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Bourbon, Bureau Veritas Partner on Digitalization

Bourbon Explorer 508 (Photo: Bourbon)

Under a new strategic partnership agreement, French offshore services firm Bourbon and testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas will develop and deploy new digital technologies, including solutions for automation, real time fleet monitoring and mitigating cyber risks.   For dynamic positioning systems in particular,

AIS, AtoN, MTS – and you

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USACE and USCG collaborate to make inland waterways safer.   The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), supported by Alion Science and Technology (Alion), has put forth considerable effort during the last two years to further extend the capabilities of the existing Automatic Identification

Space X Launches Fourth Set of Iridium NEXT Satellites

Pic taken from video: Iridium Communications, Inc.

 Iridium Communications announced that, SpaceX successfully launched the fourth set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.     The launch marks the midway point of the Iridium NEXT launch program, and was the first Iridium launch to use a SpaceX flight-proven rocket.

Harley Marine Deploys Ruggedized Routers

(Photo: Cradlepoint)

Cradlepoint’s 4G LTE network solutions connect onboard technology and ship-to-shore communications   Harley Marine, like many maritime companies, required a solution for simple, fast and reliable network connectivity to ensure daily tasks such as invoice processing, navigation, marine-mapping and more could be completed seamlessly,

UK Partners Launch Autonomous Navigation Project

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As unmanned surface vessels continue to gain ground globally, a new project in the U.K. sets out to address challenges relating to the coexistence of autonomous systems and traditional manned vessels in shared water space. The £1.2 million ($1.6 million) research project, dubbed SWANS (Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite),

Five Trends in Onboard Cruise Ship Technology

Cruise ships are becoming increasingly high-tech as cruise lines look to improve the onboard experience (©Darryl Brooks / Adobe Stock)

Cruise lines are increasingly using technology to attract and entertain passengers. Whether it’s media content to help travelers wind down at the end of the day or smart tech meant to improve the overall cruise experience, cruise ships are becoming more high-tech.   Being out on the ocean creates some challenges to accessing technology,

Marlink Acquires Radio Holland's Connectivity Business

Erik Ceuppens (left) and Paul Smulders (right) sign the partnership agreement (Photo: Marlink)

Marlink and Radio Holland have concluded a partnership agreement whereby Marlink has acquired Radio Holland’s connectivity business.   According to the partners, the deal strengthens Marlink’s position in maritime VSAT, while Radio Holland will be the preferred global sales and service partner offering

Human Element Key to Digital Formula

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

To realize the full potential of digitalization, the maritime sector must focus on behavioral change by the human element, argues Transas CEO Frank Coles    In all the excitement surrounding the digitalization of shipping it is easy to overlook the human element. Failing to appreciate and understand

New Owner Takes Over at WESMAR

Roger Fellows, new WESMAR owner (left), and Bruce Blakey, company founder (Photo: WESMAR)

Bruce H. Blakey, founder and President of WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics), has sold his company to local businessman Roger Fellows, effective November 1, 2017.   Blakey has sold the company to a new innovator whom he says is poised to take the company and its products to new heights. The name of the company will remain the same.

MOL Succeeds in 'Visualization at Sea'

Image of using on shore. Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced a joint success with Japan Radio  and JSAT MOBILE Communications in building a network that shares data recorded in Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) by using Fleet Xpress provided by Inmarsat, a high-capacity, high-speed satellite telecommunication service.   Like

OSI to Deliver IBNS for the US Navy LCS Program

OSI Maritime Systems said it has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide its Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the U.S. Navy Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program.     “We are pleased to have signed this very important contract with Lockheed Martin. Over the years,

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

Garrot, a Canadian Coast Guard’s launch dedicated to the hydrographic survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV Global. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

ASV Global said it has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey

Jackson to Direct Global Marketing at KVH

Elizabeth Jackson (Photo: KVH)

Elizabeth Jackson has joined KVH Industries, Inc. as chief marketing officer and senior vice president for strategy.   Jackson has worked at a variety of companies including Proctor & Gamble, Campbell Soup Company, Summer Infant, and HookLogic, a Bain Capital Ventures portfolio company in ad tech performance marketing.

Marlink Buys Majority Stake in OmniAccess

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Apax Partners backed Marlink said it has signed a definite agreement to acquire a majority stake in fellow maritime VSAT services firm OmniAccess.   The transaction remains subject to customary regulatory approval and closing is expected in the first half of 2018.   OmniAccess’ existing management

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