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Subject:eMaritime News for 24th December 2012

Constant evolution of European tracking

The SafeSeaNet system was introduced so that EU member states, Norway and Iceland could among other things, share information on vessel movements, identify ships carrying hazardous cargoes, know when ships are expected to arrive or leave port, and know of any accidents or incidents

Increased Visibility

Real-time or past times, vessel tracking can provide valuable support and information. Visibility and operational efficiency have always been the key drivers behind Vessel Traffic Services and Vessel Traffic Management Systems – but the trend is increasingly to bolt on extras and, unsurprisingly in the current climate, to use VTS functions to reduce costs

Parliament Maintains European Perspective on TEN-

Today,18th December 2012, the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) of the European Parliament voted on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) proposals. ESPO welcomes the fact that Members of Parliament gave their support to a TEN-T policy which has a clear European perspective.


Higher bandwidth coming for offshore and cruise sectors
High-end users of maritime VSAT will be able to use Ka-band services from satellites in medium earth orbit (meo) once O3b Networks commissions its new constellation. The service is mainly aimed at the offshore industry and the cruise sector, but would be available for other maritime sectors

Crew and the value of talent
Crew welfare is not just a matter of providing benefits to employees, it is fundamental to the ongoing battle for talent in the global workforce, across every industry. Offering better communications to the next generation of seafarers is no longer a choice, but a matter of survival.

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