Thome Ship Management Selects KVH Media Group’s MOVIElink Service for 41 Vessels

Under the agreement, seafarers will have ready access to a steady supply of the latest-release movies for fully licensed onboard viewing

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LIVERPOOL, UKApril 27, 2016 – KVH Media Group, the largest and leading distributor of licensed films to the maritime market, and part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has announced an agreement with Thome Ship Management to provide 41 Thome vessels with the MOVIElinkTM service. Part of the Thome Group, which is one of the world’s leading ship managers, Thome Ship Management will initially roll out the MOVIElink service to product tankers and LPG carriers. Read more

KVH Continues to Dominate Global Maritime VSAT Market

Company has shipped more than 6,000 TracPhone systems for the mini-VSAT Broadband network

MIDDLETOWN, RI – April 26, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced that as of the end of 2015, it had shipped more than 6,000 TracPhone® satellite communications antenna systems for the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network. This milestone reaffirms the company’s top market share position in the maritime VSAT industry by vessels in service, a benchmark noted in the COMSYS Maritime VSAT Report, 4th Edition, March 2015. The company also announced that it recently expanded the capacity on its global mini-VSAT Broadband network, which provides essential connectivity to vessels around the world. Read more

David Faulkner Joins Braemar SA Ports & Harbours Team

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) is very pleased to announce the appointment of David Faulkner as ‘Manager, Ports and Harbours (Middle East)’.


David is a Master Mariner and pilot and will be based in the Braemar SA Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in providing specialist port consultancy services on aspects such as vessel manoeuvring, navigation, VTS (vessel traffic service) and marine risk, as well as providing expert opinion services to the insurance and legal markets on navigation, unsafe berth and unsafe port cases. David has worked for many years in the Middle East and will be responsible for the development of Braemar SA’s Ports & Harbours consultancy services in this market.

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Michael Holderness, Founder and Technical Director of Braemar Engineering Retires

Braemar Engineering announces the retirement of Michael Holderness, founder of Braemar Engineering (formerly Wavespec), at the end of April.

Since the establishment of  Wavespec in 1993, and through its acquisition by Seascope thence Braemar Shipping Services PLC in  2001, Mr Holderness, in the role of Technical Director, has been dedicated to leading the growth of the company’s reputation as the world’s leading consultant in the field of LNG, .  After more than twenty years in the role, Mr Holderness has made the decision that he has reached a natural break point and as such has decided to step down and begin a new chapter in his life.  Read more

ICS Welcomes Progress on CO2 Reduction by Ships at IMO

Global CO2 data collection system

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has welcomed progress made by the IMO Marine Environment Committee (MEPC) this week (18-22 April) towards the adoption of a global CO2 data collection system.

Once the amendment to the MARPOL Convention enters in force, all ships over 5,000 GT will be required to provide information on CO2 emissions via their flag states. Read more

OSV@Vivo Strikes a Chord with the Singapore Public

OSV@Vivo has been taken to the heart of the Singapore public with an anticipated 4,000 visitors, expected to throng the two state-of-the-art Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) “Pacific Legacy” and “VOS Prince” moored at local shopping mall Vivocity Waterfront Promenade from 21 to 23 April 2016. Local institutes of higher learning are lending their support to this inaugural event with some 600 students from the Institute of Technical Education and Ngee Ann Polytechnic already registered to attend. Read more

Maritime Figures Convene to Discuss Cyber Security Risks

Today saw a number of prominent figures from the maritime industry take part in the inaugural Cyber Security Seminar at Singapore Maritime Week 2016; an event co-organised by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Cyber Security is a concern which is only increasing and as a topic at the forefront of many businesses’ minds, it was a welcome addition to this year’s programme.

In the opening speech by Guest of Honour Mr Esben Poulsson, President of the Singapore Shipping Association and Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, he addressed two trends which are already significant within the maritime industry – Big Data and Cyber Security. Read more

ICS Representing Shipowner Interests at Critical IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) Meeting


ICS LOGO 300dpi 20cm (2) The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has made a number of submissions to a critical meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Committee (MEPC) which begins in London next week (18-22 April).  These address further measures to reduce the sector’s CO2 emissions, outstanding problems with the implementation of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention, and the need for an immediate IMO decision on whether or not ships will have to use 0.5% sulphur fuel in 2020.

CO2 Data Collection System 

ICS says its immediate priority is to help ensure that the new global CO2 data collection system is adopted by IMO as soon as possible.  This will then facilitate the possible development of additional CO2 reduction measures.  Read more

Videotel Training Programmes to Receive Credit Toward Science Degrees as Part of Agreement with Marine Learning Alliance

Credit for prior learning will be given to seafarers who have successfully completed Videotel programmes and are pursuing maritime science degrees

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, U.K. – April 7, 2016 – VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training programmes and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has announced a partnership with the Marine Learning Alliance (MLA), a U.K.-based specialist in marine industry education and training, to award credits toward a bachelors or masters degree of science (BSc or MSc) to seafarers who have completed certain Videotel courses. Read more

ILO Minimum Wage for Seafarers to Stay at $614

The recommended International Labour Organization (ILO) Minimum Wage for Able Seafarers will remain at its current level of US$ 614 basic pay per month until at least 2018.

This follows an ILO Joint Maritime Commission (JMC) meeting held in Geneva last week, comprising representatives of maritime employers co-ordinated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and seafarers’ unions co-ordinated by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). Read more

Singapore Shipping Association Appreciative of Concessions in Port Dues for Bulk Carriers

The Singapore Shipping Association has welcomed the recent announcement by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to grant a 10% concession in port dues for bulk carriers visiting its port.

From 15th April 2016, for a one year period, bulkers loading or unloading cargo with a port stay of no more than five days, will be eligible for this 10% concession. Read more