Maritime Satellite Communications

UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has agreed a deal with Speedcast to provide end-to-end communication services on board its fleet of four cruise ships, including VSAT and land-based 4G/LTE connectivity.
Intelsat has announced a deal with Brazilian company Mareste Equipamentos e Serviços de Telecomunicação, under which the South American service provider which will use Intelsat capacity to deliver communications for maritime customers with small vessels.
Globecomm Systems has announced that an investor group led by HPS Investment Partners and funds managed by Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP) have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Globecomm from its current owner, New York-based private equity firm Wasserstein & Co.
Inmarsat has reported its financial results for the first half of 2017, with maritime revenue for the six months down by 3.9 per cent to $278.4 million compared with the same period last year, as customers move from FleetBroadband on to VSAT services.
Iridium has announced that the third launch for its new NEXT constellation has been scheduled for September 30, 2017, which will bring the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites deployed to 30 if successful.
A new industry group calling itself the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance has been officially launched in Shanghai, featuring maritime industry partners including class organisations, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and designers aiming to advance the development of autonomous shipping.
COMSAT reports that it has added a range of cyber security systems for the maritime industry, inspired by IMO’s decision to require cyber risk management to be incorporated into safety management systems established under the ISM Code.
The AST Group (AST) has won a contract with SEACOR Marine International (SEACOR) to supply VSAT and failover satellite communications to 30 vessels.
BOURBON has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Automated Ships Ltd (ASL) to support the construction of the world’s first autonomous prototype vessel for offshore operations.
Netherlands-based Shipping Company Groningen has agreed a deal to roll out the shipznet vessel communications systems on part of its fleet of vessels.
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