Maritime Satellite Communications

Iridium has successfully completed the second satellite launch for its next-generation network, Iridium NEXT, with a payload of 10 satellites deployed into low-Earth orbit on June 25, adding to the 10 initial satellites in the constellation already launched in January of this year.
GTMaritime reports that it has passed the milestone of having its software systems now installed on some 4,500 vessels worldwide, with more than 15 per cent of the installations having been completed since the beginning of May 2017.
Hamburg-based shipping group Reederei Hamburger Lloyd is to move its fleet of nine container ships and six bulkers to Marlink’s Sealink Plus package, including Ku-band VSAT and unlimited L-band backup.
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.
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