KVH Announces Iridium Certus as Companion to KVH VSAT Systems for Optimal Vessel Communications

Next-generation L-band solution provides pole-to-pole coverage

MIDDLETOWN, RI – September 19, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that the Iridium Certus® service is now available from KVH as a companion for KVH’s TracPhone® mini-VSAT BroadbandSM systems. Iridium Certus is a next-generation L-band solution providing pole-to-pole global coverage and featuring small-form-factor, cost-effective antenna terminals. KVH’s VSAT systems include the TracPhone HTS-series, which provide data speeds as fast as 20/3 Mbps (down/up) to meet the connectivity demands of today’s commercial maritime vessels and global-voyaging superyachts.

This companion solution, featuring Iridium’s highest L-band data speeds of 352/176 Kbps (down/up) and the 38 cm (15 inch) diameter Cobham Sailor 4300 antenna, is designed to seamlessly integrate with all KVH TracPhone mini-VSAT Broadband antenna systems. Optional least-cost routing enables onboard data to switch from KVH mini-VSAT Broadband service to Iridium Certus and back again as necessary. An unlimited use data plan is available, whether the vessel is using KVH mini-VSAT Broadband or Iridium Certus.

The Iridium Certus companion solution is available for existing and new TracPhone mini-VSAT Broadband system users either via standard purchase or as part of an AgilePlans® deployment. KVH’s AgilePlans program provides commercial fleets with an all-inclusive, no-commitment connectivity solution that includes a TracPhone V7-HTS or TracPhone V11-HTS antenna, high-speed data, daily TV and print news, training, free shipping, free installation at select ports, and zero maintenance costs for one monthly fee. AgilePlans has become KVH’s most successful commercial maritime VSAT solution, accounting for more than 70% of the company’s commercial maritime VSAT shipments in the first half of 2019.

KVH is a mobile tech innovator that provides connectivity solutions for commercial maritime, leisure marine, and land mobile applications on vessels and vehicles, including the award-winning TracPhone and TracVision® product lines, the global mini-VSAT Broadband network, and AgilePlans Connectivity as a Service (CaaS). The company’s KVH Media Group provides news, sports, and entertainment content with such brands as NEWSlink™ and SPORTSlink™.

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass) makes its mark in London International Shipping Week

MUMBAI, 19 September 2019 – Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), held two very successful events during London International Shipping Week (LISW).

On the first day, a Roundtable panel made up of some of the industry’s most respected senior level decision makers, discussed key industry issues including the IMO’s GHG goals and the industry’s expectations on the future role of class.

The UK’s Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport, made opening remarks on the importance of classification societies in upholding standards and regulations in the maritime industry.

The second event was a seminar on the “Future Role of Class – Partnering with the industry”, which saw participation from a cross section of maritime stakeholders.

The changing role of class was also discussed in depth with the general consensus being that classification societies should partner with the industry towards compliance of international regulations.

The week before London International Shipping Week Mr Arun Sharma, the Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping, was introduced as the new Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to a group of specially invited maritime journalists.

In his address Mr. Sharma stressed the need for IACS to work with the industry especially in the use of data to make more informed decisions, the validation of technologies to ensure that any regulation can be applied globally and consistently and the Association’s unique contribution to maritime safety and regulation through technical support, compliance verification and research and development.

The IRClass team also met with a delegation from the Republic of Cyprus led by Ms. Natasa Pilides, Shipping Deputy Minister to the President, and held very cordial discussions on the way forward to extend mutual co-operation.

 

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Videotel Wins Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at Safety at Sea Awards

Leading maritime training provider Videotel has won the Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at the Safety at Sea Awards held during London International Shipping Week.

The category was for the best standout wellbeing initiative which, in the judges’ opinion, has helped protect crew mental health and wellbeing.

Launched during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London last year, the programme was produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and comprises a video, facilitator notes, and information booklets from ISWAN on mental health issues at sea.

Due to the critical importance of the topic it was decided that the package would be made available free of charge and it can be downloaded by accessing https://landing.videotel.com/seafarerwellbeing

“We are thrilled that this programme has been recognized by an independent panel of judges as an important contribution to help seafarers who may be struggling when at sea, away from family and friends. Mental health issues can effect anyone, but Seafarers face unique working and living conditions that pose additional challenges and require further consideration.” said Raal Harris, MD of Videotel.

“I would like to thank my colleagues who made a very insightful and instructive programme with the help of the team at ISWAN and the other organisations that gave their time and energy in support of this worthwhile production.”

Impressive Line-up of Roundtable Panellists for Inaugural Indian Register of Shipping LISW Event

Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has recruited an impressive list of panellists for its inaugural event at London International Shipping Week.

To be held at the America Square Conference Centre, the panel will be made up of some of the industry’s most respected senior level decision makers including Brian Johnson, Chief Executive – Maritime Safety, MCGA, UK, Denis Petropoulos, Chairman, Baltic Exchange, Savraj Mehta, CCO North of England P&I Club, and Lars Lange, Secretary General, IUMI. They will be joined by Mr Suresh Sinha and Mr Arun Sharma, MD and Executive Chairman of IRClass respectively.

Key industry issues will be discussed including industry perspectives on achieving the IMO’s GHG goals and the industry’s expectations on the future role of classification societies.

The Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport, UK will be making some opening remarks at the event.

“IRClass is really proud to be putting on this event which will debate important issues that the maritime industry is facing and the need for cooperation across different sectors to achieve the goals set out by the IMO. As the current Chair of IACS, I am also interested to seek inputs on how classification societies can develop to meet the changing needs of the industry rather than concentrating purely on technical matters as it has done in the past,” said Mr Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of IRClass.

To register for the event email: santosh.patil@irclass.org; london@irclass.org

IRClass will also be holding a seminar at 10.00am on the 10th September to further debate the future role of class taking into account the Roundtable discussions.

 

ICS confirms record line up for its flagship Conference

ICS has added further high-level speakers to the line-up of its 2019 Conference: Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade.  The flagship conference will take place on September 11th at the British Library, during London International Shipping Week.

Stuart Neil, Communications Director of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) said: “The shipping industry is facing the most important transformation since the transition from sail to steam. There are no clear solutions, no silver bullets and there will be trade-offs and new ways of working as we move towards 2050. Navigating this passage will require leadership and engagement beyond the shipping sector.”

30 speakers from over 11 countries, including shipowners and government ministers, have confirmed their attendance at the ICS flagship event. With such an important agenda ICS has brought together a stellar line-up of speakers to fully explore the options open to the industry and the decisions it faces – decisions which will have implications beyond the sector’s own boardrooms. Climate science, research and development, finance, policy instruments and the role of the Global Maritime Value Chain will all be on the agenda.

The confirmed speakers include:

  • The Rt. Hon. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Maritime, Department for Transport, UK
  • Emanuele Grimaldi, President and Managing Director, Grimaldi Group S.p.A, Italy
  • Lasse Kristoffersen, President and CEO, Tovald Klaveness, Norway
  • Mark Martecchini, President, Stolt Tanker Trading, The Netherlands
  • John C. Lyras, Principal, Paralos Maritime Corporation S.A., Greece
  • Caroline Yang, Chief Executive of Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Lord Adair Turner, Chair, Energy Transitions Commission and former Chair of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, UK
  • Professor Anders Hammer Strømman, Lead Author, Shipping, 6th IPCC Assessment, Norway
  • Tom Strang, Senior Vice President, Maritime Affairs, Carnival Corporation & plc, UK
  • Michael Parker, Global Industry Head, Shipping and Logistics, Citigroup, UK
  • Baroness Worthington, Executive Director for Europe of the Environmental Defence Fund, UK
  • Michael Traver, Chair, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative Transport Workstream and Chief Engineer, Commercial Transport Research for the Aramco Services Company, USA
  • Brandon Larson, Director for Certifications, Naval Applications & Digital Analytics, GE Aviation, Marine Solutions, USA
  • Kristina Fløche Juelsgaard, Director, Business Development, Ballard Power Systems Europe, Denmark
  • Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Guardian, UK

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Singapore Shipping Association wins Best Maritime Organisation Award at the Shiptek International Maritime Awards 2019

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) was recognised as the Best Maritime Organisation at the 11th Shiptek International Maritime Awards 2019. The ceremony was held on 29thAugust in the Simpor Ballroom at the Marina Bay Convention Centre, Singapore.

On receiving the award, Mr Rene Piil Pedersen, Vice-President and Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Shipping Association said: “We are honoured to be recognised as the Winner in the Best Maritime Organisation category at the 11th ShipTek International Maritime Awards in 2019. An Association is only as strong as its members, their engagement, commitment and support. This award is a testament to the huge contribution from the maritime and offshore industry in Singapore who, as members of the SSA, are striving to make Singapore a second-to-none international maritime cluster.

Britannia Publication – Risk Watch: analysis of a collision in dense fog and traffic

 

Britannia P&I Club has just published the latest edition of Risk Watch on its website. This popular publication provides case studies and articles on a variety of topical issues for shore-based maritime personnel.

As well as recent Club news and an introduction to the team working in Britannia’s Hong Kong branch and hub, the current edition marks the releases of the latest in the loss prevention department’s series of BSAFE posters, this time focusing on the recurring issue of enclosed spaces.

Also included is an interesting review of a collision last year between a container ship and a fishing vessel off the coast of China, written by Graham Wilson, Associate Director in the loss prevention department.

The report of the casualty investigation has recently been published by the Singapore Transport Safety Investigation Bureau, and the article provides a useful analysis of the report’s main findings.

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Indian Register of Shipping forges training partnership with the Indian Coast Guard

MUMBAI, 15 August 2019 – Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), recently launched a bespoke training course for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) at IRClass’ head office in Mumbai, India.

Welcoming senior officers of the ICG, Mr Suresh Sinha, Managing Director of IRClass, lauded the close collaboration between IRClass and ICG in co-creating course material relevant to ICG’s training needs.

“IRClass, through its training arm, IRClass Academy, worked under the auspices and guidance of ICG Inspector General TP Sadanandan, TM, DDG (M&M) and ICG Deputy Inspector General Sudhir Sahni to curate course material that will help the ICG maintain their ships at high standards”, said Mr Sinha. He added that IRClass had been providing services to the ICG for over three decades and the training programme prepared for this course has been developed primarily to cover the ‘Coast Guard Rules’ developed by IRClass and the application of these Rules during the construction and service life of ICG ships.

The two-week course covers a wide range of topics including onboard inspection work and issues relating to material, welding, non-destructive testing, safety related matters, statutory requirements etc. The faculty has been drawn from an experienced pool of surveyors having domain knowledge in areas such as engineering, ship building, electrical, hull structure, stability, etc.

KK Dhawan, Head Defence at IRClass, brought out the tailormade training programme for Coast Guard personnel which will ensure that all aspects related to class, inspection and maintenance of ships are discussed in detail. He also mentioned that this training continues to ensure close tie ups between IRClass and the Coast Guard.

Established in 2014 as IRClass’ maritime training and education wing, IRClass Academy, disseminates industry knowledge to various stakeholders through courses in areas such as ship operations, maintenance and surveys, ship design and shipbuilding, ports and terminals and marine management systems.

New VR Title from Videotel Helps Protect Cargo

Leading maritime training provider Videotel, has launched a new virtual reality (VR) training title to help ship operators avoid potential claims running into millions of pounds due to cargo damage caused by insufficient tank cleaning onboard chemical tankers.

Ensuring cargo tanks are properly cleaned to receive their next cargo is a complex operation and is a vital part of safe operation onboard, especially with regards to the carriage of sensitive chemical cargoes.

The effectiveness of tank cleaning for such cargoes is frequently assessed by visual inspection and a methanol wall-wash test which involves the application of a solvent to selected areas of the cargo tank bulkheads. The solvent is then analysed for key quality parameters. If this onboard test is not performed properly or results read wrongly by crew, then this could have the direct result of a vessel being de-berthed and/or additional and unnecessary tank cleaning taking placed with all the associated additional costs and time losses.

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KVH Joins Smart Maritime Network as Founding Member of Technology Development Initiative

Maritime innovator KVH is pleased to announce it has joined the Smart Maritime Network (SMN) as one of the founding members of the initiative dedicated to supporting collaboration and standardization in the development of IT systems for the shipping sector. As a founding member, KVH will participate in Smart Maritime Council meetings with a select group of maritime technology developers, systems integrators, and vessel operators to discuss issues relating to the compatibility, standardization, and harmonization of the technology used in the modern shipping industry.

“KVH is thrilled to be a founding member of the Smart Maritime Network,” says Rick Driscoll, KVH’s vice president for service development and implementation. “Setting digital, data, and tech standards that resonate throughout the maritime industry is an extremely important effort that will provide far-reaching benefits at this crucial time in the industry’s digital transformation.”

KVH has a history of innovation in the maritime industry for producing award-winning satellite antenna products and providing global VSAT connectivity services with the fast data speeds to support the digital transformation underway throughout the industry.

Last month, KVH introduced KVH WatchTM, a maritime Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution for maritime equipment manufacturers and application providers. KVH Watch enables equipment manufacturers to conduct remote monitoring and real-time interventions so they can minimize expensive service calls and ensure their equipment is performing at its peak.

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Indian Register of Shipping receives RO authorisation from Cyprus

MUMBAI, 30th July 2019 – Leading classification society, the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has signed a “Recognised Organisation” agreement with the Republic of Cyprus in an impressive ceremony held at the Crown Plaza hotel in Limassol on 23rd July 2019.

The Deputy Minister for Shipping, Natasa Pilides, delivered the ceremony’s opening address which was followed by the signing of the agreement by the Shipping Deputy Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Costas Iacovou and IRClass’ Vice President & Regional Manager (EU & Americas), Mr. Praveen Mishra.

 

Earlier this year, IRClass had announced its plans for enhanced focus in Europe and this recognition reinforces that commitment.

“IRClass is really proud to have been formally recognised as a “Recognised Organisation” by the Republic of Cyprus. This enables us to offer our classification services to Cyprus flagged vessels and further enhances our reputation in the European market as a trustworthy classification society,” Mr Mishra commented.

IRClass has been present in Europe for more than a decade with several offices including UK, Greece, Netherlands and Turkey. Recognition as RO by the Republic of Cyprus, the 11th largest flag in the world, further enhances its strategy to focus its services within the European shipping community to build upon its business in the region.

IRClass is actively engaging with several owners and expects to class vessels under the Cyprus flag as early as August.

Indian Register of Shipping takes over Chairmanship of IACS

MUMBAI, INDIA, 15 July 2019 – Arun Sharma, Executive Chairman of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in a recent Council meeting held in Busan, Korea.

Mr Sharma took over as Chair on 1st July and has outlined his key priorities during his year long tenure which includes IACS to take a larger role in industry matters with a view to provide value added services to owners on the implementation of regulatory requirements.

He stressed on the need to continuously strengthen the systems within IACS towards maintaining and enhancing quality operations. He is also keen to enhance interaction with stakeholders towards affirming its relevance to the industry.

Mr. Sharma highlighted that IACS recognises the importance of good data in decision-making to guide its policy decisions and work has commenced on the formulation of IACS data driven policy. This would be “a very important step and will be one of the main priorities in the coming year,” he said.

Congratulating his predecessor Mr Jeong-Kie Lee, Korean Register’s Chairman and CEO, Mr Sharma commented: “I am grateful to Jeong-Kie for his personal commitment to IACS during his Chairmanship and for laying the groundwork on a number of key initiatives that will be my responsibility to bring to conclusion. I am confident that with the support of all my Council colleagues, IACS will be able to demonstrate the proactive commitment necessary to ensure that the Association remains well positioned for the many challenges that face the maritime community.”

Constant Bridge warnings create ‘alarm fatigue,’ survey reveals

Frequently sounding bridge warnings, especially false ones, can create ‘alarm fatigue’ and hinder watch keepers in carrying out their vital role, a new survey supported by InterManager has revealed.

Responding to the findings, InterManager is now calling for manufacturers to work with ship operators to address seafarers concerns and develop better ways of communicating bridge warnings.

Respondents highlighted there is a problem with too many similar sounding alarms and revealed a need for alarms to be easily identifiable so that urgent warnings can be recognised over simple notification bells. Read more

Ambitious Targets to Cut Shipping Emissions

  • Zero-emission capable ships to be in UK waters by 2025
  • Competition launched to spark innovation in clean maritime technology
  • Clean Maritime Plan part of long-term strategy to keep UK as world leader in maritime sector

All new ships for UK waters ordered from 2025 should be designed with zero-emission capable technologies, in ambitious plans set out by Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani to cut pollution from the country’s maritime sector.

The commitment is set out in the Clean Maritime Plan published today. The government is also looking at ways to incentivise the transition to zero-emission shipping and will consult on this next year. Read more

ICS announces first speakers for its flagship conference during LISW19

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will challenge the shipping industry and policymakers to face the reality of powering global trade without the use of fossil fuels in its 2019 International Shipping Conference Setting Course for 2050: Powering Global Trade.

Taking place at the British Library on Wednesday 11 September 2019, during London International Shipping Week, the conference will bring together leading scientists, economists, oil & gas industry players, financiers, infrastructure and shipping leaders along with ministers and policymakers. The programme will ask how the changing dynamics of global trade, new technology and the need to address climate change will impact business models and will set out how todays shipowners must prepare for the transition to zero CO2 emitting fuels – the ‘4th Propulsion Revolution’.  Read more

The Swedish Club Starts a Loss Prevention Revolution

The next generation of Loss Prevention has arrived. A pilot project from The Swedish Club means that shipowners can now be offered real time personalised loss prevention, tailored to their location, and voyage profile.

Trade Enabling Loss Prevention (TELP) allows The Swedish Club to use a combination of the latest automatic identification system (AIS) technology coupled with solid statistics and expertise built up over years to map a risk profile for an individual vessel at every stage of its voyage, It can then provide members and their vessels with timely, tailored advice when they are approaching areas of particular risk. Read more

ICS – Six Months’ Countdown to the ‘Global Sulphur Cap’

With six months to go until the implementation of the ‘Global Sulphur Cap’ the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued updated guidance to help shipowners comply with new UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations. Taking full effect on 1 January 2020 the legal framework will require merchant ships worldwide to use fuel with a sulphur content of less than 0.50 percent or use alternative mitigation technologies.

Guy Platten, Secretary General of ICS said: “These new regulations are good for human health and good for the environment. With just six months to go before implementation these free ICS guidelines will help shipping companies with the vital task of preparing for compliance. We strongly recommend that shipowners prepare an Implementation Plan for each of their ships using the template agreed by IMO.”  Read more

Britannia Celebrates 30 years since the Granting of the Tokyo Branch Licence

Britannia’s branch office in Tokyo has just celebrated 30 years since the granting of its licence by the Japanese Ministry of Finance (now the Financial Services Agency) to carry out P&I and FD&D insurance business in Japan.

In fact, Britannia was the first foreign P&I Club to be granted such a licence in Japan which reflects its continual commitment to the Japanese market. Read more

Seagull & Videotel affirm their position as the World’s largest Maritime eLearning Companies

With a commitment to invest $30 million in new courses and technology
July 1st 2019, Oslo & London – Following the acquisition by Oakley Capital of Seagull and Videotel, the group, with more than 20,000 vessels using their products and the largest library of learning courses available, affirms its position as the world’s largest Maritime eLearning companies. The group announces today a commitment to invest more than $30 Million over the next 5 years in new courseware and technology.

$30 Million investment in new courses and technology

Our maritime clients want the confidence that their learners have access to the best, widest and deepest courseware that meet today’s exacting compliance standards and which will deliver the desired learning outcomes to grow their employees. Read more