Carole Plessy, Head of OneWeb’s Maritime Product Development, argues that reliable, flexible connectivity is required to harmonise the fragmented maritime supply chain and help the industry to attract investment and comply with tough new regulations.
Delivering Return on Investment is the ultimate goal for any sector looking to realise its digital ambitions, but the logistical and financial challenges of deploying consistent connectivity across entire fleets has been a significant stumbling block for the shipping industry. The sector has already invested substantially in digital products and services that have not always delivered, so it’s no great surprise that some are hesitant to invest further.
VSAT+, the new maritime satellite service from Thuraya, will be unveiled in Europe at this year’s Nor-Shipping conference and exhibition event in Oslo, three months after its commercial launch at the annual Thuraya partner conference in Dubai.
Marlink will launch Sealink Global 4G at Nor-Shipping 2019. The new all-encompassing hybrid communication service will leverage fast, low-latency mobile services when in network range while complementing VSAT connectivity when in regulated regions.
Thuraya Telecommunications Company has signed a Service Partner agreement with marine technology systems integrator Elcome.
GTMaritime has launched GTMailPlus.Continuity, a now standard feature of its GTMailPlus service for the shipping and offshore industries, allowing users to access emails with complete security, even when their systems are unexpectedly offline.
NSSLGlobal has unveiled the latest addition to its maritime portfolio, FusionIP-LITE, allowing users to switch between cellular and satcom networks to ensure “always-on” connectivity with speeds of up to 40mbps.
Port-IT has announced the launch of a slimmed down version of its Orilla Service, offering the same core features and benefits of Orilla, at a lower cost.
Sea IT has opened new office outside Gothenburg for support, R&D, and production to expand and recruit employees and test and produce equipment for worldwide shipping.
Hapag-Lloyd has announced plans to implement XVELA’s collaboration services to increase transparency throughout the transportation supply chain and more efficiently employ assets and resources.
Inmarsat has launched Crew Xpress, a new service for crew to improve connectivity and welfare of those working at sea.
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