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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Ship Equip Broadband for Frontline Tankers

Photo courtesy Strike Zone Communications

Ship Equip announced the signing of a major broadband communications contract with Frontline Management, world leader in the international seaborne transportation of crude oil. The agreement between Ship Equip and Frontline Management AS (NYSE:FRO) includes ships from Frontline, Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Tankers. The Frontline group of companies, with majority owner John Fredriksen, is one of the world’s largest tanker owner, controlling more than 100 ships. Ship Equip will provide Frontline vessels with its exclusive SEVSAT (Ship Equip VSAT) broadband communications solution…

Ship Equip Acquired by Inmarsat Plc.

SE Management3 2011.jpg from left: Gilles A. Gillesen (CSO), Morten Qvigstad (CTO), Merete Mostue (CHRO), Dag Olav Tennfjord (CFO), Esben Flo (COO) and Ivar Nesset (CEO)

Ship Equip International AS and Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT.L) announced an agreement for Inmarsat, to acquire Ship Equip for a total consideration of $163.7m. Inmarsat is a provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Ship Equip, based in Ålesund, Norway, is a provider of VSAT maritime communications services to the shipping, offshore oil & gas and fishing markets. James Parm, President and CEO of Stratos, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Ship Equip and their management team into the Inmarsat group.

Ship Equip’s 1000th Order for SEVSAT

Ship Equip announced the 1000th order for its SEVSAT system. The SEVSAT solution (which stands for Ship Equip VSAT) provides reliable and cost-effective satellite communications for a wide variety of vessels at sea. Core markets for Ship Equip include shipping, commercial fisheries, offshore oil/gas and megayachts. Ship Equip’s 1000th SEVSAT order came as part of a recently signed large fleet contract for 67 vessels. The milestone-reaching order culminated several years of accelerated growth for the company, based in Ålesund Norway with offices in Oslo, Houston, Seattle, Singapore, London and Reykjavik. Since its initial launch in 2003…

Ship Equip's Shanghai Office Receives First Contract

The opening of the Ship Equip Shanghai Office in 2010 has proved successful with the first contract signed on May 10th with Ningbo HaiZhiXing Ocean Fishery. The contract was signed during a new Technology & Product Conference held in Shanghai by Ship Equip and partner company Beijing Highlander. Ningbo HaiZhiXing Ocean Fishery Co,. Ltd.,  is a Ministry of Agriculture qualified, large-scale offshore fishing enterprise, which owns 16 professional offshore squid fishing vessels with 6 more currently under construction.

Immediate success for XpressLink from Ship Equip

Ship Equip Antenna

Two independent international shipping companies acted immediately and ordered 28 XpressLink systems from Ship Equip. “XpressLink has been enthusiastically embraced by the market, and customers have been quick to respond says CSO Gilles A Gillesen. The cost/benefit have reached a very attractive level and we are very glad customers now see the benefits in this solution”. Inmarsat XpressLink was announced in July as the bridge to Inmarsat Global Xpress to be launched in 2014. XpressLink delivers the best from two worlds.

SEVSAT for Entire Varada Marine OSV Fleet

Photo courtesy Strike Zone Communications

Ship Equip announced a contract with Varada Marine to install its SEVSAT (Ship Equip VSAT) maritime broadband solution on the company’s entire fleet of Offshore Supply Vessels. Varada Marine, a company with its head office in Kristiansand, Norway, has announced an extensive new building program at ABG Shipyard Ltd in India. Deliveries of SEVSAT systems will commence in step with the new building program, with the first system already delivered to the yard.

Ship Equip Opens Rotterdam office

In response to a rapid increase in activity in the Central european area, ship equip opens offce in strategically located Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The activity increase comes as a result of the steady growth of customers in the region, as well as the high number of ships calling by rotterdam as a destination or en-route. it provides a favorable opportunity to carry out installation and maintenance work. it will be fully operational from the 1st of February 2011. The Rotterdam offce will primarily handle service issues…

New Organizational Structure for Inmarsat

New Organisational Structure for Inmarsat Brings Renewed Focus on Core Markets; Stratos, Segovia and Ship Equip Now Align Under the Inmarsat Brand. Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has begun the process of including its subsidiary companies within a new organisational structure that will align the Inmarsat business more closely to core vertical market segments and continue to support both direct and indirect distribution of its services. As of 1st January 2012, Inmarsat Solutions, led by Jim Parm, is responsible for Inmarsat's global direct and indirect sales and marketing delivery. Inmarsat Government Global, led on an interim basis by Ronald Spithout, focusing on worldwide (i.e.

St. Lawrence Seaway Draft

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a Notice stating that, effective May 24, the maximum allowable draft in the Montreal to Lake Ontario section will be increased to 80.8 dm (26’ 06”), subject to favorable water elevations. The draft increase will be for all inland ships and for ocean ships equipped with an operational bow thruster. For ocean ships not equipped with bow thrusters, the maximum allowable draft will be 80.0 dm (26’ 03”). Seaway Notice No. 10 of 2004 (HK Law)

Pettitt Joins MTN

MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) announced that Kerry Pettitt has joined MTN as executive sales manager for its superyacht business in Europe and Oceania regions. Prior to joining MTN, Pettitt was the general manager for the superyacht division for Ship Equip. Pettitt has also held executive positions at Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, the Marine Contracting Association in Geneva and Stratos. www.mtnsat.com  

Staton VP Sales at Krill Systems

Photo courtesy Krill Systems

Krill Systems, Inc. announced Brian Staton as vice president of world-wide sales. Staton will be responsible for selling products in three vertical markets (recreation, commercial and government), distribution channels and develop sales and dealer support. Staton’s career spans 26 years of experience as a sales and marketing executive in the marine electronic industry.  He was a creative marketing and sales strategist for five major marine electronic brands and was former president of Simrad USA, and most recently employed Ship Equip business development manager.  

Siemens Receives New Order to Equip AIDA Ships

The Siemens Industry Solutions (IS) Division is two equip two further cruise ships of AIDA Cruises with electrical and automation systems based on the Siship PAX platform. The order was received from the Meyer Werft in , which is building the new generation of Club ships. The scope of supply includes the electric propulsion system, the power generation and distribution systems and the automation system. The order volume is in the medium two-digit million euro range. The two new ships will be put into service in Spring 2011 and 2012 respectively. This means that the number of AIDA cruise ships equipped by Siemens will rise to six.

Ship Equip: 1000 VSAT Systems in Operation

Ship Equip, a maritime VSAT communications provider, announced an important landmark of 1,000 operational VSAT systems. This achievement also coincides with the start of the first XpressLink deliveries. XpressLink is a managed service with VSAT and FleetBroadband communication in one integrated package, acting as a bridge to the Global Xpress satellite communication services planned for launch by Ship Equip’s owner Inmarsat in 2013. The flat fee XpressLink service delivers 512 Kbps/512 Kbps with a minimum average data rate of 128 Kbps. “As the acceptance of VSAT caught on, we took a decision to plan for large numbers of customers”, COO  Esben Flo says.

Ship Equip: 1000 VSAT Systems in Operation

Ship Equip, a maritime VSAT communications provider, announced an important landmark of 1,000 operational VSAT systems. This achievement also coincides with the start of the first XpressLink deliveries. XpressLink is a managed service with VSAT and FleetBroadband communication in one integrated package, acting as a bridge to the Global Xpress satellite communication services planned for launch by Ship Equip’s owner Inmarsat in 2013. The flat fee XpressLink service delivers 512 Kbps/512 Kbps with a minimum average data rate of 128 Kbps. “As the acceptance of VSAT caught on, we took a decision to plan for large numbers of customers”, COO  Esben Flo says.

Almarin Provides Navigational Aids for BIMEP

Almarin, manufacturers of Aids to Navigation (AtoN), has supplied the maritime beaconing for Biscay Marine Energy Platform (BIMEP) in Bizkaia, Spain. Almarin supplied seven G3000TL buoys with 11m3 hull volume, sufficient capacity to handle the sturdy moorings in 90m depth. Equipped with self contained beacons, radar reflectors and AIS systems (providing real time data for ships equipped with ECDIS), these buoys ensure that the perimeter of the BIMEP area is well marked. BIMEP is an initiative of the Basque Energy Entity (EVE) to promote the development of offshore alternative energies.

Free Satellite Calls for RCC's

IMMARSAT Dish: Photo credit Wiki CCL

Inmarsat now provides free shore-to-ship priority voice calling for rescue co-ordination centres (RCC) over its FleetBroadband and existing and evolved services, including Inmarsat B, Fleet F77/55/33 and Mini M. The service allows a maritime RCC to place a priority voice call to any ship equipped with Inmarsat equipment, with the space segment of the call being free of charge. To place a call the RCC dials a unique number. They are then asked to enter their account number (PIN)…

Cargo Ship Sail Designed to Cut Fuel Consumption 30%

The sails will be made from 5 sheets of aluminium and fibre reinforced plastic, and will each stand 164 feet tall and 65 feet wide. The 5 sheets which make up each sail will be individually controlled by motors to be raised or lowered depending on the strength of the wind, or turned on an angle in order to catch the most wind. Kiyoshi Uzawa, the professor in charge of the team, said that they predict their sails will cut fuel consumption by about 30 percent. They have already performed several simulations for common routes, such as Yokohama to Seattle and found that the ships only used about two thirds of the normal fuel consumption.

Evac, ZENON To Cooperate On Marine Waste Water Treatment

Evac, a leader in vacuum sewage technology, and ZENON Environmental Inc., a leader in providing advanced technology products and services for water purification, waste water treatment and recycling, have decided to join forces in the field of marine waste water treatment. With ZENON, Evac's product portfolio will be strengthened by an advanced membrane technology for handling both grey and black water onboard ships. Marketing of this waste water management system will be focused foremost on cruise liners. Evac's existing product line comprises vacuum toilet systems and other bathroom products, collecting units, sewage treatment plants and an advanced PLC system.

NMA Prohibits CO2 Firefighting on MODU's

Statutory Alert: The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has updated Regulation No.227 on precautionary measures against fire and explosion on mobile offshore units, with effect from 1 January, 2015. Section 10.2.1 prohibits using carbon dioxide or other gases which are toxic to humans in the concentrations necessary to extinguish fires in machinery spaces and other spaces of high fire risk. foreign-registered mobile offshore units requiring a Letter of Compliance (LOC). Any foreign…

DSME Orders GTT Membranes for 2 LNGCs

Image: GTT

Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), a designer of membrane containment systems for the maritime transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas (LNG), received an order for two Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGCs) to be built by the Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). GTT said the order adds to what it called an already strong third quarter 2014 order book. The vessels, be operated by BW Group, a Norwegian owner with a long history of operating GTT-designed LNG carriers, are expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2018.

MHI System Enhances Stability, Reduces Risk

MHI Develops System to Enhance Damage Stability of Ships To Reduce Capsizing Risk: Response to Revised SOLAS Convention; First Order for Vessel with New System Placed by Nippon Shipping. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has developed a system to enhance the damage stability of ships, enabling reduction in capsizing risk, as well as a roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ship* equipped with the new system. The company has already received an order for the newly equipped vessel from Nippon Shipping Co., Ltd., a group company of Nippon Express Co., Ltd.

MHI to Build Two Cruise Ships for Carnival

The new generation AIDA cruise ship

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) began construction today at its Nagasaki Shipyard and Machinery Works on the first of two new generation cruise ships for AIDA Cruises, the German cruise company part of Costa Group, Europe's largest cruise company member of Carnival Corporation & plc. MHI said the two new ships, which will incorporate an array of the world's leading-edge environmental technologies, are scheduled for delivery in the spring of March 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises Honored for Environmental Performance

Royal Caribbean International's Jewel of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises' Constellation have been honored by the Ports of Stockholm with its Environmental Life-Buoy Certificate for their use of low sulfur fuel. Jewel of the Seas and Constellation were recognized for their maritime environmental initiatives, especially their use of a very refined, distillate fuel, which virtually eliminates airborne emissions compared to internal combustion engines. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity each operate four ships equipped with smokeless gas-turbine engines. Gas turbines reduce the emission of nitrous oxides by some 80 percent and sulfur oxides by more than 90 percent.

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