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ODE Gains from New London Headquarters

International engineering and operations support services contractor ODE is prepared for the challenges going into 2016 following its first year in its new technically efficient headquarters.

The UK company, an integral part of the Paris-based DORIS Group, moved from its previous premises, consolidating its two Kingston-upon-Thames offices into a fully refurbished modern Wimbledon site. The new facility, which is closer to central London, takes advantage of improved telecoms and transport infrastructure.

ODE recognised the need to adapt to the current industry conditions in order to make its operations more efficient. As such, the new facility’s technical capabilities have resulted in operational cost savings while increasing performance and enhancing integration with its offices in Great Yarmouth and Cairo, plus DORIS worldwide.

“Although we acknowledge that the oil and gas and renewables markets are being challenged at the moment, a good company will always adapt,” said ODE managing director Peter Godfrey.

“We are investing in our people and our new facilities, and are recruiting and retaining where we can, as we prepare for the near term slow down and the longer term recovery.

“We know the energy market is cyclical - it will come back. When it does, we will be ready, stronger, leaner and better prepared to support our clients. We have been able, through this office move, to consolidate our operations in central London, set ourselves up to be different and offer an excellent working environment for both our employees and clients alike.”

DORIS Group employs more than 1,440 people globally, providing engineering and technical services in every discipline to the energy industry. ODE was created in 1978 to support the North Sea oil and gas industry. The international company has evolved to meet market needs and challenges from concrete structures to low cost subsea and platform solutions. ODE also provides operational services and is a leading expert in renewables and decommissioning.

ODE’s UK projects in the oil and gas industry have been undertaken in the Southern North Sea and West of Shetland, and the company was recently awarded a number of contracts overseas.

The new headquarters supports the delivery of these contracts through the cost effective creation and management of project teams, while also enhancing the company’s provision of functional type or standalone technical services and engineering studies.

ODE is also supported by an office in Great Yarmouth for operational and brownfield engineering capabilities, and an international office in Cairo for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) focused technical services. These facilities include modern communication links back to the London headquarters.

“Part of our strategy is to retain core competencies with a high staff to contract ratio, and within an excellent working environment. We will continue to support clients regionally and worldwide and we will establish project bases or additional permanent facilities wherever these are needed,” continued Mr Godfrey.

“We have approximately 250 people working all over the world, including in our offices in Great Yarmouth and North Africa. A more central London location and our new working environment provide crucial benefits for the welfare of our staff, and the ability to engage with our colleagues and clients, wherever they are in the world.”

In 2015, DORIS celebrated 50 years of operations and innovation. The company is well known as an engineering leader in the upstream oil and gas industry in all regions, and with a notable expertise in floating facilities, subsea and deepwater concepts, designs and solutions. ODE is strongly supported, when appropriate, by this capability.

Corporate key offices, in addition to ODE’s, are in Paris, Houston, Brazil, Australia and Angola. ODE shares best practices, integrates personnel, and also exchanges lessons learned, new technology and corporate processes with the parent company.

“ODE’s new headquarters show the continued evolution of a company to meet energy industry needs as these have changed over the last 50 years. The company will continue to adapt and provide the most efficient and appropriate support to new and existing clients as the markets change over the years to come,” said Mr Godfrey.

C&C Technologies Upgrade to Sonardyne Ranger 2 Pro

Sonardyne Inc., Houston, has received an order to supply five Ranger 2 Pro USBL tracking systems to survey and mapping specialists C&C Technologies, Inc. – a subsidiary of Oceaneering International, Inc. By upgrading to the latest standard of acoustic positioning technology, C&C Technologies will now benefit from Ranger 2 Pro’s ability to track multiple subsea targets at greater speeds, over longer ranges, and with the highest level of positioning accuracy.

C&C Technologies upgrade to five Sonardyne Ranger 2 Pro systems for underwater target tracking and DP reference.

Ranger 2 Pro is designed for deep water tracking of underwater targets and position referencing for dynamically positioned (DP) vessels. It builds on the simplicity and performance of Sonardyne’s original Ranger system by adding support for the latest 6G (Sixth Generation) acoustic instruments and Wideband 2 signal architecture, both proven to increase the efficiency of survey operations, with equipment that is quick to set up and easy to use.

Using the Ranger 2 Pro system, with its fast position update rates, C&C Technologies can now track multiple targets, including ROVs, towfish and AUVs, simultaneously at ranges beyond 6,000 metres. And, thanks to the system also supporting Long and Ultra-Short BaseLine (LUSBL) positioning, carry out complex seafloor operations with the highest levels of precision.

Ralph Gall, Technical Sales Manager for Sonardyne Inc. said, “Previously we have supplied DP-INS systems for the Ocean Intervention series of vessels for DP purposes. Sonardyne is extremely pleased to have been able to meet the requirements of C&C Technologies on this project and hope to build upon the relationship for many years to come.”

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Fugro to Conduct Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry Surveys in Canada

Fugro has been awarded new task orders by the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) to conduct airborne LiDAR bathymetry (ALB) surveys in Eastern and Central Canada. The task orders, which have been issued under a supply arrangement Fugro holds with the CHS, are in support of their nautical charting programmes and involve the survey of multiple sites along the coasts of Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Central Canada.

Mahon Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada - one of the many sites that Fugro will survey this winter

Fugro’s ALB systems will be used to acquire hydrographic survey data and seabed imagery in shallow coastal waters, where the acquisition of similar information by traditional vessel-based acoustic methods is inefficient, expensive and unsafe. The data will fill gaps in shallow water and junction with existing deeper water data that have been acquired previously by CHS vessels. All data will be acquired to International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Order 1B, an international standard for conducting hydrographic surveys, and will ultimately be used to update CHS’ nautical charts.

Fugro provides ALB products and services worldwide to public and private sector clients as a rapid and cost-effective solution to nearshore hydrographic survey needs where scale of the project, time constraints and user safety are of primary concern.

SAAB Seaeye Consolidate Hydro-Lek

Following their acquisition of tooling maker, Hydro-Lek, Saab Seaeye is now consolidating the business into their own facilities at Fareham.

Jon Robertson, Managing Director Saab Seaeye

“There is a strong technology synergy,” says Saab Seaeye’s managing director Jon Robertson. “Manipulators and tools are key elements in the design and function of underwater vehicles and integrating Hydro-Lek into our operation at Fareham means we can fully direct our technological expertise, operational resources and service support towards advancing the Hydro-Lek technology.”

He sees the move bringing greater product content to Saab Seaeye and an important step in the company’s growth strategy.

“The decision to create a central technology hub allows us to grow and develop tool and manipulator technology and strengthen our position as a complete underwater robotic solutions provider,” says Jon Robertson. “It will also accelerate developments within the our product portfolio and expand tooling options for our new range of Seaeye electric work class ROVs and hybrid AUVs, along with developing further opportunities to create more bespoke systems.”

The Hydro-Lek operation moves to Fareham 14 December 2015 from its site at Finchampstead and will become a business line within Saab Seaeye Ltd, effective 1 January 2016.

ACE Winches Strengthens Senior Management Team with Appointment of New HR Director

ACE Winches, a leading deck machinery specialist, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Lisa McPherson as HR Director.

In her role, Lisa will be responsible for the planning and implementation of strategic HR processes, working closely with the Board as the company continues to develop its product and services, whilst building its international presence.

Lisa has held a number of senior HR roles within the global oil and gas industry, most recently Eastern Hemisphere HR Director for Franks International Ltd and prior to this, held the role of global HR Manager at Ocean Rig.

Lisa holds a post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management from Robert Gordon University and brings more than 10 years HR experience to ACE Winches.

Lisa commented: “I was attracted to the role at ACE Winches, working with the Board to help implement change, whilst giving them my experience and assistance at such a vital time for the industry. I am excited to work with such a progressive company.”

Alfie Cheyne, ACE Winches CEO stated: “With her breadth of HR experience in the energy industry, we are delighted to welcome Lisa to ACE Winches. Lisa will be supporting employees including the Board and Senior Management team in their continuing professional development. She has a proven track record of implementing and guiding companies through change.”

SeaRobotics will Manufacture Lockheed Martin's Commercial Deepwater AUV

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) selected SeaRobotics Corporation as the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for its Marlin® Mk3 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) designed for survey and inspection applications in depths up to 4,000 meters.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Marlin® Mk3 is designed for commercial surveys and inspections

Designed for deepwater applications such as pipeline inspection, deepwater survey, and life of field support services for oil and gas, the Marlin® Mk3's modular, plug and play mission package architecture and dual AUV/Remote Operated Vehicle propulsion modes is a revolution in AUV technology that can perform a wide range of deepwater geophysical survey and structural integrity management inspection operations. The Marlin® can be outfitted with sophisticated sensor packages including multi-beam, side scan, 3D, sub-bottom profiler, and synthetic aperture sonars, as well as high resolution video, still photo, and laser profilers, enabling advanced autonomous data acquisition, processing, analysis and response.

"Lockheed Martin's extensive AUV development expertise, coupled with SeaRobotics' comprehensive commercial design, manufacturing, and offshore support capabilities, forms a team that is fully capable of delivering Marlin's game-changing technology to commercial markets," said Don Darling, president of SeaRobotics.

Leveraging advanced autonomy technologies developed for Lockheed Martin's undersea defense portfolio, the Marlin Mk3 offers powerful new autonomous inspection capabilities that significantly reduce operator workload and fatigue. High resolutions, 3D models of subsea structures in real time, and prior survey result detections enhance Marlin's capabilities. The Marlin Mk3's 44 kWh battery capacity provides mission endurance up to 24 hours and an operational range greater than 100 kilometers before recharging is required.

"Lockheed Martin's Marlin Mk3 allows offshore service providers to take on a wider range of deepwater survey and inspection operations than other AUVs, and its plug and play design enables rapid adoption of new sensor, navigation, communication, and energy technologies," said Rich Holmberg, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Mission and Unmanned Systems. "Lockheed Martin has over 20 years of experience in deploying innovative AUV solutions and the Marlin Mk3 takes these unmanned solutions to the next level."

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BMT to Assist Nicaragua Canal Developers in Optimising Design, Vessel Operations and Port Strategy

BMT Asia Pacific and BMT ARGOSS, subsidiaries of BMT Group Ltd, have been appointed by Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group (HKND) to undertake a series of marine and port assessments for the Nicaragua Canal.

BMT will assist the development and validation of the Canal’s design and operations through a structured framework.

(Left to right): Li Wenjie (CEO Representative and CAO of HKND Group), John Murray (Senior Advisor of HKND Group) and Kwok Wai Pang (Executive Vice President of HKND Group), Dr Richard D Colwill (Managing Director of BMT Asia Pacific)

“Our Study will seek to articulate a solution that minimises canal excavation while ensuring adequate canal capacity and safety,” comments Dr Richard D Colwill, Managing Director at BMT Asia Pacific. “A crucial part of that solution involves sophisticated navigation and transport simulation, which will set the basis for identifying a design that balances excavation CAPEX with operational safety, efficiency and capacity.”

Navigation simulators recreate typical scenarios that a ship master would experience and BMT’s proprietary simulator, REMBRANDT, is widely recognised by the shipping sector for its accurate and detailed recreations of the navigation environment. It’s What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) output provides a powerful platform that assists engineers and mariners to investigate different design geometries.

“Through REMBRANDT BMT will provide early and decisive insight on potential marine constraints, enabling us to identify appropriate mitigation and optimization measures - be it physical or operational in nature,” Captain Paul Morter of BMT ARGOSS explains.

In addition to carrying out operational assessments, BMT will also update the business case for the Canal’s Pacific and Caribbean ocean ports. Central America is one of the most important corridors of global shipping and BMT, with extensive experience in Port Masterplanning and Port Strategy, will support HKND in identifying the port’s potential competitive positioning along this key artery of global trade.

K W Pang, Executive Director at HKND adds: “The Nicaragua Canal system will see a large variety of vessels and wide range of vessel movements along the canal, within the inland ports, and between canal, port and ocean approaches. These activities occur with differing metocean conditions, transit speeds/directions, and transit modes, etc.

Recognising this complexity, we are seeking to access BMT’s global network of subject matter experts to assemble a highly capable, technical team to address the Canal’s marine safety and traffic challenges from all angles.”

P&O Repasa Takes Delivery of Damen FCS 5009 Red Eagle

Now operating in the Gulf of Guinea for Marathon Oil after 10,000 nm voyage

P&O Repasa, a new company formed last year by the acquisition of the majority of the shares in Spanish towage firm Repasa by P&O Maritime, has taken delivery of one Damen Fast Crew Supplier 5009. The vessel will be operated from Malabo on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. The Red Eagle will ferry personnel and equipment, and supply drinking water and fuel, to offshore rigs and platforms.

Built for stock at Damen’s partner Song Thu Shipyard in Vietnam, shortly after the contract was signed the 50-metre FCS 5009 was moved to Damen Shipyards Singapore where she was customised to meet P&O Repasa’s specific needs. Special features have been added such as FiFi1, a hydraulic crane and reefer plugs. Furthermore, a fast rescue craft has been mounted on a davit for rapid launch and recovery along with transfer pumps for the supply of fuel and drinking water. While the FCS 5009 class can take up to 80 personnel, the Red Eagle has been configured for 50.

Following the works in Singapore, she sailed 7,000 nm non-stop across the Indian Ocean to Damen Shipyards Cape Town on her own hull in 20 days, where she had a short bunker stop and underwent final preparations before sailing the final 2,400 nm to Bioko Island to begin work immediately.

The design of the FCS 5009 is ideal for operations in the Gulf of Guinea where sea conditions can vary from long, slow swells to a short chop. The Damen Sea-Axe Bow copes admirably with both, allowing the FCS 5009 to operate at its cruising speed of around 23 knots for much of the time.

The new P&O Repasa has ambitious plans for expansion. The original Repasa focused on towage operations, but in its new form is looking to expand into fast intervention for the offshore industry in areas including the west coast of Africa. To succeed, this strategy requires dependable partners and a modern fleet, and these factors played an important role in winning the contract with Marathon Oil, particularly at a time when there is substantial overcapacity in the market.

Another contributory factor was the success of the twin Damen Stan Tugs 1606 delivered to the company just over one year ago. Also in operation with Marathon Oil off Equatorial Guinea, their efficient and effective performance with zero incidents demonstrated the quality of Damen’s design and build capabilities.

MSI to Deliver 3 AXYS Technologies Buoys to Assist Safe Passage Through the Port of Melbourne - Australasia’s Largest Maritime Hub

Metocean Services International (MSI) has signed a contract with Port of Melbourne Corporation for two TRIAXYS™ directional wave buoys and an AXYS WatchKeeper™ current, wave and met buoy. All 3 buoys will be built by AXYS Technologies in British Columbia, Canada, before being freighted directly to the Port of Melbourne.

The Port of Melbourne is Australasia’s largest maritime hub for containerised, automotive and general cargo. It is a key economic asset for businesses and people across Victoria and south-eastern Australia. With 2.6 million containers and 350,000 new motor vehicles handled each year, safe passage is paramount for the 3,000 ships that visit annually. The AXYS buoys will be a key component in providing real time current, wave and meteorological data to the port management system covering 100,000 hectares of port waters.

The TRIAXYS™ Directional Wave Buoy is a solar-powered precision instrument incorporating advanced technologies that make it an easy-to-use, reliable and rugged buoy for accurate measurement of directional waves. The sensor unit is comprised of three accelerometers, three rate gyros, a fluxgate compass, and the proprietary TRIAXYS™ Processor.

The AXYS WatchKeeper™ buoy is a 1.7m diameter polyethylene buoy specifically designed for deployments in coastal areas, lakes, reservoirs and rivers. The WatchKeeper™ hull is internationally proven as an aid to navigation (AToN) and can be deployed in water depths from 20m to 500m.Custom configurable with a wide range of sensors for monitoring meteorological and oceanographic parameters, it derives its wave data from the same sensor unit that is in the TRIAXYS™.

The systems being delivered to the Port of Melbourne Corporation will be fitted with radio and cellular telemetry systems as well as ISatPro for WatchCircle monitoring and terrestrial telemetry if required.

Sonar Demonstrations Show the Way Ahead for Vessel Navigation

Maritime security technology company, Sonardyne International Ltd, has successfully demonstrated the capabilities of its Navigation and Obstacle Avoidance Sonar, NOAS, during three days of water borne demonstrations in Plymouth, south-west England.

More than twenty five equipment specifiers, owners’ representatives and vessel operators from the European superyacht industry, commercial shipping and naval community attended the event in late November to witness first-hand the capabilities of NOAS as an important new aid to vessel navigation and underwater obstacle avoidance.

Vessel equipment specifiers from across Europe witnessed first-hand the capabilities of Sonardyne’s NOAS as an important new aid to vessel navigation and underwater obstacle avoidance

Above the water, innovations such as ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) which integrates GPS, AIS and radar, have delivered valuable improvements in situational awareness for captains and their crews. However, when navigating poorly charted or unfamiliar areas, commercial ships, expedition cruise ships and naval vessels remain vulnerable to groundings and collisions with submerged objects. In their quest for privacy, large private yachts are particularly at risk as owners seek to explore remote locations, often close to shore. This is where underwater forward-looking sonar technology provides a solution.

NOAS works by scanning a wide area in front of a vessel with multiple sonar ‘pings’ to create a highly detailed, 3D model of the sea floor and water column along a vessel’s course. The intuitive display informs the crew of water depth, underwater features and potential hazards to a range of up to 600 metres over a 90 degree field of view. NOAS also has a sonar mode for navigation and underwater intruder detection capability out to a range of 1,500 metres over a 180 degree field of view.

For the demonstrations, NOAS was operated from Sonardyne’s sea trials and research vessel, Echo Explorer, illustrating the ease with which the system can be retro-fitted to existing vessels as well as new vessels.

During each trip around the Tamar estuary and Plymouth Sound, the system’s hull-mounted sonar and processor located on the vessel’s bridge, generated real-time 3D images. These were overlaid on digital navigation charts, offering those on board with a highly immersive view of the underwater environment. Alerts based on water depth, distance from the vessel and estimated time to impact were created to demonstrate how NOAS warns operators of potential collision hazards or shallow water.

With NOAS, sonar imagery over a wide field of view is temporarily retained, providing the operator with a recent history of the vessel’s passage. This feature is expected to be of particular value when manoeuvring large vessels as the depth of the water and potential hazards can be confirmed even when outside of the sonar’s current field of view.

Speaking on the success of the demonstrations, Nick Swift, Business Manager for Maritime Security at Sonardyne said, “We appreciate the investment in time made by our clients to travel to Plymouth and experience NOAS first-hand. The prominent spring tides and high levels of fresh water run-off from the surrounding farmland and Dartmoor, led to extreme sound velocity profiles which changed on an hourly basis. However, as expected, NOAS performed exceptionally in these difficult environmental conditions, producing consistently high quality navigation sonar imagery.”

He added, “The first new-build vessels to be specified with NOAS are close to completion, and we look forward to developing further opportunities for this unique sonar technology with our commercial, private and naval partners.”

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Subsea Compression Innovator Presented with President’s Award by SUT

- Thirty year old napkin sketch became a reality in 2015 -

The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) has presented its President’s Award to Dr Kjell Olav Stinessen in recognition of his long term services to industry at the Society’s AGM and annual dinner in London. Dr Stinessen has been an engineer for over 50 years and is now a First Chief Engineer at Aker Solutions. In 1985, he drew a sketch on the back of a napkin of his vision for how subsea compression might work in the future. In September this year, 30 years after the napkin drawing, that vision was transformed into reality with the offshore industry’s first full-scale subsea compression station in operation at the Statoil-operated Åsgard field.

Photo 1SUT president David Kirkley presents Dr Kjell Olav Stinessen with his award

Dr Stinessen said: “Being awarded SUT’s President’s Award is a great honour. Countless engineering hours have been spent together by thousands of employees at Aker Solutions, sub-suppliers, Statoil and Shell to realise this vision and I am pleased that persistence can be awarded.

“Even at the age of 73, this inspires me to carry on for more years. I am now working on the development of a new concept which I believe has the same game-changing potential as subsea compression. With the experience we’ve gained, it will not take as long as 30 years this time and I am aiming at seeing it operational while I am still in work.”

Jane Bugler was also presented with The Houlder Cup for her outstanding contribution to underwater operations at the event on December 1. Recently retired, Ms Bugler spent the latter part of her career with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as technical director.

She was responsible for all aspects of IMCA's technical work addressing offshore diving, marine, offshore surveying and ROV activities by developing good practice guidance, liaising with regulatory and industry stakeholders and representing IMCA members' interests throughout the world. Her contribution towards improving safety in the most challenging of industries has influenced regulations throughout the world.

SUT awarded its Oceanography Award to Dr Karen Heywood, professor of environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia, for her outstanding contribution to the field of oceanography.

Dr Heywood’s research into the processes and dynamics of ocean circulation in the Polar Regions has led to new insights into how mixing and water-mass transformations at small and regional scales affect the global thermohaline circulation. She was also an early advocate for the use of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) as carriers of sensors and samplers in experiments. Her recent work on this topic has seen undersea gliders being used in the Antarctic, including under icebergs.

The winners pose with their awards

Dr Bob Allwood, CEO of SUT said: “The Society is honoured to present these awards to such well-deserving winners. All the awardees have contributed greatly to their professions over the years and it is clear to see that they are still as passionate as ever about their fields of work.”

SUT’s Aberdeen Branch Award of Merit was presented to Ian Murray at a ceremony at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen. He was recognised as supporter of the underwater community by encouraging membership, delivering project insights and making time to mentor and encourage newly graduated engineers.

Matthew Head, who picked up his MEng Mechanical and Electrical Engineering degree from Robert Gordon University earlier this month, was also awarded the tenth Martin Richmond Award at the dinner for demonstrating academic rigour and a passion for their chosen subject. He was presented with a painting created by Gray’s School of Art student Dagmara Milosz.

One Horizon Group Signs VoIP-Supply Contract with Globecomm Asia Pte. Ltd

One Horizon Delivers Its VoIP as a Service "VaaS" Solution

LIMERICK, IRELAND

One Horizon Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OHGI) ("One Horizon", "We" or the "Company"), which operates its own Chinese retail VoIP service, branded Aishuo, and develops and licenses its patented bandwidth-efficient mobile voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") platform for smartphones, announced that it has signed an agreement to deliver its revolutionary mobile VoIP service to Globecomm Asia Pte. Ltd ("Globecomm"), a leading provider of managed network communication solutions.

Globecomm is one of the premier satellite communications companies and is a pioneer in the design and integration of high quality satellite communications systems. Globecomm provides specialized communication products to support its global services to media, wireless, government, maritime and enterprise customers.

One Horizon further expands its licensee base through the delivery of a new Globecomm branded crew-calling VoIP app. Globecomm will purchase pre-paid calling cards from One Horizon and resell to ship crews through its network of maritime distribution channels. Globecomm has a global operation covering thousands of vessels. The revenue possibilities of One Horizon for this service are significant with our observed monthly revenue per vessel of one hundred and fifty US Dollars. Phone calls to friends and family will be carried through the One Horizon Public Switched Telephone Network ("PSTN") in Asia, Europe and North America and billed to the crew on a pay-as-you-go basis at competitive rates.

One Horizon's optimized technology was successfully trialed by Globecomm and is an ideal solution for smaller capacity internet connections like satellite internet because of its low bandwidth usage and high voice quality. The Company's track record of successful maritime deployments with Singapore Telecommunications ("Singtel") and Smart Communications in the Philippines ("Smart") were key reference deployments over satellite that Globecomm considered as part of their selection process.

One Horizon Group CEO, Brian Collins, noted, "We were delighted to be able to expand our VoIP as a Service platform to even more high quality maritime operators like Globecomm. Our track record of success in low bandwidth conditions like those at sea or at remote mining sites is a key driver for these new revenue streams in our business. Both teams worked tirelessly to deliver a truly high quality and affordable calling solution for the crews aboard the Globecomm fleets."

The Globecomm app can be downloaded from the Android Google Play store and from Apple's iTunes App store.

Source: One Horizon Group, Inc.

Hemisphere GNSS Appoints Randy Noland as New VP of Global Sales

Scottsdale, AZ – December 10, 2015Hemisphere GNSS announced that Randy Noland has joined the company as Vice President, Global Sales to further support the expanding portfolio of Hemisphere’s national and international accounts.

Randy brings a wealth of industry expertise and knowledge to Hemisphere. He has more than 30 years of proven experience in GNSS OEM, application software, and machine control markets, having spent the last 8 years with Carlson Software as the VP/Director of Machine Control where he was instrumental in acquiring numerous large accounts.

Noland’s marketing experience is wide and varied with notable achievements as the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Machine Control Magazine as well as his position as Product Marketing Manager, Machine Control, with Topcon.

“Randy is a proven executive with the experience and expertise to lead Hemisphere’s Global Sales organization,” said Chuck Joseph, CEO of Hemisphere GNSS. “Over the course of his career, Randy has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to develop key corporate accounts and grow sales organization structures which enable companies to scale globally. His understanding of our business, significant international experience, and deep OEM and GNSS industry experience make him ideally suited to lead Hemisphere GNSS’ Global Sales organization.”

“Hemisphere has long been recognized for its pioneering and trend setting high-precision GNSS technology, and I look forward to leading the company’s talented sales team as we make the strategic decisions necessary to expand our market share and OEM presence globally,” said Mr. Noland.

Mr. Noland will report directly to Chuck Joseph, CEO and President of Hemisphere GNSS, and his appointment is effective immediately.

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