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InterManager launches survey on crew communication

Do we know what our crew really wants? InterManager has launched a new survey on crew communication to draw a picture of what crew really wants. There is a lot of talk about communication especially Internet (broad band) for crew, however it is interesting to find out if we actually know our crew needs.The data from this survey will benefit seafarers and the wider industry by giving a full picture of the communications facilities provided at sea, allowing companies and their staff to benchmark provision by sector and across the industry.InterManager invites maritime community to paricipate anonymously on its new survey hereQuestions include seafarer IT skill levels, the provision, type and location of communications on board and what effects seafarers perceive the availability of onboard communications facilities to have on crew members.InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, said: "Please help us to grasp the situation and get a clearer picture of what communications facilities are available or needed within the shipping industry."Completed pdf survey answers can be either:1. Scanned and emailed [email protected] or;2. Posted to FUTURENAUTICS (in bulk) at: Futurenautics Ltd, c/o 77 Salisbury Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1EY, United Kingdom. Futurenautics will reimburse the cost of postage.

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Modernization of distress and safety communication at sea

IMO Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) held a meeting in the Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and Search and Rescue (COMSAR 16). The meeting was held at the IMO headquarters in London on 12-16 March 2012.The meeting focused especially on the work revising and modernizing the GMDSS system, which stipulates regulations and standards for maritime distress and safety communication. The GMDSS system has been operative for about 20 years, and technological developments have meant that, at the COMSAR session held in 2010, it was decided to start pre-investigating the need for modernizations. During the pre-investigations, a revision and modernization of the system was considered necessary, which there was also general agreement about at the COMSAR session just held.Consequently, a work plan for a revision and modernization of the GMDSS system was agreed upon, and this work is planned to be finalized in 2017. Furthermore, it was decided to re-establish a correspondence group, which is to continue the ongoing work until the next COMSAR session that will be held in 2013.A joint working group at the IMO and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will, in addition, consider the revision of the GMDSS system at a ...

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Jebel Ali Port launches 3G communication service

3G internet service for container liner operators DP World has introduced 3G internet service for container liner operators calling at its flagship Jebel Ali Port in Dubai.Jebel Ali is among the first global ports to offer this vital communication service using the 3rd generation mobile telecommunications (3G) service in operations.The enhanced e-service enables carriers to connect to the port through the Dubai Trade portal www.dubaitrade.ae and file BAPLIE (Bay Plan/Stowage Plan of Occupied and Empty Spaces) information as the vessel departs for Jebel Ali, or acquire the data for onward ports.The data identifies each container and its location, and also identifies spaces available on board the vessel. Terminal operators can then access the data and plan the most efficient loading and discharge of containers and cargo, working closely with the carrier. The data also highlights any special handling requirements, and proper weight distribution for ship stability."The BAPLIE message is the backbone of electronic container stowage operation. Using the 3G service in our operations is an exciting new initiative that adds to the tools we have rolled out to improve operational efficiencies at our flagship Jebel Ali Port. DP World constantly invests in technology to deliver supply chain efficiencies that directly ...

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Record Growth in Mobile Communications at Sea

Maritime Communications Partner announces 24% yearly growth Maritime Communications Partner, the leading, global onboard communications provider, announced a record 24% yearly growth in its digital wireless service CellAtSea during 2008 to 2011.Mobile communications in the cruise industry is booming and for Maritime Communications Partner, the figures are proof of an astounding growth rate and profits."We experienced an average of 180% increase in data traffic with record passenger and crew use of mobile internet and smart phone services in 2011. We expect this to grow substantially in 2012," said Fred Sorensen, Managing Director MCP, Americas.Passengers are increasingly making use of onboard wireless services to access a broad range of web-based services, using their smartphones and other handheld devices to keep in touch with family, friends and work, surf the net, update social media pages, texting and reading e-mails. In addition to improving the passenger experience, these premium services generate significant on-board revenue.MCP estimates a record number 9.300.000 users of CellAtSea in 2011, and with several new cruise fleets in the MCP network pipeline, this figure will increase significantly during the next 12 months."Currently 130 cruise and ferry vessels are contracted to our global wireless network services. We are especially excited about ...

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