Thome Group Wins Dry Bulk Operator Award

The Thome Group is delighted to announce that it has won the Green4Sea Dry Bulk Operator Award, which was announced during a ceremony at the Yacht Club of Greece on 3rd March 2020.

The win recognised that the Thome Group was a “ship operator of bulk carriers that demonstrated environmental excellence and performance.”

The Thome Group was up against a shortlist of four other prestigious companies operating in this sector and the final decision was based on an audience vote where the industry was invited to choose their preferred dry bulk operator who had demonstrated outstanding environmental consideration.

Commenting on the award win Mr Olav Nortun, Thome Group’s CEO, said:

“I am delighted that the Thome Group has won this award as it highlights how much emphasis we have put on ensuring that we make as minimal an impact on the environment as possible. I would especially like to thank our Environmental Compliance Department in supporting our crews and office staff with training and information to help ensure we comply with all necessary environmental regulations. My thanks also go to everyone who voted for us, as having our commitment recognised by our industry peers is very humbling.”

 

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OSM to install TM Master on their entire fleet

OSM Maritime Group have extended their partnership with Tero Marine as their preferred provider of fleet management software. The Norwegian tech company now prepares to install its TM Master suite on the remaining OSM fleet globally.

OSM Maritime Group provides global full-service premium management solutions to the offshore and maritime industry and has more than 500 vessels in their ship management portfolio. TM Master is now the product of choice for handling maintenance and purchasing activities across their fleet.

–          It is with great enthusiasm I can announce that Tero Marine have signed a frame agreement with OSM. We are proud that such an innovative company, with its uncompromising focus on operational excellence for their customers, has recognized and selected TM Master as the best ship management software for their needs in 2020 and beyond. We look forward to adding OSM to our extensive portfolio of leading ship managers, says Rune Lyngaas, CEO of Tero Marine.

The frame agreement with Tero Marine means that all vessels with various planned maintenance systems across the OSM fleet would be standardized on TM Master. TM Master is currently installed on close to 70 vessels across OSM’s Norway and Singapore managed fleets. With OSM’s vision of being a frontrunner in the ship management segment, Tero Marine expect to see substantial growth in the coming years as the preferred partner for fleet management systems.

–          OSM and Tero Marine partnership goes back 6 years already, and the fact that OSM have chosen to extend their business with us demonstrates our ability to help our customers fulfil their digitalization journey in an increasingly complex landscape, says Mr. Lyngaas.

OSM has embedded digital services in its business models to the benefit and success of their customers. The cooperation between OSM and Tero Marine also extends the use of TM Master into OSM’s value adding services such as Catering Management.

–          OSM Maritime Group has a strong focus on contributing to our customers’ success by delivering consistent and high-quality services. To do this, full insight and transparency by sharing the same level of information between vessels, us and our customers are key to enabling data-driven decision making. Consequently, we have been reviewing our core business processes to align them with the opportunities we see from extending our partnership with Tero Marine, says Bjoern Sprotte, CEO of OSM.

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KVH Expands Successful AgilePlans Service with Regional Solution for Smaller Commercial Vessels

The all-inclusive, no-commitment VSAT service with the ultra-compact TracPhone V3-HTS is well-suited for vessels upgrading from legacy L-band

MIDDLETOWN, RI – Feb. 26, 2020 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that AgilePlans® Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) is now available as a regional offering using KVH’s ultra-compact, 37 cm TracPhone® V3-HTS antenna. With data speeds as fast as 5 Mbps down/2 Mbps up, the TracPhone V3-HTS is designed to enable fishing vessels, workboats, and smaller commercial vessels to leverage fast and reliable Internet connectivity. The service includes new rate plans with no overage charges.

The AgilePlans Regional service complements the AgilePlans Global service, which is paired with the 60 cm TracPhone V7-HTS (with data speeds as high as 10/3 Mbps down/up) and the 1 meter TracPhone V11-HTS (with data speeds as high as 20/3 Mbps down/up), making AgilePlans available throughout the maritime market for commercial vessels of all sizes.

“There are more than 350,000 fishing vessels that are over 12 meters in length. The vast majority of these vessels have no ability to connect once out of sight of land. We intend to change that with this new offering,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH’s executive vice president for mobile connectivity. “As the pace of maritime digitalization accelerates, we wanted to ensure that smaller commercial vessels could take advantage of the all-inclusive, no-commitment AgilePlans offering, which has proven so successful for commercial fleets worldwide.”

AgilePlans is a CaaS subscription-based model offering a comprehensive solution, including high-speed connectivity with unlimited email and texting via KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM HTS network, TracPhone hardware, free installation in as many as 4,000 ports and locations, cybersecurity protection, KVH OneCareTM maintenance, and no commitment all for one monthly fee. First introduced in 2017 for global connectivity with KVH’s larger antennas, AgilePlans has been the driving force behind KVH’s recent growth in VSAT unit deployments; during the third quarter of 2019, AgilePlans represented 70% of the company’s commercial VSAT shipments. Recent rollouts of AgilePlans have spanned the globe, including fleets in South Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia.

AgilePlans Regional service with the TracPhone V3-HTS is available with a range of monthly subscriptions with data speeds as fast as 5 Mbps down/2 Mbps up. The four regions for coverage are North American/Caribbean, South America, Western Europe/Africa, and Asia Pacific. To help manage data usage, KVH’s mini-VSAT Manager offers data controls, vessel tracking, and usage alerts.

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Indian Register of Shipping MD highlights the evolving role of class societies amid technology advancements and heightened regulation

International ship classification society IRClass’ Managing Director Mr Suresh Sinha asserted that classification societies are looking beyond their traditional roles as regulators and exploring ways in which they can leverage their technical expertise to stay relevant to the industries they serve.

A marine engineer by training, Mr Sinha made the remarks at the recently concluded Qatar Maritime & Logistics Summit held in Doha, Qatar. The inaugural summit gathered eminent industry leaders and decision makers from the Middle East and beyond to discuss issues concerning the sustainable development of the maritime and logistics sectors.

In his speech, titled “Shipping in an age of safety 2020-2030. The role of classification in the modern maritime industry”, Mr Sinha noted that the the maritime sector is rapidly changing due to technological advancements and tightening regulations on environmental protection and safety, and it is incumbent upon classification societies to support these changes.

“Class societies are increasingly seen not just as regulators but also as enablers who assist the industry in implementing regulation through their technical expertise”, said Mr Sinha, who argued that “class societies have an important responsibility to ensure that new equipment and technology are tested, approved, validated and implemented in an effective and timely manner to comply with the regulatory changes”.

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KVH to Support Mariners’ Wellbeing with Free VoIP Calls to ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp Hotline

Mariners on any vessel with KVH VSAT service can place free VoIP calls to ISWAN’s confidential 24-hour SeafarerHelp phone line

KVH is pleased to announce that seafarers on vessels with KVH VSAT service may place free VoIP calls to ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp hotline while at sea. SeafarerHelp is an important initiative by the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) to support mental wellbeing for seafarers around the world. The hotline is confidential, multilingual, and available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

“We are thrilled that KVH is supporting this initiative so that seafarers can get the help they need when they need it,” says Roger Harris, executive director of ISWAN. “In our experience, we have seen that seafarer issues range from the simple to the complex and the most pressing need is having someone empathetic to confide in, which can be challenging in the onboard environment. This hotline is dedicated to ensuring seafarers speak to someone in time, and with KVH’s involvement they can do so without having to worry about technical issues or data costs.”

Recently, the maritime industry has begun to raise awareness around the importance of seafarers’ mental wellbeing and to support initiatives to encourage discussion. Experts note that the same everyday stresses and emotions that a seafarer experiences on land are present at sea but may be exacerbated by the challenge of being on a ship 24/7 for extended stays. Talking to someone about their issues is an important first step.

Free VoIP calls to SeafarerHelp are available immediately from KVH VSAT vessels; seafarers simply use a VoIP phone on the vessel and call the helpline: +44 (0)20 7323 2737.

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Sven-Eric Brooks Joins KVH to Direct Business Development for KVH Watch Maritime IoT

Maritime industry expert has background in smart and connected vessels, maritime telematics, and strategic business solutions

Global maritime connectivity provider KVH is pleased to announce that Sven-Eric Brooks has joined the company as senior director of business development for KVH WatchTM, the company’s recently announced maritime IoT solution. Maritime IoT is an emerging area of vital interest to ship owners, ship managers, and maritime equipment manufacturers who are seeking ways to improve vessel operations through real-time monitoring and data analysis. A subscription-based solution, KVH Watch IoT Connectivity as a Service leverages the company’s end-to-end maritime VSAT connectivity services, advanced satellite communications antennas, and high throughput satellite (HTS) network.

“This is an exciting time to join KVH as we apply our connectivity solutions to meet urgent needs throughout the maritime industry,” says Mr. Brooks. “Connectivity is the foundation to all digital applications and the key to enabling more efficient operations at sea. The KVH Watch IoT connectivity service is a true industry game changer that delivers affordable and reliable IoT connectivity anywhere.”

Mr. Brooks has nearly 20 years of experience in the maritime industry with expertise in integrated bridge systems, smart and connected vessels, ship operations, and fleet management solutions. Prior to joining KVH, Mr. Brooks worked for Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine for 13 years in a variety of roles culminating as business development director responsible for Sperry Marine’s key accounts. In prior roles with Sperry Marine, Mr. Brooks was a sales manager, global logistics manager, and regional director for Asia. He has held positions in London, Rotterdam, and Hong Kong.

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KVH Launches KVH Link, New Digital Content Service for Seafarers and Commercial Fleets

KVH Link builds on KVH’s experience in providing crew wellbeing and operations content using its patented IP-MobileCast delivery technology

MIDDLETOWN, RI – January 22, 2020 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that it has launched KVH Link, a new digital content service that addresses two pressing needs in commercial maritime: News and entertainment content to improve crew wellbeing and operations data to optimize vessel performance.

Building on KVH’s past experience providing content for crew wellbeing and its patented IP-MobileCastTM technology for content delivery, KVH Link provides timely and popular news, sports, movies, TV, music, karaoke, podcasts, documentaries, trending social videos, and more in a sleek new user interface designed with digital natives in mind.

“There is an increasing focus on seafarer wellbeing as the foundation of safe, efficient operations,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH’s executive vice president for mobile connectivity. “At the same time, crew welfare is going digital, with increased onboard demand for access to popular content. With our decades of experience in providing crew content—starting in the 1960s with reel-to-reel movie nights on the deck of a ship—to our history of mobile tech innovation, KVH is uniquely suited to deliver a digital content platform for today’s seafarer.”

KVH Link crew wellbeing content includes: NEWSlinkTM—hundreds of daily news stories, clips, and shows in the most popular languages among seafarers; SPORTSlinkTM—news and video sports highlights from teams around the world, sports talk shows, and documentaries; MOVIElinkTM—early release movies and classics from Hollywood to Bollywood and independent studios; TVlinkTM—full seasons of popular hit television series; and MUSIClinkTM—more than 15 genres of music radio, podcasts, karaoke, and more. KVH Link content is licensed from copyright holders for crew viewing.

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BRITANNIA ANNOUNCES NEW EXCLUSIVE CORRESPONDENT IN NEW YORK

Britannia P&I has underlined its commitment to the North American market by establishing a new exclusive correspondent, B Americas P&I, to be based in New York.

B Americas P&I will be headed by MICHAEL UNGER, a leading maritime lawyer with extensive litigation and arbitration experience, who has been known to the Club for many years.  Further recruitment is underway, with the office to be operational by the beginning of April.

B Americas will boost Britannia’s global footprint, enhancing the Club’s ability to provide a round-the-clock claims service to all its Members, while also focusing on the needs of Britannia’s North American Members.

This development follows other recent steps taken by the Club, including the opening of new offices in Denmark and Greece and the strengthening of its teams in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.

Welcoming the move, ANDREW CUTLER, Britannia’s CEO, said

“Following the expansion of our regional hubs, the New York office enables us to enhance Britannia’s service to Members wherever they are in the world”.

 

BW Group Upgrades Vessels to KVH HTS Network in New Five-year Contract

Agreement covers 102 total vessels utilizing KVH’s TracPhone® HTS systems

MIDDLETOWN, RI – January 9, 2020 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that BW Group, one of the world’s leading maritime groups in the tanker, gas, and offshore segments, has signed a new contract to continue KVH VSAT services for at least five years and is upgrading 102 vessels to utilize KVH’s mini-VSAT BroadbandSM HTS network for advanced satellite communications. BW Group first chose KVH in 2013 to provide satellite connectivity for a portion of its fleet and since that time has rolled out KVH VSAT systems on additional vessels. The vessel migration is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2020.

“Migrating our vessels to KVH’s advanced HTS network enables us to optimize our operational efficiency with fast, reliable connectivity from a trusted partner,” says BW’s procurement officer. “We originally chose KVH because of their commitment to excellence and the ease of working with a sole provider, and we continue to value that relationship.”

With more than 80 years’ experience in maritime energy transportation, BW operates a large fleet that includes product tankers, LPG and LNG carriers, and offshore floating production vessels.

“It is an honor for KVH to continue working with BW Group, a company whose commitment to quality vessels, operational efficiency, and crew welfare is well known throughout the maritime industry,” says Ken Loke, KVH’s vice president for Asia-Pacific. “It is particularly gratifying that based on the performance of our legacy network, BW is now migrating to our newest HTS network. We value the strong working relationship that has developed between our companies during the past years and look forward to the continuation of that relationship for years to come.”

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KVH and Kongsberg Digital Successfully Install First Integrated Maritime IoT System on Active Working Vessel

The vessel, owned and operated by Kongsberg, is using KVH WatchTM IoT Connectivity as a Service and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform as part of an innovative maritime IoT bundled solution

MIDDLETOWN, RI – January 2, 2020 – KVH Industries, Inc. and Kongsberg Digital announce the successful installation of their first joint maritime IoT system on an active working vessel. The team installed a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT connectivity and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform on Simrad Echo, a Norwegian research vessel owned and operated by Kongsberg, which will continue normal operations during the pilot maritime IoT project. Together, KVH Watch and Kognifai Vessel Insight provide an integrated infrastructure for IoT connectivity and vessel-to-shore data.

Maritime IoT is a focus of great interest among ship owners, ship managers, and maritime equipment manufacturers who are seeking ways to improve vessel operations through real-time monitoring and data analysis. This bundled connectivity solution by two leaders in the commercial maritime market, KVH and Kongsberg Digital, is one of the first cases of an active working vessel using an integrated maritime IoT solution.

Simrad Echo will rely on Kognifai Vessel Insight to monitor main and auxiliary systems on the vessel and help ensure 100% availability. For example, the Kongsberg Mapping Cloud application will move high-resolution echo sounding data from vessel to shore in real time so that shore-based experts can provide analysis to optimize vessel operations.

“While Vessel Insight works as an infrastructure for accessing contextualized quality data from a vessel or fleet, KVH is providing an alternative for IoT connectivity that enables the transfer of data from ship to cloud,” says Vigleik Takle, Kongsberg Digital’s senior vice president of maritime digital solutions. “We are very happy to be able to offer this as a connectivity option to our users.”

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