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NYK Line agrees 100-ship mini-VSAT deal

More than 100 vessels will be equipped with the broadband service Tokyo-based Nippon Yusen Kaisha, more commonly known as NYK Line, has agreed a deal to install TracPhone V7 mini-VSAT systems from KVH aboard its containerships.The service, which operates over 60cm antennas, will be provided by KVH's partner in Japan, SKY Perfect JSAT, under the OceanBB brand name.This is a second major recent contract win for KVH with a major Japanese carrier, with MOL LNG Transport Co, a subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, confirming a deal to implement mini-VSAT on three of its LNG tankers in late 2011, following the completion of a trial.NYK's fleet includes containerships, Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs), dry bulk carriers, crude oil tankers and LNG tankers, more than 100 of which will be equipped with the broadband service to support NYK's IBIS (Innovative Bunker and Idle-time Saving) project with real-time communications between ships and staff on shore."NYK is an industry leader that is constantly innovating and improving its shipping and logistics operations with the aim of optimising safety, economy, and protection of the environment," said Brent Bruun, KVH's senior vice president of global sales and business development."Their industry-leading IBIS project, which helps improve the operation ...

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Best practice guidance on internet access for crew on board ships

By INTERTANKO's Human Element in Shipping Committee Increasing numbers of ship owners are realising the importance of providing internet access to crews, with access on board ships now widely regarded as a key component in the attraction of new entrants to the profession. Such provision also helps with the retention of existing staff.INTERTANKO's Human Element in Shipping Committee (HEiSC), which is chaired by John Adams of Teekay, has created a best practice guide to assist Members who may be considering installing a shipboard internet system for crew use.Internet-equipped vessels are now commonplace in today's world of shipping thanks to continuously developing technology, which has made shipboard internet an affordable option for many companies.The feeling is that the modern generation of seafarer is accustomed to a world which is always connected, and where internet access and the use of social networking sites are a major part of everyday life. The prospect of not being able to readily communicate with the outside world has become highly unappealing to the vast majority of today's seafarers. For these reasons, if managed correctly, shipboard internet can have many benefits, both from a commercial and crew welfare perspective.This best practice guide is designed to provide practical ...

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