While a few lone voices in the satellite communications community seem determined to spend the majority of their time bemoaning the evolution of systems and services, others are preparing and positioning for it. A case in point is the renewed interest by Cobham in Thrane and Thrane. Despite some rather obscurely-worded press releases (thanks IR [more…]
This is an independent blog on ships and shipping, with a particular focus on the role and impact of information technology and communications. Some of the articles here appeared on the BIMCO website where I have contributed a monthly column for more than a decade.
Maritime communications giant Inmarsat is the target for a stinging letter of rebuke from the Association of Maritime Managers in Information Technology and Communications (Ammitec), which lists a series of ‘serious objections’ to Inmarsat’s intention to raise its prices from May 1, 2012. The letter, published during the recent DigitalShip Cyprus conference leaves no room [more…]
Systems integrator Imtech has signed up as the first GX re-seller, marking the start of Inmarsat’s delivery plans for its ambitious global Ka-band VSAT service. More on this to come, but just to note an early lead in the satcoms bingo stakes to Frank Coles for use of ‘game-changing’. See full release below: IMTECH MARINE [more…]
Lloyd’s List’s Liz McCarthy was one of the few journalists to give the CMA session on best operational and financial practices a fair crack of the whip. Despite the fact that the organisers had changed the session title, the running order, and the idea behind it, there was still plenty to absorb. If owners are [more…]
…but you don’t know what it is. Shipping feels a bit like that at the moment. Uncertanty is about the only thing that can be relied upon. To get the ball rolling, here’s a piece I wrote earlier this month for my regular BIMCO column. What will the future of shipping look like? It’s a [more…]