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Affordable Crew Communications Are Now Available to All Vessels

Keeping in touch at sea, even in an emergency, is now easier and affordable – thanks to a new lightweight satellite communication terminal. Thuraya MarineStar, being unveiled during this week’s Europort event in Rotterdam, blends robust design with unprecedented functionality and unmatched levels of value to provide flawless voice communications with tracking and monitoring across the world’s busiest sea routes and fishing hotspots. Nabil Ben Soussia, Vice President Maritime at IEC Telecom. Now available as part of IEC Telecom’s extensive satcom portfolio, Thuraya MarineStar enables satellite calls to landlines, mobile phones and other satellite phones and can also connect to a standard analogue phone as an extension or an on-board PBX. As a strategic partner for Thuraya, IEC Telecom is making the new terminal available through its extensive global network, providing its reliable 24/7 support service to ensure dependable coverage wherever and whenever needed. Nabil Ben Soussia, IEC Telecom Vice President – Maritime, said: “We are excited to unveil this product together with Thuraya, our strategic partner. Thuraya MarineStar delivers the reassurance of constant connectivity and communications and can cater to the operational requirements of a wide variety of small and specialized vessels, such as workboats and fishing boats.” Available with IEC’s exclusive tariff plans, Thuraya MarineStar is now the most affordable maritime satellite terminal with fully customizable packages available to suit all needs and budgets. “Thuraya MarineStar is so flexible and cost-effective that it makes vital onboard communication available to all vessel operators, which should put an end to the risks of ships being out of touch at sea,” he explained. “Thuraya MarineStar is robust and unaffected by extreme environments, and it supports crucial applications such as condition-based navigation, SOS and other emergency alerts through push notifications. This makes it ideal for vessels which need a backup alternative to […]

News & Events

Affordable Crew Communications Are Now Available to All Vessels

Keeping in touch at sea, even in an emergency, is now easier and affordable – thanks to a new lightweight satellite communication terminal. Thuraya MarineStar, being unveiled during this week’s Europort event in Rotterdam, blends robust design with unprecedented functionality and unmatched levels of value to provide flawless voice communications with tracking and monitoring across the world’s busiest sea routes and fishing hotspots. Nabil Ben Soussia, Vice President Maritime at IEC Telecom. Now available as part of IEC Telecom’s extensive satcom portfolio, Thuraya MarineStar enables satellite calls to landlines, mobile phones and other satellite phones and can also connect to a standard analogue phone as an extension or an on-board PBX. As a strategic partner for Thuraya, IEC Telecom is making the new terminal available through its extensive global network, providing its reliable 24/7 support service to ensure dependable coverage wherever and whenever needed. Nabil Ben Soussia, IEC Telecom Vice President – Maritime, said: “We are excited to unveil this product together with Thuraya, our strategic partner. Thuraya MarineStar delivers the reassurance of constant connectivity and communications and can cater to the operational requirements of a wide variety of small and specialized vessels, such as workboats and fishing boats.” Available with IEC’s exclusive tariff plans, Thuraya MarineStar is now the most affordable maritime satellite terminal with fully customizable packages available to suit all needs and budgets. “Thuraya MarineStar is so flexible and cost-effective that it makes vital onboard communication available to all vessel operators, which should put an end to the risks of ships being out of touch at sea,” he explained. “Thuraya MarineStar is robust and unaffected by extreme environments, and it supports crucial applications such as condition-based navigation, SOS and other emergency alerts through push notifications. This makes it ideal for vessels which need a backup alternative to […]

Baltic index falls for sixth session on weaker panamax demand

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the sixth straight session on Tuesday, hurt by softer demand for panamax vessels. The Baltic index, which reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell 19 points, or 1.1%, to 1,656, its lowest since July 3. The panamax index dropped 41 points, or 2.8%, to 1,436, falling for the sixteenth straight session. Average daily earnings for panamaxes, which usually carry coal or grain cargoes of about 60,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, fell $329 to $11,529. The supramax index fell 31 points to 974. The capesize index edged up 29 points, or 1.0%, to 2,975. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, rose $26 to $24,612. Source: Reuters (Reporting by Shreyansi Singh in Bengaluru)

Effects of the IMO 2020 Sulphur cap on liner shipping

Alphaliner, pioneer and leading provider of in-depth analysis to the liner shipping industry, combined with advanced solutions for liner shipping professionals, reaffirming its global leadership with a heading presentation on Day One at Intermodal Europe 2019, shortly after the opening panel discussion. The event is a world-class exhibition and conference for companies associated with the container and intermodal industries, covering all areas of container shipping and logistics. In this talk, Stefan Verberckmoes, analyst and editor at Alphaliner, presents multiple options for vessel owners to comply with the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations, including the installation of exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers), the use of LNG for propulsion or a switch to the more expensive Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO). Most container carriers have taken their time to compare all options, which means that a majority of the 5,300+ cellular ships will have to bunker VLSFO as from next year. Alphaliner however notes a strong increase in the installation of scrubbers since June. 153 ships were equipped with a scrubber at the end of October and this number is expected to rise to 260 vessels by 1 January, which represent a total capacity of 2.3 Mteu (10% of the total container fleet capacity). Stefan further elaborates on the extra fuel costs which carriers want to pass on to shippers and forwarders. Although higher bunker costs have a direct effect on total operating expenses, historical data of Alphaliner shows that there is no direct relation between fuel prices and financial results. Operating margins largely depend on the revenues of the carriers (freight rates) which are influenced by the ratio between cargo demand and the capacity offered by the ship operators. The IMO 2020 Sulphur cap is in fact changing this ratio as a large number of ultra large container ships (ULCS) and […]

UK Government to support safe maritime trade and sustainable development across the Pacific and Caribbean

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has launched a five-day capacity building conference to help islands across the Pacific and Caribbean support trade and develop sustainable marine economies. Led by government experts in maritime safety, seabed mapping and ocean science, the conference will help representatives to achieve these outcomes by developing legislation and regulations that support the safe use of our oceans. Legislation and regulations that guide the sharing of maritime information – including up-to-date bathymetry (seabed mapping data), tides, navigational warnings and observations – are essential to the safe navigation of ships, protecting the lives of mariners and reducing the likelihood of groundings that could damage marine environments. This information, when combined with detailed analysis of marine life, can also help countries to develop evidence-based policy and legislation that supports the sustainable use of their natural resources. UK Hydrographic Office, with support from partners across government, works with representatives from 17 Commonwealth states to develop legislation that supports the safe and sustainable use of our oceans Talks and practical sessions led by UKHO subject matter experts will include a focus on how maritime regulations and law can help islands to build sustainable ‘blue’ economies, as well as support the safe navigation of the many ships that travel in their territories. Partners the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and ATKINS will also demonstrate how regulations support ocean science programmes, as well as how existing legislation supports different areas of ocean policy. Commenting on the conference, Ian Davies, Hydrographic Programme Manager at the UKHO said: “This seminar has been a fantastic opportunity to work with partners from UK Government and around the world to help build sustainable and resilient marine economies for the future. The oceans are vital for providing these states with food, security […]