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Connecting Crew During COVID-19

Inmarsat Maritime President Ronald Spithout says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organizations to assist seafarers in need.Given Inmarsat’s position as the leading provider of maritime VSAT and L-Band services at sea, it is hardly surprising that we have been alert to the direct connection between coronavirus and surging demand for crew voice call and data services. As elsewhere, anxiety levels at sea have been on the rise with the spread of COVID-19.Since

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IMO Emphasis on Empowering Women

International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s World Maritime theme for 2019 – “Empowering women in the Maritime Community” has featured prominently in events at the London International Shipping Week (9-13 September).A seminar co-hosted by Inmarsat and WISTA international (10 September) explored the theme of Diversity and Digitization in the Shipping Industry.Opening the event, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, “If the fundamental nature of work is changing, this is the perfect time to re-examine and re-assess traditional roles and expectations in the workforce –

Ronald Spithout, President Inmarsat Maritime

Study: Ship Tech a $278B Market by 2030

New research into maritime startups concludes that higher bandwidth connecting ships to shore at lower costs is empowering a new breed of single-minded innovators to bring the true benefits of digitalization to the shipping and offshore sectors, according to a report conducted for Inmarsat by UK GovTech venture firm and research house, PUBLIC, The report, ‘Trade 2.0: How Startups are driving the next generation of maritime trade’, co-authored by Nick Chubb and Leonardo Zangrando, locates the maritime sector at an inflection point; open to big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence

Greg Vines, ILO Deputy Director-General for Management & Reform (© Joy Corthésy / ISWAN)

International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards Presented

was presenting the awards, then addressed the guests with a short speech. This was followed by speeches from the event’s main funder and Gold Sponsor, respectively – Tomas Abrahamsson, Acting Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, and Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President of Market Strategy at Inmarsat.The chair for the evening, MF Shipping Group’s Chief Executive Officer and ISWAN Trustee Karin Orsel, announced the first award of the night. The ISWAN Posthumous Award for Outstanding Services to Seafarers’ Welfare was awarded to Joseph Chacko and Leena Joseph, who tragically passed

Dan Thompson and Stuart Rivers  (Photo: Sailors' Society)

A Quarter of Seafarers Show Signs of Depression -Report

industry about the huge impact this is having on seafarers’ mental health.   “We’re working with shipping companies to help them offer the best care to their employees, who are the life blood of the industry and our global economy.”    Held at platinum sponsor Inmarsat’s 99 City Road conference facilities, the Wellness at Sea conference was chaired by Sailors’ Society CEO Stuart Rivers, with Euronav’s CEO Paddy Rodgers as keynote speaker.   The event featured presentations from all areas of the shipping industry including from Kuba Szymanski

SAMSUN has three SAILOR 6222 VHF DSC Class A systems on board (Photo: Cobham SATCOM)

Turkish Cadets Learn GMDSS Operation

A new Turkish training ship operated by TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, is now providing vital safety and operational training for Turkish maritime cadets following installation of an extensive suite of SAILOR GMDSS solutions including Inmarsat Mini-C and maritime radios, all operated through a unique touch-screen user interface. The SAILOR 6000 GMDSS products used on board the Ro-Ro/Passenger ship ‘SAMSUN’, which was recently chartered and converted for training by TUDEV, the Turkish Maritime Education Foundation, are the foundation of a diverse curriculum delivered

At the Seafarers Awareness Week launch on 9 February, from left to right: Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General, Seafarers UK; Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President Market Strategy, Inmarsat Maritime; David Dingle CBE, Chairman, Maritime UK. (Photo: Seafarers UK)

Two New Themes for Seafarers Awareness Week

and events intended to engage media and raise public awareness, with individuals, businesses and organisations working together to raise the profile of jobs within the whole UK maritime industry, including seafaring.   Addressing the official Seafarers Awareness Week launch event at sponsor Inmarsat’s London HQ, Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Director General of Seafarers UK, underlined that despite recent reports by the Department for Transport about declining UK seafarer numbers, there was cause for optimism following the UK Maritime Growth Study recommendations and Maritime UK becoming

Edward Joannides Photo Intellian

Joannides to Lead Intellian's American Business

Joannides’ experience in both the maritime and satellite communications industries spans over 25 years. This includes time at sea as a Chief Officer working for CMA CGM, and senior shore-based posts including Fleet Manager for Northern Navigation, Director of Strategy & Business Development at Inmarsat and most recently Program Manager for SATCOM Services at Northrup Grumman.   Joannides has had a longstanding relationship with Intellian and has worked with the company in recent years on various projects, giving him an excellent understanding of the Intellian ethos.   “We

Mark Warner (Photo: Inmarsat)

Warner to Head Inmarsat Maritime Marketing

Inmarsat has appointed Mark Warner as Head of Marketing Communications for its Maritime business unit.   Reporting to Inmarsat Chief Marketing Officer Chris McLaughlin, Warner will take responsibility for maritime marketing communications activities, with the objective of opening up the full potential of high-speed connectivity at sea across vertical markets including merchant shipping, small boat, fishing and leisure.   With over 18 years’ experience in the maritime industry, Warner’s track record includes digital platform development and marketing program creation for ship

YachtProjects International owner Pippa Nicholas, left, and Allan Foot, MD of Solent Refit, right, at Hythe (Photo: YachtProjects)

YachtProjects Relocates UK Operation at Solent

reputation on maintaining and refitting classic and modern superyachts, welcomed the move as it sees a synergy between both companies and what they have to offer.  YachtProjects International has a portfolio of products and skills, including, VSAT hardware and airtime, managed onboard networks, Inmarsat airtime and offer Mandatory Global Maritime Distress and Safety (GMDSS) services. With a 24/7/365 remote support network, connectivity issues globally can be resolved in minutes due to the automatic alert systems YachtProjects International has in place. The networks include products for automatic

UK Seafarers Awareness Week Taking Shape

113,000 jobs.   During Seafarers Awareness Week a host of activities across the U.K. will see the participation of key organizations including IMarEST, Maritime Educational Foundation, Merchant Navy Training Board, Nautical Institute and UK Chamber of Shipping. The week, sponsored this year by Inmarsat, also encompasses several maritime training establishment events, in Blackpool, Dartmouth, Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton.   All registered events, including some taking place just before or after the week, are promoted on the Seafarers Awareness Week website: www.seafarersweek.uk.  

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The Human Aspect of the Autonomous Ship

how “…‘smart devices’ will replace the role of humans for the management, optimization and control of machinery.” It is a telling coincidence that the release of the LR report coincided with an announcement by Rolls Royce that it will be utilizing bandwidth supplied by Inmarsat as it further advances its Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA). Plainly speaking, this project is about developing vessels that would be remotely controlled from the shore. Oskar Levander, Rolls Royce Vice President of Innovation, Engineering and Technology, asked rhetorically

Frank Coles (Photo: Transas)

New CEO Takes the Helm at Transas

maritime industry.   A maritime business professional, Coles brings to the position leadership experience in maritime operations and technology. Coles recently served as an advisor to a number of blue chip private equity companies on maritime opportunities. Before that, he was the President of Inmarsat Maritime, and was previously CEO of Globe Wireless. After 12 years at sea, Coles spent five years as a maritime lawyer, and then as Operations Director for Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping in Hong Kong. Coles is a Master Mariner, and holds a Masters Degree in Maritime Law from the University of Wales

Michael Butler (Photo: BSS)

Butler Joins BSS as Nonexecutive Chairman

Michael Butler, former Chief Operating Officer of Inmarsat and current board member at Thuraya, has joined Satcom Global and AND Group’s parent company, Broadband Satellite Services Ltd (BSS) as Non-Executive Chairman. Butler brings with him senior level insight and operational experience in the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) market, following a successful career spanning over 20 years in world class technology based companies. This new appointment will bring extensive market knowledge and expertise to the Senior Management team at BSS, said the company, which also recently welcomed Matt

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