Athens-based ship management company TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd has agreed a new maintenance agreement with Wärtsilä, which will leverage Wärtsilä subsidiary Eniram’s data collection platform and analytics to optimise operations for the four TFDE (tri-fuel diesel electric) LNG carriers in the TMS Cardiff Gas fleet.
Norwegian tanker company Knutsen has extended its satcom contract with Marlink, covering VSAT and back-up services for the fleet of 38 shuttle tankers, LNG carriers, and product and chemical tankers, as well as two planned newbuilds.
The Nautical Institute (NI) has begun a consultation process to help assess the latest proposals for standardised navigation equipment, under which it intends to seek the views of seafarers on the introduction of an ‘S-Mode’ on critical navigation systems.
DNV GL reports that it has now passed the threshold of having issued 50,000 electronic class and statutory certificates, with more than 6,000 vessels of the classed fleet now trading with one or more digital certificates.
Speedcast has extended its relationship with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) to increase the bandwidth available to RCCL’s 37 ships using Speedcast’s VSAT services.
ClassNK has released the latest version of its vessel design support software PrimeShip-HULL (HCSR), developed in response to the latest updates to the IACS Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers (CSR BC & OT).
SES’ latest satellite, SES-12, has been unveiled for the first time to a group of journalists at Airbus Defence and Space’s headquarters in Toulouse, France, as it undergoes final tests before transport to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for launch in March 2018.
Inmarsat and Intellian report that they have signed an outline agreement covering the design and manufacture of a new generation of FleetBroadband terminals, supporting both the existing I-4 satellite network as well as Inmarsat’s planned sixth generation I-6 satellite constellation, the first of which is scheduled for launch in 2020.
Iridium has confirmed the names of the initial maritime launch partners for its next generation Certus L-band satellite service, with Marlink, Speedcast, Applied Satellite Technologies Ltd (AST) and Satcom Global the first four companies appointed as global resellers, while Arion will act as a regional partner focusing on the Asian market.
Nautisk reports that it has added on-demand chart printing services for South America to its portfolio, with the launch of a new Print on Demand Location (PODL) service on the continent.
France-based shipping company Bourbon has unveiled a new strategic action plan it is calling #BOURBONINMOTION, including a focus on “capitalising on the digital revolution to better differentiate by connecting the fleet” which will see the company dispose of vessels unable to be upgraded as “smart ships.”
Teekay is to implement an improved vessel e-mail system across its 160-strong fleet, following the agreement of a new contract with Norwegian maritime IT company Dualog, the companies report.
GT Maritime has agreed a deal with network-based malware protection specialists Lastline Inc to incorporate its cyber security technologies into the GTMailPlus vessel communication software system.
ClassNK has launched a support service to assist shipping companies in setting up data collection plans in accordance with the DCS (Data Collection System) fuel consumption reporting requirement introduced by the IMO.
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