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December 2016
/ January 2017

Maritime satcom revenues IN THIS ISSUE

continue to climb in difficult market satcoms
While the merchant shipping sector continues to struggle in an unforgiving Color Line expands
economic climate, the maritime satellite communications market communications
agreement 6
is prospering with combined annual satellite operator and
service provider revenues climbing into the billions UASC adds at-sea TV to 44 vessels 8

new report from analysts SpeedCast buys
Euroconsult has claimed Harris CapRock
that the value of the mar- for $425m 13
itime satellite communications mar-
ket has reached almost $1 billion in
annual revenue at the satellite opera-
tor level, and is closing in on $2 bil-
lion in annual revenue at the service
provider level. Port of LA to pilot container data
Specifically, the Prospects for sharing portal 16
Maritime Satellite Communications
report says that in 2015 the maritime Seafarer support site launched 18
market of approximately 338,000 ter-
minals created $953 million in satel-
lite operator revenues, and $1.7 bil-
E.R. Schiffahrt
lion for service providers. and the Floating
With a growth rate of 5 per cent in Lab 22
terminals and revenue predicted over Combined revenues for satellite operators and service providers should hit
the next ten years, that would mean $3 billion from maritime in 2018. Photo: Tony Webster, Creative Commons 2.0
that satellite operator revenues will electronics and
surpass $1 billion by the end of 2016,
and service providers will pass $2 bil-
main driver a few years ago.
Even though crew communica-
less than 2 Gbps in 2010, according to
the report. navigation
lion annually before the end of 2018. tions still represents the vast majority
Euroconsult notes that the collapse of a ships consumption, Euroconsult Future development GC Rieber to roll out
in oil prices and the global oversup- says, vessel operators are increasing- 2016 was an important milestone for
ply in the merchant sector have con- ly becoming interested in Big Data
NAVTOR services
maritime satellite communications. It
tinued to negatively impact the mar- applications that improve operational marked the entry into service of HTS across its fleet 24
itime market overall in 2016, and efficiency. As a result, the number of satellites with a major maritime focus,
have resulted in a number of vessels VSAT terminals in the market grew with the entry into commercial opera- Carnival Maritime extends Fleet
being decommissioned. by 9 per cent in 2015 to reach more tion of Inmarsat Global Xpress and Operations Centre 26
However, demand for satellite than 16,000 active commercial termi- Telenors Thor 7 satellite, in addition
communications continued to grow, nals at year-end. to the launch of the first two Epic New unmanned
bolstered by increasing operational A total of 8.5 Gbps of C-, Ku- and satellites, said Capucine Fargier,
communications needs, as opposed to Ka-band capacity was used for mar- consultant at Euroconsult and editor
ship partnerships
crew communications which was the itime VSAT business, compared to of the report. agreed 29
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The Maritime Communications Experts

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A number of additional HTS satellites service of flat-panel antennas in 2017, will them more purchasing power and greater
will be launched in the coming years, with drive demand for more bandwidth-hungry economies of scale. This is expected to hap-
maritime satellite supply expected to reach applications such as Big Data analytics and pen among both maritime players (as
approximately 680 Gbps by 2020. video streaming applications. demonstrated by the recent acquisition of
The company also expects consolidation Harris CapRock by SpeedCast) and across
Vol 17 No 4 This will result in a significant decrease
in capacity prices which, along with innova- in the sector to continue, benefitting the mobility verticals (such as GEEs acquisi-
Digital Ship Limited tions at the antenna level with the entry into remaining service providers by giving tion of EMC). DS
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Rob O'Dwyer: Tel: +44 (0)20 8144 6737 The unit allows users to avail of both munications capability, driven by market
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requirements, the company says. share current coordinates, enter way-
The new handset has an Always On points to navigate to specific positions
capability that lets users alternate between using the electronic compass, and use
calls, ensuring they are reachable on both position logging.
Young Suk Park: Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 3409
the satellite and the terrestrial networks so The handsets tracking capabilities
callers can be contacted on their GSM offer three different options, based on
number while on an active satellite call, pre-set time intervals, distance travelled,
and vice versa. and detection of movement outside a pre-
Vivian Chee: Tel: +44 (0)20 8995 5540
The XT-PRO DUAL represents a major set geofence. The geofencing process uses
advance in convergence, said Bilal any three to seven coordinates of the
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Gabi Weck: Tel: +44 (0)20 7253 2700
email: Real Consulting have announced that head of marketing communications for its
they have agreed a Global Strategic Maritime business unit, reporting to
DIGITAL SHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS Alliance, combining Real Consultings Inmarsat chief marketing officer Chris
180 per year for 7 issues technology consulting service with McLaughlin. Mr Warner most recently
contact, SetelHellas maritime communications spent seven years with ShipServ, where
or phone Stephan Venter on: technology products, particularly with he was director for marketing and business
+44 (0)20 7017 3407 regard to integrating SAP HANA and SAP development, and was previously head of
Lumira technologies with Setels SeeMBox- the digital maritime and professional divi-
DIGITAL SHIP V Open Digital Platform. sion at Lloyds List.
CYBER RESILIENCE FORUM Global Eagle Entertainment has Inmarsat has also appointed Jason
Rotterdam appointed Elcome International as Smith to the role of chief operations officer
31 January 2017 sales and service representative in the (COO). Mr Smith joins Inmarsat from
Middle East for its EMC service line of Rolls-Royce, where he was most recent-
DIGITAL SHIP maritime VSAT. Elcome will employ its ly president of the groups nuclear busi-
MARITIME CIO FORUM network of engineering and service facili- ness, and has previously worked with
Cyprus ties across the Middle East and South Asia AWE and British Nuclear Fuels.
14 February 2017 Mark Woodhead, KVH to install, commission, provision and serv- Thuraya has announced a new service
ice EMCs Ku-band VSAT systems, as well partner agreement in Bulgaria with NBS
Mark Woodhead has been named to the as providing shipboard service and satel- Maritime. Headquartered in Varna, the
Printed by newly created position of KVH senior vice lite airtime plans. largest city and key port on the Bulgarian
The Manson Group Ltd president for training and content, effective Inmarsat has hired Mark Warner as Black Sea Coast, NBS Maritime will pro-
Reynolds House, 8 Porters' Wood on the first of January 2017. This will vide support for the Black Sea region.
Valley Road Industrial Estate
St Albans, Hertz AL3 6PZ, U.K. include succeeding Nigel Cleave as head of Jan-Arie Sepers has returned to Radio
KVH group company Videotel, following Holland, where his career began 26
No part of this publication may be repro- the planned decision by the Videotel CEO years ago, to take on the role of general
duced or stored in any form by any to retire at the end of the year. manager of Radio Holland Netherlands.
mechanical, electronic, photocopying,
Intellian has appointed Sam McKee as He returns to the company after an extend-
recording or other means without the
vice president of Americas sales. Mr McKee ed period working at Nokia.
prior written consent of the publisher.
Whilst the information and articles in had previously worked with Cobham
Digital Ship are published in good faith SATCOM. The company has also
appointed Edward Joannides as general
and every effort is made to check accura-
manager of its Americas business unit.
cy, readers should verify facts and state-
ments direct with official sources before Mr Joannides has previously worked at
acting on them as the publisher can CMA CGM, Northern Navigation,
accept no responsibility in this respect. Inmarsat and most recently as program
Any opinions expressed in this maga- manager for satcom services at Northrup
zine should not be construed as those Grumman.
of the publisher. Mark Warner, Inmarsat
Greek companies SetelHellas and

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Panasonics new Newtec modem to double bandwidth Maritime VoIP app

Panasonic Global Communications and Maritime mobile network provider,

Newtec have unveiled a new high band- Skybridge, has launched VoiSea, a VoIP
width satellite modem which will be app that offers access to free voice and HD
offered to Panasonic customers with the video calls and messages at sea and other
promise of being able to provide twenty remote locations, whilst keeping band-
times the bandwidth of Panasonics cur- width consumption to a minimum.
rent system. The low-bandwidth version of the app
Versions of this new modem will be can reduce bandwidth consumption to 8
available across Panasonics mobility mar- kbps, and is being targeted at users on board
kets in maritime, cruise ships, mega yachts ferries, cruise liners, ships and also aircraft.
and river cruises, as well as in its air trans- We are delighted to be able to intro-
port and business aviation business. (l-r) Paul Margis of Panasonic, with Newtecs Serge Van Herck duce a solution to what has become a real
Developed in partnership by the two problem for both passengers and crew,
companies, the new modem is capable of up to 300 per cent more data than legacy China and across Asia. said Constantin Simeonidis, president and
exceeding 400 Mbps, and is designed to Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Under the agreement, CETC54 will use CEO of Skybridge.
facilitate the increasing bandwidth coming systems. Newtec technology in its newest VSAT VoiSea has been developed for mar-
on stream over the next two years as High- As we continue to optimise our second systems in China, while Newtec will be itime users and has taken into considera-
Throughput Satellite (HTS) services are generation global communications net- able to lean on CETC54 to source RF and tion the specific challenges that ship own-
rolled out and the Extreme-Throughput work, we are constantly looking for new antenna products, enabling the company ers face when dealing with restricted band-
Satellite (XTS) system that Panasonic is pieces of critical technology that will to bring new ground segment systems to width on board. This new app completes
currently designing is layered over enable our customers to take full advan- the market. our core maritime cellular service offering.
Panasonics existing global network. tage of HTS and XTS technology, said As a global player, our partnership with Should a user wish to call a number not
The company says that this should Paul Margis, chief executive officer of CETC54 is a logical expansion of the success supported by the app, they may purchase
expand network capacity from 2,300 MHz Panasonic Avionics Corporation. we have already seen in Asia and will allow credit directly through the Apple App
today to 15,000+ MHz by 2017. Newtecs broadband modem, which is us to further expand, both in China and Store or Google Play. No activation codes
The modem includes automated beam based on the innovative DVB-S2X stan- across Asia, said Mr Van Herck. for top-ups or prepaid cards or vouchers
switching and simultaneous data and dard and customised to our requirements, The partnership is endorsed by our are required for the system, and if the crew
video reception, and is also part of the allows us to access much larger blocks of long-standing partner ESA, as well as the member leaves to work on another vessel
Newtec Dialog multiservice platform, frequency and better support high band- Belgian authorities, both of which have a they simply take their account with them.
which supports verticals including avia- width platforms across all of our vertical long history of supporting industrial inno- VoiSea also offers photo and location
tion and maritime. markets. vations which lead to the development of sharing, free incoming calls and VoiSea
The unit uses the dynamic bandwidth In related news, Newtec has also entered state-of-the-art products. callback for use when there is almost no
allocation system Mx-DMA, which into a strategic partnership with the 54th We are confident that this partnership internet connection.
Panasonic says marries SCPC-style con- Research Institute of China Electronics will do the same and enable us to provide We are experiencing huge demand for
nectivity with the dynamic bandwidth Technology Group Corporation (CETC54), our customers with even better satcom data consumption and this is only going to
allocation capabilities of TDMA to deliver with the aim of strengthening its position in solutions, wherever they are in the world. increase over the next decade with the rise
of the mobile device, said Mr Simeonidis.
With VoiSea, Skybridge has created an
Nakilat rolls out Ku-band VSAT across fleet app that not only solves this problem at
sea, but can be introduced into aviation allows service providers like GEE to tran- and other markets, such as land-based
sition between older and new generation regions that are under-served in terms of
Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and part- satellites without requiring a change in cellular connectivity.
ner Radiance Communications have begun hardware or infrastructure, and Intelsat The advent of High Throughput
the deployment of maritime VSAT services says that existing customers that have Satellites will no doubt help these markets
across Qatari LNG transport company transitioned from its earlier satellites to to offer increased Wi-Fi speed. However,
Nakilats fleet of LNG and LPG carriers. operating on the Epic network have expe- given the massive rise in data demand,
GEEs EMC service line and Radiance rienced initial efficiency improvements of we believe that VoiSea will bridge the
Communications, an EMC maritime serv- up to 165 per cent. considerable gap that exists in cellular
ice partner and reseller, will supply global Using next generation hardware, the coverage today.
Ku-band VSAT connectivity and content company expects that potential efficiency
to enable a full range of internet, data and gains of up to 330 per cent will be achievable.
voice services for the vessels and crew. Nakilat vessles will be able to take Our business model is based on help-
The deal also includes a voice-over-IP advantage of Epic connectivity following ing our customers deliver an at-home
(VoIP) system for the corporate network to GEE's new deal experience to millions of people moving
remove the need to make satellite voice around the planet on planes, cruise ships,
calls, as well as VoIP crew calling and an vessels voyage, while at the same time superyachts and more. To do this, we need
internet caf system for the crew, with realise cost savings for the company. a seamless, global and fully interoperable
company access control. In related news, GEE also reports that it infrastructure that can be customised to
To date, eight Nakilat ships have been has entered into a new expanded contract meet diverse and totally dynamic user
equipped out of the companys 63 LNG with Intelsat for the provision of global demands, said Abel Avellan, president
vessels. Radiance Communications is satcom connectivity services, including and chief strategy officer, GEE.
responsible for installing and commission- significant capacity on Intelsats latest The performance, scalability and glob-
ing the systems, and is also providing EpicNG generation of satellites. al reach of Intelsats solutions will nicely
shipboard service. The multi-year deal will utilise C- and complement our extensive global ecosys-
As an owner of one of the largest LNG Ku-band services on eight satellites from tem of satellite networks, enabling us to
fleets in the world, staying connected Intelsats existing infrastructure as well as provide ubiquitous, broadband connectiv-
while at sea is essential for Nakilats glob- two new EpicNG satellites, Intelsat 33e and ity and to shift resources quickly critical
al operations, said Nakilat administration the yet-to-be-launched Intelsat 35e. in the mobility markets we serve.
director, Rashid Hamad Al-Marri. Overall, GEE now has contracted satel- Intelsat EpicNG satellites help us
By utilising EMCs VSAT technology, lite services on three out of the seven ensure our customers and theirs have
we are able to ensure real-time information planned Intelsat EpicNG satellites, and 17 access to super reliable, high-speed broad-
is accessible and that our personnel can Intelsat satellites in total. band whether theyre in the air, on land or The app offers calling via low
stay in touch with their families during the Epics backward-compatible design at sea. bandwidth connections

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Color Line expands communications agreement lite and land-based mobile broadband
from our network of global operators.
Telenor Maritime has expanded its existing The set-up will take advantage of
communications systems agreement with Telenor Satellites THOR-7 Ka-band high
Color Line to supply Wi-Fi and mobile throughput satellite coverage throughout
phone services across the cruise and ferry Europe, which will be particularly advan-
companys entire fleet. tageous in the northern European regions
Telenor Maritime is a mobile company where Color Line operates.
at sea, placing the mobile in the centre of The agreement with Telenor Maritime
all we do, said Frode Stldal, CEO of means that we can offer full Wi-Fi cover-
Telenor Maritime. age on our vessels with increased capacity
With our connectivity platform, we and bandwidth during Q1 2017, said
take full end-to-end responsibility for con- Marianne Gade Grbitz, CIO of Color Line.
necting the applications; the access layer This enables further investments in
with the onboard mobile and Wi-Fi sys- digital solutions to provide guests with the
tems; and the backhaul from Ka/Ku satel- best experience on board.
The entire Color Line fleet will have upgraded connectivity services

Marlink adds 20 Mbps High Speed Zones North West Passage Ku-band service launched full VIP experience for guests. The coverage area will allow Ku-band
In related news, Marlink has also connections to be maintained with small
Marlink has launched two new High recently signed a new agreement for capac- stabilised antennas even up to a latitude of
Speed Zones aimed at the leisure market ity on Intelsats upcoming Horizons 3e UK-based ION - International Ocean 75, the company says.
and charter companies with high band- satellite, an Epic-series High Throughput Networks, in partnership with North The service has been live since the start
width demands, offering connectivity of Satellite (HTS) to be launched in the sec- American satellite company Hunter of August, with a superyacht owner cus-
up to 20 Mbps on existing standard equip- ond half of 2018 to cover Asia and the Communications, has launched a new tomer navigating the NWP the first to
ment in specially dedicated areas in the Pacific Ocean. iDirect Evolution Ku-band maritime satel- connect.
Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Horizons 3e, a joint venture satellite lite network with coverage over the West, The main advantage of having the
The service can be accessed without owned by Intelsat and SKY Perfect JSAT East and North coast of Canada, to pro- connectivity throughout the entire NWP
any changes to the technical setup Corporation, will be stationed at 169 East vide VSAT connectivity for vessels transit- journey was that the latest ice maps could
onboard, and can be enabled within to deliver connectivity in the Asia-Pacific ing the Northwest Passage (NWP). be received instantaneously by the
hours of request for temporary periods region. Captain enabling him
as required. When combined with the already con- to navigate a safe
In addition, Marlink says it can also tracted high-throughput broadband serv- journey through the
deliver over 100 Mbps throughput to ves- ices provided by Intelsat 29e, Intelsat 33e NWP avoiding any
sels using customised configurations with- and Intelsat 35e, Marlink will be able to ice, explained Gavin
in its Mediterranean and Caribbean High offer Intelsat EpicNG performance to its Rose, ION sales direc-
Speed Zones. maritime customers traversing across all of tor.
Bandwidth is delivered by several satel- the worlds busiest shipping routes. Both crew and pas-
lites in each region, to provide greater lev- Our customers in the Pacific Ocean are senger welfare were
els of availability and redundancy. increasingly demanding more connectivi- greatly enhanced
The superyacht sector is unique, with ty, and by adding additional Intelsat enabling high data
very special requirements for internet con- EpicNG coverage to our network we can throughput of e-mails,
nectivity and Marlink, in conjunction with meet the ship owner connectivity social networks and
our satellite network operators and service demands, said Mr Olsen. video downloads.
The coverage area for the new NWP Ku-band service
provider partners, can now meet these Our customers in the Atlantic depend
service levels on standard configurations, on Marlink to enable the ongoing digitisa-
said Tore Morten Olsen, president mar- tion of ship operations, and we need to
itime, Marlink. ensure connectivity always works to UASC rolls out at-sea TV to 44 vessels
Our new High Speed Zones will offer achieve ROI on ICT investments. Intelsat
a new online experience available at sea EpicNG can help us to guarantee the same high-end crew welfare facilities possible
and we expect significant uptake, driven high level of connectivity to our entire cus- via our Sealink VSAT service, said Tore
by owners spending time on board and tomer base, regardless of where their oper- United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) Morten Olsen, president maritime,
charter companies looking to deliver the ations take them. has installed XChange Media, Marlinks Marlink.
at-sea television system, on 44 of its ves- We are extremely pleased XChange
sels to provide on-demand multi-lingual Media has been selected by UASC to
content for crew via their personal deliver content to their crew. By delivering
devices. high quality, multi-lingual news, sport
UASCs fleet is already equipped with and also TV, UASC can provide a more
Marlink Sealink VSAT, which meant that relaxing environment for their hardwork-
XChange Media could be deployed across ing crew members, in turn increasing job
the fleet remotely, with the process com- satisfaction and employee retention.
pleted in less than a week.
Daily updated content is provided to
the ships, which can be shared among all
crew members at no extra cost to them.
The seafarers can use their own smart-
phones, tablets, and laptops via Wi-Fi
either in their cabins or in communal areas
to access the service.
Marlink says that UASC will not face
extra airtime costs for the delivery of the
content as it is separated from Sealink VSAT
bandwidth, meaning that it will also have
no impact on contracted traffic speeds. XChange Media can be accessed on a
Marlinks High Speed Zones
variety of devices
XChange Media boosts the already

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KVH expands content service with North P&I Club launches maritime
NEWSlink Live cyber awareness campaign
ingly sophisticated and the cyber threat at more with NEWSlink TV. sea poses significant security, safety and
KVH has recently expanded its financial risks to shipping and offshore
KVH reports that it is introducing NEWSlink portfolio with the launch of The North P&I Club in the UK is under- operations.
NEWSlink Live, a new digital content two new daily local language editions in taking a Be Cyber Aware At Sea cam- The Be Cyber Aware At Sea campaign
service for crews to allow them to receive Japanese and Korean, with the range now paign to highlight the cyber threats facing was launched by cyber security trainer
a wider range of news, sports and enter- totalling approximately 110 NEWSlink shipowners, aiming to raise awareness of JWL International and is supported
tainment content on their personal editions in 23 languages delivered to sea- the increasing danger to international by industry organisations including
devices. farers on more than 9,000 vessels around shipping, ports and offshore operations. CSO Alliance and North. Through
NEWSlink Live delivers existing daily the world. According to Norths deputy loss pre- the campaigns website, at
NEWSlink print editions in a digital for- The Japanese and Korean editions are vention director Colin Gillespie, More, it encour-
mat, with free access to a 24/7 world news standard four-page newspapers delivered than 90 per cent of world trade, including ages the sharing of research data, best-
feed, a play-by-play live sports feed, and seven days a week, following the style of the global transportation of energy, is by practice cyber guidelines and educational
additional supplementary feeds and most of the companys other titles. Each sea. Our reliance on technology continues articles to help stakeholders understand
media services. edition covers the daily political, financial, and we are now very much immersed in the challenges and threats the digital
The service is enabled by a customised sporting and entertainment news stories the digital era. Ships are becoming increas- era brings to shipping and offshore
mini-media player, supplied free of charge from those countries in the local language. operations.
with every subscription. Having a Japanese language daily edi- Shipowners and crews are
NEWSlink Live creates an improved tion of NEWSlink is a significant step for- faced with many operational
experience for seafarers and provides a ward, said Hiroki Matsubara, CEO of demands and dealing effectively
logical next-step service to enhance Nautical Training Systems, KVH Media with cyber risks is yet another
NEWSlinks existing daily and weekly Groups agent in Japan. challenge, adds Mr Gillespie.
newspaper service, said Mark Selling the full range of content, con- Raising awareness of the
Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for nectivity, and training services that KVH risks is the first step in reducing
training and content. has to offer is made a lot easier when you the threat to shipping compa-
NEWSlink Live extends KVHs com- can show a prospective client a newspaper nies commercial networks.
mitment to provide the best content servic- in their local language. Shipowners should now treat
es at sea. We can now deliver news in All the titles are produced in NEWSlink cyber security as a board-level
whatever format best suits the vessel and newsrooms located in Liverpool, Delhi, priority to minimise this emerg-
its capabilities NEWSlink print editions, and Manila, where a round-the-clock Various resources will be available ing threat to the business of
the richer content of NEWSlink Live, or news monitoring service is employed to at the campaign website shipping.
KVHs unique IP-MobileCast content add the most current information to every
delivery service, which provides even edition.
SAIT changes name to SpeedCast vessels following a slew of acquisitions.
As we continue to expand our pres-
SAIT Communications has now officially ence in the maritime sector, SpeedCast is
changed its name to SpeedCast, formalis- well positioned to accelerate growth into

2017 EXTRA DISTRIBUTIONS ing the integration of the company follow-

ing its acquisition last year.
the low VSAT-penetrated market in
Southern Europe, said Athina Vezyri,
SpeedCast acquired the Greek satcom vice president, maritime sales and MSS
FEB/MARCH supplier in July 2015 to strengthen its pres- services - Europe, SpeedCast.
CMA Connecticut - 20-22 March 2017 iShipping Europe: Copenhagen - 1 & 2 March
Maritime CIO Forum Cyprus - 14 February Digital Ship Cyber Challenge Rotterdam - 31 January ence in the Southern European maritime The unrivalled experience of the former
market, in Greece in particular, one of the SAIT Communications organisation in MSS
APRILMAY largest maritime markets in the region. enables the company not only to gain a
Sea-Asia 25-27 April 2017, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore The Cyber Challenge Athens - 25 April
In addition to providing sales and sup- strong competitive edge in the maritime sec-
Maritime CIO Forum Mediterranean, Marseille, 4 April Maritime CIO Forum Hamburg - 3 May
port, the SpeedCast Greek office will also tor, but also allows us to expand our MSS
act as an R&D hub for new products and offerings to other sectors. This will be one of
JUNE/JULY services, with the companys global cus- the key growth engines and important con-
Nor-Shipping 2017, May 30-June 2 Maritime CIO Forum @Nor-Shipping - w/c 29 May
tomer base now stretching to over 6,000 tributors to the success of SpeedCast.

Maritime CIO Forum Tokyo - 5 September Maritime CIO Forum Rotterdam - 26 September
Globalstar launches IoT module
OCTOBER of VAR and OEM mobile asset tracking
Kormarine 2017 - October 24-27 Maritime CIO Forum Singapore - 4 October
systems to monitor items and cargo.
Maritime CIO Forum @Kormarine - 23 October Digital Ship Cyber Challenge Hamburg - 19 October
Globalstar is launching a new STINGR sys- The STX3 chip also transmits each mes-
NOVEMBER tem, integrating the companys STX3 sim- sage on an interval basis, which Globalstar
Europort 2017 - 7-10 November, Rotterdam, The Netherlands Digital Ship Athens - 1 & 2 November Maritime plex satellite transmitter with a GPS says will increase the likelihood of reach-
CIO Forum Bergen - 23 November receiver and a dual band antenna, to create ing multiple satellites, thereby improving
a unit for use in Internet of Things (IoT)- reliability.
DECEMBER/JAN 2018 based solutions for remote sensing, track- STINGR allows us to offer a complete
International Workboat Show, New Orleans, LA Marintec China - 5-8 Dec 2017
ing and monitoring of assets like ships and tracking solution in a single module dra-
Dates/Locations are subject to change by Organiser. containers. matically reducing the design effort
Globalstar says that it aims to involved in building compact and efficient
Sales Manager Magazine Advertising Editor Digital Ship magazine
Ria Kontogeorgou Rob ODwyer make the technology available to Value satellite communications devices, said
+44 (0)207 017 3442 +44 (0)208 144 6737 Added Resellers (VARs) and Original Corry Brennan, simplex regional sales
+44 (0)7815 481 036 Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) manager at Globalstar.
to develop their own products for the We look forward to working with our
market. highly creative VAR and OEM partners
The Globalstar simplex satellite net- across EMEA to develop satellite solu-
work will be used to transmit IoT data tions based on STINGR that help organi-
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from small devices, with the STINGR sations of all kinds leverage the power
itself measuring 45 x 47 x 6.3mm allowing of IoT, especially those in the multi-
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Ericsson to expand maritime services with partnerships technical and managerial resources. panies they will be able to accelerate the
SpeedCast provides us a flexible busi- development of new platforms and servic-
Ericsson has agreed two new maritime ness model that fits our needs, said John es to monitor and manage maritime assets
technology partnerships, announcing Taxgaard, head of maritime, Ericsson. worldwide.
that it will work with both SpeedCast The possibility of joining their connec- Ericsson is excited to partner with Pole
and Pole Star on separate projects tivity platform and the resulting availabili- Star as we continue to offer innovative
to expand its offering for the shipping ty is a great fit for our managed services solutions and services for the maritime sec-
sector. solutions. We are very pleased to have tor, said Mr Taxgaard.
The deal with SpeedCast will see SpeedCast as our partner and we foresee Our two companies share the same
Ericsson leverage the satcom providers huge benefits and successful implementa- vision for the use of regulatory informa-
global network and communication servic- tions for both sides. tion and how this might be developed and
es to support its customers, as part of its The deal with Pole Star meanwhile will leveraged by other industries.
end-to-end managed solutions for the also see the companies partner to develop Initially, our partnership will focus
shipping, port and terminal markets. and deliver new products, this time focus- on joint development and commercialisa-
This will include the provision of tech- ing on fleet safety and security, as well as tion. For Ericsson, this partnership also
nologies that can be used to create con- environmental, and compliance-based underpins the strategy we have devel-
nected vessel packages with the aim of business applications. oped over the past several years, and it is
driving efficiencies across fleets, backed The new partners expect that by com- a key move forward in our own digital
up by the two companies engineering, bining the innovation efforts of both com- transformation. Ericsson headquarters in Sweden

ITC Global improves Crew LIVE Intellian adds WorldView TVRO antenna Leveraging Panasonics robust global users to tune into different satellite TV
network ensures service remains seamless services at the push of a button as vessels
ITC Global has released an enhanced ver- and enables us to deliver the high speeds Intellian has launched a new dual-band, 3- move between global regions.
sion of ITC Crew LIVE, a crew welfare that are critical for both corporate and axis satellite TV system, the s100HD Aptus, Intellians App for Android or
service aimed at the offshore industry that crew network demands. In addition, users WorldView, including the companys lat- Apple devices, allows the antenna to be
offers communications and entertainment gain access to the best-in-class global live est generation LNB (Low Noise Block- operated from a smart device or PC. The
options, including internet connectivity TV service through Panasonics renowned Down Converter) technology and required satellite television provider is
and live TV. platform. designed to resemble its existing GX100 selected from a drop down menu, prompt-
Crew LIVE was first introduced to the Crew LIVE aims to allow companies to and v100 VSAT communications termi- ing the LNB to switch frequency automati-
market in November 2015 and now has decouple their operational and crew net- nals. cally and lock on to the new target satellite.
more than 11,500 registered users, who works on board, removing the security The 1 metre antenna system can simul- The s100HD Worldview delivers
will benefit from service enhancements risks associated with allowing remote taneously receive Ka-band and Ku-band strong performance and matches all
including increased upload and download workers to stay connected across the same signals, with the WorldView allowing Intellian 1 metre satellite communications
speeds, and dashboard management and link that handles corporate traffic, in par- solutions, said Sam McKee, Intellians
reporting features. ticular with the prevalence of the bring VP of sales for the Americas.
Per crew member, were seeing a your own device approach. This gives customers a whole new set
monthly average of 930MB of data Were addressing personal connectivi- of options in how they outfit their vessels
utilised, and a daily average of 100 ty needs for remote crews at the highest entertainment and communications pack-
kbps download speed with about 20 calibre, said Mr Spytek. age, eliminating the need to be locked
individual users online simultaneously, In the past year, fleet operators saw into any single service provider through
based on a typical 120-member crew, significant cost reductions as a direct result an expensive, closed network hardware
said Joe Spytek, chief executive officer, of crew-funded service, while crew mem- investment.
ITC Global. bers took full advantage of the quality Intellians systems are basically like
Performance data of onboard service entertainment amenities available. unlocked smartphones. They work with
from our 11,500 registered Crew LIVE Live streaming global TV services any provider, and now we have the TV
accounts demonstrates the importance are delivered via parent company system to match.
of continual updates to the solution in Panasonic Avionics satcom network, The s100HD WorldView TVRO anten-
order to scale with growing customer mirroring the services provided to the Intellians new s100HD na is available from January 2017.
requirements. aviation industry.

Inmarsat partners with Vodafone

on IoT integration broadband roaming services on our global
Inmarsat and mobile operator Vodafone The agreement is based on use of the
have announced a roaming agreement Inmarsat I-4 global L-band satellite net-
which will look to integrate technologies work, the same constellation used to
from the two companies to enable interna- power FleetBroadband, to carry IoT traffic
tional satellite and cellular roaming con- in areas not covered by cellular networks.
nectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). Success in IoT demands a mix of dif-
Deploying satellite connectivity to ferent technologies for different applica-
complement terrestrial networks for IoT tions. By adding satellite connectivity from
applications changes the Internet of Things Inmarsat to the Vodafone portfolio we
into the Internet of Everywhere, said continue to deliver on our strategy to lead
Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat. in managed IoT services, said Vodafone
The growth in mission critical IoT director of IoT, Ivo Rook.
applications is driving demand for connec- The IoT is transforming businesses in
tivity with unprecedented reach, range every sector and I am delighted we are
and reliability on a global basis. This able to support more of our customers in
Crew LIVE offers internet, TV and other options agreement marks a first for Inmarsat; taking advantage of all that this technolo-
enabling a mobile operator to utilise gy has to offer.

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SpeedCast buys Harris CapRock for $425m

Hong Kong-headquartered SpeedCast has been on an extended shopping spree that has now seen it acquire
a dozen companies in just four years and the latest deal, to buy American satcom provider
Harris CapRock, is the biggest of them all
peedCast has entered into a defini- initial public offering of shares in the com- of the shipping sector in Europe, and real-

S tive agreement to acquire Harris

CapRock in a cash transaction val-
ued at US$425 million, with the aim of
pany on the Australian Securities
Exchange that same August.
In 2015, SpeedCast acquired Hermes
ly gave us that presence and we started
getting invited to global tenders and we
started winning global tenders.
strengthening its position in the cruise and Datacomms, Geolink Satellite Services, Going global has been a constant theme
energy sectors. NewSat, SAIT Communications and ST in subsequent acquisitions in the maritime
The combined entity will service more Teleport, and this year bought Florida- sector, grabbing territory where SpeedCast
than 6,200 vessels, as well as hundreds of based NewCom International as well as had little or no existing presence.
rigs and platforms, in addition to both WINS Limited (WINS), a European We acquired, last year, SAIT
companies enterprise and government provider of satellite communications and Communications to really have a strong
customers. IT systems for the maritime sector that was market share and presence in the Greek
This acquisition will also expand part of the Eutelsat Group. market, at a time when the penetration of
SpeedCasts global infrastructure to more Add Harris CapRock to the list and that VSAT is still low but we expect the adop-
than 240 field engineers around the world, makes an even dozen acquisitions in four tion of VSAT to accelerate, said
to support customers in over 100 countries. years, eight of which have taken place Mr Beylier.
SpeedCast says that the transaction is since the start of 2015, at a cost of around We bought WINS and (partnered with)
expected to complete by the end of Q1 2017 half a billion dollars a remarkable spend- DHI (Eutelsat subsidiary DH-Intercom),
subject to customary closing conditions, ing run by anybodys standards. Digital which has a presence in Germany, the sec-
including anti-trust and regulatory Ship spoke to SpeedCast CEO Pierre-Jean ond largest shipping market in Europe SpeedCast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier
approval. The company expects to gener- Beylier about his long term strategy, and after Greece, and an interesting presence in
ate approximately US$24 million in annual how these new firms will combine to cre- the cruise segment, where we didnt have As weve grown through these acquisi-
cost synergies within the first two years ate SpeedCasts future. anything but is a segment where the tions we have learned and discovered
after the deal is completed by consolidat- The acquisitions have never been demand for bandwidth is skyrocketing. along the way some of the scale benefits,
ing, combining offices and reducing costs. about just building scale, each acquisition Harris CapRock really makes us the sometimes beyond what we were expect-
Funding will be partly underwritten by has been thought of as filling a gap in our strong leader in the cruise business, com- ing. We understand now what we can
an equity raising on the Australian stock capabilities, in our approach to the market. bining Harris CapRock and WINS, which achieve by being a bigger player and will
exchange (where SpeedCast is listed), The whole driver behind these acquisitions further strengthens our global scale servic- leverage that as we integrate Harris
which aims to generate approximately has been revenue synergies, he told us. ing the merchant shipping and offshore CapRock and SpeedCast.
AUS$295 million (around US$226 million). Combing these companies with service vessel sector. While Harris Caprock has specific
SpeedCast will give us access to opportu- In short order Mr Beylier says that the strengths in its oil and gas and cruise busi-
Shopping spree nities, to customers, to services, and allow acquisitions have allowed the company to ness, Mr Beylier points out that diversifica-
The acquisition of Harris CapRock is just us to do a number of things that were not fill those gaps in its capabilities it had iden- tion is not one of the core goals of the
the latest move in an extended shopping possible on our own. When you look at tified by buying up relationships and a SpeedCast acquisition strategy, as the com-
spree that has seen Hong-Kong headquar- each of these acquisitions, Elektrikom was customer base, along with technologies pany was already present to some extent in
tered SpeedCast purchase a host of compa- our very first maritime acquisition, that and infrastructure, moving from its home most of the sectors served.
nies around the world over the last four was about acquiring a presence in Europe, in Asia-Pacific through Europe and the I wouldnt say its diversification
years, starting with Australian Satellite where we had nothing. Americas, and into Africa as well. because diversity is part of SpeedCasts
Communications (ASC) in December 2012. We were doing very well in our mar- It has not been driven by scale, though business, weve always been diversified
That was followed by deals to acquire itime business in Asia Pacific, we had some as a result of these acquisitions we have and will continue to be diversified. Its not
Elektrikom Satellite Service in The partners in Europe but we didnt have a obviously reached a significant scale and like we were focused on one or two indus-
Netherlands in January 2013, and presence, we were not seen as being a glob- with Harris CapRock we have taken that to tries and had to diversify. We are making
Australias Pactel International in April of al player, which meant we were not invit- a different level where we will have a scale acquisitions in sectors where we are active
the same year, before adding SatComms ed to global tenders. Elektrikom Satellite advantage over our competition, and where we want to strengthen our posi-
Australia in May 2014 shortly before an Services was based in Rotterdam, the heart he added. tion, he told us.
Cruise, I must say, is a diversification
within our maritime business. We were
looking at this segment from a distance
and we decided with the WINS acquisition
to diversify into cruise, and obviously
Harris CapRock has augmented that
We were in energy, weve been in
energy for a long time, but we really decid-
ed to build the global energy business two
years ago.
Part of that process involved the recruit-
ment of former Harris CapRock energy
division president Keith Johnson, who left
the American company in 2013 and joined
SpeedCast in 2014 following the expiry
of a non-compete clause in his previous
I asked him to come and build the
global energy business. One of the first
things we did as part of that was to acquire
an energy focused company, Hermes
Datacomms, to give us the credibility of
having serviced oil and gas companies for
The acquisition will extend SpeedCasts reach into the cruise sector, with Harris CapRock customers including ships in the
many years across some of the most diffi-
Carnival Cruise Lines fleet such as the Sapphire Princess
cult places in the world, so customers

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could see that we had done it many times most of the others are something that we within one country or sub-region or tial other M&A opportunities. There are
before, said Mr Beylier. have been working on at least a year in region, but when it comes to global cus- some out there that we believe are valuable
We grew organically, and energy is a advance, sometimes more. tomers I think it will continue to consoli- and can be executed upon, and M&A
sector where I think theres a lot to do, They are companies that we liked, that date. It has already consolidated quite a growth will continue to be part of our
theres big potential. Of course, theres a are complementary to what we do, and we bit, when I look at tenders today for global strategy. If I take a three-year view then
cyclicality that you need to play with, but try to establish a dialogue far in advance, fleets, you dont have that many compa- yes, I think theres a good chance you will
the satellite services industry is a fantastic even if they are not for sale or the owners nies going for them. see us making some acquisitions.
sector to service that because satellite serv- are not interested yet. Its about convincing When you look at our communications In the meantime, while the ink is drying
ices is very critical to them. Thats where them that we can achieve things together to the market, given that were a public on the $425 million Harris CapRock con-
quality and reliability make even more of a that we both cant achieve on our own, that company, we have as part of our vision to tract and integration projects begin,
difference and SpeedCast has built a name we can do something bigger. be one of the top three players in maritime, SpeedCast will look to find ways to max-
for that. Being part of something bigger is a and the top three in energy as well imise the value that can be generated by its
So its a sector where we wanted to be useful benefit when it comes to operating among the top three globally. With the newly expanded workforce.
in it in a big way. Harris CapRock came as in the maritime satcom market, when it acquisition of Harris CapRock were Its obviously a very exciting acquisi-
a logical evolution of that. comes to the ability to bid for global con- achieving all of these objectives. tion for us, I think the complementarity
tracts as already mentioned, or in leverag- That ambition to remain as one of the between the two companies is amazing.
Getting bigger ing buying power when purchasing capac- biggest players in the maritime satcom sec- There have been consolidation events in
The method of choosing which companies ity from satellite operators. tor, and to other sectors globally, means our industry between large service
to acquire during this extended supermar- Consolidation in the satcom provider that SpeedCast will not retire the cheque- providers over the last few years, but we
ket sweep has, for the most part, been based sector has continued for a number of years, book just yet, and may pursue further have never found an opportunity where
on long term examination of specific capa- with SpeedCast responsible for no small acquisitions over the next few years to con- both the strategic logic was very strong
bilities rather than pouncing on opportuni- part of that, and Mr Beylier believes the solidate its position and extend its reach and the financial logic was very strong.
ties that have arisen due to specific market likelihood is that the market in the near even further. Here we found both, and more, said
circumstances, according to Mr Beylier. future will be for the most part controlled We have a growth strategy that com- Mr Beylier.
They were not all identified four and a by a small handful of large global players. bines organic growth and acquisitive I think the combination of the two
half years ago when we started, but four Consolidation in the maritime sector, growth, and that will continue to be the companies not only has capabilities, a
and a half years ago we had a pipeline with yes I think it will continue to consolidate. case for quite some years to come. There global footprint and a scale that is second
several of them and that pipeline was built When it comes to global fleets, global cus- are other things we are interested in, there to none in our industry, but on top of that
upon. Most of the companies we have tomers, it will and it already largely has are great companies out there that Id love I think there are some amazing people in
acquired, they have been on our radar come to that point it will indeed end up to see contributing to SpeedCasts capabil- both organisations.
screen for some time, sometimes one year, being a competition between four or five ities, said Mr Beylier. Were in a service business that comes
sometimes two, sometimes three as part of global players which will have the credibil- But short term we will focus on the down to people, so Im very excited about
a pipeline we maintain of companies that ity, capabilities and global footprint to sup- integration of Harris CapRock. There may the close to 1,200 people that are part of
we follow and are interested in, and port fleets on a global basis, he told us. be small acquisitions happening if there that group, because I think were going to
believe that can contribute to filling gaps in I think you will still see some fragmen- are opportunities that arise, but right now do great things together. Were very well
our approach to the market, he explained. tation with local players in certain markets well be focused on the integration. positioned to serve customers across the
NewSat went into administration so and certain regions that will cater for Once thats done and we start seeing different industries we are servicing
that was a very opportunistic move, but smaller fleets or smaller customers, locally the benefits of that we will explore poten- starting with maritime. DS

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Dubai signs maritime innovation agreement LR buys maintenance data software company
with DNV GL dards in relation to safety, but enables
improved economic performance by elimi- Innovation, research and technology Lloyds Register (LR) has acquired RTAMO nating unnecessary waste. are certainly essential factors for DMCA to Ltd, a software consultancy based in RTAMO technology is cloud-based,
provide an internationally recognised Aberdeen in the UK, which provides data- and used to support all phases of asset life
Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) maritime cluster and enhance the sectors driven maintenance optimisation systems design, operation, tail end life and
has signed an agreement with DNV GL to efficiency and global competitiveness. In designed to reduce costs for asset owners. decommissioning. The evidence-based
collaborate on a range of maritime innova- navigating through this path, it is impor- Recent maintenance optimisation proj- system is also sensitive to commercial fac-
tion initiatives to bolster the Dubai maritime tant that DMCA establishes the right tools ects conducted using RTAMO on more tors such as commodity price, mean time
sectors technological capacity, in areas such and methods in order to manage the than 20 offshore facilities have delivered to failure and cost of planned versus cor-
as smart shipping, digitalisation, Big Data impact as well as the opportunities that savings in maintenance costs of up to 30 rective maintenance.
and real time information management. new technologies present to us. per cent, the company says. Projects to The RTAMO acquisition is the latest
The agreement also looks to promote We are very positive that DMCAs col- date have included Maersk, BG Group and investment by LR to drive data and digital
maritime innovation programmes in Dubai, laboration with DNV GL is the right next Shell. innovation solutions for clients. In June
the UAE and in other parts of the Middle step to push Dubais drive in promoting the At this critical economic time of low oil 2016, LR announced its collaboration with
East, while encouraging the involvement of Emirates position in the global maritime prices, asset owners are seeking better Silicon Valley-based greenfence, a platform
local universities, higher education insti- map and soon play a leading role in pro- ways to maximise value. RTAMO - Real technology for Testing, Inspection and
tutes, research organisations and other gov- viding a sustainable platform for the global Time Adaptive Maintenance Optimisation Certification (TIC).
ernment bodies in the region. maritime sector. With DNV GLs compe- - enables this to be done safely and sus- This is an important step in building
DMCAs collaboration with DNV GL is tence and extensive experience, we believe tainably by enabling asset owners and global software solutions that create value
part of our long-term vision for Dubai to Dubai is on track in establishing a sustain- operators to tailor their maintenance strat- for our customers. Were bringing together
become a world-class maritime gateway, able maritime environment following high- egy and preventive maintenance plans to all of LRs existing commercial software
said Amer Ali, executive director of DMCA. ly-regarded international standards. suit their specific commercial needs, said activities to provide a suite of integrated
Murray Douglas, Lloyds Registers strate- solutions, said Nial McCollam, LRs chief
gic project director. technology officer.
Using this software-enabled service to Our global technology and innovation
manage our customers maintenance bur- team is also developing a range of innova-
den will significantly reduce costs while tive data and digital solutions, such as
demonstrating safe and responsible opera- remote presence inspections, cyber-securi-
tions. Company directors are very aware ty, additive manufacturing and asset life-
of the need to operate their assets safely cycle management, harnessing and devel-
and sustainably. oping the capabilities within our Global
Now, the RTAMO approach not only Technology Centres in Singapore and
Amer Ali, executive director of DMCA, and Knut rbeck-Nilssen, CEO, DNV GL Maritime,
sign the agreement demonstrates the highest possible stan- Southampton.

Port of LA to pilot container data sharing portal help strengthen the competitiveness of our portal to partners across the supply chain. time to track inbound cargo to better serve
ports and supply chain stakeholders through To keep pace with the rapidly chang- vessels, optimise cargo movement and
The Port of Los Angeles and GE the adoption of digital solutions," said US ing shipping landscape, operations at our improve the predictability and reliability
Transportation are partnering to pilot a Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker. ports must evolve, said Gene Seroka, of the supply chain.
new port information portal which aims to The innovative steps being taken in Los executive director, Port of Los Angeles. Port and cargo stakeholders already
digitise maritime shipping data and make Angeles will demonstrate the value of new Digital solutions that enable supply manually tested this advance exchange of
it available to cargo owners and supply IT systems to ports and shippers, and help chain partners to receive a ships cargo data during the largest-ever container ship
chain operators. catalyse the voluntary implementation of information well in advance of arrival, like call at the port last December.
Cargo data used in the two-month pilot these systems at ports throughout the US. with the digital portal we are envisioning Our partnership with the Port of Los
project will include filtered information We commend the Port of Los Angeles and with GE Transportation, are a critical key Angeles will unlock the power of big data
from the US Customs and Border GE for launching this visionary initiative. to optimising US cargo efficiency and trade at one of the largest ports in the world and
Protections Automated Commercial The pilot project is seen as a first step competitiveness. demonstrate how digital can enhance and
Environment (ACE) system, which should toward improving collaboration and coor- Ultimately, the goal of the port informa- improve operations, said Jamie Miller,
allow for better planning in servicing ultra- dination among the many stakeholders tion portal is to improve data-flow president and CEO, GE Transportation.
large container vessels. involved in the transport of containers, between cargo owners, shipping lines and This initial pilot will generate the insights
Over the past year, the US Department improving supply chain performance by other stakeholders so that port and termi- to build a smarter, more efficient supply
of Commerce has redoubled our efforts to delivering supporting data through a single nal operators have an extended window of chain moving forward.

Star software for Symphony Shipping implement the software on two new build
DP2 vessels, Symphony Performer and
Symphony Shipping has signed a contract Symphony Provider, to be delivered in
with MirTac for the provision of the Star December 2016 and April 2017.
fleet management software system, and In constructive meetings our goals and
related services, to manage operations such expectations versus the capabilities of the
as maintenance, purchasing and QHSSE. Star software and MirTacs services were
Symphony Shipping will initially extensively examined, said Daan Boterman,
QHSSE manager at Symphony Shipping.
With our combined knowledge of on
board technical operations and safety
translated into the Star software, we will
optimise operational efficiency and
enhance quality and safety management.
Vessel administration tasks, such as
bunkering data management, voyage
planning, crew planning and cash book
control will be performed using the soft-
Symphony Performer will have ware, with a fleet dashboard and manage-
The platform aims to streamline ultra large container ship operations at the port
the software installed ment reports to provide decision support.

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Data management system installed on Equinox Eagle single onboard server, was completed in
three days by one engineer attending
Setel Hellas reports that it has completed the ship.
the roll out of its SeeMBox-V vessel data This took place following an earlier on
management system on board the vessel board technical survey to define the instal-
Equinox Eagle, for Greek shipmanagement lation project requirements, and the prepa-
company Equinox Maritime. ration of the SeeMBox-V database system
The new system will be used to capture, on shore before delivery to the ship to
monitor, record and transmit fuel con- ensure it was configured for the companys
sumption and navigation data, as well as vessel-office data exchanges.
data from other systems, such as the main The deployment of SeeMBox-V
engine, PMI and torque meter. enabled our company to build a robust,
The SeeMBox-V will also assist the com- highly secure and scalable infrastructure
The Equinox Eagle, newly installed with the SeeMBox-V
pany in integrating manual data entry to for the delivery of vital information on the
allow for noon day report automation vessels operations so to support effective
(NRA). decision making and sustainable opera- The SeeMBox-V innovative platform, combine successfully advanced data
Installation of the system, which tion, said Leontios Pitaoulis, Equinox being customisable and configurable acquisition technology and information
includes two signal acquisition units and a Maritime. based exactly on our needs, managed to integration.

ABB to work with Wuchang LPG operator signs Seafarer support

Ship Building on digital systems up for ShipServ website launched working in the icebreaking and cruise sec-
tors is particularly relevant to Chinas
ABB has signed an agreement with ship builders, said Alf Kare Adnanes, LPG vessel operator Navigator Gas The International Seafarers Welfare and
Wuchang Ship Building Group to work head of ABBs marine and ports business has signed up to use ShipServ for all Assistance Network (ISWAN), an organi-
together on the development of digital sys- in China. its procurement activities, the companies sation promoting seafarer welfare, has
tems for greener ships. We are excited about the benefits this report. launched a new website called
The companies aim to combine ABBs agreement will bring to both ABB and The London-headquartered shipping SeafarerHelp to provide a free, confiden-
experience in power and propulsion and Wuchang Ship Building Group. company recently took its ship manage- tial helpline service to seafarers and their
maritime software, with Wuchang Ship Wuchang Shipbuilding Group is an ment activities in-house, based out of its families all over the world.
Building Groups vessel construction affiliate of China Shipbuilding Industry Polish office in Gdynia, and is now man- ISWAN is run by a multilingual team
capabilities. Corporation, founded in 1934 and now aging three vessels from Poland. offering 24-hour assistance year-round,
Chinese shipyards are diversifying employing more than 11,000 people at its 6 The procurement tools and services who have helped nearly 10,000 seafarers
their portfolios and ABBs long history of million square metre facility. available to Navigator Gas include of 86 different nationalities in the last year.
ShipServs SpotSource and Supplier The organisation hopes to build on those
Recommendations service. The LPG oper- numbers through the greater visibility that
ator will also use ShipServs range of pur- will be offered by the web portal.
chasing KPIs based on the trading activi- The website can be viewed in nine dif-
ties of over 9,000 vessels. ferent languages and provides a number
Navigator Gas is connected to ShipServ of ways for seafarers and their families to
via its ABS NS5 enterprise software suite. get in touch, including by telephone,
ShipServ allows us to automate our e-mail, Skype, text message and a Live
entire procurement platform and allows Chat feature.
us to get a full overview of our procure- ISWANs own data shows that seafar-
ment metrics in one simple interface, said ers have preferred to contact the helpline
Joanna Dziegielewska, senior technical by mobile devices over the internet, so the
buyer for Navigator Gas. website is optimised for mobile use.
Officials from both companies were present for the cooperation
We can also make savings through its Seafarers can also access general infor-
agreement signing ceremony in Helsinki
new spend management tools. mation about common issues raised to the
SeafarerHelp team via the site, along with
downloadable resources providing guid-
ECO Insight expanded with new analytics capabilities ance on health and wellbeing.
In addition, ISWAN's Seafarer Centre systems). And we use this to provide more MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Directory is available on the website,
transparent and actionable data reporting Verification) emission reports, in anticipa- which helps seafarers find the nearest
DNV GL has added new analytical and and analytics. tion of the EU regulations full entry into facilities for various amenities in port.
reporting features to its fleet performance The ECO Insight partner network, force in 2018.
management system ECO Insight, with the working with DNV GL on data integra- Vessel positions are updated hourly
aim of supporting shipowners in manag- tion, now includes 14 companies, with and speed variations from a target value
ing a greater volume of vessel data on a engine performance firm Tekomar the are similarly checked each hour, with flex-
more frequent basis. most recent addition. ible time lines (hours, days, weeks, voyage
Our user community has rapidly Other improvements to the software legs, voyages) able to be selected across the
grown into the largest single performance include the addition of an electronic whole system.
management group in the shipping indus- owner-charterer cooperation contract The hull degradation computation and
try, and the data and feedback we are get- option to DNV GLs own voyage display module has been improved, as
ting from them has been a great inspira- reporting system Navigator Insight, have auxiliary engine usage analytics.
tion, said Torsten Bssow, DNV GLs where the data released to each party Finally, a fuel quality module has been
head of performance management. can be tailored to reflect contractual made available to display the impact of
We have directed their input into responsibilities. fuel quality on performance.
product development and innovation Reports on a greater range of opera- A new alert service has been added to
which has resulted in many new and tional data can now be generated, such as the software to highlight key fleet per-
enhanced features. port logs, and consumer usage from sys- formance metrics on a daily basis, with a
The last year has proven that ECO tems like cargo pumps and inert gas gen- monthly fleet performance review report
Insight can integrate sensor and auto-log- erators. DNV GL says that the system is available from DNV GLs Performance The website offers a range of ways
ging data (including data from third party also already able to supply fully automatic Support Centre on request. to get in touch

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It matters to us

We strive to supply
Safety Through Education because
well-educated navigators with in-depth knowledge about
the equipment onboard is an indispensable factor to ensure
safety at sea. We have arranged various training courses
that combine both theoretical and practical training on
navigation and communication equipment.
At the end of the day, it is our vested interest, for we would
like to contribute to global maritime safety.
It matters to us all.
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Seagull Maritime adds social media Hegh LNG to use BASS for HSSEQ
awareness course tion that we can rely on for the future, and
we have found the right fit, said ivin and establishing how it might be Hegh LNG has chosen to implement the Iversen, deputy head of fleet management
improved have become integral aspects of BASSnet Fleet Management System to at Hegh LNG.
Seagull Maritime has collaborated with risk management. manage the HSSEQ operations for its float- The comprehensive and superior func-
maritime incident response company MTI The aim of the new e-learning module ing storage and regasification units tionality, the technology of BASSnet and the
Network to produce onboard and online is to raise awareness of correct social (FSRU), including safety and risk manage- strong customer community of reputable
training content on social media awareness. media practice among both shore based ment processes, audit and inspection man- shipping companies made us select BASS.
MTI Network offers a variety of social personnel and seafaring staff, with advice agement, document management, certifi- As part of the system, Hegh LNG will
media services such as training, guidelines on how social media should be used dur- cates, work & rest hours, as well as port also use the BASSnet Port Management
and strategy, and has worked with Seagull ing a crisis and the potential reputational management and related reporting. module. Consisting of Ports Guide and
in producing a new e-learning and video and commercial risks innocent posts can We placed a lot of importance on Port Forms sub-modules, it provides data
module that explores the impact a seem- pose to a company. ensuring that we get a partner and solu- for more than 12,000 ports and terminals,
ingly innocent social media post can have Through social media crews can inad- 8,000 tanker berths and over 26,000 port
when it involves a safety or security inci- vertently become on-scene-reporters when service providers.
dent on board. a safety or security incident is taking place We are very proud to get Hegh LNG
Social media has infiltrated every on board, said Martin Baxendale, manag- as a customer. Focusing on FSRU, they are
aspect of both our personal and profes- ing director, MTI Network. operating a very sophisticated fleet in one
sional lives, said Roger Ringstad, manag- Crew are often unaware of the reach of of the most challenging maritime environ-
ing director, Seagull Maritime. their pictures and status updates, and ments, said Haakon Dalan, BASS vice
People have gone from being con- dont consider the consequences they president of sales.
sumers to also being producers of media. might have if taken out of context. Its In this area, you simply cannot take
Social media reaches millions of people important that we provide education and The software will manage a range of lightly HSSEQ and we are pleased to get
globally. Analysing your online presence, guidelines as to what is and is not appro- health and safety related issues their confirmation that BASSnet satisfies
addressing potentially damaging coverage priate to post online. for the LNG carrier their needs.

Veson adds 10 new shipping companies Coastal Shipping installs MPMWin

to IMOS user list on product tanker is offered as either an installed application, Software MPMWin software to consolidate
or as a cloud-based hosted service as the on-board PMS systems across the fleet,
Maritime software provider Veson IMOSLive. The companys Veslink service, UK-based Marine Software reports that it said Coastal Shipping, in a statement.
Nautical reports that it has added ten new also cloud-based, acts as an online hub for has completed the supply of its MPMWin - The e-mailed updates to the office
clients to its user community over the last the collection, analysis, and sharing of Marine Planned Maintenance system to server are a major advantage to our opera-
five months, agreeing deals with shipping maritime data. Coastal Shipping Limited, for implementa- tions considering our vessels are often in
companies across the world in a range of Veson says that its systems today have tion on the shipping companys latest ves- remote locations in the Canadian Arctic.
trades, including dry bulk, wet, and chem- nearly 8,000 users at more than 200 ship- sel, Sten Fjord. Several crew were familiar with this
ical. ping companies. Presently trading in the Canadian software and its excellent for scheduling on
Cheng Xin Shipmanagement, DCC Bulk We take pride in evolving our prod- Arctic, the 2004-built chemical/oil prod- board maintenance. It has proven a valu-
Transport, Emirates National Oil ucts and meeting the business require- ucts tanker sails under the Canadian flag, able tool for marine and engineering super-
Company Singapore, and Galeon ments of companies, said Agya Garg, vice and now joins other tanker vessels intendents to track maintenance on board.
Navigation, all based in Singapore, are president, product, Veson Nautical. Alsterstern, Havelstern,
among the new customers, along with This evolution is not limited to func- Travestern and Nanny, in
Windrose SPS and Trammo AG tional solutions, as many organisations operating with MPMWin.
(Commodities Division) in Switzerland, have also come to rely upon Vesons hosted Established in 1973,
and Metalloinvest in the United Arab services as a way to control costs, improve Coastal Shipping Limited
Emirates. performance, and scale their businesses. operates a fleet of oil
In the Northeast USA region Veson has Our client partners are increasingly tankers providing fuel sup-
also added Chembulk Tankers, Interlake interested in the benefits of cloud comput- ply services to the
Steamship Company, and Rand Logistics ing and hosted access, which eliminate Canadian Arctic and
subsidiaries Grand River Navigation and capital IT investment and provide quick Labrador Coastal Ports,
Lower Lakes Towing as customers of its accessibility over the web. This year more while also conducting
software package. than 70 per cent of new clients have opted additional business on
Vesons flagship product, IMOS for IMOSLive and Veslink, rather than international routes. Sten Fjord has installed the MPMWin
(Integration Maritime Operations System) self-hosting IMOS on-premise. We chose the Marine planned maintenance system

DIABOS launches electronic cash system ZEABORN and Carl Bttner implement Hanseaticsoft payroll/contractor payments using only a company-wide database and com-
Mastercard cards assigned to the crew, munication platform but can also (inte-
Port call management company DIABOS allowing for cash remittances as well as the Hanseaticsoft has added two more ship- grate) all department-specific applications
has added a new Pay-Master system to its transfer of bulk monthly salary payments ping companies to its list of German cus- in one solution, said Johann Scharmberg,
portfolio of services, which aims to and crew bonus payments via the crew cards. tomers, with ZEABORN Shipping and CEO of ZEABORN Shipping.
replace traditional cash remittances to Several years ago, DIABOS envisioned Carl Bttner, both based in Bremen, sign- Additionally, all users of the CFM in
vessel captains. the need for a dramatic payment and ing up to use the Hanseaticsoft Cloud Fleet our company are convinced by the simple
Working in partnership with Tramonex application infrastructure shift to manage Manager (CFM). operability as well as the attractive appear-
and ICS Payments, the service will offer an the pain points experienced by vessel own- ZEABORN Shipping has already com- ance. Finally, a software solution for ship-
electronic option to make payments to ers when managing the cash to master pleted its implementation of the system, ping companies that gives pleasure to
Masters using Mastercard. process, said Imran Vohra, chief execu- covering the whole range of CFM modules work with.
Typical current cash to Master remit- tive officer and president, DIABOS. including Crewing, Inspection, Carl Bttner meanwhile has also com-
tances via port agents can suffer from Over the years, we have done exten- Disturbance and Circulars. The company- pleted its roll-out of Hanseaticsofts
issues such as restrictions on currency or sive research, made strategic technology wide introduction of the new Purchase Charting module from the CFM package.
the amounts that can be sent, as well as investments, as well as collaborated with module is planned to be completed by the The software deal forms part of the
additional cash delivery costs which can leading service providers in order to end of this year. shipping companys ongoing digitalisation
reach 5 to 10 per cent. evolve our services and offer the DIABOS The Cloud Fleet Manager can score strategy, in accordance with what it calls
The Pay-Master system instead supports Pay-Master solution. with a variety of advantages. It creates not its Fit for the Future programme.

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E.R. Schiffahrt and the Floating Lab

While shipping is often accused of lagging behind other industries when it comes to IT, some shipping
companies are bucking the trend by pushing their staff to test and trial as many new projects as possible.
Among them is Germanys E.R. Schiffahrt and the at-sea development centre it calls the Floating Lab

f you want something done right, tiated to facilitate a wider focus, because of digitalisation. along with another connectivity related
do it yourself a quote you are no sometimes you focus on something from One of the areas the company has been project which aims to offer remote support
doubt familiar with, and one the top of the company and thats not nec- exploring in improving the connectivity for vessel maintenance.
attributed to either of two Frenchmen born essarily always the best thing to focus on, between the ship and office has been in the This last one is probably the most
in the eighteenth century, Napolon Bona- so its a good idea to include the knowl- use of videoconferencing and live video sophisticated one and is still in the trial
parte or playwright Charles-Guillaume edge and brain power of your staff. transmission, a technology that Mr Aden mode. We thought that whenever we have
tienne, depending on who you ask. This is what weve done, and one of notes is hardly revolutionary but as yet is a larger problem on board you probably
German shipping company E.R. the outcomes is that weve found out that still an unusual option to have on a ship. need the assistance from shore and need
Schiffahrt is taking the longstanding we need some kind of lab, a place or a We have started to have videoconfer- the superintendent to get involved, said
advice of their close European neighbours room where we can try out those ideas and ences, which is not only a nicer way to Mr Aden.
quite seriously when it comes to maritime see what makes sense and what to focus communicate but it connects people closer But how? You can do it by satellite
technology, and is taking on a wide and on. So weve defined one of our ships as with each other, he said. phone maybe or fly over on a long distance
varied range of IT development projects our Floating Lab, which is a container feed- The performance of our company is flight to some remote place, but talking
which will be tested on board the compa- er vessel trading continent and the Baltic very much relying on the performance of about connectivity it makes much more
nys own Floating Lab a container ship Sea. Such a lab is something I can recom- our ships, and the performance of our sense to just get online with the seafarer on
specifically repurposed as a test bed for mend, to try it, not just talk but actually do ships is very much relying on the perform- board. He puts on his camera and the
technological innovation. it. You must accept that there might be fail- ance of our people on board. So we need superintendent in the office can see what
The purpose of the Lab on board the ures and some things might not work out the people on board our ships to really he sees, and they are immediately connect-
vessel E.R. Tallinn is simple enough: take as you planned, but you give it a try. identify with us in the headquarters to ed working on the same thing at the same
the most interesting ideas from among the make the whole thing run. To have video- moment. We can also send over things
staff across the company, and put them to Focus areas conferences seems to be just a small thing, from shore so the crew member on board
the test on board an operating ship to see if As Mr Aden describes it, the Floating Lab but its one aspect that helps to bring peo- can see things that we want to show him,
they can be successful. In other words, has so far mainly focused on examining ple together and develop the corporate like a manual or part of a drawing, stuff
dont wait around for the market to bring systems and solutions in three core areas. identity. like that.
the technology, create it yourself. One is connectivity itself. Ships, still Another thing is that weve installed a This is a kind of camera and screen set-
The conduit for ideas to flow from those today, are far less connected (than shore bridge live view. This is not just to have a up, with glasses where you can communi-
company employees on to the Floating Lab businesses). Lots of the information flow look at how the weather is, its a pragmat- cate visually both ways. This is also a very
is the E.R. Schiffahrt Innovation Forum, we are used to in our daily lives is not a ic thing to have for example for the opera- interesting topic to further develop,
where all staff, whether they work on ships reality on ships yet, so theres a lot of room tions department, not to have to interrupt because its really very much more effi-
or shore, are encouraged to share any wild to improve, he said. and call the master to say how are you cient in terms of getting things repaired,
ideas they have, in a scenario likened to the Another thing we focused on was doing on cargo operations? You can just its very much more efficient in terms of
Silicon Valley garage start-up scene by reefer monitoring, thats simply due to the look on the internet or intranet and see if travel costs, and it actually accelerates the
company CEO, Nils Aden. fact that reefers usually contain the most theyve put the gantries away or if theyre process of getting things done on board.
Its amazing to see how many ideas are valuable cargo, the most sensitive cargo, so still moving cargo. In all different kinds of Outside of these efforts to connect peo-
produced by people from different ranks thats something our liner customers are situations this is a small, but very prag- ple on board the ship with their colleagues
and different positions - how many bril- very much concerned about. matic helpful thing to do. on shore, E.R. Schiffahrt is also in the early
liant ideas there are, he explained. The third one is that weve tried to These are just two of the programmes to stages of testing automated remote moni-
Its a kind of crowdsourcing weve ini- optimise our internal processes by means be adopted from the Innovation Forum, toring systems on its Floating Lab, as
Mr Aden explains.
When we come to reefer monitoring, I
wont go into much detail here but we are
testing a system that allows a more digi-
tised monitoring of those temperatures in
the container, he said.
What happens today is that people
usually go from container to container to
container to check the temperature twice a
day, and that is not always pleasant in
heavy weather. So to have this as reliable
digital information seems not to be a big
step, but in parts of the shipping industry
it still is a fairly big step. Our tests have
also proven to work well on the Floating
Lab vessel.
In addition to the connected projects
already mentioned involving real time
information sharing, another system cur-
rently being tested is an app created by
E.R Schiffahrt in 2015, which aims to
streamline the reporting process for
We thought about why superintend-
ents needed to go on board and have to use
paper on all parts of the vessel to take
notes and take pictures, going to the next
one and doing another inspection, then
travelling home before going to the office
to write everything down. It takes a lot of
E.R. Tallinn, the Floating Lab time to get to the actual report of that

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fleet management system. or FuelSafe Light. KPIs so that they can monitor their ships
So before the superintendent has actu- Both of these deliver slightly different under E.R. Schiffahrt management at any
ally left the vessel the report is already in amounts of data, for different cost struc- given time.
the office, and if required we can immedi- tures. Thats why we have two. But they all As we have very different kinds of
ately start to work on it. This is much more go to our database, and in the full version owners these dashboards can look quite
efficient than the old paper-style. we monitor up to 350 different items, hun- different, said Mr Aden.
dreds of times a day. Theyre being moni- There are owners who look more on
Big Data tored by the second but we collect them financial performance and the commercial
On a wider level, one of the drivers for the every five minutes as this is sufficient to side, or other owners who are more techni-
Innovation Forum and Floating Lab proj- spot fields of improvement in time, Mr cally oriented and want more KPIs from
ects is an appreciation at E.R. Schiffahrt Aden explained. the technical performance side. We also
that the onset of the Big Data era is likely to That goes into our database and per- have liner companies that have placed
happen sooner rather than later some- formance monitoring centre. You might their ship management with us and they
thing the company is looking to prepare see this kind of monitoring regularly with also have a different focus and set of
itself for through these programmes, and liner companies monitoring their bunker KPIs.
also through a change in mind-set away consumption closely, but we also want to With these and other future projects
from traditional processes. do the same as a manager because we across the Innovation Forum and Floating
Theres really Big Data, even Huge believe that we have to take care of our Lab, E.R. Schiffahrt isnt waiting for ship-
Data. To deal with that, theres only one customers valuable goods, such as ping technology to get to where it wants to
We have an excellent team ship and bunkers, proactively. be and is instead going out and making
way, and thats to really focus on those
shore and its a good idea to include the
aspects that you deem to be important and We use the system to support our things happen itself.
knowledge, experience and creativity of
significant,said Mr Aden. crews on board to deliver a perfect per- In terms of digitisation in general ship-
your staff to develop the company further
Nils Aden, E.R. Schiffahrt In Mr Adens mind there are two ways formance to our customers. This is a sys- ping is mostly lagging behind other indus-
to approach this. One is to analyse all the tem also linked to the superintendents so tries, said Mr Aden.
inspection, so we thought that this could data available and try to learn something they can also see how they are performing, I believe that shipping has been too
be done more efficiently, said Mr Aden. new that you didnt know before, while the maybe if someone is having too many aux- conservative with regard to new ideas and
They all have smartphones in their other is to define a particular set of ques- iliaries running, for example. All different new developments, particularly compared
hands anyway, so we created an app tions or requirements and see what the kinds of items can be monitored, and to other industries. I believe theres a big
where the inspection is being done with data can tell you about those issues. whenever there is something outside of an gap just take the airline industry or the
the smartphone, so they can open a new While the Floating Lab focuses on spe- acceptable range, we can pick up the automotive industry.
report, take pictures immediately and put cific technologies or projects that have phone to the chief or master and assist to I think Big Data is already a big part of
them in the report, they can take all kinds been raised by the Innovation Forum, the change things. This helps a lot to really our life, we just need to make proper use of
of notes and have an already defined company is also more broadly using a improve the overall performance. it and focus on what we want to do with it.
action plan. It also gets signed on that vessel performance monitoring system to Something else developed recently by We need to find ways to practically use it
smartphone, like when you receive a pack- collect large amounts of data from its the company to aid in data management and actually gain a practical advantage out
age from the postman and sign for it. After ships with the aim of spotting trends and and interpretation is the Owners Deck, of it so we can add value to our customers.
signing the report cant be changed any- developing KPIs for operational efficient- a dashboard configurable for each indi- Thats what we are doing, and will contin-
more, its uploaded and it ends up in our ly. This comes in two versions FuelSafe vidual owner which provides real time ue to do for the future. DS

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BCG releases Furuno radar emulation PC21X7 also includes a zoom window,
that allows the user to zoom in and see a
Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) has specific area of their radar screen in a sep-
added another emulation product to its arate window, as well as the ability to send
family of Radar Emulators, to cover the and receive AIS text messages in the same
Furuno FAR21X7 radar. manner as the real radar.
PC21X7 utilises the same simulation Other software features include a
engine as the rest of BCGs radar simula- full Automated Radar Plotting Aid
tion products, to offer a tool for students (ARPA), dual Electronic Bearing Lines
looking to gain FAR-21X7 or SPS-50 radar & Variable Range Markers (EBL &
experience in their ship navigation and VRM), multiple presentation modes,
collision avoidance training. AIS functionality and range scaling.
The radar image incorporates simula- For ARPA support, PC21X7 provides
tion of landmass, targets, precipitation target acquisition and tracking, leading
returns, sea clutter and other effects seen vectors and history trails, and trial
on a real radar. manoeuvres.
A PC21X7 screenshot

GC Rieber to roll out NAVTOR services across its fleet Thome Ship Management
agrees IT maintenance The agreement covers the delivery of all NAVTORs NavBox units, which connect
digital and paper charts and publications, with ECDIS equipment and automatically
deal for vessel fleet
Shipping company GC Rieber has signed a provided on a Pay As You Sail (PAYS) download navigational data without navi-
fleet-wide agreement with NAVTOR for basis, alongside other products and servic- gators having to check for updates.
the supply of navigation services, data and es including weather and route optimisa- GC Rieber operates a fleet of nine ves-
publications, spanning both paper and tion, and the NavTracker navigational sels, and the installation of all products Thome Ship Management and Radio
digital deliveries, across its seismic and management system. and services is expected to be completed Holland Singapore have concluded a
offshore ships. Also part of the roll-out will be by the end of 2016. Service Rate Agreement (SRA) covering
As a shipowner and operator we the service and maintenance of the navi-
are focused on maximising both efficien- gation and communication systems on
cy and the quality of our operations board Thomes entire fleet of more than
something that all our customers and 200 vessels.
stakeholders benefit from. The NAVTOR Headquartered in Singapore, Thome
solution fits perfectly within that frame- Ship Management already has an existing
work, uniting all vessels with a single relationship with Radio Holland which
solution that pays real dividends, said has now been expanded to include the
Geir Rasmussen, marine superintendent, SRA.
GC Rieber. Under the deal a Single Point of
NAVTOR is established, stable and Contact (SPoC) is established to manage
high quality in its deliverables, so we feel everything from annual radio surveys to
confident consolidating all our naviga- servicing bridge equipment, to the deliv-
tion needs with them. Whats more the ery of spare parts and on-the-spot trou-
team is innovative constantly striving bleshooting.
for new solutions and the means to deliv- Radio Holland has a large global net-
er added value. work and enjoys a good reputation. We
This continual process of improvement need a reliable partner we can call on to
is important to us and we look forward to support our worldwide activities of our
benefiting from, and contributing to, their entire fleet, said Ryan Dalgado, procure-
The GC Rieber offshore construction vessel Polar Queen further e-navigation developments. ment and supply chain manager at Thome
Ship Management.

LR to partner with new Singapore Hatteland Display It is also convenient for us to have a
local contact in Singapore, where we know

technology centre acquires GuardREC the people and they help us wherever our
vessels are in the world. of simulating complex and extreme
sea states at water depths of up to Maritime display and computer company
Lloyds Register (LR) and the new 3,000 metres. Hatteland Display, a subsidiary of the
Technology Centre for Offshore and The facility will also be investing in Norautron Group, has entered into an
Marine Singapore (TCOMS) have high performance computing, artificial agreement to buy 100 per cent of
agreed to work together in the joint intelligence, machine learning, big data GuardREC, a software company that
development of technology and infra- analytics and Cloud computing technolo- develops recorder systems for Air Traffic
structure for future marine and offshore gies to support research into marine and Control and financial institutions.
systems, as well as in areas like digital offshore operations. GuardREC software is used to manage
and data innovation, and research on By partnering with TCOMS, its compliance recording systems, combining
robotic autonomous systems in the clients and industry partners, LR aims to recording of mobile, fixed and VoIP
marine environment. create new applications for digital and telephones.
TCOMS is being set up to offer a data technologies and create a communi- GuardREC AS will be a very valuable
platform for industry and technology ty of new skills to enhance our develop- contribution to Hatteland Display's
partners from Singapore and around ment capabilities, said Simon Reeve, VP growth and development going forward,
the world to connect and collaborate technology and innovation at Lloyds said Trond Johannessen, CEO of
through physical and digital Register. Hatteland Display.
modelling of marine and offshore The partnership between TCOMS The combination of GuardREC's posi-
assets. The Centre will house one of and LR will focus on the development of tion in attractive market segments and
the largest ocean basin test facilities future systems that are safe, reliable and first class software competence constitute (l-r) Irene Yoong, Radio Holland, and Ryan
Dalgado, Thome Ship Management
in the world, which will be capable sustainable. an excellent match with our strategy.

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ECDIS Ltd reports that it has extended New simulator
its course portfolio to include a new one
day type specific training course for the opened in Liverpool
JRC 9201 ECDIS system.
Alphatron Marine has announced
the opening of a new office and ware- UK Shipping Minister John Hayes was
house space, located in Zwijndrecht in among the guests at the official opening of a
Belgium. Customers in Belgium and new Maritime Bridge and Engine Simulator
France will be served from this new loca- training facility in Liverpool, as part of a
tion, with the previous office in Meerdonk maritime graduate talent programme that
now closed. Alphatron has also opened an has been developed in partnership with
office in Le Havre in order to serve the UK industry body Mersey Maritime.
south Europe region. The Maritime Bridge and Engine
Kongsberg has formally opened Simulator is located on the Byrom Street
its first office and warehouse facility Campus at Liverpool John Moores
in the Republic of South Africa. Located University (LJMU), which is also home to
in Cape Towns airport zone, Kongsberg the Manufacturing Technology Centre
Maritime South Africa has been (MTC), part of the UKs High Value
established to better serve customers Manufacturing Catapult, and the Building
located in, or visiting ports across the Research Establishment (BRE).
country and throughout the Sub-Saharan The simulator will form a key part of the
region. Paul stergaard, DMS executive chairman graduate training scheme that will offer
DYNAMARINes Emission sponsorship placement opportunities to ten
Monitoring system, for use in compliance ments, has been certified by emissions with Petey Rozands taking up manage- local companies operating in the maritime
with EU Monitoring Reporting and verification company Verifavia against ment of sales and new business activity sector. The programme is an extension of the
Verification (MRV) regulation require- the requirements of the EU MRV for North America and the surrounding three-year Memorandum of Understanding
Regulation (2015/757) in terms of process region. The New Orleans hub has been (MoU) signed in 2015 between Mersey
and functionality. operational since 2012 when it was Maritime and LJMU to provide direct access Datema has been appointed as a dis- acquired by the company. between the university and maritime sec- tributor by BigOceanData. The inte- Digital Marine Solutions AS tor employers, and to identify skills gaps. grated Datema BOD MyFleet system will (DMS), the parent company of C-Map, It is by bringing together academics have the ability to combine multiple data has appointed former ShipServ CEO and industry through this programme, sources into one platform, using an opti- Paul stergaard as its new executive and using cutting edge simulation tech- mised mix of satellite and terrestrial AIS chairman. In his new position, Mr nology, that well be able to successfully and integrated C-Map maritime charts stergaard will work alongside the DMS train up the next generation of mariners, with Google Maps. board of directors and the C-Map leader- and ensure the UKs maritime industry Nautisk has appointed a new region- ship team to develop and implement the remains world-leading for many years to
al sales manager for its New Orleans hub, companys strategic plan. come, said Mr Hayes, at the launch.

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Ice cruise vessel to be fitted out by Kongsberg Vessel inspection drone ready for launch
Kongsberg Maritime is to install a range
of technology systems aboard Australian
cruise line Scenic Cruises new ice class Robotica in Maintenance Strategies
cruise ship, the 228-passenger, 168 metre (RIMS) has launched a new inspection
long Scenic Eclipse, which is currently service for enclosed spaces using Elios
under construction at Uljanik Shipyard in drone technology, targeted at the mar-
Croatia ahead of expected delivery dur- itime and offshore industries.
ing 2018. The Scenic Eclipses bridge will be set up using the K-Master system The Elios unit, created by RIMS partner
The scope of supply combines naviga- Flyability, is a drone within a protective
tion and Dynamic Positioning (DP) sys- ity, with the K-Chief automation control user interface through touch screens, cage, which the company says is ideally
tems, automation, an Emergency Shutdown system featuring close to 10,000 I/O points. which replace traditional operator panels. suited to enter enclosed spaces and carry
System (ESD), Power Management System The Scenic Eclipses bridge will be The redundant radar network enables out in depth inspections.
(PMS) and Safety Management and Control focused around the K-Master Integrated navigators to combine signals from all four Working with additional partners
System (SMCS), all connected to a single Bridge System, centred on two independ- radars on board into a single picture, with Rotterdam Offshore Group and Rolldock,
Integrated Control System. ent and redundant workstations, with additional functions for ice detection and and under Class supervision, tests of the
This will also be integrated with an multifunctional operator stations for navi- wave height and direction calculations also technology have already been carried out
online diagnostics and remote service facil- gation and positioning using a common part of the package. on board the vessel Rolldock Sky to check
whether the controls and data transfer
Carnival Maritime extends Fleet Operation Centre to cover 11 more vessels would operate as required within a ballast
tank and duct keel. cover an additional 11 ships for P&O With this growth in users Carnival Following the successful completion of
Cruises and the Cunard line. Maritime will also be expanding its shore the tests RIMS says it will now be offering
Carnival Maritime, the marine service unit Up to summer 2016, the Centre was setup, with a new Nautical Department inspection services to the maritime sector
of Costa Group in Hamburg, has extended exclusively responsible for monitoring and and a larger Continuous Improvement using the new technology.
the remote monitoring services provided supporting 26 ships for the Costa Group department. The Nautical Department will
by its Fleet Operation Centre (FOC) to (Costa Crociere, AIDA Cruises and Costa be headed by vice president nautical oper-
Asia). With these 11 added ations, Keith Dowds.
vessels it is now supporting The main premise behind the new
37 ships in total. Nautical Operations department is that we
The consolidated moni- are continuously seeking to improve and
toring system at the FOC is share information and best practices across
used to share best practices the fleets. We provide extra nautical
among the ships, with the expertise also to the brands, he said.
aim of leveraging economies This will give us enormous benefits,
of scale to reduce costs as for example when it comes to the deploy-
Keith Dowds, Marc-Dominique Tidow, Lars Ljoen, well as aligning processes ment of the ships, their energy efficiency David Knukkel, director of RIMS,
and Alexander Klingelhfer of Carnival Maritime across all of the vessels. and port costs. demonstrating the Elios drone

Kongsberg to supply first

Korean dual-fuel merchant ship a K-Gauge fuel tank monitoring setup.
The AutoChief 600 propulsion control
Kongsberg Maritime is to supply an inte- system will be integrated with the FGSS to
grated automation solution to South control the main Fuel Gas valve, propul-
Korean ship owner Ilshin Shipping sion and main engine.
Company, for installation on a newbuild Kongsberg Maritime has an established
50,000 dwt LNG fuelled bulk carrier being long-term relationship with Hyundai Heavy
built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. Industries and we are keen to support its
The ship, scheduled for delivery during shift towards building Green Ships to com-
the fourth quarter of 2017, is the first dual- ply with new ECA/SECA requirements,
fuel merchant vessel to be built in South said Morten Stanger, vice president, mer-
Korea and will also be the first ship to chant marine sales, Kongsberg Maritime.
implement Kongsbergs new Fuel Gas Our diverse portfolio of integrated
Supply System (FGSS). technology is designed to make shipping
In addition to the FGSS, the delivery more efficient. Our systems make new solu-
includes a K-Chief 600 alarm, monitoring tions like Fuel Gas Supply Systems a viable
and control system, an AutoChief 600 option for more vessel types, enabling more
propulsion control system, a Bearing Wear shipowners to save money on bunkering
Monitoring System (BWCM), an costs and the shipping industry to reduce
Emergency Shutdown System (ESDS) and its overall environmental footprint.

Ilshin Shipping Company is adding an LNG fuelled bulk carrier to its existing fleet

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New unmanned ship partnerships agreed

Despite widespread scepticism in some quarters about the desire or necessity for a maritime future containing
autonomous vessels, the number of commercial and governmental organisations getting involved in unmanned ship
development projects is expanding at an incredible pace as evidenced by a host of new agreements recently announced

ew partnerships featuring com- we developed totally new bridge and

N panies in the UK, Norway and

Finland have been agreed which
aim to accelerate the development of
remote control systems for shipping.

Automatic crossing
remote controlled and autonomous ships The VTT agreement was signed shortly
for commercial use. after Rolls-Royce announced that it had
Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research agreed a separate deal to supply its first
Centre of Finland are among them, having automatic crossing system to Norwegian
announced a strategic partnership focusing ferry company Fjord1, an early step
on the design, testing and validation of first towards the companys goal of creating
generation remote and autonomous ships, fully autonomous vessels.
with the eventual aim of making such ves- The system, the first of its kind, will
sels a commercial reality. control two new double-ended battery
Rolls-Royce is already heavily involved ferries as they cross between Anda and
in the development of autonomous ships Lote on the 1,330 km long E39 which A Fjord1 ferry will be equipped with an automatic crossing system
and believes a remote controlled ship will connects communities along the west coast
be in commercial use by the end of the of Norway. take place at the Tersan Shipyard in in real-world representative sea trials. This
decade. VTT works in ship simulation and The Captain will supervise the automat- Turkey, with the vessels due for delivery will include demonstration of autonomous
will offer expertise in the development and ic system and intervene using traditional in 2017 before commencing operations on control of a USV for Mine Counter
management of safety-critical and complex manoeuvring systems if needed. 1 January 2018. Measure (MCM) operations and the devel-
systems in demanding environments, such For the first delivery, the Captain will opment of broader USV applications along
as nuclear safety. manoeuvre the ferry manually the last few MAXCMAS with navigational support for larger con-
VTTs work combines physical tests metres to the dock. The next iteration of this Like its UK neighbours Rolls-Royce, ventional vessels.
such as model and tank testing, with digi- product will extend the system to allow Lloyds Register (LR) is also getting An interesting feature of the trial will
tal technologies, such as data analytics and automatic berthing, which Rolls-Royce says involved in unmanned ship system devel- be the use of networked bridge simulators
computer visualisation, as well as the use it is looking to test in the near future. opment, having joined the MAXCMAS as a test environment. These simulators,
of field research to incorporate human fac- If the Captain is not, for some reason, project, a GBP1.27 million collaborative ordinarily applied to mariner training,
tors into safe ship design. able to take manual control, the system research initiative that aims to investigate, will be used to iterate development based
In addition, VTT has experience of stops the vessel at a safe distance from the develop and implement real-time collision on human reactions by the crew and
working with 5G mobile phone technology quayside and keeps it safely positioned avoidance algorithms for autonomous real-world difficulties such as degraded
and Wi-Fi mesh networks as a result of automatically until further action can maritime vessels. sensors.
working with the Finnish telecommunica- be taken. The MAXCMAS (Machine executable Lloyds Registers main contribution is
tions sector, giving it access to the first 5G The Automatic Crossing System has collision regulations for Marine a number of safety assurance activities,
test network in Finland. been developed with the companys Ship Autonomous systems) project, which will including providing software assurance
Rolls-Royce says that the partnership Intelligence programme and will help the be completed in 2017, also includes Rolls advice. The activities are aimed at identify-
will allow it to assess the performance of customer meet their contractual need to Royce as project lead, as well as Atlas ing the challenges and solutions to assuring
remote and autonomous designs through ensure predictable energy consumption Elektronik UK, Queens University Belfast the safe implementation of the COLREGs
the use of both traditional model tank tests optimised for varying environmental con- and Southampton Solent Universitys principles and reducing the risk of operat-
and digital simulation, allowing the com- ditions, said Jann Peter Strand, Rolls- Warsash Maritime Academy. ing autonomous vessels, said Jesus
pany to develop functional, safe and reli- Royce, product manager, automatic & MAXCMAS aims to develop COLREGs Mediavilla Varas, strategic research lab lead
able prototypes. control marine. (International Regulations for Preventing specialist and LRs lead on the project.
Remotely operated ships are a key It is a step on the road to realising Collisions at Sea 1972) compliant collision The maritime industry is moving
development project for Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royces goal of remote and avoidance navigation for autonomous towards smarter and more autonomous
Marine, and VTT is a reliable and innova- autonomous vessels. ships and other Unmanned Surface Vessels vessels, and involvement in research proj-
tive partner for the development of a smart The Automatic Crossing System can be (USVs), which will be a fundamental com- ects like MAXCMAS allows us to better
ship concept, said Karno Tenovuo, vice installed as an add-on to any standard ponent of any move to introduce wide- understand the technological risks and
president ship intelligence, Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce azimuthing thruster, mean- scale use of unmanned vehicles at sea. control measures associated with greater
This collaboration is a natural continu- ing it can be retrofitted to existing fleets The project also hopes to carry out com- autonomy and to be equipped to provide
ation of the earlier User Experience for of ferries. prehensive machine execution of the assurance to our clients when the technol-
Complex systems (UXUS) project, where Construction of the Anda and Lote will COLREGs and demonstrate these in part ogy is ready.
LR is also contributing to the distribu-
tion of the project results and the investi-
gation of the business case for commercial
autonomous ships.

Hrnn development
Another UK company involved in this bur-
geoning sector is Automated Ships Ltd (an
M Subs Ltd subsidiary), which has signed
a Memorandum of Understanding with
Norway's Kongsberg Maritime to build the
world's first unmanned and fully-automat-
ed vessel for offshore operations.
In January 2017, Automated Ships Ltd
will contract for the construction of the
Hrnn, which will be designed and built
in Norway in cooperation with
Kongsberg. Sea trials will take place in
Rolls-Royce expects to see remote commercial ships in operation by the end of the decade Norways newly designated automated

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automation and communication. Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen.

All vessel control systems including In the longer term, research in
dynamic positioning, automation and the autonomous ships may become a great
ECDIS will be replicated at an Onshore advantage for Blue Denmark. The global
Control Centre, allowing full remote oper- maritime sector is faced with a number of
ation of the Hrnn. challenges and this technology could
The advantages of unmanned ships are turn out to be part of the solution.
manifold, but primarily centre on the safe- The planned pre-study will be carried
guarding of life and reduction in the cost of out as a DTU research-based maritime con-
production and operations; removing peo- sultancy project, financed by the Danish
ple from the hazardous environment of at- Maritime Fund.
sea operations and re-employing them on Denmark is already involved in a num-
shore to monitor and operate robotic ves- ber of related navigational data sharing
sels remotely, along with the significantly initiatives, with the DMA-led EfficienSea 2
Artists impression of the 'Hrnn' decreased cost in constructing ships, will project preparing to demonstrate its first
revolutionise the marine industry, said results, with beta releases of some of the
vessel test bed in the Trondheim fjord like surveys, light intermodal cargo deliv- Brett Phaneuf, managing director of solutions proposed by the project ready to
and will be conducted under the auspices ery and delivery to offshore installations. Automated Ships Ltd. be launched.
of DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Automated Ships says it is currently in Hrnn is expected to be built by DMA says that this includes the opening
Authority (NMA), by whom the Hrnn discussion with several end-users that will Norwegian shipyard Fjellstrand AS, which up of service and identity registries for the
will ultimately be respectively classed act as early-adopters and will help to also built the world's first battery driven Maritime Cloud, to enable information
and flagged. establish a base-rate for operations for car ferry, Ampere. suppliers to develop and insert digital
Currently, only small unmanned boats Hrnn in the near future. information services in the service registry.
are being utilised for near shore operations Hrnn will initially operate and function Danish ambitions The project will also launch a beta
but there are no technical limitations to primarily as a remotely piloted ship, in Outside of the commercial sector, the release of the web-based platform
constructing large, unmanned and auto- Man-in-the-Loop control mode, but will Danish Maritime Authority has also BalticWeb, an internet portal where navi-
mated systems, the companies said. transition to fully automated, and ultimate- announced that it is launching its own pre- gating officers can access digital services
The current main impediments are reg- ly autonomous operations as the control study on autonomous ships together with such as weather and navigation warnings
ulatory, but with the participation of DNV algorithms are developed concurrently the Technical University of Denmark from their computers and tablets once they
GL and the NMA, and other Norwegian during remotely piloted operations. (DTU), to increase the countrys common are made available in the Maritime Cloud.
and UK companies and institutions, the Automated Ships Ltd will be the primary knowledge base on the technology and to This means that it is not necessary to
partners believe it will be possible to rap- integrator, project manager and shipowner. set a preliminary framework so that the wait for information flows to become inte-
idly and at low-cost be the first to market Kongsbergs role in the project is to development and use of unmanned ships grated in the standard equipment on the
with a full-size unmanned ship. deliver all major marine equipment neces- can be planned in an appropriate manner. navigation bridge. It is possible for suppli-
Hrnn is a light-duty, offshore utility sary for the design, construction and This is a really interesting area and, in ers of new, digital information services to
ship servicing the offshore energy, scientif- operation of Hrnn, including systems for the short term, the technology can be used reach the users right away, said Bjrn
ic/hydrographic and offshore fish-farming dynamic positioning and navigation, to make our ships safer and more effi- Borbye Pedersen, special adviser at the
industries. Its intended uses include tasks satellite and position reference, marine cient, said Minister for Business and Danish Maritime Authority. DS

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