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Marlink Extends Global Network with New Hybrid Services

By MarEx 2019-05-23 19:52:31

Marlink, the world-leading satellite communications provider, will introduce an all-encompassing new hybrid communication service at Nor-Shipping 2019. Called Sealink Global 4G, as a turnkey solution it provides everything needed to leverage fast, low-latency mobile services when in network range while complementing VSAT connectivity when in regulated regions. Devised as a single global capability with full predictability on performance and costs, Sealink Global 4G is a ready-to-go solution bringing a new dimension of low-latency and flexible connectivity to...

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Insurgency Disrupts China's Plans at Port of Gwadar

By MarEx 2019-05-23 19:28:01

Persistent attacks by ethnic Baloch separatists are hampering the development of the Chinese-operated port of Gwadar, Pakistan, the linchpin of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.  On May 11, Baloch Liberation Army gunmen attacked the most luxurious hotel in Gwadar, killing five Pakistani citizens and one soldier. The attack followed just one month after the same group killed 14 people on Gwadar's Makran Coastal Highway - including 11 military servicemembers - and six months after an attack on the Chinese...

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Ports Fare Well in 2020 U.S. House Committee Funding

By MarEx 2019-05-23 18:27:53

Funding for port infrastructure programs advocated by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) fared well in the mark-up by the House Committee on Appropriations on May 22. Although the $225 million for MARAD’s Port Infrastructure Development Program in 2020 is $68 million below the fiscal 2019 enacted level, the President’s fiscal 2020 budget request didn’t include funding for this program. The $15 million for the America’s Marine Highway Program is a first for a House Transportation, Housing and Urban...

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Treacherous School Run to End with New Building from Sailors’ Society

By MarEx 2019-05-23 18:05:28

Hundreds of children will no longer have to face a dangerous two-hour boat journey to school, thanks to a new school being built by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society. Last month saw the ground-breaking ceremony for the school build, which will transform the lives of a seafaring community of a tiny island in the Philippines, previously devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Sailors’ Society is building a new school and educational facilities for the residents of Lipayran island, which will enable more...

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Thordon Appoints Neil Cooper to Spearhead Growth

By MarEx 2019-05-23 17:57:50

Neil Cooper has been appointed Vice-President, Sales, Thordon Bearings, with the mandate to build upon the Canadian company’s leading position in the global water-lubricated bearings market and to drive continued growth. On welcoming Cooper to the Thordon family, Thomson-Gordon Group President and CEO Terry McGowan, said: “I am pleased to welcome Neil to Thordon Bearings as our new Vice President – Sales. Neil is an experienced commercial leader with over 35 years of experience in sales, sales management and marketing...

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Brands Debut Innovative Products at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo

By MarEx 2019-05-23 17:41:35

Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, the world’s first highly focused event dedicated exclusively to interior design, architecture, and outfitting for the cruise industry, will welcome industry-leading marine interior suppliers to debut their most innovative products on June 19 and 20, 2019, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, FL, U.S. Exhibitors participating in the inaugural event include MJM Marine, Trimline, SMC Design, Gerflor Group, Bolidt, Studio DADO, Shores Global, Brintons and Chelsom. On the show floor, exhibitors will debut the newest products...

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New Digital Solution from Rolls-Royce and ZF Improves Availability

By MarEx 2019-05-23 17:26:08

Rolls-Royce is developing a new electronic monitoring system together with ZF to achieve maximum availability for ships, while keeping fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum. It will be tested by the Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS).  The Equipment Health Management System (EHMS) collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents. As of 2021, the system will ensure that...

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Damen Delivers Fast Crew Supplier 2206 to OCTOMAR Serviços Marítimos

By MarEx 2019-05-23 17:13:25

Independent Angolan diving services company OCTOMAR Serviços Marítimos Limitada has taken delivery of its first vessel from the Damen Shipyards Group; a Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2206. The vessel was selected for its ability to undertake a variety of roles, including supporting diving operations and deploying an observation class ROV operations to undertake subsea inspections and repair and maintenance work on offshore facilities. OCTOMAR’s FCS 2206 – OctoStar will also be used to transport passengers and act as a standby...

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New LNG Terminal at JAXPORT is Open for Business

By MarEx 2019-05-23 16:45:44

JAX LNG, a liquefied natural gas facility at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Florida, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 16 to mark the official start-up of the newly constructed plant. JAX LNG is the first small-scale LNG facility in the United States with both marine and truck-loading capabilities. The state-of-the-art facility was constructed through a joint venture between Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream.

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Runaway Barges from Port of Muskogee Strike Dam

By MarEx 2019-05-23 16:07:10

Two barges that broke away from their moorings at the Port of Muskogee, Oklahoma on Wednesday have been swept downstream into the Webbers Falls Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River. The barges sank shortly after making contact, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inspecting the dam to determine the extent of any possible damage to the structure. Interstate 40 has been closed to traffic at its Arkansas River crossing, just downriver from the dam, until the evaluation...

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