Royal IHC Acquires KCI from Oceanteam
Dutch supplier of vessels, equipment and services for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets Royal IHC said it has acquire all of the outstanding share capital of Dutch based engineering and consultancy company KCI the Engineers B.V. from Dutch-Norwegian offshore service provider Oceanteam ASA. IHC said it plans to maintain KCI as an independent brand and operating company which will continue to serve external clients while also working on IHC projects. Diederik van Rijn, IHC Group Executive Director, said, “The acquisition KCI fits within the overall strategy of IHC to further develop into a provider of knowledge and technology based services and products.
TORM Contracts Albwardy for Diving Services
Danish product tanker carrier TORM A/S and UAE-based Albwardy Marine Engineering (AME), an Albwardy-Damen JV, have signed a Service Level Agreement for diving services in the UAE region. The purpose is to further strengthen their relations and respective commercial reliability. The diving services will be handled from AME’s facilities in Fujairah and include full hull cleanings and propeller polishing. Allan Rasmussen, Head of TORM's Energy Efficiency & Innovation team, said, "This agreement signifies TORM's continued commitment to operating our vessels in the most efficient and safe manner.
Imtech Extends Indian Ocean VSAT Coverage
Imtech Marine has upgraded and extended the coverage of its Global VSAT Network. In addition to its wide network, Imtech Marine can now offer VSAT coverage in the Indian Ocean, roughly between Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, India and Indonesia, which is an important and busy area for the international maritime industry. Imtech Marine offers a reliable, cost effective and always-on broadband communication solution that utilizes the iDirect Evolution platform. This global solution covers all major shipping routes and provides guaranteed quality of service of 99…
BIMCO, Global Shipping Forum launch “SERVICECON”
BIMCO and the Global Shipping Forum have now launched a new standard contract – named “SERVICECON” – which simplifies and harmonises terms and conditions for container volume contracts between shippers and carriers. The new agreement is designed to meet the contractual needs of small to medium sized shippers, which, despite the large number and global value of the shipments they transport, often lack the legal resources to develop their own agreements with carriers. Following a two year period of discussions between carrier and shipper representatives…
DMCA's Pact with TRAKHEES
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has signed a strategic service-level agreement (SLA) with Trakhees, a regulatory arm of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone in Dubai, UAE, for sustainable development of the maritime city. Under the terms of the agreement, Trakhees will process all types of permits and approvals along with ancillary activities for all civil engineering and environment…
Telenor Selects iDirect as Ground Infrastructure Platform
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), a European satellite operator, and iDirect, a company in satellite based IP communications, jointly announced that TSBc has chosen iDirect’s new Velocity product line as the ground infrastructure solution for its new THOR 7 high throughput satellite (HTS). Using iDirect technology, TSBc will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to nine Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams, providing capacity over the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea as well as the Middle East. TSBc chose the iDirect platform for several reasons. The platform will enable automatic, seamless spot-beam handover across all beams on the THOR 7 satellite, ensuring continuous mobile connectivity.
SES Launches Maritime+ Service
SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the launch of its global SES Maritime+ service that will deliver high-speed connectivity to vessels traversing oceans. SES Maritime+ will enable maritime customers to have easy access to customisable bandwidth and coverage packages, ensuring satellite capacity is effectively utilised. Vessels traversing the oceans will be offered seamless roaming, leveraging SES’s global fleet of over 50 satellites, extensive ground infrastructure of over 20 teleports and more than 6,000 points of presence.
New Satellite Hub for Offshore Use Set in Doha, Qatar
VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect) a company of VT Sustems Inc. (VT Systems) announce that RigNet, a global provider of managed remote communications solutions to the oil and gas industry has deployed a new Series 15100 universal satellite hub in Doha, Qatar. The new Evolution hub will extend RigNet's VSAT coverage in the Middle East and will enhance the company's satellite communications service in the oil and gas sectors. As a managed services provider, RigNet delivers turnkey solutions for installing and managing VSAT networks. Using iDirect's Intelligent Platform, RigNet supports a wide range of applications that are critical for the oil and gas industry, such as broadband data, voice and video communications, as well as real-time data management.
Satellite Hub Sale By VT iDirect Expands Maritime Coverage
New hub to support increasing demand from oil & gas customers in Africa & extend coverage to mega-yacht owners in the Mediterranean and Atlantic. VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announce that SkyStream FZ LLZ, a Dubai-based satellite service provider, has purchased an iDirect Series 15100 Universal Satellite Hub to extend and enhance the availability of its coverage for luxury yacht owners. The hub will also help SkyStream meet the growing needs of its oil and gas customers who operate on multiple continents. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology. Through its new iDirect hub, SkyStream will offer Ku- and C-band coverage using different satellites.
Higher Throughput & Improved Coverage
Imtech Marine upgrades & extends Global Ku-band VSAT Network. Imtech Marine has upgraded and extended the coverage of its Global VSAT Network. In addition to its already extensive network, Imtech Marine can now offer VSAT coverage in the South Atlantic Ocean, between South America and Africa, an important area for the international maritime industry. Imtech Marine offers a reliable, cost effective and always-on broadband communication solution that utilises the proven iDirect Evolution platform. This global solution covers all major shipping routes and provides guaranteed quality of service, Service Level Agreements, 24/7 support and worldwide VSAT coverage, including automatic beam switching.
Imtech Marine Extends Global VSAT Network
Holland's Imtech Marine has upgraded and extended the coverage of its Global VSAT Network. In addition to an already extensive network Imtech Marine now offers VSAT coverage between South America and Africa, an important area for the international maritime industry. Imtech Marine offers a reliable, cost effective and always-on broadband communication solution that utilises the proven iDirect Evolution platform. This global solution covers all major shipping routes and provides guaranteed quality of service, Service Level Agreements, 24/7 support and worldwide VSAT coverage, including automatic beam switching. “By upgrading our Global VSAT Network we can offer our customers a higher throughput…
Cobham Upgrades SAILOR 900 VSAT
Cobham SATCOM has developed a new version of its SAILOR 900 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Ku-band antenna, featuring a new Block Up Converter (BUC). The antenna, designed by Cobham, makes it easier and less costly to ensure high availability of service as there is no need for additional hardware. It also delivers the potential for satcom service providers to deliver higher uplink bandwidths. The 20W BUC in the new SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power antenna ensures reliable operation in warm…
Bibby Offshore Recapitalization Completed
Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore Holdings Limited said it has completed the recapitalization of its balance sheet announced on December 5, 2017. The agreement to recapitalize the balance sheet was approved January 10 by 98.7 percent of noteholders of the £175 million (approximately $243 million) 7.5 percent senior secured notes, and makes noteholders the new owners of the group. “The completion of the recapitalization will be transformational for Bibby Offshore and is a major milestone for our business,” said Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore.
Invsat Solution Features DAMA
One of the most innovative maritime communications developments in recent years has been launched by telecom systems integrator, Invsat, with the introduction of a broadband data application communications solution configured to offer DAMA (Demand Assigned Multiple Access) protocol, which Invsat developed to operate initially on Loral Skynet’s Telstar 12 satellite. DAMA is typically a single-hop satellite transmission network that allows direct connection between any two nodes in the network among many users sharing a dedicated “pool” of satellite transponder space. With DAMA, customers sign up to a service level agreement (SLA) and can opt for a number of flexible usage bands, reflecting the size of their network. Subscribers also pay network maintenance.
XL Catlin Unveils Cargo Insurance Policy
XL Catlin’s Americas Marine business has introduced its first new marine product, an insurance policy to offer cargo insurance coverage on a domestic, foreign or worldwide basis. According to Anne Marie Elder, Chief Underwriting Officer of XL Catlin’s Americas Marine business, “To move assets, goods and products from point A to point B, businesses are contending with complex logistics, compliance issues and increasing threats of theft – to name a few. “Cargo risks are complex enough.
Radio Holland Improves VSAT Coverage for Northern Sea Route
Ship owners choosing the Northern Sea Route now have additional coverage from Kara Sea to Pacific Ocean. Radio Holland said it is the first provider who expanded its Global Ku-band VSAT network with additional coverage above Northern Europe/Russia. Recently, the Yamal 402 Northern beam has been added to the Radio Holland Global VSAT Network. With this extra beam Radio Holland offers improved coverage for its customers sailing from the Kara Sea to the Pacific Ocean. At this point of time, parts are free of ice for only two months per year.
Imtech Extends VSAT Coverage Above Europe
Imtech Marine expanded its Global Ku-band VSAT network with additional coverage above Europe. Next to the Telstar 12 satellite and the Intelsat 21, the Eutelsat 10A is added to the Imtech Marine Global VSAT Network. With this extra beam Imtech Marine offers improved coverage for its customers in Europe. Especially the yachting market, where 24/7 connectivity via internet is a high requirement, will benefit from this extra beam. By offering three beams in Europe the chance that…
Stolt Upgrades VSAT Connectivity Across Tanker Fleet
Stolt Tankers has chosen Marlink to upgrade its entire fleet of deep sea and regional tankers to the Sealink Global Ku-band VSAT service. The contract, signed in April 2013, covers the provision of Sealink to 90 tankers, resulting in significant bandwidth enhancements across the fleet, meeting Stolt’s changing connectivity requirements for operational and crew communication. As the owner of one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated global tanker fleets, Stolt Tankers required a global VSAT service to enable faster…
Stratos Opens Global Installation & Service Centers
New Centers provide complete managed-communications services worldwide. Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has expanded its maritime service-delivery capabilities by opening Global Installation & Service Centers (GIS Centers) in four major maritime regions. The Stratos GIS Centers in Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Lafayette, Louisiana provide complete managed-communications services for ship owners and ship-management companies worldwide.
Nanjing Tankers Implements 'Smart Shipping' Connectivity
Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM announced that their partner Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company Ltd. (MCN) has won the largest Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installation project to date, with Nanjing Tanker Corporation of China. Just two weeks after the launch of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service, the agreement brings always-on, next generation high-speed broadband capability worldwide to 70 ships; delivering ‘smart shipping’ connectivity to drive performance optimization and a step change in crew communications and welfare for Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NTC) vessels.
Cobham, Inmarsat Enable Smart Shipping for Nanjing Tankers
Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), and Cobham SATCOM today announced that their partner Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company Ltd. (MCN) has won the largest Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installation project to date, with Nanjing Tanker Corporation of China. Just two weeks after the launch of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service, the agreement brings always-on, next generation high-speed broadband capability worldwide to 70 ships; delivering ‘smart shipping’ connectivity to drive performance optimisation and a step change in crew communications and welfare for Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NTC) vessels.
Imtech Renews VSAT Connectivity Contract With Algoma
Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation has renewed and upgraded its VSAT Connectivity contract with technology solutions provider Imtech Marine. The agreement now provides VSAT satellite coverage and airtime Connectivity to 34 vessels which are owned or managed by Algoma. Algoma Central Corporation owns and operates the largest Canadian flag fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway, including 18 self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, seven gearless dry bulk carriers and seven product tankers.
OEMs Favored for Maintenance, Spare Parts -Study
An independent study for ABB Turbocharging found that 87 percent of organizations work only or mostly with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for maintenance support and spare parts procurement. Benefits cited include reduced downtime and better parts availability according to the Forrester Consulting Technology Adoption Profile. The individuals surveyed held responsibility for maintenance, repair and supplier management in 105 organizations that leverage large engines and capital intensive machinery.