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SpeedCast Announces the Acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services and Further Expansion in Africa

SpeedCast International Limited (“SpeedCast”), a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced the acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services, a leading provider of satellite communications solutions in the African region, and part of the CETel Group. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval. The acquisition will strengthen SpeedCast’s fast growing services for the energy and maritime sectors, enhance its portfolio of mobile satellite solutions, and bolster its capabilities in the African region.

Geolink Satellite Services (“Geolink”) is a leading provider of satellite solutions in the African market and has strong positions in the maritime industry. The company services customer requirements in over 20 African countries, with key customers in the oil & gas, mining, media, NGO and maritime sectors. Geolink specializes in mobile satellite solutions, as well as fixed VSAT solutions, in the increasingly important African market. The company also has experience providing services to the media industry in Europe. Geolink is based in Paris, France and works with a network of technical partners throughout Africa, in addition to the company's own field engineering team, for the support of its solutions.

With this acquisition, SpeedCast significantly enhances its capabilities to serve and support its customers in the African market, a key area of operations for the energy sector. The acquisition will benefit SpeedCast’s existing customer base, as SpeedCast is experiencing a growing number of requests for services in Africa from its Asia-Pacific customers. Further, the African continent continues to be a growth spot for VSAT services and therefore represents a new potential source of growth for SpeedCast. Last but not least the Geolink acquisition adds to SpeedCast's growing leadership in providing services to the maritime sector.

“With the Geolink acquisition, SpeedCast expands its presence and its capabilities in the African market,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “Geolink uniquely complements SpeedCast’s business with great strength in mobile satellite services, extensive experience in and satellite coverage over Africa, and strong customer base in the energy and maritime sectors. There are interesting synergies between the two companies, which will further enhance our ability to deliver complete end-to-end solutions to our respective customers globally.”

Joining SpeedCast, Geolink will now be able to offer its customers a wider portfolio of products and services and better serve its customers’ needs worldwide. SpeedCast will partner with Geolink’s experienced management team and staff to continue to deliver best-in-class services to Geolink’s customers, while enhancing SpeedCast’s own expertise. Geolink will further complement and extend SpeedCast’s global network in the strategic African market.

“We look forward to joining SpeedCast, a leader in satellite communications services,” said Christophe Pacilly, CEO of Geolink. “With SpeedCast’s experience and infrastructure, we believe that Geolink will have the opportunity to drive further growth and even better meet the needs of our customers in the oil & gas, maritime, NGO, media and government verticals.” Geolink's management team will remain with the SpeedCast group.

The acquisition follows SpeedCast’s successful acquisitions of two established satellite industry players, SatComms Australia and Oceanic Broadband, in the Australasia region in the past 12 months.

KVH Introduces Enhanced VoIP Service for mini-VSAT Broadband Network

A new dedicated voice channel provides quality VoIP calls independent of broadband usage on the vessel

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has rolled out a new dedicated voice configuration for its mini-VSAT Broadbandsm global maritime satellite network to ensure customers always experience high-quality phone calls. The network’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is now delivered on a prioritized and protected data stream, separate from the network’s overall broadband data traffic. VoIP service is also prioritized onboard the vessel for quality VoIP service even during times of heaviest broadband data use.

By prioritizing phone service, this enhancement is designed to maintain the crystal-clear sound quality of mini-VSAT Broadband’s VoIP service while also addressing the challenge that ship owners face in meeting increased onboard data usage. Maritime operators rely on broadband connectivity for everything from accessing email to utilizing web-based applications for better voyage planning, fuel optimization, and remote systems monitoring. At the same time, vessels experience demand for VoIP services around the clock by crew and officers, given the 24/7/365 nature of commercial vessel operations.

“With this enhancement, mini-VSAT Broadband users enjoy extremely high-quality VoIP service even during heavy data network use,” says Marc Edwards, KVH’s network operations director. “We rolled out this updated configuration to all service beams on the network, and the feedback indicates the quality of our voice service to be exceptionally good.”

VoIP, which utilizes an Internet connection to transmit voice signals, is the primary method for vessels to conduct phone calls from sea. The mini-VSAT Broadband network utilizes spread spectrum technology, which enables low latency and contention, both factors contributing to the high voice quality of KVH’s VoIP service. A telephony measurement known as mean opinion score (MOS) quantifies the voice quality of phone transmissions on a 1-to-5 scale, with 5 as best. A score of 3.4 is considered good for a satellite phone call, yet mini-VSAT Broadband VoIP calls measure up to 3.75, which is the same as a land-based VoIP call. In addition, KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network uses 32 kbps for the dedicated voice channel, which is much higher than typical satellite phones.

The mini-VSAT Broadband network provides broadband connectivity to commercial vessels and recreational yachts around the world, and is the market share leader in maritime VSAT, according to a 2014 report by industry analyst Euroconsult. KVH also designs and manufactures the TracPhone® V-IP series of satellite communications antenna systems for use with the mini-VSAT Broadband network.

Prysmian Secures 60M€ Contract for a New Submarine Power Cable Project

Full offshore wind farm inter-array turnkey supply for the groupPrysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a contract by Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland GmbH - German subsidiary dedicated to offshore wind activities of the world-leading wind farm developer and operator Iberdrola - worth a total of around Euro 60 million to supply and install wind turbine inter array cables for the Wikinger offshore wind farm, located within the West of Adlergrund cluster in the German Baltic Sea. In May 2014 Prysmian Group already announced award of a contract with 50Hertz Offshore GmbH to design, produce and install multiple 220 kV HVAC (High Voltage Alternate Current) 3-core extruded submarine cable systems between planned offshore wind parks within the West of Adlergrund cluster. Under the Wikinger contract, Prysmian is responsible for the design, manufacture, installation, burial, termination and testing of total 81 km of 33 kV submarine cables in different cross-sections to connect the 70 wind turbines and an offshore substation that form the 350 MW wind farm. Cables will be produced in Prysmian’s facility in Drammen, Norway, one of the Group’s excellence centres for submarine cables. Installation works are scheduled to be complete by the end of 2016.

This new project is a full inter-array “turnkey” supply and installation contract, which re-affirms the Group's full expertise in offshore wind farm connections and an extended ability to execute complex installation solutions in this field in order to support the demands of this growing industry. Over the years Prysmian has moved ahead with major investments in new and upgraded assets, broadening the range of offered products, services and capabilities in order to be fully equipped to face the many challenges coming from the offshore wind power market in a timely manner. The Group's investment programmes have been aimed at expanding production capabilities, at multiplying the use of innovative technologies and at strengthening execution capabilities with conversion of a dumb barge to self-propelled DP2 vessel able to operate in very shallow waters. Prysmian, now, can rely on three production facilities dedicated to submarine cables, situated in Arco Felice (near Naples, Italy), Pikkala (Finland) and Drammen (Oslo, Norway); two installation vessels, Giulio Verne and Cable Enterprise (close to be leaving docks after extensive upgrade works), as well as well-proven in-house cable protection equipment, and specialised operations teams. With such an extended footprint, the Group is able to serve the market as trusted and dedicated partner for the interconnection of offshore wind parks to mainland grids with a full offer of products ranging from medium voltage inter-array cables, to HVAC and HVDC export cables and turn-key EPC installation services. Within its portfolio, Prysmian holds already an ever-increasing track record of offshore wind power connections, with projects either completed or on-going in Denmark, Holland and the UK as well as the HVDC connections to shore in Germany for the BorWin2, BorWin3, HelWin1, HelWin2, DolWin3 and SylWin1 mega wind farm hubs, forming part of the most important programme for the development of renewable energy in Europe.

Fugro Launches G4 Satellite Positioning Augmentation Service

Fugro has further extended its technology leadership in the field of GNSS augmentation systems for offshore positioning applications with the launch of its G4 service. The new satellite correction service is the first to take advantage of all four GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems): GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo. GNSS augmentation services significantly improve position accuracy compared to unaided GNSS receivers, which are commonly used in the consumer sector.

By using all available GNSS satellites, Fugro’s G4 service is designed to improve availability and reliability of offshore positioning and will thus enhance the safety and productivity of a wide range of survey and other activities offshore. G4 represents a significant advancement compared to augmentation systems which are based on GPS only or GPS combined with its Russian equivalent, GLONASS.

The BeiDou system operated by China currently provides coverage in the Asia-Pacific region. Fugro’s G4 service already utilises the first BeiDou satellites and is ready to start using the Galileo satellites as soon the EU announces Initial Operational Capability (IOC) status for this system. Galileo and future BeiDou satellites will be automatically included as they come online, steadily increasing availability and robustness of this integrated augmentation service.

The new G4 service will be particularly beneficial when the line-of-sight to certain satellites is obstructed by offshore structures - a key consideration during critical positioning operations. The G4 augmentation signals, transmitted via seven high–powered communication satellites to provide at least two independent broadcast channels anywhere in the world, will offer Fugro’s customers unrivalled coverage and availability.

NordLink HVDC interconnector between Norway and Germany will use Nexans’ subsea power cables

First ever power interconnector between Norway and Germany will be Nexans’ largest subsea power cable contract to date in terms of length and value Contract value is approximately 0.5 Bn Euros

The Norwegian and German power grids will be able to share green energy directly for the first time thanks to Nexans submarine HVDC (high voltage direct current) cables to be installed as part of the NordLink project. Nexans will design, manufacture and install two 525 kV cable subsystems, with a total length of more than 700 km, off the coast of Norway and Denmark. The project, Nexans’ largest of this type to date, is due for completion in 2019. The contract value is approximately 0.5 Bn Euros. 

The 1400 MW NordLink VSC (Voltage Source converter) HVDC project, a collaboration between Statnett, TenneT and the German promotional bank KfW, will connect the Norwegian and German electricity markets to exchange green energy. Surplus wind and solar power produced in Germany can be exported to Norway. Conversely, hydroelectric power from Norway can be exported to Germany. This will be an important contribution to the future development of climate-friendly energy.

Nexans will design, manufacture and install mass impregnated non-draining (MIND) HVDC cables at depths down to 450 metres off the coast of Norway and Denmark. The cables will be laid by Nexans’ own cable-laying vessel, C/S Nexans Skagerrak and protected on the seabed by trenching with Nexans’ Capjet system.

The Nexans power cables will feature the same reliable and well proven design implemented for the successfully completed installations of the Skagerrak 1, 2, 3 projects, and more recently the Skagerrak 4 project for the 140 km subsea HVDC interconnector between Denmark and Norway.

Dirk Steinbrink, Nexans Senior Executive Vice President High Voltage & Underwater Cables, said, “The NordLink project will be Nexans’ largest subsea power cable contract to date in terms of length and value and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship with TennetT, KfW and Statnett on this important project. The key to this success is our state of the art subsea cable technology combined with the proven capability to handle complete turnkey projects from design through to installation. We are excited to be involved in the Nord.Link which is a further step towards a complete integration of the European power grid. ”

Production of the cables will begin at Nexans’ Halden plant in Norway in 2016.

SES Executes on Growth Strategy with New Satellite Investment Programmes

SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is executing on its pronounced growth strategy with the procurement of three new satellites, SES-14, SES-15 and SES-16/GovSat, all to be launched in 2017.

As announced on 16 February , SES has ordered three next-generation satellites, SES-14, SES-15 and SES-16/GovSat, the latter together with the Luxembourg Government in a new joint venture, LuxGovSat.

The satellites are using the newest spacecraft technologies, leading to optimal performance and highest efficiency and allowing SES to address the accelerating needs of fast growing markets where SES is already well positioned. The satellites will be manufactured by Airbus Space and Defence, Boeing and Orbital AKT, respectively. The new orders bring the total number of SES satellites currently under procurement to seven, out of which six are delivering incremental growth capacity.

"The new spacecraft will support our growth and add significant high-power capacity to all four key strategic business verticals - video, data, mobility and government," said Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES. "These fleet investments - all delivered within SES's forecast CapEx envelope - enable us to differentiate our service offering in our target markets and set the foundation for continued growth. They will allow us to capture the significant potential of numerous vibrant regions and market segments, including Direct-to-Home (DTH) in Latin America, and mobility in the aeronautical and maritime sector throughout the Americas and the North Atlantic, as well as powerful end-to-end solutions for governments, defence and security."

SES-14 and SES-15 are both powerful hybrid satellites, using Ku-, Ka- and – in the case of SES-14 – also C-band in wide-beam and high-throughput (HTS) technology and a purely electric propulsion system that significantly enhances the satellites’ economic efficiency thanks to the enhanced payload that can be carried as a result of the reduction in fuel mass.

SES-16/GovSat is a state-of-the-art multi-mission satellite with high-powered and fully steerable beams for government missions. It will be owned and operated by LuxGovSat, a new joint venture between SES and the Luxembourg Government.

"These fleet investments augment our capacity to address the high demand for connectivity in several key regions and segments,“ continued Karim Michel Sabbagh. "They allow us to launch a full range of attractive offers for video distribution and platforms, and data, mobility and government services, with a focus on SES’s large and world-leading customers in the aeronautical and maritime sectors. They underscore our confidence in the high demand and growth potential in both emerging and mature markets and provide the basis for the creation of a truly unique combination of our geostationary fleet (GEO) with the medium earth orbit (MEO) fleet of O3b, in which we hold a 45 percent stake.“

First of new series ASD Tug 2913 delivered to Petersen & Alpers

Damen Shipyards Group has delivered the first vessel in its new ASD Tug 2913 class. The 2913 has been developed in response to demand from operators for more powerful tugs capable of handling today’s ever larger vessels. As well as having a bollard pull of 80 tonnes and total power of 5,050 BKw, the new tug is just 29 metres in length and highly manoeuvrable, making it ideal for operations in busy harbours where space is limited.

The ASD 2913 has accommodation for 10 personnel across six cabins and with a beam of 13 metres is very stable. It also has push/pull capabilities and can be fitted with an aft winch as an option. It is also the first Damen tug to be built with a double hull so as to comply with the latest safety regulations. The launch customer for the new model is German towage specialist Petersen & Alpers, and she will join an existing Damen ASD Tug 2411, which the company has been operating for the last four years out of Hamburg.

Designed for in-port operations

Named the Michel, the ASD 2913 will also be working in and around Hamburg, which is made up of a series of small basins and narrow waterways. In such an environment and with modern trends towards larger vessels for greater efficiency, manoeuvrable, compact tugs with more power are needed today more than ever before. However the 2913 also has very good sea-keeping qualities, allowing here to undertake offshore operations when required.

“We are very happy to be working once again with Damen,” said Peter Lindenau, Managing Director of Petersen & Alpers. “We had built up trust on our last project, and the whole package worked well for us. It is not just price but also performance, service and maintenance.”

The contract was signed in February 2013 and, as the launch customer with over 200 years’ experience in shipping, Petersen & Alpers contributed a good deal of valuable input into the design by, for example specifying details such as an oil fired heating system. Over the next two years a great deal of effort went into designing, engineering and building a tug that would deliver to its owner’s expectations and beyond.

Before the first of the ASD Tug 2913 was even launched, Damen has received strong interest in the vessel and its capabilities, and work is already underway building more for delivery at short notice.

SSL built high throughput satellite for Telenor ready for launch, will ship to launch base later next week

Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the THOR 7 satellite, designed and built for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc), is ready for launch and will ship to the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana later next week, for launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. 

THOR 7 is a multi-mission satellite equipped with Telenor's first high performance Ka-band payload, designed to serve the maritime market. The HTS Ka-band payload on THOR 7, designed specifically for the mobility VSAT market, will provide cost-effective solutions and offer high powered coverage over the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Red Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean. The satellite also has a Ku-band payload for broadcast and television services in Central and Eastern Europe.

"SSL and Telenor Satellite Broadcasting share a commitment to providing satellites and services that improve the human experience," said John Celli, President of SSL. "We are pleased that THOR 7 is ready to ship and we look forward to working with TSBc and Arianespace on the final preparations for launch."

THOR 7 was designed with up to 25 simultaneously active Ka-band spot beams and a steerable beam for flexibility in meeting changing market requirements. Its Ku-band payload includes 11 transponders, which will enable expanded services in the region as well as back-up to ensure uninterrupted service.

"The satellite built by SSL will deliver a very bandwidth efficient and flexible service for major shipping routes and recreational vessels," said Morten Tengs, Vice President and CEO of Telenor Satellite Broadcasting. "With the launch of THOR 7, our growth satellite, we look forward to further extending our position in the market and expanding our European coverage."

THOR 7 is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides high-power and the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. When launched, THOR 7 will be positioned at 1 degree West longitude and is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

Angola Cables Data Gathering Meeting (DGM) At PTC '15 Attracts Large Audience, Positive Response From Telecom Community

Angola Cables, a leading operator of fiber optic telecommunication networks based in Angola, successfully completed its latest Data Gathering Meeting (DGM) at Pacific Telecommunications Council's signature annual event, PTC '15 on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Moderated by Eric Handa, Founder and CEO of APTelecom, the official International Sales Manager and Pre-Sales agency of record for Angola Cables, the DGM focused on updating and educating the audience on Angola Cables' South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) and Monet submarine cable networks. Guest presenters included Artur Mendes, CCO of Angola Cables, as well as Angola Cables Program Directors Jol Paling and Dave Willoughby.

The event was highlighted by exclusive content and presentations, special breakout sessions, and a live Q&A from the audience.

A video archive of the event is available for viewing at Angola Cables' official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nnVJd7JLTM

Additionally, the presentation of the event is available for downloading at the 'State of Subsea' website: http://stateofsubsea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DGM-Angola-Cables-PTC-2015.pdf

The event was well attended by dozens of guests, many of whom were representing leading carrier and cable operators, content providers, capacity buyers, and other submarine cable and telecom industry executives.

"We were pleased and encouraged by the turnout and response from the audience at our Data Gathering Meeting at PTC '15, as well as the feedback we've received for both our SACS and Monet networks," said Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables. "We encourage everyone who wasn't able to attend in person to view the video of the event and download the presentation so they can get an inside look at the latest market trends, pricing insights, and demand analysis surrounding the SACS and Monet networks." For more information on Angola Cables and its SACS and Monet networks, please visit www.angolacables.co.ao.

For requests to attend future Angola Cables DGMs, please email APTelecom at aptelecom@n6a.com

Successful launch confirmed for Inmarsat-5 F2

Inmarsat announces the successful launch of its second Global Xpress (GX) satellite on board an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 1 February at 12:31 GMT.

The Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) satellite was correctly acquired by the Inmarsat Paumalu ground station at 18:10 GMT on 1 February, and launch provider ILS confirmed a successful spacecraft separation at 04:02hrs GMT on 2 February.

Over the coming weeks, the Inmarsat operations team will command the satellite to perform a series of manoeuvres to raise I-5 F2 to a geo-synchronous elliptical orbit, and by the end of the month it will have completed deployment of its solar arrays and reflectors.

Significant step

This will be followed by the electrical orbit-raising phase, taking the spacecraft to its final geostationary orbit, scheduled to be completed by the end of March, ready for the start of payload testing at the beginning of April.

“The successful launch of our second Inmarsat-5 satellite by Proton is a significant step forward on our journey to deliver the world’s first globally available, high speed mobile broadband service,” said Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat CEO.

“Our first GX satellite entered commercial service in July 2014 and has since been delivering an excellent service to our customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. With Inmarsat-5 F3 expected for launch by Proton in the coming months, we are on schedule to achieve full global coverage early in the second half of 2015.

Outstanding support

“This is a great achievement and I would like to pay tribute to the skill and expertise of Inmarsat’s engineering teams and all our employees involved in the design, development, manufacturing, testing and launch. It is their dedication, alongside the outstanding support we have received from our manufacturing and launch partners – Boeing and ILS – which has helped deliver such a successful outcome.”

Built by Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc to a proven design (702HP), I-5 F2 is part of a US$1.6 billion investment by Inmarsat into Global Xpress – the next generation of global mobile broadband communications.

The fleet of high throughput satellites within the Global Xpress constellation will offer a unique combination of seamless global Ka-band coverage from a single operator, consistent higher performance, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned.

Ciena to Further Upgrade Japan-U.S. Cable Network

The Japan-U.S. Cable Network recently selected Ciena® (NYSE: CIEN) to expand its trans-Pacific submarine network that spans close to 22,000 km and provides diverse connectivity from Japan to the U.S. This upgrade will utilize the flexibility and scalability of Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution and the latest WaveLogic programmable coherent optical technology to further increase the capacity of the network, which was originally upgraded with Ciena’s coherent solution in 2012.

Key Facts:

  • The Japan-U.S. Cable Network is made up of 35 consortium members, including leading global service providers such as CenturyLink, KDDI, NTT Communications, SoftBank Telecom and Verizon.
  • Utilizing programmable modulation features on Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, the network will leverage Ciena's unique new WaveLogic 3 8D-2QAM modulation capability and Flexible Grid technology to achieve a 60 percent or more increase in the design capacity of the longest trans-Pacific segment.
  • The Japan-U.S. Cable Network will also utilize Ciena’s 200G 16QAM modulation on the shortest segments to double the capacity per wavelength and realize savings in equipment cost, power consumption and space requirements.
  • This upgrade follows a 200G trial completed in February 2014, and builds on the 2012 deployment of Ciena’s 100G submarine solutions across the Japan-U.S. Cable Network.

Marlink VSAT Services Chosen For Complete Van Oord Fleet

• Experiences with improved operational efficiency and more bandwidth available led to follow-up contract

Marlink has been selected to provide high-end VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services for the fleet of the international dredging and offshore contractor Van Oord. The contract is expected to include 30 vessels being supported by Marlink's customized VSAT services by the end of 2015.

Marlink's VSAT services have provided voice and data connectivity services for 3 Van Oord vessels as from June 2013. The company is headquartered in Rotterdam and is a leading contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects. Their positive experience of Marlink's service provision and support was a key factor in selecting Marlink's VSAT services for its fleet. The flexibility of the VSAT service is unique, as it provides real Committed Information Rates (CIR) and short notice temporary bandwidth increases on request.

The Marlink VSAT services will provide operational benefits for Van Oord clients requiring high-end connectivity services. This is especially important for the clients in the offshore/oil & gas segments, many of which rely on advanced software and processes for safe, efficient and environmentally friendly operation. VSAT services will also benefit Van Oord, turning all of its vessels into remote offices with high communication QoS (Quality of Service) to ensure voice and internet adapts to how much bandwidth is available at any given time.

In its role as a Van Oord's communication partner, Marlink is providing a number of Value Added Services as part of the new contract, such as support for Van Oord to run its own VOIP services, making it possible for Van Oord to integrate the voice services onboard their vessels with their onshore voice service.

"Marlink VSAT services meet Van Oord's very specific connectivity requirements for all their specialised vessels. The difference now is that we work together as partners where any Van Oord's challenge is considered as our mutual challenge. We are proud to work strategically with Van Oord on any needs or development related to communication on board", said Ab Argam, Sales Manager Benelux, Marlink.

Marlink is a world leading provider of satellite services. Providing access to the broadest range of product and service choices, Marlink can support virtually any requirement for maritime connectivity worldwide. The company's unrivalled portfolio includes on-demand services such as Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya, as well as its own range of C-band and Ku-band VSAT solutions. Marlink routes communication through its own teleports to ensure high quality, reliability and flexibility for its customers. With offices worldwide, including Athens, Brussels, Dubai, Hamburg, Houston, London, Mumbai, Oslo, Washington DC, Singapore, Stavanger and Tokyo, Marlink is able to support its wide-ranging portfolio with installation and customer support that is offered on a global basis. Marlink is a fully owned subsidiary and direct sales channel of Airbus Defence and Space for maritime satellite communications. www.marlink.com 

Submarine Cables in the Sargasso Sea: Final Workshop Report Published

The final workshop report, "Submarine Cables in the Sargasso Sea: Legal and Environmental Issues in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction," has been released by the co-sponsors: Sargasso Sea Commission, Centre for International Law of the National University of Singapore (CIL), George Washington University Law School, and the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC). This report is the first ever multidisciplinary effort by scientists, the submarine cable industry, and government experts from Bermuda, the United Kingdom and the United States to study and report on environmental impacts of modern submarine fibre-optic telecommunications cables in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) and the high seas. This unique work was compiled from presentations, papers, and discussions at the workshop which was held on 23 October 2014 at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

The 49 page report highlights the value of collaborative work by 40 experts and participants working together in a candid exchange of data and views concerning the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the ABNJ/high seas environment. The full report (which includes a list of undersea cables in the Sargasso Sea and the workshop’s agenda) can be found on the public websites of the ICPC, CIL and Sargasso Sea Commission.

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