Industry Professional Steven Gosling to Play Key Role in Maritime Training at KVH Videotel

KVH Videotel announced today that Steven Gosling, a master mariner and former manager with leading maritime organizations, has joined KVH Videotel’s content team as quality assurance manager.

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Mr. Gosling’s responsibilities will include monitoring legislative movements, trends, and best practices in the industry, and guiding the KVH Videotel content and software development teams in serving the maritime community’s learning and development needs. Mr. Gosling will also be responsible for spearheading KVH Videotel’s continuing professional development (CPD) offering. Prior to joining KVH Videotel, Mr. Gosling held roles as head of strategic development for Nautilus International; training & quality manager for The Nautical Institute; and deck officer with the cruise ship industry. He earned an MSc. in maritime operations and management from City, University of London.

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KVH and Pilipinas Global Network Limited to Bring Philippine Basketball Association Game Coverage to Merchant Ships

Starting next week, seafarers can enjoy coverage of Asia’s popular professional basketball league games via KVH’s innovative content delivery service

MIDDLETOWN, RI – December 14, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), and Pilipinas Global Network Limited (PGNL) today announced a deal to bring coverage of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) full games to merchant ships.

Under the terms of the agreement, KVH will distribute PBA games for the 43rd and 44th PBA seasons, which begin with the Philippine Cup on December 17, 2017. A men’s professional basketball league, the PBA was the first such league in Asia and its popularity throughout the region is widespread. However, many of those fans miss out on seeing games because they serve onboard commercial vessels; throughout the global shipping industry, Filipinos comprise the single greatest number of seafarers. The PBA games will be delivered via satellite to vessels subscribed to KVH’s SPORTSlinkTM and IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service for multicasting news, sports, and entertainment at sea. Onboard, seafarers will be able to access the full PBA games on mobile devices, desktops, and televisions, enjoying the basketball action without adding communications costs or affecting vessel communications performance. “PGNL is devoted to bringing the PBA closer to every Filipino overseas. This partnership with KVH is a step toward reaching out to seafarers who would want to experience the PBA while they’re away from home,” says Ernesto D. Sta. Maria, Jr., PGNL president and CEO. “We work hard to make sure that more Filipinos all over the world get to enjoy quality sports content from PGNL.”

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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.

KVH Videotel Introduces ‘Cyber Security at Sea’ Training Programme for Seafarers

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Produced with BIMCO, the new programme is designed to help seafarers recognise and respond to cyber threats

KVH VideotelTM has launched a cyber security training programme, produced in association with global shipping association BIMCO, to address the threat of ransomware and other computer system breaches that could severely affect the safety of ships’ crew, systems, and operations.

The maritime industry is in the midst of a focus on cyber security, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently announced that it will soon be mandatory for companies to ensure that cyber security procedures are properly addressed in their ship’s Safety Management System (SMS). To create the training programme, KVH Videotel partnered with BIMCO, which has been active in recent years in researching maritime cyber security; BIMCO published guidelines in 2016 that have become an industry reference on the subject, and released an updated version in July of this year.

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Shipowners Must Focus on Operational Optimization to Survive Challenging Economic Climate

Broadband connectivity is vital to stay ahead of the competition, a maritime thought leader suggests during the Posidonia 2016 conference in Athens

Middletown, RI – June 9, 2016 – Brent Bruun, executive vice president of mobile broadband for KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) and Mike Mitsock, the company’s vice president of marketing, told an audience of invited guests at the Posidonia maritime conference in Athens, Greece, that the market needs to face up to the realities of how 24/7 connectivity between ship and shore is a real business necessity, and is no longer a “nice to have,” especially with the intense competition in today’s shipping economy. Mr. Bruun outlined how satellite communications can provide real value to ship operations in one of the most challenging periods in maritime history. “The KVH ‘Power of One’ approach holds tremendous value and promise for the maritime world,” Mr. Bruun noted. “While satellite communications tend to account for less than one percent of ship operating costs, they are the lynchpin of optimizing the remainder of the operating cost equation.” KVH operates the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network, which provides global connectivity to thousands of vessels worldwide. Read more

Videotel Receives Norwegian Maritime Authority Approval

With this approval, Videotel’s highly regarded training courses have official recognition from the top entity in Norway devoted to maritime issues

MIDDLETOWN, RI, USA, and LONDON, UK – July 13, 2015 VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has received the approval of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for its security training courses.

Videotel’s “Maritime Security Awareness,” “Designated Security Duties,” and “Shipboard Security Officer” training courses have been approved in their entirety by the NMA for meeting the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) codes, and seafarers completing these courses will receive the necessary qualifications and certificates for shipboard duty. The NMA approval enhances Videotel’s reputation with Norwegian ship owners, ship managers, and the offshore sector, which are guided by the Authority on maritime issues. A major maritime center, Norway has a merchant fleet of approximately 1,400 vessels; in 2013, it had one of the top 10 merchant fleets in the world according to deadweight tonnage.

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KVH’s NEWSlink Team Now Producing 100 Different Newspaper Titles

A weekly business edition called “Philippine Business” is the 100th title in the NEWSlink roster of high-quality daily and weekly newspapers for seafarers

MIDDLETOWN, RI, USA – July 1, 2015 – KVH Media Group, part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has launched “Philippine Business,” the 100th unique newspaper title produced under the NEWSlinkTM brand. The new title joins NEWSlink’s roster of high-quality daily and weekly newspaper digests, which are currently enjoyed by seafarers and cruise guests on more than 8,500 vessels around the world.

Produced for the multinational audience common to the seafaring world, the NEWSlink titles cover news, sports, finance, and entertainment news in 17 languages tailored to 80 different regions and countries. The titles are produced in NEWSlink newsrooms located in Liverpool, Delhi, and Manila, where a near 24-hour news monitoring service ensures the most current information is included in every edition.

KVH Media Group delivers the NEWSlink titles in a range of formats and through a range of technologies, and specializes in compact formats for maritime and other industries where bandwidth is limited or delivery costs are high. The newest delivery method for NEWSlink titles is KVH’s recently introduced IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service, which utilizes multicasting technology to broadcast a wide range of news and entertainment content to ships at sea.

The latest NEWSlink title, “Philippine Business,” is a weekly edition containing stock market and company news plus financial hints and tips, written for a seafarer audience. “Launching this specialist weekly NEWSlink edition is a direct response to requests by Filipino crew, who contacted us to ask for more business and financial coverage so that they can be better informed on how to invest their money,” says Mark Woodhead, managing director of KVH Media Group.

Of the 100 NEWSlink titles in the portfolio today, “Philippines,” a general-interest, four-page title, is the most highly subscribed national edition. Other titles include: “The International,” an eight-page daily edition; and “Maritime News,” a four-page daily newspaper focusing on everyday shipping news for crew. Special-interest editions are also produced, such as an overview of national election contests, and “Boxing Special,” which included a report on the Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight.

“The NEWSlink service is particularly important to crew, many of whom do not have access to regular contact with family when at sea,” says Mr. Woodhead. “MLC-2006 has targeted some key welfare requirements for seafarers, and regular up-to-date local news provides an important and cost-effective morale booster for many crew members, giving them a sense of closeness to home.”