KVH Videotel Introduces LNG “Respond Level” Bunkering Training Course

Programme based on “Competency and Assessment Guidelines” from SGMF 

KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course to help crew and port or terminal staff enable a safe bunkering process. The programme, based on guidelines from the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), has been developed in response to the increased use of LNG as a bunker fuel by operators to help them meet the low sulphur targets required by MARPOL Annex VI. SGMF has defined a “Respond Level” of awareness as vitally important: Personnel in close proximity to bunkering operations must understand the hazards associated with LNG bunkering and be trained in how to respond to emergency situations. KVH Videotel’s “LNG Bunkering – Respond Level Training Course” covers:

  • Composition and usage of LNG and potential bunkering methods
  • Hazards and consequences for the individual and ship
  • Relevant procedures for fighting LNG fires
  • Emergency procedures for shipping companies and port authorities

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Elizabeth Jackson Joins KVH to Direct Global Marketing and Strategy

Experienced executive will lead growth initiatives across key business markets

MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 27, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that Elizabeth Jackson has joined the company as chief marketing officer and senior vice president for strategy.

“Elizabeth is an experienced CMO and entrepreneur with proven results at both Fortune 100 and small start-up companies, and we are delighted that she has joined KVH,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “Her expertise includes brand building, new product development, corporate and marketing strategy, and market research across many industries.”

Ms. Jackson has worked at a variety of companies including Proctor & Gamble, Campbell Soup Company, Summer Infant, and HookLogic, a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company in ad tech performance marketing. Most recently, Ms. Jackson was CMO at DOTS Technology Corp, an NEA portfolio company in health tech, building a novel protein detection platform for consumer and industrial use.

“I am very excited to join KVH and direct the marketing efforts for such an innovative company, especially one that is active in so many vital markets,” says Ms. Jackson. “From the mobile technology that provides connectivity to commercial mariners around the globe to the inertial navigation systems that support the emerging world of unmanned and autonomous platforms, KVH is a leader.”

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Ms. Jackson has a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

Container Ship Load Planning Systems Are Vulnerable Says Ethical Hackers

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Ethical hackers Pen Test Partners have highlighted a vulnerability in the load planning processes used by container ships.

“Intercepting and modifying the messaging used in bay planning can be relatively straightforward if you know what you’re doing,” said Senior Partner, Ken Munro.

“When asked to investigate this, we noticed a lack of security in the validation of the message’s integrity and a simple phishing attack is all it takes to gain access,” he continued.

By modifying the messages, and therefore the loading plan itself, a hacker could cause a vessel to list by swopping the order that the containers are loaded.

Hackers could also cause environmental damage and incur heavy fines for shipping lines by forcing emergency discharge of ballast water as a result of unexpected out-of-trim situations caused by bay plan manipulation.

Refrigerated containers could be switched off spoiling thousands of pounds worth of perishable food and so the list goes on.

Not only that, but Pen Test Partners have discovered that USB sticks are commonly used to transfer the load plans from ship to port. This poses a major security risk as a USB infected with malware could cause series issues for port authorities.

“Ship security has a long way to go to catch up with the level of security we expect in corporate networks. They are remote, difficult to update, and their IT hardware is often old and not well maintained,” added Munro.

“Ship owners and managers need to have a cyber security plan in place and should review their current IT systems to make sure that any potential weak points open to attack are closed as soon as possible.”

Britannia P&I Hosts European Members’ Forum in Greece

The important role that Members from Europe play within the Britannia P&I Club was among the issues discussed at its annual European Members Forum held on 9 November in Athens.

The Forum, now in its 21st year, which was attended by 52 Members from across Europe, underlined the Club’s commitment to remaining accessible while providing Members with a personalised service.

The Forum coincided with the announcement that Britannia will be opening an office in Greece within 2018.

“Holding the European Forum in Greece was important given that it is the home to many of the world’s major shipowners, a number of whom are Britannia Members. Opening a Britannia office in Greece will mean that we can enhance the personalised service to those and future Greek Members,” said Andrew Cutler, CEO of Tindall Riley (Britannia) Ltd.

Dale Hammond (Director, FD&D and claims director for the Club’s Greek membership) and Simon Williams (Director, Underwriting and who has underwriting oversight for the Club’s Greek membership) will oversee arrangements for establishing the office.

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SKY Perfect JSAT and KVH to Deliver Maritime Broadband Services

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KVH extends its long-standing relationship with SKY Perfect JSAT

MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 20, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced that it has concluded arrangements with SKY Perfect JSAT (SJC) to work together in delivering next-generation maritime broadband services.

KVH’s advanced mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service will incorporate capacity from SJC’s satellites covering the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, inclusive of unique southern Indian Ocean coverage. This new-generation maritime broadband service is designed to achieve maximum data speeds of 10 Mbps download, and 3 Mbps upload, using the new KVH TracPhone® V7-HTS, a 60 cm Ku-band maritime satellite antenna system that KVH designed for the advanced network.

In addition, SJC will be marketing and selling the next-generation service in Japan under the name “OceanBB.” According to SJC, entering into these agreements with KVH enables SJC to accelerate its development and provision of next-generation services that will meet the ever-growing demand for maritime broadband.

Britannia P&I Hosts Asian Members’ Forum in Hong Kong

Following Britannia’s P&I European Members’ Forum in Athens earlier this month, the Club also hosted an Asian Members’ Forum on 21st November in Hong Kong.

These regional Forums demonstrate the Club’s strategy of providing Members with a local personalised service, backed by a global presence in the market.

The Asian Members’ Forum outlined Britannia’s strategy, which has included the Club strengthening its presence in the region, with its Managers having recently taken over a longstanding Exclusive Correspondent with offices in both Tokyo and Kobe, Japan (renamed Tindall Riley (Britannia) Japan Ltd).

More announcements will follow in the coming months involving the Club’s initiatives in Hong Kong and Singapore.

“The Asian Members’ Forum is an important event given that half of our membership is based in the region. Enhancing our personalised service to Members by having dedicated Britannia owned local offices in key territories is vital,” said Andrew Cutler, CEO of Britannia and the Managers.

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Thome Opens Fleet Operations Hub

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The Thome Group has opened a modern operations hub at its offices in Singapore to enhance the quality of its ship management services and reaction times to emergency responses.

The state-of-the-art facilities enables situational awareness for both duty-personnel and Thome’s crisis teams, providing high tech systems allowing remote tracking of individual ships in the fleet, passage planning, security risk assessment, weather routing, video conferencing, integrated vessel management system (NAU) implementation, and individual on-board CCTV remote monitoring by the hub.

“The Operations Hub means that we now have an even closer control of our managed fleet, offering our clients up to date information and even greater improvements in our ship management services. The monitoring capabilities provided by the hub will enable us to direct our managed fleet more efficiently saving time and improving our operational efficiency,” said Claes Eek Thorstensen, President and CCO of the Thome Group.

“Furthermore, in times of emergency we can react much more quickly and get faster and more accurate information about the situation in real time, allowing our crisis teams to make informed decisions on how to resolve any issues,” he continued.

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Prevention at Sea Cleans Up with Another Award for its Oil Record Book Software

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Prevention at Sea has won more industry recognition for its software development work in the maritime industry, by winning the Tanker Shipping & Trade Award for Technical Innovation.

Developed in conjunction with the Liberian Ship Registry, PaSea has once again shown that it is at the vanguard of the drive to minimise risk in the global shipping industry.

This award follows hot on the heels of similar accolades recently presented to the company including:

  • May 2017 – Winner of the Lloyd’s List Americas 2017 Maritime Services Award
  • October 2017 – Winner of the Lloyd’s List Intelligence Asia Pacific Innovation Award
  • October 2017- Winner of the NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Award for Innovation

It is also a finalist for the Lloyd’s List South Asia, Middle East & Africa Innovation Award on 28th November 2017.

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KVH Videotel SVP Urges Maritime Industry to Aim for Excellence, not Minimum Training Standards

Mark Woodhead, KVH Videotel senior vice president (SVP) EMEA, speaks at CrewConnect Global, in Manila, a leading forum for seafarer recruitment and training

 

Ship owners, managers, and operators should aim for training excellence, rather than just attaining the minimum standards required, and use training as a key tool for attracting and retaining high-calibre seafarers in a competitive market, according to Mark Woodhead, KVH Videotel senior vice president EMEA, who spoke at CrewConnect Global, in Manila, today.

“Training needs to be part of a shipping company’s DNA,” Mr. Woodhead said, “and as our seafarers embrace the shift towards continuous learning, we need to develop cultures that support and demand it.”

In the ever-changing and highly regulated shipping industry, continuous learning is needed to avoid incidents and accidents that could lead to costly delays, fines for non-compliance, asset damage, or, more seriously, loss of life. “Talk is cheap but accidents aren’t,” Mr. Woodhead said. “With new training techniques and technologies, seafarers are engaged and motivated to learn.”

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KVH TracPhone V7-HTS System Delivers Maritime Broadband at Triple Previous Speeds for a New Era of Digital Life at Sea

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The new 60 cm, Ku-band satellite antenna system enables leisure boaters and commercial mariners to stream HD content and conduct video calls at sea while simultaneously supporting a free, unlimited use data channel

 

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 31, 2017 – An advanced, 60 cm marine satellite antenna system designed to consistently deliver the fastest data speeds globally to the maritime market will be unveiled tomorrow by KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI), at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, in Florida. The TracPhone® V7-HTS achieves data download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, three times faster than current 60 cm models on the market, including KVH’s own system, and fast enough to enable the streaming of HD-quality content at sea. In addition, to further meet the demands of increased data usage at sea, KVH is offering the TracPhone V7-HTS with new hybrid airtime plans that deliver a free, lower-speed unlimited use data channel that runs at the same time as the high-speed data channel. The faster data speeds of the TracPhone V7-HTS are accomplished by a combination of KVH’s proprietary antenna system design and industry-leading mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network, which recently began using advanced Intelsat Epic satellites for high throughput satellite (HTS) capabilities, and additional capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT satellites. With the HTS network, KVH added 25 million square miles to its global maritime Ku-band high-speed connectivity footprint. With the combination of fast data streaming and global coverage, the TracPhone V7-HTS is poised to transform the use of broadband at sea. For the leisure market, the system is designed to enable yacht owners and their guests to enjoy HD streaming, popular social apps, and other benefits of connectivity for a new era of digital life at sea. The captain of a 44.8-meter superyacht, who is one of the first to use the system, reports: “We just voyaged from Florida to Panama with the new TracPhone V7-HTS onboard, and enjoyed excellent speeds of 10 Mbps. This is a great service for a superyacht demanding higher data speeds than a traditional VSAT can provide,” says Bryan Antill, captain of the M/Y Surina.

For the commercial maritime market, the TracPhone V7-HTS is designed to enable merchant fleets to take advantage of cloud-based software programs, remote system monitoring, and data analytics in the pursuit of digitalization. With applications such as remote system monitoring requiring frequent data uploads, the TracPhone V7-HTS provides upload speeds of up to 3 Mbps, six times faster than KVH’s current 60 cm system. “We are thrilled to offer the streaming fast TracPhone V7-HTS to boaters and mariners around the world, so they can experience the benefits of connectivity even while at sea. Ship managers can improve their operational efficiency by taking advantage of data-driven tools and decision-making, while yacht captains can offer guests onboard the faster connectivity they desire,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, co-founder and chief executive officer of KVH. “We continue to bring innovative solutions to the marine market, including a network configuration able to provide high-speed data as well as unlimited use data all from the same system. What other services are offering as their airtime plans is a free value-added bonus from KVH.”

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KVH Launches New High-speed Maritime Network on Intelsat EpicNG Satellites

KVH logoTeams with leading satellite operator Intelsat to deliver expanded global Ku-band coverage

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LUXEMBOURG, October 31, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced the launch of its next-generation, advanced maritime broadband network, joined by service partner, Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I). Slated for commercial availability next month, KVH’s high-speed overlay to its current mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service is expected to triple, and in some cases increase by a multiple of six, the data speeds for its maritime customers. At the core of its capabilities, KVH’s advanced maritime broadband network will incorporate Intelsat Epic satellite services and the award-winning IntelsatOne Flex platform, a global managed service designed to optimize bandwidth allocations and provide flexible coverage where it is needed. KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network is also expected to benefit from increased Asian satellite capacity from SKY Perfect JSAT.

At launch, KVH will have the largest maritime Ku-band network offering speeds as fast as 10 Mbps to each terminal. Each Intelsat Epic satellite has 25-60 Gbps of capacity, which is expected to deliver a major performance enhancement for KVH subscribers. KVH’s enhanced service is designed to enable significant improvements in business productivity in the commercial maritime world, and enrich the onboard experience for superyachts and recreational boats.

“Intelsat has been instrumental in helping us develop the advances to our mini-VSAT Broadband service, continuing the positive working relationship we’ve had for many years,” says Brent Bruun, KVH chief operating officer. “We expect to provide our maritime customers with increased data speeds at the same price points as our current service, while offering unparalleled coverage on a global basis. We just celebrated the 10th anniversary of our market-leading VSAT solution, and, with this new evolution of our mini-VSAT Broadband network, we believe KVH is continuing to set the pace for maritime satellite communications.”

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KVH Videotel Announces Sales Director in Middle East for Maritime Focus

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Capt. Milind Karkhanis, an experienced maritime industry professional, will head efforts in Middle East and India

KVH VideotelTM has named Capt. Milind Karkhanis as sales director for the Middle East to develop business in this strategically important maritime location. Capt. Karkhanis has more than 40 years’ experience in the maritime industry, including 15 years at sea on tankers, bulk carriers, and containerships; on shore, he worked in Mumbai and Hong Kong in ship manning and operations roles. Capt. Karkhanis has recently relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“I am looking forward to servicing our current clients in the region and expanding our operations to new clients who are based in this part of the world,” says Capt. Karkhanis. “With the launch of Videotel Performance Manager earlier this month, we have an exciting platform for optimizing crew training, designed to help ship owners and managers effectively train their seafarers and maintain records as required by the IMO and ILO.”

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National Marine Electronics Association Recognizes KVH Marine Satellite Systems with 2017 Product Excellence Awards

KVH’s TracPhone® V3-IP and TracVision® TV3 systems win awards at the annual NMEA conference

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 3, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is pleased to announce that the top marine electronics professionals in the country have honored two of KVH’s marine satellite antenna systems for their outstanding performance and reliability. KVH’s TracPhone V3-IP received the National Marine Electronics Association’s (NMEA) 2017 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite communications antenna category, while the TracVision TV3 received the 2017 Product of Excellence Award in the satellite TV antenna category.

This is the 20th consecutive year that KVH has achieved the NMEA distinction for its TracVision satellite television antenna systems and the 15th time that KVH’s TracPhone satellite communications antenna systems have been recognized. The NMEA awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in design, performance, and reliability in marine electronics products. The winners are selected by a vote of the members of NMEA, an industry group made up of more than 600 companies, including manufacturers, dealers, and boat builders.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from NMEA knowing that it represents the opinion of skilled professionals who have firsthand experience with the installation and performance of our products, as well as those of our competitors,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “They work with our TracVision and TracPhone systems every day, and we consider their recognition as the highest honor.”

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Hello Nautilus Crew, You’re Connected

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KVH and Ocean Exploration Trust announce partnership enabling Nautilus research crew to have Internet and daily news content while at sea

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 4, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced a partnership with Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), the international scientific research organization founded by RMS Titanic discoverer and renowned oceanographer Dr. Bob Ballard, to provide services and products to enhance the onboard experience for OET’s research team. In exchange, the team will provide firsthand feedback on various products that KVH develops.

“I am thrilled to be working with KVH, a leader in satellite communications headquartered right across the bay from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography,” says Dr. Ballard. A professor of oceanography at URI, Dr. Ballard is known for his ocean exploration efforts and his longtime commitment to providing real-time data and video from the vessel to land. “It’s been a dream of mine to have super high-speed data capabilities right from our vessel to reach the next generation of scientists and engineers and keep our own research team as connected as possible.”

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Norsafe Secures its Largest Ever Offshore LSA Contract

Norsafe has secured its largest ever offshore contract to supply lifesaving appliances to ENI’s Coral South floating LNG (FLNG) facility located in Area 4, approximately 50 km from the Mozambique coast.

The order is to deliver 8 freefall systems containing 5 x GES 50 MKIII with HD-50 davits and 3 x GES 45 with HD-45 davits, to the FLNG facility under construction by Samsung Heavy Industries. The davits will be delivered in November 2018 and the lifeboats in February 2021.  

The GES 50 MKIII freefall lifeboat will take up to 70 persons and can drop from a height of 47 metres with the GES 45 taking up to 60 persons, having a maximum drop height of 40 metres.

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ICS Publishes New Personal Training and Service Record Book for Seafarers

The International CPersonal Training and Service Record Book (Image)hamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a new edition of its widely used Personal Training and Service Record Book, to help qualified seafarers and their employers maintain a comprehensive record of training and seagoing service.

“Good record keeping of training and seagoing experience is essential to support a seafarer’s career at sea, and it is vital that shipping companies and seafarers are able to use a standard international book.” said ICS Director of Policy, Simon Bennett.

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Thome Managed Vessel Rescues German Sailors

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The Thome managed vessel, MT Nord Nightingale, was in transit from Houston, Texas, to Akrotiri, Cyprus, delivering fuel for the U.S. Air Force when it helped rescue two German sailors stranded at sea off the coast of Florida. 

“The crew did an excellent job of redirecting their focus and assisting with rescue operations when we received the distress call,” said Capt. Nicolae Gainuse, MT Nord Nightingale master. 

“You never set out on a delivery mission thinking you’re going to be rescuing people at sea, but fortunately we were in the right place to provide assistance.” 

The distress call was received by the ship at approximately 3.10pm, at which point it called the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Miami for additional details. 

Gainuse then called Thome’s HSSEQ department and received its full support to proceed with the rescue operation. Less than 20 minutes after the distress call, the crew had changed course and were busy making preparations for the rescue. 

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Norsafe secures contracts worth more than 200 million NOK

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Norsafe is pleased to report that it has secured more than 200 million NOK in LSA contracts that have been put out to tender so far this year.

In addition to the recently announced prestigious contract with Kværner for delivery of three of Norsafe’s largest freefall lifeboats with davit systems to the Njord A platform, Norsafe has won several other significant contracts, both for new builds and upgrade projects.

Among the largest contracts are:

– Replacement of lifeboats on the BP Ula platform

– Replacement of lifeboats on Tambar

– Replacement of davits on the Haven jack-up

– Replacement of lifeboats on the Total Elgin platform in the UK sector of the North Sea

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Lifeboat Manufacturer Norsafe Appoints Ex-Scottish International Goalkeeper Jim Leighton MBE

Norsafe UK has appointed ex-Scottish International football goalkeeper Jim Leighton MBE as its UK Sales Manager.Jim Leighton

Working out of the Aberdeen office, Jim will be responsible for offering Norsafe’s range of high quality safety appliances inclusive of aftersales on all inspection, service and repair to the marine, offshore and oil & gas sectors.

Mr Leighton had a very distinguished 38 year career in football playing for clubs including Aberdeen, Manchester United and Hibernian winning three Scottish league championships, four Scottish cups and the European Cup Winners’ Cup. He also played 91 times for Scotland and was selected in four World Cup squads.

Having retired from playing professionally in 2000 he turned to coaching and was Aberdeen’s goalkeeping coach during two spells at the club finally leaving at the end of the 2014/15 season to pursue a career outside football.

Before joining Norsafe, Mr Leighton worked as Sales Manager for Universal Inspection, supplier of products and services to the onshore and offshore markets.

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Videotel Develops First Mobile Platform for Maritime eLearning Programmes

VideotelTM, a KVH company, has launched a new eLearning content delivery platform that will allow users to view its comprehensive range of maritime training programmes on a wide variety of devices, including tablets and mobile phones. This development is a leap forward in maritime training delivery and not only provides a superior user experience for the learner, but also paves the way for seafarers to acquire and test knowledge on any device wherever they are on land and sea.

Videotel is the first maritime training company to develop mobile viewing that harnesses HTML5 responsive-design capabilities, where content can rescale dynamically to any screen size or aspect ratio. Additional features that Videotel has incorporated in its mobile platform include touch navigation, a multi-language capability allowing users to easily switch between languages, and an-ECDIS inspired ‘night mode’ that allows the user to select a darker theme that is easier on the eyes in low-light conditions.

“Over the years, we have continually modified our approach to developing training materials to meet the changing needs of our clients and capitalise on improvements in technology,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for training and content. “This new-generation platform has been created to give users maximum flexibility to view content using whatever device suits them. In today’s busy working environment, having an application with such a responsive design will improve and enhance the user experience.”

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