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DeepOcean Now Working With Its New TELEDYNE TSS Cable Trackers

A recent investment by DeepOcean in four pipe/cable tracking systems from Teledyne TSS is now bearing fruit with the company putting them to work on a number of different subsea projects. DeepOcean took delivery of two TSS 440 and two TSS 350 systems at the start of the summer season and has been using them regularly since then.

The four high-value systems are occupying an essential role in DeepOcean’s high technology equipment inventory. The company undertakes a wide range of subsea services that include survey and seabed mapping, subsea installation and intervention, inspection, maintenance, repair and decommissioning. The Teledyne TSS systems can be used for cable and pipe tracking which is essential for many of these tasks and DeepOcean is now making good use of their capabilities.

A state-of-the-art new-build cable lay vessel was recently chartered by DeepOcean from Maersk Supply Services and the cable trackers are expected to be used to support its work. The new ship will be involved with Interconnector projects as well as work in the oil, gas and renewable sectors. Commenting on the new ship, Tony Inglis, DeepOcean UK’s managing director, said: “This next generation cable lay vessel, in combination with our survey and trenching capabilities, will enable us to bundle our services for customers in the offshore power cable and umbilical markets. The versatile new vessel will be well suited for installation and burial projects using its 7,000 tonne carousel from land-fall to deepwater and also in remote geographical locations.“

Other projects that are likely to require the use of the new pipe and cable trackers include a recently announced contract to provide inspection, repair and maintenance services for the subsea assets of Dong Energy in Danish and Norwegian waters. The company has a strong track record in the inspection of subsea pipeline systems and will be fitting the TSS systems to its ROVs when surveys are required.

The investment in the TSS cable tracking systems is a reflection of the volume of work that DeepOcean is currently undertaking. Its trenching services are being employed on the Western HVDC Link project where the scope of its work includes pre-lay survey, pre-lay grapnel run, post-trench survey and trenching of over 560km of HVDC cable in water depths up to 165m. Because the TSS systems also include a pipe tracking capability the company is able to use them when servicing a new two year contract with Nord Stream AG for the inspection of the Nord Stream gas export pipelines in the Baltic Sea. This contract includes the full external inspection of the two pipelines by its vessel Deep Vision using ROV and ROTV methodologies and the TSS tracking systems.

Since the launch of the TSS 440 in 2003 significant numbers of this system and of the TSS 350 have been sold to make them the world’s most widely used tools for pipe and cable tracking. The TSS 440 is used by the oil and gas and the submarine cables industries to locate and survey pipelines and cables on or below the seabed at water depths down to 3,000m (9,843 ft). The Teledyne TSS 440 and 350 systems are typically mounted on an ROV. The 440 system uses active pulse induction technology in conjunction with an advanced algorithm to detect targets. This provides significantly better detection performance than magnetometer-based detection systems which can sometimes lose pipes due to the inherent background magnetism of the Earth. Depending on the size and shape of the target, the 440 offers detection ranges 30 to 50 per cent greater than previous models. This superior range means that it can also deal with the potential errors that arise when a pipe is in an open trench or passing through a rock berm.

The TSS 350 system is designed specifically for the detection and survey of tone-carrying cables. It features a comprehensive software display and menu structure in which real-time information is presented in a clear graphical format. This is also provided as a digital output for storage and subsequent processing. The TSS 350 is a fully integrated system that provides accurate survey data, verifying location and burial status of a cable as well as providing operators with fault location, vehicle skew angle and look-ahead information.

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MTN Terrestrial Broadband Network Coverage Triples by Region and Doubles in Ships Connected During the Summer 2014 Cruise Season

-Operators Cite Increase in Internet Speeds and Ability for Passengers and Crew to Do Much More Online While Onboard Vessels-

After launching its Terrestrial Broadband Network (TBN) just more than one year ago, MTN Communications (MTN) announces the number of TBN-connected cruise ships has doubled and covered regions have tripled.

Since the MTN TBN kick-off in Alaska in the Summer 2013 cruise season, several MTN partners, including Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises, are leveraging this new technology to enrich their passenger and crew communications experience. Thanks in part to this new technology, the MTN hybrid network now delivers approximately 10 Terabytes of data daily. The company enabled more than 33 million Internet logins last year.

The MTN TBN optimizes the onboard bandwidth available to passengers and crew, especially when their ships enter port. TBN connectivity enables up to six times more bandwidth for communications and content sharing on the ship. Passengers and crew can now bring their daily online requirements to sea – including access to social media, infotainment, content and more.

Passengers and crew today expect faster, land-like connectivity at sea. The challenge for operators has been staying ahead of demand while dealing with the cost of adding what has traditionally been only satellite bandwidth. MTN is a proven provider that enables disparate systems from multiple providers to seamlessly work together for “smart hand-off and switch over,” with a focus on user experience, cost and revenue growth.

MTN launched its TBN as one key component of its advanced hybrid communications ecosystem. It is transforming communications at sea by enabling ships to connect through a first-ever hybrid network that seamlessly switches from satellite to the TBN, delivering higher network performance and speeds. This ecosystem is powered through smart computing and caching for super-efficient use of bandwidth onboard. And the company’s new Connect@Sea Internet platform delivers a higher level of service, along with new per-megabyte billing versus per-minute. The MTN TBN also optimizes corporate IT data so it flows through vessel networks more efficiently, freeing up space for additional applications.

Since launching the TBN on cruise ships in Alaska last year, the company has expanded this new form of connectivity beyond Alaska. MTN access points now cover the East and West Coasts of the U.S., the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the United Kingdom, the highest trafficked cruising areas.

“The reason behind launching the MTN TBN was to allow our customers to leverage a more practical communications ‘pipe’ while in port, versus costly satellite bandwidth,” said Brent Horwitz, senior vice president and general manager, cruise and ferry services, MTN. “In addition, the TBN enables greater throughput on the vessel for increasing IT and corporate communications demands. This differentiator delivers higher Internet speeds, a perk for crew retention and satisfaction. Crew no longer have to get off their ship and spend port days online catching up with family and personal business. Now they can quickly connect right from their ship, freeing up time for them to better enjoy being in-port. This also creates an improved passenger experience. Lastly, it generates further revenue for the operator.”

MTN’s hybrid approach of satellite and TBN connectivity delivers the industry’s most sophisticated service to maintain multiple types of connections simultaneously. This enables the vessels to use the fastest data path available, such as accessing the TBN near and in ports. Broadband antenna tracking and stabilization systems help the ships “lock” onto MTN TBN access points in-port with no impact to end users during the switchover. Shipboard data centers are equipped with the industry’s most advanced processing technologies to deliver the improved online experience. MTN continues to grow the regional scope of its TBN. Expanded higher throughput Internet, TV and calling services allow guests and crew members to stay connected and productive at sea.

Intellian FB500 antenna approved for XpressLink

Inmarsat has selected Intellian, a global provider of stabilised satellite antenna systems, to deliver XpressLink high-speed broadband services across its FB500 antenna.

XpressLink is the world’s leading, fully-integrated Ku-band and L-band solution used with VSAT and FleetBroadband terminals, and is popular with ship owners as it provides unlimited data for a fixed monthly fee and delivers a fully-redundant and resilient service.

XpressLink also offers an easy upgrade path to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress.

Important partner

The FB500 antenna has already demonstrated its effectiveness in supporting XpressLink services after being deployed on vessels belonging to a number of Inmarsat’s commercial maritime customers.

Previously approved to deliver XpressLink services over its V100GX VSAT antennas two years ago, the addition of FB500 within the XpressLink terminal strengthens Intellian’s position as an important partner supporting Inmarsat’s future Maritime portfolio..

“Intellian is an innovative and reliable manufacturing partner for Inmarsat and their technology is featured across all three of our major maritime platforms with antennas type-approved for Ka, Ku and L-band services.

Innovative services

“As we continue to innovate our services, it’s imperative that our partners are able to help us realise our vision of the future of maritime communications,” said Frank Coles, Inmarsat Maritime President.

Eric Sung, CEO, Intellian, said: “We are proud to continue to develop our relationship with Inmarsat and to extend the number of antennas deployed across their service portfolio. Delivering reliable and robust services is our priority. The future of Inmarsat’s portfolio is exciting and we are looking forward to working with them on new innovations in the future.”

Intellian has been an Inmarsat partner since 2011 and provides services primarily to the maritime sector, as well as to luxury yachting, offshore energy, and defence and intelligence.

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JDR to Deliver Inter-Array Cable Package for Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm

Third German Wind Farm project for JDR

VBMS has awarded JDR, a leading provider of technology connecting the global offshore energy industry, the inter-array cable contract for the Vattenfall AB Sandbank offshore wind farm. JDR will design and manufacture 105 kilometres of inter-array cable, including a new coilable 630mm2 copper core cable and a range of cable accessories.

The Sandbank offshore wind farm will be constructed 90km west of Sylt island, within the exclusive economic zone off the German North Sea coast. The farm will comprise 72 x 4MW turbines in water depths between 25 and 37 metres. Construction is expected to start in 2015.

The JDR engineering team will design and manufacture two inter-array cables; a 185mm2 copper conductor cable and an 630mm2 copper conductor cable. The Sandbank cable incorporates JDR’s qualified coilable design. This approach, which enables cables to coil into a static tank or basket removing the need for powered turntables or vertical reels, utilises a helically wound polypropylene string serving over the cable armouring. Both cables will be supplied in splice-free lengths, be XLPE insulated and type tested to IEC 60502-2 and CIGRE standards.

Alongside the inter-array cables, JDR will supply a range of accessories including pulling grips, hang-offs, connectors, cable cleats and subsea repair joints. The cables will be manufactured at JDR’s custom-built Hartlepool facility. This specialist facility is alongside a deepwater dock with direct access to North Sea shipping lanes, ideally positioned for loadouts for European wind farm projects.

Pat Herbert, JDR’s Executive Chairman, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with VBMS to deliver the Sandbank offshore wind farm. Sandbank is JDR’s third German wind farm win and another important step forward in the development of offshore wind energy in Northern Europe. The Sandbank project will utilise our new 630mm2 copper core inter-array cable, part of the growing range of JDR inter-array options. This cable’s coilable design is another JDR initiative to help drive down cost as it supports greater flexibility in vessel selection and storage solutions.”

“The JDR team is committed to the long-term development of the offshore wind industry, importantly using technology innovations to support the evolution of cost-effective offshore wind energy production. Our latest innovations, building on our expertise in copper core cables, include the development of 66kV cables to improve power capacity, new aluminium core inter-array cables and the transfer of cost-saving oil and gas project knowledge, such as pre-terminated cables.”

Another Delivery of Aquacomm Modems and Transducers to Seaformatics Group, Canada

DSPComm recently delivered several Aquacomm underwater acoustic wireless modems and Aquatrans high-performance oil-filled transducers to the Seaformatics Group in Canada. The Seaformatics Group is a research arm of the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (MUN), Canada, carrying out cutting-edge research into empowering the Seafloor. In this particular project, the group is developing seabed instrumentation and underwater wireless networking mounted on self-powered autonomous pods. These pods, known as SEAFormatics Pods, are designed to monitor the subsea and seabed environment. The applications include geological imaging, earthquake detection, marine science and applications in the subsea oil and gas industry, as well as defence applications.

One particular innovation is that these pods can be self-powered for extended periods of time underwater without human intervention. This is achieved through a patent-pending custom-designed horizontal axis turbine that uses sea currents to generate and store electric energy, thus allowing indefinite operation in the subsea environment. As it is well-known in this industry, the sole use of batteries to provide energy is a severe limiting factor. Further, the pods have a plug-and-play capability where the sensor modules can be changed depending on the goals of the deployment.

DSPComm's Aqauacomm modems and Transducers power the wireless connectivity of the pods. Acoustic wireless communications are critical for the system, as the health of the pods can be monitored remotely, as well as data reticulation between the pods and the surface. The networking system is designed so that up to 100 pods can be networked in one area. The range between pods is up to two kilometres in distance, so that with 100 pods a massive subsea area can be covered and networked.

"The SEAFormatics team carried out extensive research and trialed modems from several leading manufacturers, and chose DSPComm modems as the most reliable modem to operate in highly reflective shallow waters typical of coastal areas."

Unlike in terrestrial RF communications and networking, underwater networking is unique due to the relatively large propagation time, as well as a limited availability of bandwidth in the acoustics channel. Due to this fact, research has shown that the traditional methods of time and/or frequency multiplexing methods do not work so well. DSPComm modems come into their own in the underwater networking area, as the modems are spread spectrum CDMA modems, which provides a viable method for successful underwater networking due to the fact that the same frequency and time-space is used, and the multiplexing is carried out by different spreading codes. Previous research in underwater ad-hoc networking has been undertaken by a well-known Australian research institute (CSIRO) using DSPComm modems and shown to work successfully.

The SEAFormatics team carried out extensive research and trialed modems from several leading manufacturers, and chose DSPComm modems as the most reliable modem to operate in highly reflective shallow waters typical of coastal areas. The modem was also the best fit for other important criteria of the pod, such as small footprint, low power consumption, straightforward API and highly configurable operational parameters.

In this second phase of the deployment, the system will be tested for an extensive period of time and DSPComm supplied further sets of modems and transducers for this phase. DSPComm has supported and worked closely with the group to ensure a successful outcome.

Tampnet to Acquire High Capacity and Low Latency Communications Provider CNSFTC from BPEOC

Increases resiliency in current network infrastructure benefitting all customers

Introduces new services and technology on the UK Continental Shelf

Tampnet and BP continues their long-term relationship

Tampnet AS (“Tampnet”), the Norwegian-based leading offshore high capacity and low latency communications provider, has reached an agreement with BP Exploration Operating Company Limited (“BPEOC”) to acquire 100% of the fibre infrastructure and radio links operator Central North Sea Fibre Telecommunications Company Limited (”CNSFTC”). The transaction also includes acquiring certain associated fibre infrastructure currently owned by BPEOC.

CNSFTC is an Aberdeen-based operator of subsea fibre and radio link infrastructure, primarily on the UK Continental Shelf. CNSFTC serves approximately 20 platforms with high capacity and low latency communication to shore. The offshore fibre infrastructure stretches from Cruden Bay and runs via the Forties’ and Everest oil fields, to the Ula platform where it connects to Tampnet’s fibre infrastructure. CNSFTC today serves a number of BP’s North Sea platforms with high capacity and low latency communication as well as other major oil and gas operators in the UK part of the North Sea. As part of the transaction BP and Tampnet are entering into a long-term contract for the continuation of services to connected BP platforms in the North Sea.

“CNSFTC’s and Tampnet’s networks are complementary and the acquisition has a strong industrial logic as it will increase the reliability and redundancy for the connected customers in the North Sea which is Tampnet’s core market. We already have a good working relationship with CNSFTC, exchanging capacity on our respective networks for redundancy purposes. We look forward to be able to provide the customers of CNSFTC with the latest high capacity and low latency 4G-technology that we are currently rolling out on in the North Sea”, said Per Helge Svensson, CEO of Tampnet.

“CNSFTC was originally created to serve BP’s platforms but subsequently also connected third parties to the network. BP’s strategy is to focus our resources and investment in strategic assets and CNSFTC no longer fits with this. We have been working with Tampnet in the North Sea since 2004 and believe that they will continue to develop the business to ensure the long-term future and reliability of the services to the offshore installations”, said Trevor Garlick, Regional President for BP’s North Sea Business.

Tampnet operates the largest offshore high capacity communication network in the world and serves more than 180 Oil & Gas (“O&G”) platforms, Floating Production Storage and Offloading units (so called FPSOs) and exploration rigs on the Danish, Norwegian and the UK continental shelves of the North Sea as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. In total, Tampnet owns and operates a redundant infrastructure network of 1,500 km subsea fiber and circa 35 radio links and leases capacity in an additional 900 km of subsea fiber in the North Sea. Tampnet is since 2012 wholly owned by EQT Infrastructure I and EQT Infrastructure II (the “EQT Infrastructure Funds”). The EQT Infrastructure Funds are part of EQT, the leading private equity group in Northern Europe with over EUR 22 billion of raised capital. EQT has extensive experience from both the communication and O&G sectors, and sees strong growth and strategic development potential for Tampnet with the acquisition of CNSFTC.

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014.

Contacts: Per Helge Svensson, CEOTampnet

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KVH Offers New “Pay-As-You-Go” DISH Network Service to Marine Customers

KVH TracVision® owners in the U.S. can now enjoy satellite TV from DISH Network® on their boats and pay only for the months of service they use

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) is bringing the benefits of “Pay-As-You-Go” satellite TV service from DISH Network to customers in the marine market for the first time. This program gives seasonal boaters with TracVision satellite TV antenna systems the flexibility to pay for DISH Network service only when their boat is in the water. There is no charge for starting or stopping monthly service.

This new program broadens the appeal of satellite TV on a boat. With a KVH TracVision satellite TV antenna system onboard, boaters can enjoy cruising to a favorite anchorage without worrying about being out of range of their favorite programming or local TV channels. They can also access high-definition TV service just like they get at home. Marine customers of the Pay-As-You-Go program can get more than 200 high-definition channels of DISH Network programming anywhere in the U.S., with no contract required; all packages are on a 30-day, month-to-month basis. The flexibility of the Pay-As-You-Go program is designed to suit the needs of many types of boat and yacht owners—from those who only occasionally voyage offshore to those who have never enjoyed the benefits of satellite TV onboard.

To promote the new Pay-As-You-Go program, KVH offers the option of a free DISH HD receiver with every TracVision TV-series marine satellite TV antenna system purchased. KVH’s TracVision TV-series is a powerful family of fully stabilized antenna systems offering sizes, features, and options for every size boat. The four systems – TV1, TV3, TV5, and TV6 – are extremely compact, ranging in size from 12.5 to 24 inches in diameter, yet they offer superior in-motion performance.

“With the TracVision TV-series, you get HD in a little dome, with the high-performance tracking and satellite acquisition that TracVision customers love. When you add Pay-As-You-Go, you get the flexibility to pay only when you use the service on your boat. It’s a win-win,” says Jim George, KVH director of satellite sales.

For the Pay-As-You-Go program, KVH is working with Pace International, of Rochester, MN, an authorized national distributor for DISH.

Alcatel-Lucent starts construction of Sea-Me-We 5 undersea cable system

Turnkey multi-million dollar contract is in force and calls for Alcatel-Lucent to deploy segments from Sri Lanka to France. Construction starts for an expected ready for service in 2016.

The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) consortium has announced that the contract for the deployment of the SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea cable system spanning 20,000 km from Singapore to France has come into force.

The new 100G SEA-ME-WE 5 will deliver ultra-broadband capacity and faster access to consumers and businesses. Its ultimate design capacity of 24 Terabit per second (Tbit/s) will be used to serve the countries along its route.

The system wil connect Singapore to Europe (Italy and France) and traverse Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Alcatel-Lucent has started construction of the segments spanning from Sri Lanka to France. Co-contractor NEC will be deploying the Singapore to Sri Lanka segment.

Ms Linette Lee , Chairperson of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Management Committee said: “With the rollout of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system, we will deliver a dynamic and agile way to serve end-users and offer them the quality of service they need. Alcatel-Lucent and NEC’s 100G undersea technology will help us in setting a new milestone in the further development of this route.”

Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks said: “We are pleased to start working on the construction of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system to deliver a state-of–the-art infrastructure that will combine several advantages in terms of innovation, flexibility and reliability to decongest existing systems and will offer end-users an increased service experience.”

More about SEA-ME-WE 5

The consortium is composed: Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited, (BSCCL), China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, China United Network Communications Group Company, Djibouti Telecom, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (PJSC), Orange, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, Saudi Telecom Company, SingTel, Sri Lanka Telecom, TOT, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Yemen International Telecommunications (TeleYemen).

More about the Alcatel-Lucent solution

Alcatel-Lucent has a long-standing tradition of more than 30 years of technical cooperation with SEA-ME-WE consortia for several projects. The SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium will integrate Alcatel-Lucent’s latest innovations in subsea communications, including the Alcatel-Lucent 1620 Light Manager submarine line terminal using Advanced Coherent technology and incorporating the latest Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SDFEC) technology, as well as its advanced ROADM branching unit offering dynamic features for enhanced system resilience. Alcatel-Lucent will also install cable and repeaters, and the cable system will be managed by Alcatel-Lucent’s end-to-end submarine network management system. As part of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will also be in charge of project management, system design, marine operations and system commissioning.

Restoration Works to Repair Submarine Cable Fault

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) wishes to announce that our consortium members have detected a fault on the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable in Hong Kong segment linking Malaysia to the United States and North Asia.

TM has immediately taken pro-active steps by optimising our networks to reduce congestion and diverting traffic to alternative routes, thus, minimising the impact to our users.

Restoration works for submarine cable faults involves the concerted efforts of all consortium members, and is expected to begin on Wednesday, 1 October 2014 and completed on Monday, 6 October 2014. However, we wish to highlight that these restoration works will be subject to sea conditions, the identification of the actual location of the fault and the challenges presented working at great sea depths and pressure.

During this period, Internet users may experience some degree of service degradation such as slow browsing and high latency while accessing international websites mainly hosted in the United States (US), North Asia and Europe. Customers using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and other critical business applications linked to US, North Asia and Europe may also experience some level of service degradation.

TM shall provide necessary updates on the progress of the restoration works, and will monitor feedback from our customers on the quality of service experienced.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to assure customers that we are undertaking all necessary measures to ensure that customers continue to experience uninterrupted service.

We wish to thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the affected period. If you have any questions or require any assistance, you can reach us at for TM Phone and Broadband customers and for UniFi customers. We can also be contacted via Twitter at @TMConnects​. ​ Thank you.

RigNet Names Pal Jensen Vice President

RigNet, Inc. (Nasdaq:RNET) a leading global provider of managed remote communications solutions, telecoms systems integration services and collaborative applications to the oil and gas industry, today announced that Pål Jensen has been named to the position of vice president – Energy Maritime. Initially based in Oslo, Norway, Jensen will be responsible for leading RigNet's business of providing remote communications solutions to maritime vessels operating in upstream oil and gas around the globe.

Jensen has more than 15 years of global experience in the remote communications industry. His most recent executive position was as president of the Maritime Division at Harris CapRock Communications. Prior to that he was vice president of Maritime Sales at CapRock. Earlier in his career, he was vice president at Telenor Satellite Services, where he was responsible for leading the SeaLink division, which served the energy maritime market. Jensen also was sales director at Nera Networks and spent 14 years at IBM in various roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in the position of director, IBM Global Services. Jensen holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School.

"We are pleased to welcome Pål to the RigNet executive team, leading our energy maritime business," said Hector Maytorena, RigNet's Group Vice President, Eastern Hemisphere. "His extensive background in energy maritime and global experience will serve him extremely well as he leads this important growth area for the Company."

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GVF Announces Launch of 'Glossary' of Maritime Communications


Lexicon of Communications Terminology to be applied to Communications Solution Provider & Solutions User Dialogues

LONDON - During the Informa VSAT 2014 conference in London today, the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) announced the launch of its Maritime SatCom Forum (MSF) ‘Glossary’. The document, earlier iterations of which were developed by the Maritime SatCom Forum Working Group of the GVF, has been further developed by the joint-chairs of the MSF, Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development, GVF, and Roger Adamson, Chief Executive, Futurenautics.

“The ‘Glossary’ comprises a highly comprehensive A to Z of the terminology used on a daily basis by the satellite communications industry in its dialogues with one of its key customer vertical markets” commented Martin Jarrold. Mr Jarrold further remarked that having a working group, such as the MSF, which is focused on the maritime space, is a reflection of the fact that “The technology of communications and the exchange of information it facilitates has undergone a highly-accelerated development, and with such advanced communications the maritime communications service environment has now progressed fully into the broadband age. Against this evolving technology and service backdrop, the MSF has built a strong relationship with InterManager – the international association of ship managers – the Secretary General of which, Captain Kuba Szymanski, has been a constant and forthright advocate of the ‘Glossary’.”

Roger Adamson added that “The development of the ‘Glossary’ was driven by requests from the maritime customer marketplace for a detailed explanation and elaboration of the terminology commonly used by satellite communications solutions vendors, and this document will serve to improve the quality and effectiveness of discussions at the interface of the solutions seller and the solutions buyer.”

Martin Jarrold further commented, “Roger Adamson has previously collaborated with GVF in connection with the GVF-EMP Conference Partnership Broadband Maritime/Maritime Insights Conference Series and brings a wealth of maritime-related experience, as well as background knowledge of satellite communications in the maritime space.”

Following the launch of the ‘Glossary’ during today’s conference proceedings, the GVF, in collaboration with InterManager and Futurenautics, will engage in a continuing programme to disseminate the ‘Glossary’ as a key resource to enhance the future dialogues between the satellite solutions community and the maritime solutions customer environment.

Commented Captain Szymanski: “The shipping industry needs more standardisation and I am delighted to see this joint project completed. Our new ‘Glossary’ shows that it is possible to identify and agree on terms to make the industry understandable for all stake holders, with special attention to seafarers who are, ultimately, the end users.”

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DONG Energy Concludes Another Framework Agreement for Offshore Array Cables with Nexans

Potential delivery of up to 1,750 kilometres of array cables agreed for offshore wind farm projects

DONG Energy in Denmark and Nexans signed on July 1, 2014 a new framework agreement for the delivery of up to 1,750 kilometres of submarine cables for wind farms off the British coast. The cables will be used for connecting turbines to each other and to the offshore transformer platforms. The framework agreement runs until the end of 2020 and can be extended by two years. The Danish energy company also has the option of expanding the scope of services to include the delivery and installation of cable accessories.

DONG Energy has already equipped a number of large-scale wind farms with Nexans cables, including among others West of Duddon Sands and Westermost Rough in the UK and Borkum Riffgrund and Gode Wind 1-2 in Germany.

“Our ongoing business relationship with DONG Energy is a testimony to our expertise in the area of offshore cables”, said Christof Barklage, CEO of Nexans Deutschland, at the signing of the contract. “Concluding an agreement of this magnitude also provides a solid basis for the growth of our offshore cable business here in our Hanover plant”, he added, stressing the significance of this contract for the site.

United Arab Shipping Company Selects Wavecall™ Plus VSAT for 17 Newbuild Container Ships

Advanced ship design and on board tech require the most reliable VSAT connectivity in the market

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has selected WaveCall™ Plus VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services from Marlink to provide reliable connectivity for its new build fleet of 17 advanced container ships, first vessel due for delivery by the end of 2014. All 17 new container ships – eleven 14,000 TEU (twenty feet equivalent units) and six 18,000 TEU – are designed to embrace 'smart shipping' in order to reduce fuel use and environmental impact. UASC is deploying various technology solutions to support this, including a web-based fleet management system and electronic document handling systems, in addition to enhancing its crew welfare offering.

Wavecall™ Plus, the global connectivity solution, seamlessly combining Ku-band VSAT with L-band, ensures that these systems can provide the data and decision support needed to maximise both vessel and fleet efficiency whilst improving crew services to stay in touch with family and friends on the phone, by email or other online applications. WaveCall™ Plus is one of the innovations that have come out of the AuroraGlobal multi-band satellite communications portfolio ensuring UASC with the most stable connectivity which is also future proof for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services when available. "Our new vessels will be the most environmental friendly ships in the industry," said Mr. Mohamed Zaitoun, Assistant Vice President New Building Techincal Projects, UASC.

"WaveCall™ Plus will provide the IP backbone for the technology and processes UASC is using to revolutionise the way it operates," said Oznur ECE, Account Manager, Marlink. "Optimal vessel can produce cost saving whilst the environmental benefits of consuming considerably for themselves. WaveCall™ Plus will also support the company's green credentials, positioning it as a quality service provider in the heavily regulated and highly competitive container ship market."

Marlink by Airbus DS 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. 


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