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Friday, 20 July 2007 11:49

Lloyd's MIU launches AIS Fleet Tracker

Lloyd's MIU has launched a new Blue Water vessel and fleet tracking service, which allows companies to monitor the position of their ships using AIS (automatic identification system).

OSI Geospatial has signed contracts valued at approximately $1.3 million to provide navigation systems to the US Coast Guard (USCG).

Representatives of the EU and the US are poised to reach an agreement that will see American GPS and the Europeans? proposed Galileo positioning system use the same transmission frequencies, in a cooperative framework that would allow a single receiver to use both systems at the same time.

Thursday, 12 July 2007 11:47

KVH launches mini-VSAT

KVH Industries has introduced its new mini-VSAT Broadband service, with a 24-inch (60 cm) antenna that uses spread spectrum technology to offer Ku-band services at shore-to-ship speeds up to 2 Mbps and ship-to-shore up to 512 kbps.

Thursday, 12 July 2007 11:46

BMT signs simulation technology agreement

BMT Group has signed an agreement to use SimPlus simulation technology in the US and European markets. SimPlus, a Singapore-based company, specialises in operations intelligence and software for marine port operations.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007 11:46

Inmarsat announces launch of satphones

Inmarsat has announced that 16 July, 2007, will be the launch date for the company's new range of fixed line and handheld satellite phone services, with the maritime version of the product to follow in Q4 2007.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007 11:45

'Time for sea traffic control' - US judge

In a concurring opinion in the appeals court verdict on the Tricolor case, a US Circuit Court judge has called for a maritime equivalent of the air traffic control system to reduce the risk of serious collisions.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007 11:44

VTS closes without notice

Disagreements between the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Harwich Havens VTS (vessel traffic system) station have led to the sudden closure of the navigational information system for a busy route into the River Thames.

Norwegian maritime software company ShipNet has been acquired by marine services group Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), for an undisclosed fee. ISS says that the deal will help it to enhance its own information technology capabilities and broaden its customer base.

The Norwegian government has been exploring the possibility of building a satellite that would be able to pick up AIS (automatic indentification system) signals far out from shore, well beyond the 40 nautical mile limit of Norway's current coastal AIS coverage.

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