Crew Communications

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New skills, old problems: the crewing crisis in a competency context

The shipping industry has a worsening crewing crisis. But like other crises, it’s one that is bad, but not severe enough to stop ships trading or interrupt world trade. The degree of the problem is well known. The BIMCO/ISF study estimates the current shortfall to be 16,500 officers, projected to grow to 92,000 by 2020 [more…]

Screaming for bandwidth? The shipowner and service provider perspective

When Satellite Network Operator Intelsat hosted a workshop in Copenhagen earlier this month, it brought together local players for a timely briefing of the VSAT/HTS landscape. MaritimeInsight was asked to moderate an informal discussion with Søren Andersen, General Manager, Marine Standards for Nordic Tankers and Freddie Hansen, CEO and Managing Director of Furuno Danmark, seeking their [more…]

Yes we can! (maybe)

With the political fervour in the US growing daily stronger it seemed appropriate that the 2016 Satellite show followed hard on the heels of the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor on the outskirts of Washington DC.  But even once the politicos had departed, the prevailing mood echoed the incumbent president’s best-known slogan. There is [more…]

Maritime satellite gets with the programme

Maritime communications spent a long time being of little interest to most people. Beyond safety requirements, it took the dotcom boom to generate a significant uptick in activity, as software entrepreneurs discovered this ‘untapped’ market. That ended with the dotcoms going belly up, but the Rubicon had been crossed. There was now a clear realisation that [more…]

Five things it would be good to hear at Satellite 2015

Young people tell me that the listicle is the way to go (flexible length, no need to build narrative flow) so here’s what I’m hoping for from Satellite 2015 next week. From a maritime industry perspective, few of these things are likely: Satellite is peer-to-peer show more concerned with orbital insertion and the potential of [more…]

High noon for the noon report?

During last year’s DigitalShip CIO Forum in Rotterdam I was asked whether I had changed my position on unmanned ships and the potential use of autonomous systems for navigation. I replied that only a fool would bet against technology (just as betting against bandwidth proved such a mistake) and that there seemed little doubt that [more…]

Safety divided by competition won’t go

There have been some puzzling headlines in the past week or so following the decision by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to give recognition to the bid by satellite services provider Iridium to run the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. The IMO sub-committee on Navigation, Communications, Search and Rescue (NSCR) gave the nod to [more…]

Not the end of history: some ruminations on maritime communications

Tim Farrar is an analyst and blogger who has been covering the satellite industry since the mid-1990s. We had crossed paths before, notably discussing his End of History blog and when he posted again about Inmarsat‘s moves in maritime, the time seemed right to have a proper chat with the man for his views on the [more…]

So poke me. Do seafarers really need always-on communications at sea?

In the second part of my interview with Intermanager Secretary General Kuba Szymanski we get off topic. That is to say, beyond Intermanager’s work with VSAT vendors and into an area of arguably greatest interest for maritime satellite providers: crew communications and the use of social media onboard ship. The latter appears to have the [more…]