The Game of Ports

The Game of Ports

Abstract Competition between ports is slightly more complicated than hanging around ocean corners, looking as desirable as possible, and waiting for the punters to roll up but the economics are remarkably similar. Historically, port operations are low-skill, labour intensive and very sensitive to market demands. The advantage that ports can bring to bear is sufficient…

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Digitalisation Beyond the Sea

Digitalisation beyond the sea: An Introduction Written by Alishia Sims – Maritime Research Analyst Not a portion of the globe was left untouched by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in its wake society changed. The consequences of the pandemic made technology a significant focal point, the need for faster connectivity and also the possibility of bypassing…

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Starlink Maritime Connectivity Progress in 2022

What is Starlink Maritime? Starlink Maritime is a division of SpaceX and it’s LEO satellite connectivity network started in 2015. The company is now entering into new mobility applications that use satellite connectivity services. Starlink Maritime is the name of this satellite connectivity service being offered to maritime vessels. Introduction to Starlink Maritime Connectivity Starlink’s…

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Can AI be the Ferry Godmother?

Abstract – AI for ferries would be a game-changer Can AI be the Ferry Godmother? Artificial Intelligence (AI) for maritime applications is normally considered for larger shipping companies and major ports. These are where immediate and major advantages are easily envisaged. This tends to leave smaller operators of diverse fleets in multiple locations out of…

Press Release: New LEO Solutions to Drive the Number of Business Jets with In-Flight Connectivity to 27,000 by 2031, says Valour Consultancy

October 10, 2022, 15:00 British Summer Time (BST) London. According to a new report from Valour Consultancy, the arrival of new low earth orbit (LEO) satellite in-flight connectivity (IFC) solutions will help propel the number of connected business aircraft to just over 27,000 by 2031. That’s up from approximately 16,400 at the end of 2021.…

SMM 2022 – Maritime Connectivity Seminar

The Valour Consultancy tour bus is back on the road. Join our maritime experts at SMM in Hamburg! On 7 September, our friends at Inmarsat will be running a thought-provoking lunchtime seminar on the state of play of the maritime connectivity market. The seminar will be moderated by Joshua Flood, Co-Founder & Senior Research Consultant…

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A T G, It’s Easy as 1 2 3…

As avid readers will testify, we love a musically-themed blog here at Valour Consultancy. Over the years, we’ve managed to cram in a reference to The Power by SNAP!, twice paid homage to The Beatles (here and here), talked about how seatback IFE is Stayin’ Alive and basked in the glory of Bowie’s Sound and…

Articulating possibilities for vertical vessel design

Little Boxes made of Ticky Tacky* Having recently discussed modular maintenance, this piece examines alternative possibilities for vessel design concepts, in particular, the development of the existing Articulated Tug Barge and Stena Bulk’s Infinity concept. Separating drive train from cargo seems like a commercial winner but is it safe and reasonable? Existing Methods of Barge…

Participate in upcoming IFC research

Valour Consultancy is inviting satellite operators, service providers, integrators, airline end-users and other market stakeholders to participate in our upcoming in-flight connectivity research update. The Future of In-Flight Connectivity – 2022 Edition will be the fifth iteration of this flagship aviation report, building on extensive market data gathered since Valour’s inception back in 2012. As ever,…

How are airlines solving the cabin Bluetooth conundrum?

David Whelan, Senior Analyst at Valour Consultancy, specialises in IFEC and aircraft digitalisation. In this blog, he explores how airlines and their vendor partners are working to provide wireless audio experiences. This article was first published in Inflight magazine. You can access the latest edition here. Note subscription is required to access the full publication. Historically,…