Ships Electronic Services (SES) has won the contract to update the Satellite TV antennas for the "RRS James Cook" the well known research vessel operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) based in Southampton. Two KVH HD11 antennas will be installed which will provide HD TV on the Ku band Service.
The contract comes after SES supplied and installed global HD TV systems for the NOC's new research ship "RRS Discovery", which has been heralded as one of the most sophisticated research vessels afloat. The new 99.7 metre "RRS Discovery" was built in Spain and comes from an eminent line of four predecessors of that name dating back to the famous "Discovery" of Captain Scott. Even while operating in remote ocean areas the captain and crew of the "Discovery" will be able to enjoy HD TV via two of latest technology antennas from KVH, the HDII which can operate on both Ka and Ku band services.
SES Managing Director Stephen Roper said, "We are delighted to have been contracted to work on both of these prestigious vessels which will be operating in some of the remotest corners of the globe. Meticulous installation is essential to ensure trouble free operation, we recognise that global TV is essential for the crew during the long periods they will spend at sea."
SES is one of the UK's most respected marine electronics supply, service and installation companies specialising in communication, navigation and on-board entertainment for the Commercial, Military and Leisure markets. With 8 centres strategically located around the UK coast SES can provide fast response to commercial operators directly or through its 24/7 emergency phone line. www.ses-marine.com
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, has finalized the acquisition of the remaining 34% interest in AS Draka Keila Cables, thereby becoming the sole shareholder of this Estonian cable company, which joined the Group following the acquisition of Draka in 2011. The price of this acquisition amounts to €6.2 million and takes into consideration a positive net financial position (cash) of approximately €4.9 million at the end of 2013.
Draka Keila Cables reported sales of approx. €53.8 million in 2013 and is expected to deliver growing results in 2014, taking advantage of the favorable development of market demand in the reference market of Baltic Republics and Nordic Countries.
With 6 plants in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Estonia Prysmian Group can rely on a prominent presence in the Nordic region. The Company is able to offer a wide range of products from submarine and underground high and medium voltage cable systems, to special cable solutions for the oil & gas, the marine industry, the renewable energy sector, telecommunication and cablings for the construction sector.
The investment in Keila Cables will allow the Group to further speed up the development of its growth strategy in this high potential region.
Xtera Communications, Inc., a leading global provider of submarine optical networking cable systems, announces the award of a contract on a turnkey basis by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), an agency of the US Department of Defense, to build a new undersea fiber optic cable system to be performed in the Southern Command area of responsibility.
The cable system is approximately 1,500 km long and will enable connectivity to the Defense Information System Network (DISN) via fiber optic technology.
Xtera will supply its turnkey 100G optimized submarine system solution for this project, including undersea optical repeaters, Nu-Wave OptimaTM Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE), cable and all marine services. Xtera's new undersea repeaters are unique in using Raman optical amplification to produce very low noise levels and thus allow the distance between repeaters to be maximized. Xtera's 100G SLTE technology, launching multiple 100G wavelengths into the optical fiber for high total throughput, is well established, with its first deployment on a submarine system in early 2012.
"We are delighted to be selected by DISA to build this new submarine cable system as a further validation of our offering of high-performance and higher-value turnkey solutions with our next generation repeater," said Jon Hopper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Xtera. "This new project is a further step forward in the execution of Xtera's strategy to expand our solution portfolio for the subsea segment with innovative and reliable offerings."
Backed by 10 years of experience in long-haul optical transmission and subsea cable project management, Xtera offers complete turnkey solutions for the construction of new submarine cable systems including supply and installation of the submerged infrastructure. This turnkey offering also includes the recovery and redeployment of existing submarine cable systems. With deployments across five continents, Xtera helps its customers expand and accelerate their market reach with new deployments and extend the life of existing network assets with cost-effective upgrades.
Cable Enterprise vessel to be fully geared for offshore wind farms interconnections.
Prysmian Group, a world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been investing to further boost its submarine project execution capabilities in the conversion of its vessel “Cable Enterprise” from a moored cable laying barge into a DP2 cable laying barge able to use its own propulsion within the work site.
“Our objective is to have a more comprehensive control over the supply chain by insourcing a greater part of the installation work and extending our installation range to the MV sector, such as inter-array cable installation between turbines”, explains Marcello Del Brenna, CEO of Prysmian Powerlink. “The Group has been aiming at expanding its ability to offer turnkey products and services (including design, manufacture and installation) to the offshore wind farms growing market for some time and now it is investing again in this field”.
The vessel will be converted into a DP2 ship that will operate autonomously without the need of tugs during cable laying and will have a total of 9.2 MW of power supplying 6 thrusters. Upgrade works include new decks for accommodation and operation areas purposes and a new cable tank for future HVDC projects. Most importantly, the vessel will keep its ability to ground out and operate in shallow waters. Conversion works contract has been awarded to Viktor Lenac shipyard.
The Cable Enterprise vessel became part of Prysmian Group in November 2012 with the acquisition of Global Marine Systems Energy Limited and the entire team has become an integral part of the company under the name of Prysmian Powerlink Services (PPLS), to further strengthen the submarine power cable installation capability of the Group.
Since then, the PPLS team has been very active in the installation of submarine power cables and systems and providing strategic assets and high value-added services for the installation of submarine power connections, ranging from project management, to cable laying, jointing and protection, with particular expertise in offshore wind farm connections and is currently involved in major projects under construction in the North Sea. Among the most recent projects carried out and on-going are the Phu Quoc island interconnection in Vietnam and the Normandie 3 project in the UK Channel.
Radius Oceanic Communications, Inc., and Cyta has announced testing and commissioning are complete on the Poseidon submarine cable system, a fiber optic network built to serve the oil and gas and scientific markets in the Eastern Mediterranean. Radius and its regional telecom partner, Cyta have also completed work to establish dual landing facilities in Cyprus, and to implement high-bandwidth end-to-end connectivity from Cyprus to the US.
The commissioning of Poseidon provides unprecedented opportunities to the developing oil and gas industry in the region. For the first time, companies can create their development plans for deep water production with the certainty that the benefits of fiber optic capacity are available and can be easily extended to their platforms.
CSnet International, Inc., the initial tenant on Poseidon, and whose existing Offshore Communications Backbone (OCB) provided an integral fiber segment for the Poseidon network, will begin migrating scientific traffic to Poseidon in April. CSnet will use Poseidon to more efficiently offer oceanographic, hydrographic and seismic data to all interested parties on a near real-time basis.
Κey Network Facts and Benefits: • The POSEIDON network extends for some 800 km from two shore landings in Cyprus, creating a fiber ring that borders the Cypriot EEZ, and enveloping the offshore oil and gas lease blocks established for development by the Republic of Cyprus. • The Poseidon network is designed as a trunk and branch system, enabling additional fiber extensions and alternate landings as new areas for development are opened outside Cypriot waters and as customer requirements are expanded. • Secure, high availability fiber services are easily extended to and between platforms, and can provide the backbone for additional services necessary for surrounding operations. • The Radius operating model will offer high capacity managed broadband services, end-to-end global capacity and 24x7 network monitoring and support.
"With the Poseidon system now live, a strategic goal is realized, that of providing secure, high bandwidth, fiber optic capabilities throughout this highly critical oil and gas environment", Jim Byous, President of Radius Oceanic Communications, Inc., states. "The collaborative planning and implementation efforts of the Radius, Cyta and CSnet International teams have achieved an industry first, bringing a widely accessible submarine fiber network into operation in advance of full oil and gas production. Planning, monitoring, and exploration functions will benefit greatly and we are excited about the benefits these capabilities will bring to deepwater operators in the region."
Cyta's CEO, Dr Aristos Riris, says of Poseidon, "We have been pleased to work with Radius to bring the Poseidon network into service. This network, which will support the Eastern Mediterranean deep water developments as they mature, meets Cyta's objective of being a regional leader in the provision of strategic services to the oil and gas communities."
About Radius Oceanic Communications, Inc: Radius is a communications provider formed to offer broadband communications to the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide. The Radius team consists of leading industry professionals in the fields of undersea fiber optic telecommunications engineering, development and operations. The Radius project development team has participated in leading roles in the development of offshore oil and gas undersea fiber projects in the Eastern Mediterranean, West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico and the Asia Pacific regions since 2000. For more information, please visit http://www.radiusocean.com
About Cyta: Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) is the primary telecommunications provider in Cyprus. Its product portfolio covers the whole spectrum of electronic communications ranging from fixed and mobile telephony to internet service provision and broadband applications. Cyta, through its strategic business unit Cytaglobal, is particularly active in the area of undersea cable systems, providing wholesale products and services on a global basis, and has established Cyprus as a regional telecommunications hub in the Eastern Mediterranean. To learn more about Cyta and Cytaglobal, please visit http://www.cytaglobal.com.
Prysmian Group, a world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry, has completed operations for the construction and execution of the submarine power cable link to connect Phu Quoc Island to the national power grid in Vietnam.
The turnkey project refers to a contract awarded in May 2012 by the Vietnamese utility EVNSPC (Southern Power Corporation under Vietnam Electricity) worth a total of Euro 67 million for the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of the submarine interconnection.
Inauguration ceremony for the interconnection between Phu Quoc Island and the Mainland power grid in Ha Tien.
Situated 45 km west of Ha Tien town, Kien Giang province in southern Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam and the submarine cable link plays a major role in the province’s 2020 socio-economic development master plan aimed at making Phu Quoc Island into a special administrative-economic zone by the end of the decade, serving as a national and international center for high-end ecotourism and entertainment, and particularly significant in terms of security and national defense. The Phu Quoc link is the first submarine power cable link installed by a utility company in Vietnam and South East Asia’s longest undersea cable system.
The Phu Quoc cable connection comprises some 56 km of 3x630 mm² 110 kV copper, single wire armoured XLPE insulated submarine cable manufactured in the Group’s worldwide reputed technology excellence centre during 2013. After a long trip from Italy across the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean the Prysmian cable laying vessel “Cable Enterprise” and its team of specialized personnel and equipment installed the submarine cable, which was also successfully commissioned ready for operations.
Thanks to unrivalled knowledge, experience, commitment and expertise, developed in more than 130 years of history as worldwide leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry and in submarine cable technology and execution of turnkey projects, Prysmian was able to successfully complete the project well ahead of schedule, only after two months and just in time to begin operation on the occasion of the 2014 Lunar New Year holiday. Effective from February 2 power supply to the island is provided exclusively by ways of the Group’s cable.
The inauguration ceremony for the interconnection took place on February 6 and was attended by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Standing Secretary of Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Lê Hồng Anh and several important politicians and dignitaries from the Central Hanoi Government, as well as the Italian Ambassador to Vietnam. “We are proud of having supported EVNSPC and the Vietnamese people in reaching this important goal and that Prysmian was chosen not only as a contractor, but also as a true partner to cooperate with to achieve a common target” stated Marcello Del Brenna, CEO of Prysmian Powerlink in his speech on the occasion.
With this project Prysmian has delivered to Vietnam and its people top edge technology and know-how, the same technology and know-how that helped carrying power to metropolis like New York and San Francisco or delivering renewable power generated offshore to the mainland in Germany and the UK.
Prysmian Group is the world leader in the energy and telecom cables and systems industry. With over 130 years of experience, sales of some €8 billion in 2012, about 20,000 employees in 50 countries and 91 plants, the Group is strongly positioned in high-tech markets and offers the widest range of products, services, technologies and know-how. In the Energy sector, Prysmian Group operates in the business of underground and submarine power transmission cables and systems, special cables for applications in many different industrial sectors and medium and low voltage cables for the construction and infrastructure industry. In the Telecom sector, the Group manufactures cables and accessories for the voice, video and data transmission industry, offering a complete range of optical fibres, optical and copper cables and connectivity systems. Prysmian is a public company, listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in the FTSE MIB index.
Imtech Marine has signed an agreement with Electrotech Pty in Australia. With this agreement and strategic partnership, Imtech Marine extends its global service network, now 94 own offices in 30 countries, with eight Electrotech offices in Australia. This agreement fits in the strategy of Imtech Marine to be present where customers need support on the spot, also taking into account that Australia is gaining importance in international shipping. With Electrotech Imtech Marine can provide all navigation and communications services, including radio surveys and APT's (Annual Performance Test VDR) throughout the Australian coast.
Stephen Renkert, director of Electrotech: "We are pleased to have signed this agreement with Imtech Marine, through which we can provide first class services to its customers in Australia. With our eight offices in Australia and our expert staff we extend the unique global services network of Imtech Marine to our continent."
André Meijer, Managing Director of Imtech Marine states: "With this agreement we now have a very professional partner in Australia. It means we have made an important step to extend our service span for our customers further. This fills in a gap we had in our global services network". Electrotech is the leading Australian marine electronics company selling, installing and servicing high quality communications and navigation equipment for the civilian and naval maritime sectors. With its offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gladstone, Dampier/Karatha, Melbourne and Perth Electrotech has a truly continental coverage.
Maritime Communication Partner (MCP) has agreed a contract with leading subsea services company DeepOcean to provide state-of-the-art online and mobile communications for a newbuild MT6022 offshore vessel. The vessel, built by Kleven and to be chartered from REM Maritime AS, will provide Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) services for all Statoil operated fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). This five-year IMR agreement, commencing in Q1 2014, is worth more than NOK 1.5billion (USD 253million).
MCP's role will be to keep DeepOcean and Statoil connected. The Telenor-owned business, an established leader in the mobile communications at sea market, will provide the new vessel with high bandwidth online services and mobile network coverage. This will facilitate the seamless transfer of large quantities of data between the vessel and DeepOcean and Statoil's onshore operations, while providing excellent internet/Wi-Fi and mobile connections for crewmembers.
"The Statoil contract is DeepOcean's largest ever client agreement, so it's a real endorsement of our services that we've been picked to provide the communications solution for this landmark partnership," comments MCP's Senior Vice President Offshore Tom Løwehr. "Our solution, anchored by our market proven CellAtSea network, will allow those onboard the vessel to communicate with their devices as they would at home, while Statoil and DeepOcean will enjoy reliable, fast and secure communication channels. For such vital operations, over such a large area, this quality of service is absolutely crucial."
MCP's solution features 'multiple data link bundling', which provides optimum bandwidth by combining multiple data links together with the VSAT. This means that when a ship is in position to connect with land- or oil rig-based mobile data networks (2G/3G/4G), or at harbour in the proximity of a WLAN access point, it does so, boosting the bandwidth available over the VSAT. The greater the bandwidth, the greater the quantity of data that can be handled by smartphones, internet enabled PCs or any other applicable device.
"It's the ideal solution for our needs," says DeepOcean Sales and Marketing Manager Bjørn Inge Staalesen. "This IMR vessel will play a key role in maintaining Statoil's oil and gas production on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, so it's vital to have a quality channel of communication at all times. Aside from meeting Statoil's requirements for the transferal of data, MCP's solution will also enhance conditions for the crew, giving them a level of connectivity that they would usually enjoy on land. This comfort, this access to 'home', will make a real difference to everyday life onboard."
The three-year deal marks a further new agreement for MCP in the offshore sector, after it secured a contract with Gulf Offshore in September to provide mobile and internet services to three vessels operating on the NCS. The segment has emerged as a new target market for MCP, which is looking to leverage its extensive expertise and established number one position in the cruise and ferry sectors (where CellAtSea connected over 13million users last year) to attain offshore leadership.
DeepOcean's contract with Statoil includes a further three-year option, pushing its potential value close to NOK 2.5billion (USD 421million). MCP's system will be installed upon the 108m long, 22m wide offshore construction vessel (to be named REM Ocean) upon completion at Kleven's yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway. The cutting-edge ship is equipped with a 150-ton offshore crane and features two work ROVs and one observation class ROV.
Demand for high-voltage submarine electricity cables is growing steadily, as countries and regions make commitments to offshore renewable power generation, link remote landmasses, and interconnect their national grids. As cable technology advances, more projects are being proposed that require longer, deeper, and higher-capacity cables. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the number of installed submarine cables will grow from 110 in 2013 to 304 in 2023, according to a conservative forecast. Under a more aggressive scenario, that number could reach 453 by 2023.
“Only a few companies have the capability to construct and install high-voltage submarine cable, and the constricted supply chain for these highly specialized and expensive products has limited the industry’s growth in the past,” says Bob Lockhart, research director with Navigant Research. “The tide has changed, with market entrants from other sectors and other regions of the world beginning to step in to absorb the excess demand.”
While the economic downturn of the past few years has slowed the number of project installations, many governments and organizations remain committed to the types of projects that drive new high-voltage submarine cable installations, according to the report. Offshore wind farms and grid interconnectors remain a focus of the European Union’s 20-20-20 goal. Further, developing nations in Asia Pacific are requiring larger and more complex cables for their grid and island interconnectors, opening up new opportunities for existing companies.
The report, “Submarine Electricity Transmission”, analyzes the global market for high-voltage submarine cables, including cables to connect offshore renewable energy generation, grid interconnectors, and cables to connect remote landmasses. The study provides an analysis of the significant demand drivers for deploying high-voltage submarine cables and the related market issues. Global market forecasts for demand and revenue from high-voltage submarine cables, segmented by world region, project and cable type, technology, and growth scenario, extend through 2023. The report also examines the main technology issues and profiles the key industry players. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.
SpeedCast, Asia-Pacific's leading satellite telecommunications service provider, has announced the launch of new expanded coverage for its global VSAT maritime network in the Indian and South Atlantic Ocean regions. The enhanced service strengthens the reach of SpeedCast's network in these two key shipping regions, utilizing multiple satellite footprints, and now completes the VSAT coverage for all major maritime routes.
SpeedCast has seen a sharp increase in the demand for its maritime services across the transatlantic route from Africa to South America and across the Indian Ocean. The new coverage of the two heavily traversed routes is provided via three satellites which enable increased availability, uptime, and resiliency; and further improve the user experience for all of SpeedCast's maritime customers operating in the regions.
André Eerland, Vice President of Maritime Services, said, "This is an important investment in our maritime network which not only provides complete coverage of all key maritime routes, but also enhances our coverage with multi-satellite support for additional redundancy."
The launch of the Indian and South Atlantic VSAT services strengthens and expands the reach of SpeedCast's existing maritime VSAT network. SpeedCast pioneered the delivery of a seamless auto-beam-switching broadband network using multiple satellites operating in the Ku-band. This latest expansion highlights SpeedCast's unwavering commitment to its customers to provide expanded coverage in critical regions.
"Today's maritime market is moving progressively towards higher broadband speeds. With this bandwidth expansion, SpeedCast continues to offer the best available coverage, optimized service availability and high speeds for our customers", said Pierre- Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast.
Cable to service the research community of Ny-Ålesund
Uninett, a non-profit company delivering telecom and data network connections to Norwegian universities and research institutions, has announced Global Marine Systems as the contracted provider of a new subsea cable that will service the research community of Ny- Ålesund.
Uninett's high speed research and education network connects more than 200 Norwegian educational and research institutions and their more than 300,000 users, and links them to international research networks. The Ny-Ålesund research station supports earth and life scientists and is part of an international research community that includes stations owned by Norway, Germany, Japan, Italy, France and the UK. The station is the world's northern most research community.
Global Marine Systems, a company that specializes in the installation and maintenance of subsea cables, previously installed the world's most northerly commercial fibre optic cable. The company has unparalleled expertise in cable routing, system engineering and cable protection requirements in the arctic environment.
"Global Marine, with its expertise in provision of cable networks in difficult environments, was a natural choice for the Ny-Ålesund contract," stated Helge Stranden, Uninett's Project Manager. "The company has demonstrated their unequaled ability to support cable routing decisions and to provide cable installation services within the challenges this network presents in this high-latitude location."
"Global Marine Systems has a great track record installing subsea cable systems in the Arctic Circle, having previously installed cables from the Svalbard archipelago to the Norwegian mainland," stated Andrew Lloyd, Director of Installation for Global Marine Systems. "We have a strong appreciation for the unique challenges presented in connecting one of the world's northernmost settlements, and look forward to working with Uninett in the successful expansion of the research network to the Ny-Ålesund station."
French Export Credit Agency Supports Funding for Seabras-1 to be Built by Alcatel-Lucent
Seaborn Networks has announced that Coface, the French Export Credit Agency, has issued, for the account of the French State, a "Promise of Guarantee" for a credit facility for the Seabras-1 Brazil-US cable project subject to certain closing conditions.
Seaborn Networks intends to use the buyer credit to facilitate the manufacture and installation of Seabras-1, a new four-fiber pair Brazil-US submarine cable system being built by Alcatel-Lucent for Seaborn Networks. Seabras-1 will be the first direct route between Sao Paulo and New York, and the system will also have a landing in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Seaborn Networks also announced that the maximum design capacity for Seabras-1 has been increased from 32 Tbps to 40 Tbps in response to market and customer demand for high bandwidth services.
"Our receipt of the Coface Guarantee is a critical achievement for the Seabras-1 project," said Larry Schwartz, CEO of Seaborn Networks. "As Brazil and other South American countries continue to experience unprecedented growth in demand for telecommunications services, Seabras-1 is well positioned to support the region's international communications needs."
This new submarine cable system will be based on Alcatel-Lucent's advanced 100 Gbps coherent technology, developed by Alcatel-Lucent in Villarceaux, near Paris. The ready-for-service date of Seabras-1 is in 2015.
THOR 7 to provide HTS capacity over Europe’s main shipping routes and oil and gas exploration areas
VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), announces that Telenor Satellite Broadcasting A.S. (TSBc), a major European satellite operator, has chosen iDirect’s new Velocity® product line as the ground infrastructure solution for its new THOR 7 high throughput satellite (HTS). Using iDirect technology, TSBc will deliver a Ka-band HTS payload of up to nine Gbps of throughput across 25 spot beams, providing capacity over the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Mediterranean, Baltic Sea as well as the Middle East. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
TSBc chose the iDirect platform for several reasons. The platform will enable automatic, seamless spot-beam handover across all beams on the THOR 7 satellite, ensuring continuous mobile connectivity. The platform will also establish an integrated capacity pool that can be efficiently distributed and enables the development of service plans for individual terminals as well as for groups across the entire coverage area. This establishes a global bandwidth management system that enforces Service Level Agreements (SLA) at the group level across all beams. Further, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting aims to leverage the iDirect platform to facilitate inter-network roaming with other Ku and Ka satellite operators, enabling end users to travel outside of their service providers’ networks, while maintaining seamless coverage through a single service provider.
Telenor Satellite Broadcasting expects to launch the THOR 7 satellite in the second half of 2014. THOR 7 will increase capacity for current maritime and energy customers and enable Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to expand its business in the satellite news gathering, aeronautical and governmental markets.
Julian Crudge, Divisional Director– Network and Data Services, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting said: “THOR 7, Ka-band HTS payload is strategically positioned over the main shipping routes and major oil and gas exploration areas in Europe, enabling our maritime and energy customers to grow their businesses and bring much needed capacity into the region. There’s no better platform than iDirect to bring our new capacity to market, giving us the flexibility we need to capture a broad range of high-value markets, whilst offering the possibility for roaming between Ku and Ka band satellites in the future.”
Stephen Tunicliffe, Regional Vice Presidet, Europe, iDirect said: “iDirect is thrilled to be selected as the ground infrastructure provider for THOR 7. Our new Velocity product line delivers the throughput, scale and advanced mobility features required by Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to maximize the value of their satellite. With Velocity, they can also build on their existing investment in iDirect, managing their entire iDirect deployment on a single platform.”