NorShipping 2019: A “Koselig” Event
"Koselig" is a Norwegian adjective used to describe situations that give a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation. The NorShipping exhibition and conference, one of the largest in northern Europe, could definitely be described as koselig. Occurring in Oslo, Norway between June 4-7, 2019, the conference featured close to 1,000 exhibitors from around the world. With the prominently featured Blue Economy Hall, terms such as marine sustainability and environmental ocean awareness held the center stage at a number of the events.
Sea IT Delivers Complete ICT Solutions to Älvtanks New Vessels
Sea IT, an independent system integrator specialized in the marine sector, has entered an agreement with Älvtank to deliver and install Sea IT’s complete ICT solution as Älvtank expands its fleet with two new vessels.The agreement covers a full suite of products included in the BlueCORE concept: BlueTV, BlueSAT, BlueSTAR, BlueBOX, BlueCONNECT and the phone service BlueSKY. The first ICT installation has been fully completed on the vessel Ramanda, which now has the highest standard available…
ABB Power and Automation for New Indian Ferries
ABB said it has signed a contract with India’s largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility, Cochin Shipyard Ltd, to deliver a first-ever integrated power and automation package to an Indian shipowner.ABB’s contract with Cochin Shipyard covers two new 1,200-passenger ferries, to be delivered to the Andaman & Nicobar Administration in 2020. In what’s said to be a first for a shipowner in India, these vessels will benefit from a full integration of their power generation, distribution and propulsion systems…
Danelec Introduces New Remote Management Tools
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.
Marlink Acquires IT Management Partner Palantir
Marlink has acquired Palantir AS, a Norway-based maritime IT company specializing in remote IT management solutions. The Share Purchase Agreement whereby Marlink acquired 100 percent of Palantir AS shares was completed on March 17, 2017. Palantir provides IT managers on shore with access to individual vessels or entire fleets for remote support and management of on board IT networks. Marlink and Palantir already collaboratep through a strategic partnership agreement started in September 2014, which has enabled Marlink to deliver integrated IT management services to its Sealink multi-band communications service customers, including Stolt Tankers and CMA CGM.
SpeedCast Introduces SIGMA Net
Satellite communications and network service provider SpeedCast International Limited has announced the official release of SIGMA Net shipping and remote site network management designed specifically for VSAT and MSS. SIGMA Net is a small but powerful industrial-grade VSAT and MSS network management device designed for ships and remote sites, providing automated and efficient management of multiple WAN links. Cyber security is at the heart of SIGMA Net, which incorporates a stateful firewall and Virtual Private Networking between the vessel and the Internet plus unique methods to regulate Internet access, including rejection of update services to Windows or mobile devices.
Transas CEO Calls for Big Data Standardization
Frank Coles, Transas CEO, has delivered a keynote speech calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to set standards of compliance for the communication connections between ship and shore or else create a significant cyber security risk. The speech on Connected Ships & Cybersecurity was delivered at the Shipping Insight Fleet Optimization Conference which took place in Stamford, CT. on October 18-19. Cybersecurity is without a doubt a highly-debated topic in the maritime industry.
The Switch Acquires Wärtsilä Drives’ Products
The Switch, a technology specialist of advanced drive trains, announced its acquisition of Wärtsilä’s marine drives business that encompasses specialized megawatt-class power drives targeting marine applications. The Yaskawa-backed investment gives The Switch a stronger foothold in its growing marine business area. Together, The Switch and the Norway-based marine drives business aim to benefit from a number of inherent added-value synergies, including a stronger machine and drive package offering, a broader product range and a wider market access.
Vard Bags Electrical Work for UK Polar Research Ship
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.
Petronas Selects Intellian for FLNG
A triple installation for the next generation Petronas Floating Liquid Natural Gas (PFLNG) vessel emphasizes increased demand for Intellian’s 2.4m product line in the Offshore Energy and Enterprise market segments. Built at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea, PFLNG Satu is a game-changer in the global LNG business. PFLNG technology dramatically improves asset mobility, paving the way for efficiency in monetizing gas resources from remote, marginal and stranded fields.
CakeBoxx, Globe Tracker Partner for Asset Tracking
Globe Tracker International, a company in global autonomous asset tracking, monitoring, remote management and data sharing services, and CakeBoxx Technologies, developer of CakeBoxx door-less intermodal shipping containers, today announce their strategic partnership. Under the agreement, the companies will combine service and product offerings to supply the global shipping market with a preconfigured, off-the-shelf secure container / asset tracking solution. CakeBoxx will offer its customers a factory installed Globe Tracker Communications Unit and a 12-month complimentary subscription to Globe Tracker services. Globe Tracker’s leading…
Marlink, Palantir Enter IT Services Partnership
Marlink and Palantir AS have signed a strategic partnership agreement that aims to improve access to IT services in the maritime industry. Palantir’s IT products complement Marlink parent company Airbus Defence and Space’s extensive AuroraGlobal multi-band (Ka-, Ku-, C and L-band) connectivity portfolio and value added solutions, which enable shipping companies to optimize communications and operations. Through the agreement, Palantir, a supplier of managed maritime IT products and services will support Marlink in taking increased responsibility for its customers’ IT systems on board.
General Dynamics is Link Govt-level Security to Consumer Smartphone
General Dynamics C4 Systems recently received the Defense Mobile Classified Capability (DMCC) contract from the National Security Agency (NSA). As part of the contract, General Dynamics will deliver up to 1,000 Samsung KNOX™-enabled Galaxy S® 4 smartphones provisioned with added GD Protected® software for the U.S. government. With these new smartphones, authorized government personnel will be able to make secure phone calls and access classified email. The GD Protected Samsung KNOX smartphones represent an important step toward the government’s Commercial Solutions for Classified initiative.
NSB Standardizes Fleet with the Globe iFusion System
Globe Wireless, a provider of communications, operational and IT solutions to the maritime industry, said Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (NSB) will standardize 85 vessels of their fleet with the Globe iFusion system. Each vessel will be equipped with a Globe i250, a backup FB150, Globe Wireless’ Fixed Multiple Lines, GlobeMobile and GlobeSSAS. With enhanced crew solutions, the Globe iFusion system enables multiple calls using Globe’s unique Digital Quality Voice (DQV) technology on both the GSM and VoIP phones allowing up tofive inbound and outbound calls over DQV.
FleetBroadband for Reederei Claus-Peter Offen 122-Vessel Fleet
Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, announced it has been selected by Reederei Claus-Peter Offen (CP Offen) to provide Inmarsat FleetBroadband airtime services for its entire fleet of 122 commercial vessels. CP Offen, based in Hamburg, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of modern commercial ships, including 122 container vessels, tankers and bulkers. CP Offen vessels are chartered by all of the world’s largest operators.
GTI, RTE Announce Strategic Partnership
Integrated wireless tracking, monitoring and management of refrigerated containers for intermodal transportation worldwide. Globe Tracker International (GTI), a company in global trade data sharing, autonomous asset tracking and monitoring and related data analytics, has announced its partnership with Refrigerated Transport Electronics (RTE), a developer and manufacturer of monitoring products for the intermodal refrigerated container industry. The company’s joint solution delivers seamless, integrated, wireless tracking monitoring and remote management of refrigerated containers for global intermodal transportation. Novel, proactive…
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.
Globe Tracker, Xmetra Announce Partnership
Globe Tracker International (GTI), a company in global trade data sharing, autonomous asset tracking and monitoring and related data analytics, announced its partnership with Xmetra OU, a supplier of solutions for remote detection and tracking of leakages of Hazardous Materials during transportation and storage. The companies will deliver integrated, real time wireless detection, tracking, alarm condition reporting and remote management of intermodal containers (tankers) used for high risk materials globally.
Pole Star Upgrades its DSAS Ship Security Alert System
Pole Star Space Applications Ltd, provider of fleet management, ship security and asset monitoring systems, has released an upgrade to its DSAS Ship Security Alert System, featuring new hardware from SkyWave Mobile Communications. The upgraded DSAS is designed to provide continuity of service and a smooth upgrade path for Pole Star SSAS customers as well as future-proofing their investment by routeing data traffic via the IsatData Pro network. The new Pole Star DSAS has been engineered to build on the quality of service provided by earlier transceivers, many of which are still in service from first installation. The new SkyWave IsatData Pro utilizes the global Inmarsat I-4 satellite constellation to provide remote management and communication with mobile and fixed assets worldwide.
Fleet Management & Operations Software – and Communications, too …
Connectivity and Communications Complete the Package. The complex task of operating any marine enterprise isn’t getting any easier. Financial, regulatory, operational, environmental and human resource pressures all increase over time. In the brown water, workboat world, these problems are exacerbated by the sheer number of smaller operators struggling to catch up with business requirements that have become increasingly sophisticated, and over a very short period of time. Keeping track of the new subchapter “M” rules…
SkyFile Mail Grows with VSAT and MSS Users
Airbus Defense and Space, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions, reached a fresh record for its dedicated SkyFile Mail software in 2013, with more than 50 million emails sent by some 40,000 mariners worldwide – a 25 percent growth in email volume over the previous year. SkyFile Mail is an intuitive email solution for business and crew working for some of the world’s largest shipping companies. It is a leading messaging application optimized for satcom and the perfect partner for Pharostar, Sealink and WaveCall VSAT services from Airbus Defense and Space. The increased use of SkyFile in 2013 was similar for both VSAT and MSS…
Skymira Named by Inc 500 & CTC Innovation Pipeline
Skymira LLC announced that it has garnered two awards acknowledging the company’s rapid expansion and growth into a range of vertical industries with tailored remote management and communication requirements. “We are very pleased with both accolades as they are a testament to the effectiveness of our Skymira TailorFit suite of solutions and the tremendous commitment of the entire Skymira team,” said Robert Landsfield, CEO, Skymira, LLC. The 2009 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. magazine (available on newsstands August 17 to November 15) and on Inc.com, reported aggregate revenue of $18.4b—up significantly from last year’s $13.7b—and a median three-year growth rate of 880.5 percent.
Norsat Introduce VSAT Communications Package
Norsat International launches Global-VSAT, an equipment & global airtime services package to leverage Norsat MarineLinkTM maritime VSAT terminals. The package is available via flexible lease and purchase options and will provide Norsat ’s maritime customers with a complete end to end communications solution including terminals, modems, air time, installation, and technical support. Global-VSATTM provides complete coverage through a global satellite network, which features automatic bandwidth levelling for the highest network performance, remote management capabilities for worldwide monitoring and control, and automatic signal switching to prevent signal blockages.