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January 2018 Issue

Global Satellite Communications Office
Opens in Âlesund, Norway

Inmarsat opened a new office at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center (NMCC) based in Âlesund, Norway, the heart of Norway’s maritime community. From the Norwegian office, Inmarsat intends to intensify work with third-party innovators and digital disrupters to exploit high-speed broadband via Fleet Xpress through its Certified Applications Provider program.

Fleet Xpress combines Inmarsat’s Global Xpress high-speed data network operating on Ka-band with the ultra-reliable FleetBroadband service on L-band. Inmarsat Maritime is seeking to increase the penetration of Fleet Xpress services in the superyacht, cruise ship and offshore rig markets. Inmarsat recently signed a letter of intent to enable the Rolls-Royce Energy Management System (EMS) via Fleet Xpress, logging data in real time.


RTsys Helps Gauge the Impact
Of Noise on Marine Ecosystems

RTsys measurement devices have been qualified as suitable for submarine measurements within the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), a European collaboration to better understand the consequences of and regulate noise from human activities in the ocean.

The measurements will be made at low frequencies, concentrating on two one-third octave bands at 63 and 125 Hz, frequencies at which maritime traffic noise predominates over all other noise sources. RTsys recorders include precalculation software that directly supplies the indicators required by the MSFD, such as the acoustic pressure (SPL), the exposure level (SEL) and the third octaves. It can also emit alarms in real time in the case that the noise exceeds the thresholds determined in advance by the user.

Measurements are in progress and reports from collaborators will be delivered to Europe by summer 2018.


Ashtead Invests £1 Million in Technology
Aberdeen-based Ashtead Technology expanded its rental fleet with an investment of £1 million in navigation, positioning and imaging technology during 2017. Ashtead is currently the only rental company to offer the iXblue GAPS-NG system with the new telemetry capability, an ultrashort baseline (USBL) positioning system for locating subsea assets.


Drones Used in Ship Class Surveys
Robotics in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS) BV received a certificate as a Recognized External Specialist from ABS and RINA for remote inspection techniques using drones for surveying enclosed spaces.

RIMS was also the first company Bureau Veritas approved as a service supplier. The approval allows shipowners and managers to invite RIMS to support class surveyors by showing the objects to be inspected live on screen.


2018:  JAN | FEB | MARCH
2017:  JAN | FEB | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE | JULY | AUG | SEPT | OCT | NOV | DEC

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