Aerial and terrestrial communication methods do not work well underwater. Therefore, none of the available communication protocols could be easily exported under the sea surface to work with and enhance capabilities of new game-changing robotic technologies.
KVH Industries, Inc., announced that major European maritime operator Smit Lamnalco finalized an agreement earlier this year to install KVH’s maritime solution on its offshore vessels. Following a successful field trial with KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity and TracPhone V3-IP satellite communications antenna system, the potential is for KVH to deliver and install its maritime solution on up to 100 Smit Lamnalco offshore vessels over the next few years, and 20 have already been delivered.
Hemisphere GNSS announces the Vector Eclipse H328, the next offering in a line of new and refreshed, low-power, high-precision, positioning and heading OEM (original equipment manufacturer) boards. The multi-frequency, multi-GNSS H328 is an all signals receiver board that includes Hemisphere’s new and innovative hardware platform and integrates Atlas® GNSS Global Correction Service.
Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress has secured commitments covering in excess of 10,000 ships within 12 months of launch, in an extraordinary level of service uptake surpassing expectations. The milestone has been reached as a result of contracts with individual ship owners, commitments from strategic partners, and transitioning agreements with existing Inmarsat customers.
NEC Corporation, together with Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC; Republic of Palau) and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), has commenced construction of three submarine cable links that will connect the islands of Palau, Yap and Chuuk to the rest of the world.
RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI-C) and NEC Corporation announced that construction of the Hong Kong - Guam Cable system (HK-G) has officially commenced. The 3,900 kilometer undersea cable, featuring 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) optical transmission capabilities, will deliver design capacity of more than 48 Terabits per second (Tbps), and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.
SeaRoc Group has launched an innovative, industry-first monitoring and voice and data communication solution that links land-based operations to distant offshore petroleum platforms and wind farms via satellite, fiber and other data services.
The first of North America’s two longest submarine electricity cables has arrived in Atlantic Canada onboard the cable laying vessel C.S. Skagerrak. Integral to Emera’s Maritime Link Project, these cables each measure 170 km and weigh 5,500 tonnes – combined, the two cables weigh more than the Eiffel Tower.
Speedcast International Limited announced it has secured a long-term contract with Diamond Offshore, leveraging Speedcast’s managed communications services across 10 rigs and one shore-based facility.
CWind, a leading provider of services to the offshore renewables industry and part of the Global Marine Group, announced that the company’s specialist cable installation vessel, the C.S. Sovereign, has successfully completed a vital power cable repair, reconnecting the Isles of Scilly to the mainland electricity.
Castor Marine has been awarded a multi-year contract with Wagenborg Shipping. The contract covers the delivery of 40+ new VSAT systems with satellite Internet based on Castor’s global VSAT network, Inmarsat Fleetbroadband as back-up for the VSAT service and IT support for the vessel LAN infrastructure. Castor Marine will provide an end-to-end solution including installation and onboard support worldwide.