Smart Shipping strategies

Evolution of Maritime Smart Shipping Strategies

Over the last few months, the topic of smart shipping and the various purposes of maritime IoT has been receiving increased media attention. A key point to remember is these terms mean different things to different people within the shipping ecosystem. I will attempt to shed some light upon these….The uses of smart shipping technology…

Smart Shipping Has Arrived

One thing is certain within the maritime industry, smart shipping has arrived. However, what most people will think is “What is Smart Shipping?” We look at the latest trend in ship digitlisation. After speaking to range of different players in the ecosystem; I will endeavor to try and provide some understanding of this. Smart shipping,…

Maritime connectivity acquisitions

Market Roundup on Maritime Connectivity Acquisitions

Acquisitions in Maritime Connectivity Over the last two months, the maritime and offshore satellite connectivity market has been sparked with a bout of merger and acquisition activities. Interested in other maritime acquisition news? Visit our blog homepage for more articles. Maritime Connectivity Acquisition 1: ViaSat to acquire Rignet In late December 2020, ViaSat announced an…

Loose Specs Sink Shipmanagers

When writing commercial articles about the maritime market, I found analogies for players in the shipping ecosystem most useful. After undertaking recent new research on satellite operators, service providers, shipping companies, ship owners (most of the time the former, however, not in some cases), ship managers and seafarers. I thought a simplification of their roles…

DeSIRE II project

Satellites Driven by DeSIRE

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) have funded two consecutive projects called DeSIRE, in 2013, and DeSIRE II (Demonstration of Satellites enabling the Insertion of RPAS in Europe), in 2015, to examine how drones might operate within controlled airspace when controlled by satellites for commercial and governmental applications. To undertake…

Unmanned traffic management systems

UTM in the Wilds

“I don’t see how he can ever finish, if he doesn’t begin.” Alice thought to herself that unmanned traffic management should be easy, so she checked several countries that are beginning and this is what she found. In the Asia/Pacific region, there is practical experimentation but a willingness to standardise, Russia is ploughing its own…

Apax Vobiscum

Inmarsat started off in 1979 as the International Maritime Satellite Organization (INMARSAT), a non-profit intergovernmental organisation created to establish and operate a satellite communications network for maritime use. They were funded by a group of 28 mainly maritime nations. In 1999, this rose to 86 countries and at the same time the Global Maritime Distress…

Satellites-U-Like

On 7th of March 2019, Inmarsat PLC announced its unaudited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2018, resulting in its share price rising from £399 to £453 over a four-day period post announcement, equating to 13.5 per cent increased, on the perception of this “excellent” performance. Inmarsat has exceeded expectations in both revenue…