Maritime Satellite Communications

MarineFields and Inmarsat have signed an MOU to partner in the development of technologies to make port calls more efficient, with a focus on areas such as information sharing, situational awareness, optimised processes, and collaborative decision making.
Companhia Brasileira de Offshore (CBO) is to install Cobham SATCOM VSAT and satellite TV (TVRO) antennas, as well as additional radio communication equipment, on six new offshore support vessels (OSVs) set to enter service on development contracts offshore Brazil during 2017 and 2018.
Flat panel satcom antenna company Phasor has announced a new partnership with DSM to develop a radome for its phased array, electronically steerable antennas (ESAs) using DSM’s Dyneema technology.
Kymeta has named e3 Systems as its exclusive global distribution partner for the yacht market, offering Kymeta’s metamaterials-based electronically steered flat panel satellite antennas and connectivity services.
Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, CEO of Common Progress, has been elected as the new president of international shipping association BIMCO, and has immediately identified the digitalisation of the shipping industry as one of the major themes for his two-year term.
World-Link Communications has announced the introduction of its ShipSecure range of cyber defence services for the shipping community.
Marlink reports that it has achieved what is thought to be a maritime VSAT bandwidth record with the provision of a temporary 300 Mbps bandwidth channel for the maiden voyage of MSC Cruises’ first next-generation mega-ship, MSC Meraviglia.
Iridium has confirmed that all 10 Iridium NEXT satellites set for inclusion in the second launch in its NEXT programme have arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California and are being processed for their scheduled launch with SpaceX on June 25th.
GTMaritime has launched GTLitespeedMAX, a regional VSAT package providing 25GB for commercial use along with unlimited night-time data usage for crew between 9pm and 5am UTC.
The proposed merger between Intelsat and proposed LEO (low Earth orbit) satellite constellation OneWeb has been called off, after a requisite number of bondholders refused to back the move.
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