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Subject:eMaritime News for 21st March

Globecomm launches 'maritime Skype' service

Globecomm Maritime has introduced Access Chat Plus, an optimised chat and video conferencing application designed for maritime satellite communications, offering 'marinised' version of services similar to those available via Skype.

Accepting CBM
Condtion Monitoring (CM) and its role in Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) is not a new phenomenon. However, the shipping industry has found it particularly difficult to move fully into this `best practice' approach to acheiving reliability.  (MER March 2013)

Automating reservations improve efficiency
Many passenger ship operators are turning to automated booking and ticketing systems to improve their operational efficiencies. Passengers are increasingly booking tickets electronically and using online information systems as more of the world’s ferry and cruise ship operators adopt these products

VSAT – from ‘nice to have’ to `must have’

Having spent two years evaluating a variety of satcom systems, in late 2011 Odfjell Management signed a deal
to roll out Ku-band VSAT across its fleet. By the second quarter of 2013, 44 vessels will have implemented
the new systems – and the benefits have been significant.

International shipping should cut air pollutants and greenhouse gases together

Emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from the shipping sector have increased substantially in the last two decades, contributing to both climate change and air pollution problems, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The shipping sector needs an integrated monitoring, reporting and verification system for emissions in European waters to systematically address both types of emissions together, the report says.

Using VSAT – stage two

Having embarked on its first VSAT installation project as far back as 2006, Norwegian shipping company  Westfal-Larsen is now involved in what it describes as ‘stage two’ of its use of the technology, as it upgrades to new systems on its vessels.

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