Maritime Satellite Communications

Rolls-Royce and towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated what they claim to be the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark.
The VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland reports that it has developed a new steering system to be used by remote-monitored and controlled autonomous ships, which will be applied to navigation systems and ship autopilots with the aim of steering ships automatically.
The IMO has agreed to add the issue of autonomous ships to its discussion agenda, following a proposal from a broad coalition of countries at MSC 98 (the 98th session of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee) to include debate on the development on unmanned ships as part of the next…
Inmarsat has ramped up the installation network for its Fleet Xpress Ka-band VSAT service, increasing the number of ports where a complete flat fee service installation is available from six to 33.
Turkish shipmanager Active Shipping is to implement VSAT services across its fleet of oil tankers and bulk carriers, following a deal with Marlink and its regional partner Ozsay Satellite Communications.
Insurance and financial services firm Allianz has published the 2017 edition of its Safety and Shipping Review, the company’s annual overview of trends and developments in shipping safety, highlighting the benefits accruing from modern technologies while also warning of potential risks through over-reliance on IT and the growing threat of…
Speedcast has increased its Fleet Xpress installation targets by adding more than 350 ships to its previous commitment to bring approximately 2,000 vessels on to the service by 2021, targeting the energy, cruise and leisure markets in particular.
Globecomm reports that it has expanded its Ku-band VSAT network, adding coverage over the South Indian Ocean passage between the southern tip of Africa and Australia.
A new collaborative group including Japanese shipyards and the country’s most prominent shipping lines is set to work together on technologies to support autonomous shipping, sharing costs and expertise as they aim to drive the introduction of self-navigating ships by 2025, according to reports in Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper.
ITC Global, a subsidiary of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, has signed a multi-year agreement with Applied Satellite Technology (AST) which will see AST become a value-added reseller of connectivity on Panasonic's high-throughput satellite (HTS) network to global maritime and land mobility markets.
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