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By Mikael Lind, RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden) and Mikael Renz, SMA (Swedish Maritime Administration).

The ports of the world have an important role in enabling sustainable transport through the combination of multiple transport means. In this regard, a port needs to be seen as a transhipment hub catering for the needs of multiple transport modes that engages many different actors; private and public.[1]

Connectivity at sea has never been more important than during these difficult times. New regulations can be introduced at any moment and it is of great importance to ensure that this information is communicated to all marine sectors.

Hamburg-based ship manager NSC-Group has renewed its agreement with Marlink for provision of high bandwidth Sealink VSAT to its fleet of more than 40 vessels. The agreement enables NSC-Group to support its strategy for digitalisation and vessel performance optimisation with always-on connectivity and added value services.

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The 'StrongerTogether’ initiative will provide business continuity and IT support for vessel operators and extended welfare services for seafarers. 

Marlink has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by launching ‘StrongerTogether’, comprising a broad range of airtime packages and application solutions to support its customers in the maritime, fishing and offshore industries.

Monday, 06 April 2020 08:02

KVH responds to COVID-19 pandemic

 

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KVH is helping seafarers to remain connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. Image courtesy of KVH.

With the current COVID-19 situation, KVH Industries has confirmed to us that the company is working around the clock to support the connectivity needs of the thousands of vessels and seafarers worldwide that rely on KVH VSAT services.

Friday, 27 March 2020 11:21

Connecting crew during COVID-19

By Ronald Spithout, president, Inmarsat Maritime. 

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organisations to assist seafarers in need.

As Stress Awareness month in April coincides with a global pandemic, maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft is urging shipping companies to tackle stress and depression amongst seafarers by ensuring connectivity at sea.

A new high-speed mobile broadband service for vessels, the RG (remote guidance) 300 is delivering remote guidance and mobile network coverage to facilitate cost-efficient and safe service missions onboard vessels.

shipznet RG 300 is a mobile 4G/LTE solution with 300 Mbit/sec and coverage up to 60km ship to shore. It has been specifically developed for maritime use. The connectivity provided by RG 300 allows the exchange of photos, videos, technical drawings or to retrieve spare part catalogues. Direct video conferencing with qualified personnel is also possible.

Using the shipznet solution, service employees are able to use mobile broadband connectivity in the engine room via mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or any mobile device. This can significantly shorten the on-site service calls as employees do not have to be on deck to use their mobile phones for finding the answers to technical questions they have.

According to shipznet, waiting time for feedback, because no specialist is available in the office, should not be underestimated. shipznet RG 300 enables remote communication by specialists in the headquarters. This means that experts do not always have to be present for the service operations on site. According to shipznet, experts are expensive and difficult to obtain and in many cases service employees are “instructed” remotely by the experts.

The system enables service staff to operate far inside the ship while being connected to remote experts and engineers on shore.  This is especially important in today’s current climate with COVID-19 affecting business as usual. With service travels currently limited or impossible due to health concerns, shipznet RG 300 service experts can help remotely look deep inside a ship without travelling. 

shipnetz’s RG 300 solution is currently in use at some large service companies. It is delivered in a small suitcase with handy size format. The construction of the 4G / LTE antenna with a range of up to 60km ship to shore and the router with 300 Mbit / sec. is possible within 15 minutes, according to shipznet.

The purchase of the shipznet RG 300 will reportedly pay for itself after a single service call.

FrontM and global satellite communications provider Station Satcom headquartered in India have signed an agreement to help maritime businesses bring their ship to shore teams closer together in real time.

OneWeb has launched 34 satellites onboard a Soyuz launch vehicle from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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