Inmarsat's network-optimising satellite repositioning programme was completed this week, bringing with it, for the first time, global coverage for the FleetBroadband communications system.
The new global I-4 satellite network went live when broadband services were successfully transferred to the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) F1 spacecraft at 20:00 UTC on Tuesday, 24 February.
Following the re-positioning the new global I-4 satellite regions are I-4 Americas (from 98 degrees West), I-4 EMEA (from 25 degrees East) and I-4 Asia-Pacific (from 143.5 degrees East).
The restoration of services on the I-4 F1 brought Inmarsat's satellite repositioning programme to a successful conclusion.
Also involved in the transfer were Inmarsat's satellite phone services, including FleetPhone, which have now commenced operation on two I-4 satellites. As a result, satellite phone services are now available on both the I-4 EMEA and I-4 Asia-Pacific satellites.
COM DEV International, a provider of AIS (automatic identification system) data gathered by satellite, has announced that it has completed a new round of financing through the issue of a number of shares in the company.
Outsource-IT Management has become a participant in the Shore Support Consortium, established by Wagenborg Shipping and HME B.V. to research possible improvements in engine room tasks onboard vessels, resulting in more efficient crewing.
Stratos has launched its StratosNet Accelerator system, a free internet-optimisation application that aims to help customers reduce airtime costs over the FleetBroadband service.
Coverage for KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband service has now been extended to the Persian Gulf, a step facilitated by a recent agreement between KVH and ViaSat and following on from a recent coverage roll-out in the northern Pacific.
JSAT MOBILE Communications Inc, a joint venture between Stratos and SKY Perfect JSAT that features JRC and Furuno as shareholders, has been granted a radio licence by the Kanto Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to offer Inmarsat FleetBroadband on Japanese-registered vessels.
The Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS) reports that it is conducting a prototype development project for a service known as Print on Demand, which intends to facilitate chart users in ordering updated nautical charts from the Hydrographic Service.
The latest developments in the progress of the Shipdex standard protocol for maritime manuals was the subject of a recent meeting at the offices of MAN Diesel in Copenhagen, where the engine manufacturer and other stakeholders outlined some of their latest work on the project.
Solstad Offshore has agreed a contract to install crew entertainment systems from Intelecom Norway and Baze Technology onboard its newest offshore supply vessels, beginning with the Normand Subsea 7 currently under construction at the Palmer Johnson yard in Flekkefjord.
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