Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) opens office in the Netherlands and announces participation at Europort

To further strengthen its presence in Europe, leading Classification Society the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) has opened an office in the Netherlands.

The office is located in Leiden and has been operational for a while, being managed by IRClass’ London office.

“Opening an office in the Netherlands is important for IRClass,” said Mr PK Mishra IRClass’ Vice President and Regional Manager for the EU, “especially as we have recently been working for some shipyards in the region. Having an office nearby is important to our clients as they know we will be able to respond quickly to their requirements.”

IRClass received recognition from the European Union in 2016 and in addition to the Netherlands, it has offices in the UK, Greece, and Turkey as well as representative offices in Malta, Cyprus and Bulgaria. It is also planning to open an office in Germany soon.

To capitalise on its growing business successes in Europe, IRClass will be exhibiting at Europort this year which takes place 5-8 November in Rotterdam.

With Europort’s strong emphasis on innovative technology and shipbuilding capabilities, IRClass considers this exhibition an ideal venue for it to showcase its classification services covering the maritime and offshore sectors.

The company will be situated in hall 8, stand number 8501.

KVH Introduces TracVision UHD7 for Ultra High-definition 4K TV Entertainment at Sea

Maritime innovator KVH adds newest 60 cm satellite antenna to award-winning line of TV products

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 30, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today introduced the TracVision® UHD7, a high-performance 60 cm (24 inch) marine satellite TV antenna designed to provide boat owners, charter yacht guests, and commercial vessel crews with access to ultra high-definition (UHD) and 4K programming from DIRECTV® as well as regular HD programming from other leading satellite TV providers. The system is on display at the Fort Lauderdale (FL) International Boat Show, October 30-November 3, in Booth 328.

Designed for ease of installation and use, TracVision UHD7 features two-cable installation, fast satellite acquisition speeds, and system control via the TracVision TV-Hub web interface or convenient TracVision app. For reliability in marine conditions, the antenna features multi-axis tracking and a rugged, lightweight design.

“The TracVision UHD7 builds on KVH’s 20-plus years of experience designing and delivering award-winning marine satellite TV products to bring boat owners the fantastic picture quality and favorite TV programming they want,” says Jim George, KVH’s senior director of global leisure sales. “The TracVision UHD7 is designed to make their time on the water even more enjoyable.”

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KVH Ships 10,000th VSAT System for Global Maritime Connectivity

Maritime VSAT market share leader’s unique value proposition provides a fully integrated communications solution for mariners

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 24, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leader in mobile connectivity, announced today that it has shipped its 10,000th VSAT satellite communications system. This is the latest milestone for a company whose history of innovation in the maritime satellite communications industry began in 2007, when KVH introduced the TracPhone® V7, the first maritime 60 cm VSAT terminal, and the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service. Since that time, KVH has become the market share leader for maritime VSAT terminals (Source: Euroconsult, Prospects for Maritime SATCOM, 2019, market share VSAT units), and today KVH provides high-speed connectivity, voice service, IoT capabilities, and content to commercial vessels and leisure yachts around the world.

 

“We set out to make satellite communications reliable, cost effective, and more accessible to seafarers through innovations in technology, satellite services, and business models,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “The accelerating adoption of our TracPhone VSAT systems and connectivity delivered by our high-throughput satellite (HTS) network reflects the demand for the affordable airtime, fast data speeds, network security, IoT proactive monitoring, and value-added services that we deliver. The ability to offer a fully integrated solution, which we see as the KVH Advantage, is desirable both to leisure boaters who wish to remain connected to friends and family on shore as well as the commercial industry in which the connected ship is rapidly becoming a reality.”

 

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Britannia Announces its New Chairman

The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited (Britannia) has announced that on 15 October, Nigel Palmer OBE retired as chairman of the Britannia Board and was succeeded by Tony Firmin.

Nigel started his career as a cadet with BP Tanker Co., where he rose to the rank of Master before taking on various corporate roles within BP prior to retiring in 2004. He then became a director on the Britannia Board before taking on the role of chairman in May 2008.

Tony joined Hapag-Lloyd in 1995, initially as Finance Director of Hapag-Lloyd America Inc., responsible for the USA, Canada and Latin America.  His career with the transnational container shipping line culminated with his election in July 2014 to its Executive Board, serving as Chief Operating Officer until his retirement on 30 June 2019. Tony has been Britannia’s deputy-chairman since October 2016.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr Palmer said: “It has been my immense pleasure to have helped steer the world’s oldest P&I club over the past decade, where we have faced numerous challenges within the maritime industry on behalf of our Members”.  Paying tribute to Mr Firmin, he added: “Tony brings his considerable maritime and financial experience that will help guide Britannia in the coming years as it continues its recent programme of regional expansion and tonnage growth whilst maintaining its financial strength.”

 

Thome Group Wins Excellence in Maritime Services/Ship Management

The Thome Group is delighted to announce that it has won the award for Excellence in Maritime Services/ Ship Management at the Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards ceremony at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore.

Reviewed by an independent panel of judges, the award recognised that the Thome Group had “demonstrated best ongoing commitment to the industry and had raised the standards of ship management and support in the region.”

The judges carefully considered a range of performance indicators including crew welfare, overall safety record, environmental initiatives, ship security, training, operational efficiency, cost control and a proven record of client satisfaction.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Thome Group was the company’s CEO Mr Olav Nortun who commented;

“Winning this award is the icing on the cake for all the dedication and hard work of our employees around the world. It is a great endorsement of our crew welfare programmes, training courses, environmental initiatives and cost efficiency drives to make sure our services offer the best value for money for our clients without compromising on safety.  I would also like to sincerely thank our principals and close partners for their continued trust and close collaboration.”

He was also grateful for the hard work of the independent panel of judges and recognised the tough decisions they had to make in choosing the winners. He felt humbled in receiving the award among such a strong list of nominees.