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ESA Funded A-SeNS Enables Port-Log Data to be Captured by Satellites

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a tracking system used by ships and vessel traffic services for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby vessels, shore stations and satellites. As well as providing information such as vessel location, speed and direction, AIS is capable of handling environmental data, such as wind speed, direction and tide height from weather stations and tide gauges, and water depth from vessel echo sounders.

‘A-SeNS’ is a European Space Agency (ESA) funded project that aims to demonstrate the capture of environmental data by satellite (see image below). The project extends OceanWise’s Environmental Data Sharing and Publishing capability by enabling data captured by monitoring stations and managed in Port-Log to be transmitted via an AIS transceiver. The satellites are operated by exactEarth Europe who is leading the project.

The project involves adding new software code to OceanWise’s Smart Telemetry Unit, thus saving space and power in a fully integrated system. The code packages the data according the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) TideMet specification and allows the data to be received locally by vessels as well as by the exactEarth satellites. The data can then be shared more widely for navigation, survey and other maritime operations.

Ultra Deep Signs a Contract to Build 1 + 1 DP2 FiFi2 DSCV

Ultra Deep Group (UDS) is proud to announce, it has signed a contract to build a DP2 FiFi2 DSCV ‘ANDY WARHOL’ with Wu Chang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co. Ltd. a global leading shipyard. This marks another important milestone in the history of UDS, in line with the company's strategic plan to spearhead the development and operation of efficient, cost-effective diving and support vessels in the oil and gas industry.

The DP2 DSCV ANDY WARHOL is a state of the art DP2 Multipurpose Diving Support Construction Vessel designed according to the class notation “Clean Design” and SPS Code and high focus is given to low fuel consumption, which reduces emission to the environment. FO tank arrangement according to “Clean Design” and MARPOL - oil fuel tank protection, operating on a FiFi Class 2 system while adhering to Tier III NOx Emission Standards. The vessel is equipped with Flash Tekk 18 man single bell Saturation system operating at 300m, a 150t AHC crane with a single fall of 3000m, fitted with a WROV and an OBS ROV and it can accommodate up to 120 personnel.

UDS’s vessel is prepared for world‐wide operations in the deep and ultra-deep oil and gas sector projects. The contract, marks UDS’s strategy to provide vessels with high tech solutions to the offshore industry worldwide. Leveraging on its years of experience in the subsea industry, UDS has combined the high tech, practicality and high safety standards, to design and build this DP2 18-man single bell FiFi 2 diving support construction vessel.

Main Specifications of the new vessel:

Length overall:  103.5m
Length b.p.p:  95.25m
Breadth mld:  23.00m
Depth Main Deck:  10.00m
Depth Shelter Deck:  12.80m
Max. Draft Midship (SWL):  7.00m
Dead Weight:  4,000 ton
Diving System:  Flash Tekk 18 Man Diving System
Clear Deck Space:  800m2
Main Crane:  150t Single fall 3000 m
Trial speed:  12 knots
Accommodation:  120 person


“Our building team has engineered a perfectly timed Subsea construction vessel. Ultra Deep Solutions goal is to build up to 25 Subsea construction vessels by 2018-2019. The downturn in the market has given us the opportunity to look for greater pricing to create a new opportunity for us. I am thankful to our partners, and supporters, especially MT, DNV, FTE and Wu Chang who have supported the company's vision, and realizing our plans to build these vessels. Ultra Deep is expanding and heading in the right direction, we are one step closer to our goal.” says Shel Hutton, Chief Executive Officer of UDS. 

Huawei Marine and the WACS Consortium Go Live with Underwater Submarine Cable following 100G Upgrade

14,530km cable boosts bandwidth and speed for 14 nations from South Africa to the United Kingdom

[Tianjin, China, December 8, 2015] Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. (Huawei Marine), a global submarine network provider, announced that the recently completed 14,530km system upgrade of the West African Cable System (WACS), has gone live after successfully completing a stringent customer certification and testing program.

WACS is owned and operated by a consortium of 18 international and regional carriers which when launched in 2012, was deployed with 10G technology, and an initial design capacity of 5.12Tbit/s. The upgrade to 100G, uses Huawei’s innovative 3rd generation Soft Decision-Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) and bit interleaved technologies that guarantees the compatibility of 100Gbit/s channels with 10Gbit/s channels originally deployed. Today, the design capacity has increased to 14.5Tbit/s, delivering significantly improved performance and reliability, while maximizing the customers return on investment.

“Thanks to the efficiency and expertise of Huawei Marine’s delivery team, coupled with their leading-edge transmission technology, the WACS upgrade was completed smoothly and on time, fulfilling our on-going commitment to our customers,” said Vishen Maharaj, Chairperson of the WACS Consortium’s Management Committee.

“The increasing reliance on internet and mobile applications, high-definition video, and other data intensive applications such as cloud services are fundamental drivers underpinning the increasing demand for bandwidth” said Mike Constable, CEO of Huawei Marine. “The additional capacity now available on the WACS submarine cable will greatly enrich international communications, in turn further stimulating economic development in the West Africa region and the communities it serves,” Constable noted.

Transas to Supply a Vessel Monitoring System for Lerwick Harbour

Transas signed a contract with Lerwick Port Authority to install a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) to cover Lerwick Harbour, in Shetland. The new Transas system is required to replace Lerwick Harbour’s existing system.

Lerwick is a major commercial port in Britain, strategically situated at the crossroads of the North Sea and North-East Atlantic. Handling more than 5,000 vessel arrivals, totalling over 12,000,000 gross tonnes, annually, the deep-water port’s users include fishing, oil and gas support, cargo, sailing, ferries and cruises.

Aerial overview looking north east across Lerwick Harbour.

The new VMS will be based on the high-end Navi-Harbour software solution from Transas. Hardware equipment scope consists of Class A AIS Transponders, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine Vision Master radars, a Jotron VHF Communication System, Gill Meteorological sensors, general IT hardware platform and an APC Power Backup System. This will be installed across four sites covering the port’s area: the main port operations building and three remote stations (Rova Head, Maryfield and Kirkabister, monitoring the northern approaches, inner harbour and southern approaches, respectively).

As part of the project, Port Control, located in Albert Building, will be fully renovated and Transas will closely collaborate with the Authority to design a new layout for the service within this building. Transas has contracted local support from H Williamson & Sons for installation and ongoing maintenance.

As part of its comprehensive customer support program, Transas will provide the client with Operator Training Course and Maintenance Service Plan.

The Port Authority’s Deputy Harbourmaster, Captain Alexander Simpson, said: “The new system will modernise Lerwick Harbour’s monitoring system, improving real-time information available to the Controllers handling shipping movements and the navigational assistance provided by Port Control.

“The investment is another important step in our ongoing development programme which is adding to the port’s capacity and competitiveness.”

The project, costing around £450,000, including the Transas contract, telecommunications and civil works, is scheduled to be fully completed and delivered by May 2016.

Alcatel-Lucent and Bluesky Pacific Group Launch New Submarine Cable System to Enhance Connectivity Across Pacific

Moana Cable system will span more than 9,700 km, connecting New Zealand to Hawaii and Cook Islands to Samoa, enhancing capacity and ensuring redundancy across the region

Paris, France, December 02, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), has signed a turnkey contract with Amper, SA subsidiary Bluesky Pacific Group, to roll out a new submarine cable system spanning more than 9,700 km across the Pacific.

Named Moana Cable, the system will link New Zealand and Hawaii using the latest submarine cable technology, providing much-needed capacity and redundancy in the region to address increased traffic requirements as mobile broadband and the provision of fiber access to homes and businesses take center stage in the region.

With completion scheduled in 2018, the Moana Cable system will have two main segments: the first segment, based on two fiber pairs, will connect New Zealand to Hawaii over 8,000 km, serving Samoa and American Samoa and significantly enhancing route diversity for New Zealand; the second segment, based on one fiber pair, will link the Cook Islands to the Samoa hub over 1,700 km.

The Moana Cable is also designed to accommodate the connection of additional Pacific island nations such as Niue, Tokelau and Tonga, which lie in close proximity to the New Zealand-to-Hawaii trunk, as well as French Polynesia on the East near the Cook Islands.

The Moana Cable will be the first long-haul submarine cable in the Pacific islands region relying on the latest innovative 200 Gbit/s transmission technology, with ultimate capacity between Hawaii and New Zealand of 20 Terabits-per-second (Tb/s).

Bluesky Pacific Group has a strong track record as a submarine cable owner and operator with its ASH Cable connecting American Samoa to Hawaii and SAS Cable connecting Samoa to American Samoa. Anchor customers of the Moana Cable include Bluesky Pacific Group companies and existing ASH Cable customers. Bluesky has also signed a memorandum of understanding with RAM Telecom International, Inc, for collaboration and interconnection with its SEA-US submarine cable linking Asia to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States. This technology partnership will enable the Moana Cable to provide unrivalled connectivity from New Zealand and the Pacific to the US and Asia.

Jaime Espinosa de los Monteros, Amper CEO and Moana Cable Chairman, said: “Our investment in Moana Cable is in alignment with Amper’s strategy of growing our footprint in the Pacific and supporting Bluesky’s vision of connecting our pacific communities around the world. We anticipate our participation in Moana will be funded internally through existing free cash flow generated by Bluesky.”

Adolfo Montenegro, Executive Committee Member of Amper and Bluesky Pacific Group CEO said: “We are committed to serving our customers best. For the Pacific Islands, it is important to tap into a digital highway between the larger markets to gain the benefit of economies of scale. In this instance the digital highway is Moana Cable connecting New Zealand and USA. Cost effective and reliable telecommunications bring significant benefits to education, commercial, medical and governmental activities and play a vital role in economic and social development.”

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “The continued need for broadband access is driving the new projects in the Asia-Pacific region and contributing to the upward trend the submarine cables industry is experiencing. We are pleased to work with Bluesky Pacific Group to enhance the social and economic development of the Pacific people, institutions and businesses by making available our expertise and knowledge of the Pacific area.”

Under the terms of the contract, ASN will deploy its advanced submarine optical technology based on the innovative 1620 SOFTNODE and OADM branching units to maximize capacity and network flexibility. ASN will be responsible for the project on a turnkey basis, from system design to installation and commissioning, as well as marine operations (cable laying and maintenance).

For more information, visit the Alcatel-Lucent website.

ABB commissions cable link to deliver clean power to Goliat offshore oil field

Zurich, Switzerland, November 30, 2015 – ABB’s high voltage alternating current (AC) cable system to supply power from Norwegian grid to Goliat floating production platform

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has successfully commissioned a subsea power link for oil and gas company Eni Norge, that will supply power from the Norwegian grid to the new Goliat Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading unit (FPSO). The 105.5 kilometer (km) subsea power cable system is the longest of its kind in the world.

The Goliat field, located in the Barents Sea above Norway, is the northernmost oil field in the world. It will process up to 100,000 barrels of oil a day and store nearly a million barrels of oil, which will then be transferred to shore by tankers.

ABB’s high-voltage alternating current (AC) three-core cable system includes a 104-km long static cable section on the sea floor, and a 1.5-km long dynamic cable section. The high power rating enables an increased energy supply if needed, to provide power for additional fields in the future using the same cable system. The 75-megawatt (MW), 123 kilovolt (kV) capacity link will supply about 50 percent of the platform’s electricity needs from shore, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by half as a result of reduced fossil fuel consumption in the gas turbines. ABB’s turnkey solution includes the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the cable system.

The dynamic cable section hangs in the water between the platform and the seabed and has been specifically designed to withstand substantial mechanical stress and fatigue caused by currents, waves and the vertical movement of the platform. An important feature of the solution is an innovative corrugated metal sheath for this section, designed to withstand the rigors of time.

“Reliable shore supplied power from the mainland grid will help to reduce the Goliat platform's environmental impact, and ensure a safe and efficient operation,” said Patrick Fragman, Managing Director of ABB’s Grid Systems business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division. "This is another example of ABB’s constant quest for innovation and reinforces our position as a global leader in high-voltage cable technology.”

ABB’s rugged high-voltage polymeric XLPE (cross-linked polyethylene) submarine cables minimize electrical losses and have an excellent tensile strength, making them ideal for harsh marine environments. The cable also has integrated fiber optics to monitor temperature and provide general communication services. ABB has commissioned more than 25 direct current (DC) and hundreds of AC cable links around the world, including power links to oil and gas platforms in the Persian Gulf and North Sea.

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.

KVH Upgrades IP-MobileCast Service to Enhance Viewing Experience

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has updated its unique IP-MobileCast content delivery service for additional viewing flexibility and expanded content offerings. The new features are being rolled out in stages, with the first round of upgrades automatically delivered via over-the-air software updates for current subscribers. IP-MobileCast was developed by KVH and launched in 2014 as the first and only service to multicast movies, TV shows, daily news and sports, as well as operational data via satellite to vessels at sea. Survey estimates indicate content has been viewed more than 100,000 times by subscribers, setting a benchmark for maritime multicast entertainment.

“The early adopters of IP-MobileCast have been ship owners and managers who understand the benefit of bringing great news, sports, movies, TV entertainment, and operational data to their vessels, and the resulting improvements in crew recruiting and retention, operational efficiency, and competitive advantage,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, chief executive officer of KVH. “They also appreciate the efficiency of KVH’s content delivery service in removing a huge amount of traffic from the vessels’ networks and in protecting against the impact of the individual crew member downloading unlicensed videos or accessing streaming audio or video services for their personal entertainment. Forward-thinking enterprises see that IP-MobileCast meets a number of important needs.”

The first IP-MobileCast enhancement released includes the availability of subtitle languages for movies. This is an important option, given that seafarers hail from the Philippines, India, Eastern Europe, Greece, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and many other countries. Subtitled movies complement IP-MobileCast’s video and print news content, which is available in dozens of languages. These offerings are designed to address the reality of multinational crews on today’s merchant vessels and charter yachts.

Another IP-MobileCast upgrade already completed is the release of an enhanced viewing experience, including more accessible menus and program guides on the vessels’ set-top boxes, making it easier for viewers to find and select the content they want. As a further convenience to seafarers, selected news content is available via the IP-MobileCast app for Android and iOS, so crewmembers can read news delivered directly to their smartphone or tablet. In addition, an update will soon make all IP-MobileCast content viewable on virtually any device onboard—from the ship’s common-area computer or television to smartphones, tablets, and laptops.

“IP-MobileCast provides crew with a great viewing experience on just about any device –similar to what ‘digital natives’ have come to expect at home,” says Robert Hopkins, Jr., KVH’s director for IP-MobileCast services. “Feedback from ship owners and operators speaks to the excitement the service is generating, where our subscribers tell us they go from disbelief that multicast content delivery is technically feasible to high praise for the quality of the results.”

KVH’s expertise in identifying desirable content stems in part from the years of experience that the U.K.-based KVH Media Group has had in producing news and in licensing movie, TV, and sports content. On IP-MobileCast, the content is available under the brand names NEWSlink, MOVIElink, TVlink, and SPORTSlink.

To further meet the maritime industry’s needs, KVH has joined with leading maritime partners to deliver critically important operations content such as weather data, updated global chart databases, and training programs via IP-MobileCast to vessels at sea. Multicast delivery of this content, which previously could only be provided to vessels in port via physical delivery of CDs or DVDs, is transformational in both affordability and timeliness.

IP-MobileCast is part of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband maritime communications solution, which encompasses global connectivity, onboard satellite communications hardware, entertainment and operations content, and content delivery.

Hydro Group: Exploring the Subsea Cable Market

Thanks to the low oil price, the subsea sector is enduring a challenging period. Operators are being forced to venture into more remote and harsher locations, requiring top tier equipment to meet demanding and dynamic environments.

Systems being deployed require reliable power and communications connections suited to meet these demands. Today, the team at Hydro Group are being asked more and more for increasingly complex composite and physically demanding cable designs, the days have gone when the company was simply asked to provide an underwater electrical connection.

Dynamic Design
Most subsea cables designed and manufactured at Hydro Group’s Aberdeen, Scotland facility incorporate numerous specialist elements such as fibre optics, twisted pairs, triples or quads, Coaxial, VHF and high frequency RF, components.

As subsea equipment is becoming more complex with data management and collection systems transferring significantly higher volumes of information at faster rates the Transmission Characteristics, Low Loss and Shielding requirements need to be addressed in the design and composition of the cables.

To ensure the performance of the designs, increasing use of complex software modelling and analysis tools are employed. Hydro Group engineers routinely utilise packages such as Comsol multiphysics software to model designs and provide virtual realisation of the cable characteristics under a variety of simulated conditions. Transmission characteristics and performance are also simulated with the use of Optem software tools.

Hydro Group regularly incorporates stainless steel tubes, rather than PBT tubes, for all Subsea Cable designs incorporating fibre optics. The benefits of utilising optical fibres contained within stainless steel tubes are primarily two fold –

- the attenuation (signal loss) seen in the fibre due to the compressive forces on the glass is minimised as the stainless steel tube protects from the crushing action of the water pressure on the fibre itself.
- The addition of a hydrogen scavenging/absorbing gel is used within the St/St Tube to prevent the potential darkening of the optical fibres due to the natural ingression of small amounts of hydrogen which are present in these extreme conditions.

Both of these advantages over PBT Tubed fibre optics are deemed crucial in the demanding conditions seen by subsea optical cables.

Mechanical factors are extremely significant in the overall performance of subsea cable designs. Often these present a much higher risk in the reliability and durability of the design than all other constraints. The application of FEA design and modelling tools such as Comsol and Orcaflex allow simulation and analysis of the design to ensure construction and incorporation of components that will meet the dynamic application requirements.

Under Pressure
Understanding the static and dynamic forces that will be applied allow the incorporation of features and components such as Vectran braids and cords for tensile strength in light weight and more flexible applications and Contra Helical steel wire armouring packages where significantly higher mechanical forces will be experienced.
Hydro Group recently invested in a new state-of-the-art hydrostatic pressure vessel, which offers a broader range of testing with a more accurate output. The 2.5 by 1.5 metre vessel has the capacity to pressure test large cable assemblies and equipment up to100 bar, simulating depths of 1000 metres below sea level. This complements the suite of existing pressure vessels that allow simulation of depths to 7000 metres of seawater.
Housed in the company’s Aberdeen headquarters, the equipment provides Hydro Group with the ability to design and pressure test complete cable assemblies built for deep waters projects, particularly for the subsea and defence industry.
Advanced Armour
Hydro Group services a global client base, with ocean environments varying significantly in different regions and therefore different risks to consider such as salinity, water temperatures and seabed conditions. As industry explores deeper sea depths, this affects the design and material selection of cables, with challenges such as UV stability, marine growth, microbial attack and even the burrowing Teredo Navalis Shipworm to be addressed.

The combination of the above design factors and the fact that equipment demands are increasing rapidly is driving more customised solutions. In addition to the design approach employed and increased testing capabilities, Hydro Group has invested heavily in new machinery, significantly increasing and improving in-house cable manufacturing capabilities, to compliment this rapidly evolving market.

At the start of 2015, the company installed and commissioned an advanced armouring line, extending its product line providing the company with armouring expertise, offering custom-designed single and multi-layered steel armoured cables in galvanised improved steel and corrosion resistant steels.

The new machinery allows the team to manufacture mechanically protected cables to improve and support subsea operations, which can withstand higher stresses in subsea and defence operations. As well as contra helical armoured subsea control cables, which act to neutralise the tension and compression forces that occur in the wires each time the cable is bent or flexed.

With a full appreciation of all electrical, optical, mechanical and environmental requirements imposed on the application of the cable a robust and reliable cabling solution can be realised.

Hose Bundles
To further support the needs of industry and in response to significant customer demand, Hydro Group combined expertise to develop a new hydraulics hose product, offering lay-up and over-sheathing of hydraulic hoses for use in umbilical, topside, well intervention projects in the oil and gas industry and any deepwater applications or where there is a high differential pressure between the external and internal pressure of the hose.

The bundled hoses, which are available in ¼” to 2” size from Hydro Cable Systems, a Hydro Group company, integrate hydraulic components with electrical and fibre optic cables, resulting in a more compact and easier to handle assembly.

This new capability allows the company to extrude up to 120mm diameter over composite bundles or single hoses. Final produced lengths can be supplied from 50 to 2000 metres depending on the size of hose, number of components and the finished diameter of the umbilical.

Hydro Group has seen significant investment in equipment, facilities and training, enabling the company to expand capability and offer technical skill and resource to respond to significantly varying demands from our customer’s applications. The Hydro Group team are open to exploring solutions that are technically challenging, in tight timescales and within budget. Continuous product development and investment in opening up new markets has enabled the Group to maintain momentum whilst the uncertainty in the oil and gas market has impacted subsea developments.

Iridium and FURUNO Announce Strategic Partnership

Maritime Navigation and Communications Equipment Leader Will Begin Marketing Iridium(R) Mobile Satellite Communications Products and Services

Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) and maritime navigation and communications equipment leader FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6814) today announced a strategic partnership in which Furuno will be marketing Iridium satellite services and products initially in Japan. As part of this agreement, Furuno will be developing a new part of its portfolio of satellite communications service with Iridium. That may include the Iridium Pilot® antennas, powered by the Iridium OpenPort® broadband service, providing the industry's only pole-to-pole mobile wireless coverage for ships at sea; Iridium GO!®, the world's first truly global online smartphone access device; weather resistant Iridium Extreme® handset; and the Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) service.

Furuno will focus on providing its customers with the benefits from the capabilities that will be enabled by Iridium NEXT, the Company's next-generation satellite constellation.

"We are extremely pleased to announce our relationship with Iridium and offer the many benefits of its satellite network to our customers," said Kazuma Waimatsu, director, satcom dept., marine electronic div., FURUNO. "Iridium products and services provide excellent reliability and global coverage, which our customers appreciate and need."

The Iridium global mobile satellite network delivers reliable communications, anywhere on the planet—even polar regions—and its unique mesh architecture of 66 cross-linked satellites is less susceptible to inclement weather or interference that may impact the performance of other systems. This reliable, truly global coverage is necessary for critical maritime communications.

"We are excited that Furuno—recognized as a global leader in maritime navigation and communications gear—has joined Iridium's ecosystem of partners," said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Iridium. "Together, we'll be enabling more ships to navigate safely—anywhere and everywhere at sea—leveraging the unique benefits of the Iridium network."

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INTELLIAN Selected to Partner on RigNet’s New Contract with Global Offshore Drilling Customer

Intellian, a global leader in satellite communication antenna systems, has been successfully selected as the hardware partner on RigNet’s recently announced contract to provide remote communications solutions to a premium offshore driller across its entire global fleet of existing and newbuild rigs. RigNet, a leading global provider of remote managed communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, will provide comprehensive solutions across the customer’s fleet of jackups, drillships and semisubmersibles operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa regions. The contract will require Intellian to supply 17 v240M terminals, delivering the combination of flexibility and robustness key to enabling the provision of reliable remote communications solutions.

The Intellian v240M, a 2.4m multi-band maritime antenna, is the first VSAT antenna designed for the maritime industry with fully automatic switching between Ku-band and C-band. Multi-band satellite communications are becoming an increasingly important capability in the offshore oil and gas market. Vessels operate in a wide geographic area to enable them to maximize vessel returns and therefore require the ability to switch frequency bands as they move between operational areas.

“RigNet counts on advanced terminals to satisfy growing demand for intelligent oilfield solutions driven by the increasing complexity of offshore drilling operations,” said Mark Slaughter, RigNet’s CEO and President. “The automatic switching capabilities of the Intellian v240M terminal help meet these requirements, while delivering the reliability and robustness our customers demand.”

Eric Sung, Intellian CEO, commented: “This contract is an important one for Intellian as it recognizes the quality and reliability of our terminals to deliver superior performance in the most challenging operating environments. We are delighted to be selected to work with RigNet, a company uniquely positioned to provide the mission critical service and support demanded by the offshore drilling industry.”

For more information, visit the Intellian website

Prysmian, First-ever Submarine Power Cable Award in China

Prysmian, new award worth more than $ 140 M for a submarine power cable project in China This is the first submarine cable project in People’s Republic of China for the Group The new contract paves routes to new business opportunities for the Group in Asia

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a contract by Hainan Second Cross-Sea Interconnection Tie Project Management Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary company of China Southern Power Grid, the grid operating company in South China) worth a total of more than $ 140 million for the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of a submarine power cable link for the second interconnection between Hainan island and China mainland.“We are particularly proud of this new award as this is the first Extra High Voltage submarine cable project that Prysmian will execute in the People’s Republic of China”, stated Massimo Battaini, Prysmian Group’s Senior Vice President Energy Projects. “This contract has strategic value, due to being awarded in China, a market with high growth potential, which is investing RMB 11.1 trillion (1.8 trillion US$) in its power industry in the period from 2011 to 2020”.

The new submarine cable link will side the existing 500 kV cable circuit connecting Guangdong power grid and Hainan power grid effectively improving the quality of electricity supply between the two provinces. One of the island's key customers to benefit from the extra power will be a 1300 MW nuclear power plant being built in Changjiang County. The combined capacity of the submarine power cables and the nuclear power will help boost Hainan's efforts of being an international tourism island.

The new Hainan interconnection comprises four HVAC (High Voltage Alternating Current) 500 kV single core SCFF (self-contained fluid filled) cables to be laid under the Qiongzhou Strait in southern China, along a 32-kilometer route. The cable system will link the Gangcheng transformer substation in Guangdong's Zhanjiang to the Fushan transformer substation in Hainan's Chengmai County, and have a transmission capacity of 600,000 kW. Cables will be operated in AC configuration, but are designed to work in DC configuration as well. All cables will be produced in the Group’s excellence centre for submarine cables in Arco Felice, near Naples (Italy) and marine installation operations will be performed by the Group’s owned "Giulio Verne" cable-laying vessel. Delivery and commissioning is scheduled for the first quarter 2019.

The Group already has an established presence and employs over 1,500 employees in 9 manufacturing plants, located in Baoying (high-voltage cables), Tianjin and Suzhou (special cables for industrial applications), Suzhou (systems and network components), Shanghai (submarine cables), Wuxi (optical cables), Wuhan (optical fibres and multimedia systems), Nantong Haixun and Nantong Zhongyao (elevators systems).

The Group is already a leading supplier and installer of submarine cable links throughout the strategic and high-growth Asia Pacific Region, with milestone projects such as the Penang Island in Malaysia, the Java-Bali link in Indonesia, the Cheju Island in Korea, the Ha Tien-Phu Quoc in Vietnam, the CNP-1 project in the Philippines and the Basslink interconnector in Australia, just to name a few.

Harris CapRock Communications Provides On-Demand Bandwidth to Nearly 100 Oil and Gas Sites

Harris CapRock Communications has transitioned 36 oil and gas customers to its Advanced Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) solution, providing on-demand bandwidth service to nearly 100 sites around the world.

Harris CapRock’s Advanced VSAT is the first secure, cost-effective service that dynamically reassigns satellite capacity according to need and availability in real time to meet the growing communications requirements of offshore and deepwater operations.

Harris CapRock’s dynamic bandwidth management architecture provides customers the required capacity for applications ranging from data logging or drilling at the critical part of a well to streaming a training video or treating a medical emergency via telemedicine. The bandwidth is available on demand when needed.

Harris CapRock launched Advanced VSAT in 2014 and first deployed it on Royal Caribbean Cruises’ global fleet and customer operations networks in the Gulf of Mexico. It delivered unmatched processing capacity and nearly 20 times the information rates of a prior solution.

“The Advanced VSAT network answers customers’ need for unprecedented speed and flexibility in capacity changes,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris CapRock Communications. “We combine next-generation technologies, partnerships with key equipment providers and an unmatched commitment to customer service to help advance oil and gas operations worldwide.”

Customer response to the service has been very favorable. “On a traditional single channel per carrier link, any operational challenges related to connectivity could take weeks, technician site visits and higher dedicated bandwidth subscriptions to pinpoint, troubleshoot and solve,” said an offshore Information and Communications Technology support manager. “Now that we’re on Harris CapRock’s Advanced VSAT network, we can adjust bandwidth for communications applications as needed, saving us valuable time and money in the field with a service provider we trust to be safe and reliable.”

Seamlessly Integrate Ships into the Corporate Network with Maritime Connect from Orange Business Services

  • Integrated platform provides connectivity and maritime applications

  • Can be used on ships using any satellite system, including VSAT

To support digital transformation in the shipping industry, Orange Business Services has developed Maritime Connect. The fully-industrialized product delivers the key communications functionality and connectivity required at sea. It allows shipping companies to seamlessly integrate their fleet into the corporate network and provide Internet access for crew and applications.

Maritime Connect is a single, integrated solutions platform, which provides the maritime industry with reliable connectivity over diverse communication interfaces and cuts costs at the same time. It delivers voice, VoIP, data and internet access in one solution, independent of the communication technology used. Shipping companies, IT managers, captains and the crew can control access to data and voice services on board vessels or remotely from shore.

Typical uses of Maritime Connect include secure access to enterprise applications via the corporate network; better route planning to improve fuel consumption and cost control; enriched crew welfare by providing communication with the outside world; tracking and monitoring of ships and cargo; and telemedicine for remote care.

Providing connectivity in challenging environments

Delivering innovative maritime bandwidth management and optimization features, Maritime Connect manages voice, video and data in limited bandwidth and challenging weather conditions. It can be used on ships equipped with any type of satellite communications systems, including, but not limited to, Fleet Broadband, Iridium or VSAT systems (Ku or C band). The solution was developed over a year as part of a European Union initiative dedicated to improving communications on vessels at sea.

Maritime Connect is available in three tiered versions. The basic version provides on-board access to essential communications services like IP Routing, link switching, quality of service (QoS) and server hosting for applications onboard; the next level up adds licenses for increased security, WAN optimization and user accounting; while the premium version provides maximum connectivity for crew and captain with Wi-Fi on board, 3G/4G for near-shore operations.

“Orange Business Services is uniquely positioned in the maritime market because we are able to integrate many different technologies and networks, both onshore and offshore. With the end-to-end integration and satellite connectivity offered by Maritime Connect, vessels on the high seas are now as well connected as terrestrial offices. This enables new ways of working right across the shipping industry,” says Michel Verbist, Head Business Development Satellite Solutions, Orange Business Services.

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is not only a telecom operator, but also an IT solutions integrator and applications developer in France and around the world. Its 20,000 employees support companies in all areas of their digital transformation: mobile and collaborative workspaces; IT/cloud infrastructure; fixed and mobile connectivity; private and hybrid networks; applications for Internet of Things, 360° customer experience and Big Data analytics; and cybersecurity thanks to dedicated experts and infrastructure to protect information systems. More than 3,000 multinational organizations and 2 million SOHOs, enterprises and local authorities in France rely on Orange Business Services as their trusted partner.

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