 a.m., the crew of the tug McAllister Sister notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders of a red meteor flare from a 23-foot center console. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew to assist The Coast Guard boatcrew arrived on scene and towed the center console to the Smithsonian Marine Station.

Statoil to Rebrand as Equinor

Dudgeon offshore wind farm (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil)

Rebranding would cost up to $32.5 mln but firm plans to ramp up renewables investment. Norway's Statoil plans to change its name to Equinor, reflecting its commitment to become a broad energy company rather than one focused only on oil, it said on Thursday. In a video posted on social media, Statoil presented the switch as a way to show its determination to develop investments in renewable energy. Reactions by various social media users were mixed. "Equinor sounds like a princess on a horse in Game of Thrones," one Twitter user said. "Equi" is the genitive singular in Latin for "horse".

Asia Capesize Bulker Rates Expected to Stay Flat

Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to remain flat as the number of vessels for hire outpaces cargo demand, ship brokers said. That came despite an increase in number of idled ships and ships sent for demolition, brokers said. "I expect the market to stay at the same level for a while - at least one or two weeks," a Shanghai-based ship broker said on Thursday. "Generally, the first quarter is the weakest; we could expect an improvement in April," the broker added. "The market is very flat - there is still a lot of vessels," the broker said. Around 70 capesize vessels are idled or available for charter in the Pacific with around 50 waiting for cargo in the Atlantic, brokers said.

Sir Michael Bibby New President of UK Chamber of Shipping

Sir Michael Bibby. Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

Sir Michael Bibby was elected President of the UK Chamber of Shipping at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in London. He becomes the Chamber’s 132nd president in its 140th year. John Denholm, chairman of J&J Denholm, was elected Vice-President at the meeting, which was attended by over 100 people from the Chamber’s member companies. Sir Michael is planning to step back from his position as Managing Director of Bibby Line Group during 2018 to allow him to better focus his time on external work interests, including his involvement with the UK Chamber.

MN 100: Moxie Media, Inc.

1301 Dealers Ave. Moxie Media develops, publishes and distributes cutting edge training materials to meet the regulatory, health, security and workforce needs of the maritime industry. Moxie brings cost-effective resources to companies who must meet government and industry training requirements such as the US Coast Guard, OSHA, DOT, API, BOEM, BSEE, DHS, TSA, AWO, and IMO. All of Moxie Media’s online courses are interactive, video-based programs, shot on vessels and maritime locations and customized to the maritime industry.

Seafarers Beware – Social Media Ahead

Photo courtesy of Videotel

Videotel, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched a new program, Social Media at Sea, addressing the unique dangers of inappropriate use of social media by shipboard personnel and providing simple solutions to ensure that seafarers understand the dangers - and benefits - of this onboard revolution. Since the use of the Internet has now become commonplace on many vessels, seafarers often have much more freedom to communicate with friends and family using social media tools.

China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. to Raise Cash

China Shipbuilding Industry (CSIC) plans to issue RMB 1-billion in sale of unsecured medium term notes According to a 'China Knowledge' report, China Shipbuilding Industry Corp or CSIC, the parent of China Shipbuilding Industry Co Ltd<601989 >, has said that it plans to issue RMB 1 billion worth of unsecured medium-term notes with a maturity of five years on the interbank market on Jun. 28. Proceeds from the offering will be used to replenish the company’s working capital.    

Happy 50th Birthday, Greg Trauthwein

“Throwback Thursday” from the Maritime Reporter archives: Greg at the wheel on a sailing excursion off the coasts of Italy and France in August 2011

Greg Trauthwein, Editor and Associate Publisher, today celebrates his 50th birthday. Since first manning the editor’s desk at New Wave Media’s flagship publication Maritime Reporter & Engineering News in 1992, Greg has helped grow the publishing house’s offering of world leading b2b publications to four print titles and more than a dozen websites and e-news services collectively serving the commercial maritime, subsea industries and energy industries. From all of us at New Wave Media, here’s to wishing Greg the best on a very happy birthday, and many more to come!

KVH Sponsors Event Highlighting Seafarer Welfare

The private ISWAN event on 21 November will take place in an appropriately maritime venue: The Ward Room of the HMS "President", a former Royal Navy warship docked in London and converted to a club and event space. George, the author of the acclaimed book, "Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry that Brings You 90% of Everything," published in September 2013, is a lecturer and former ship master who received the MBE in 2000 for services to maritime safety. George spent five weeks on a containership while researching "Deep Sea and Foreign Going," which describes the challenging working conditions onboard commercial ships. Her book has received attention both inside and outside the shipping industry for raising awareness of seafarers' welfare.

Crisis Communications Network for Shipping

Navigate Response launched at London’s Baltic Exchange. The company’s round-the-clock services are tailored specifically for the global shipping industry and focus on managing clients’ messages across a range of communications channels including mainstream and social media. The new company is chaired by internationally renowned maritime expert, Richard Sayer, and led by Mark Clark, former head of public relations and media at the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The team includes leading maritime PR experts Mike Elsom and Bill Lines of sister company Navigate PR Ltd. Founded in 2004, Navigate PR provides comprehensive public relations services to a wealth of maritime businesses across a range of disciplines.

Data is the New Oil and Satellites Are the Pipeline

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As the shipping industry embraces digitalization, it’s time for a new era of fresh thinking that recognizes the potential of satellite communications in delivering financial, environmental and safety improvements. If shipping awarded a ‘word of the year’ in 2017, digitalization would have been a clear contender. The term has become a mainstay of commentary in maritime media and a key topic of debate at our industry’s conferences and exhibitions. But the reality is that digitalization is more than just a word or catchphrase that’s captured shipping’s attention.

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