• 2020 October 18 16:05

    Inmarsat and Cobham SATCOM enable Maldives fisheries sustainability with Fleet One

    Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, and Cobham SATCOM, the market leading provider of radio and satellite communications solutions, have been awarded a new contract to connect 732 fishing vessels active in the Maldives Economic Exclusion Zone to Inmarsat’s Fleet One maritime broadband services.

    Cobham’s SAILOR Fleet One utilises the existing Inmarsat-4 satellite constellation to deliver the most reliable global voice calling and internet connectivity via a compact, lightweight antenna, and a simple installation process. The technology’s affordability makes it particularly accessible for smaller boats looking to access maritime satellite communications for the first time.

    The go-ahead follows trials of Fleet One services and SAILOR Fleet One terminals from Cobham aboard 15 boats, confirming that performance exceeds specifications for a new vessel monitoring system (VMS) under the Maldives’ Sustainable Fisheries Resources Development Project to improve Monitoring, Control and Surveillance in fisheries sector. The VMS project, agreed between Maldives-based Ooredoo and the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, is funded by the World Bank.

    The five-year contract envisages the supply and maintenance of the VMS, to include Fleet One satellite communications over L-band from Inmarsat, airtime and secure communications server via Integrated Monitoring (IM) and SAILOR antennas from Cobham SATCOM installed by Ooredoo.

    Fisheries is one of the main economic activities in the Maldives, second only to tourism, providing jobs to over 30% of the population. Launched in 2017, the Sustainable Fisheries Resource Development Project was followed in 2019 by The Maldives Fisheries Act, which bans several forms of unsustainable fishing gear such as purse seine, trawl nets and gills nets and envisages granting licenses only to vessels offering real time tracking and those that are registered only in the Maldives. Fleet One will support electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) to combat Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing. The Fisheries Act also formalises fishermen entitlements to pensions, training and connectivity to emergency services.

    “The VMS project confirms the leadership role that the Maldives continues to play in sustainable fishing and in sustaining the blue economy long-term,” said Maldives Fisheries Minister Zaha Waheed. ”It puts the maritime broadband infrastructure in place to monitor and manage operations, but also to support the welfare of those working at sea. In doing so, we have chosen technology that is reliable, scalable, progressive, cost efficient and easy to use, and a group of partners with the track records to instil confidence. Successful implementation of the project would also mean that Maldives fulfil and go beyond the requirements established through the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC),” she said.

    Najib Khan, Ooredoo Maldives, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, said: “We placed high importance in onboarding partners that share our values of bringing new socio-economic progress to societies through innovative technologies. The Fleet One Vessel Monitoring System ensures seamless monitoring of fishing vessels for owners and the regulator, and enables new opportunities for the crew, while assuring their safety onboard. We look forward to seeing the progression of the fisheries industry in the Maldives, supported by this project.”

    Eric Griffin, VP of Offshore and Fishing, Inmarsat Maritime said: “This is another significant government-level endorsement of Fleet One’s reliability as a vessel monitoring system platform that will also deliver extensive benefits for welfare and operational efficiency in a price-sensitive market. The platform can also provide safety add-ons such as weather monitoring and I expect word of mouth to play a significant role where data service uptake is concerned. Instant messaging will initially drive greater use as crew that are out of range of terrestrial networks stay in touch with friends and family or exchange information on fishing stocks.”

    Meenal Rao, Regional Sales Manager APAC Maritime at Cobham SATCOM, said: “The Ministry shares our aspiration to protect and enhance the sustainability of the marine environment, and we’re pleased to be able to support the Maldives’ fishing fleet in achieving this through providing connectivity that will enable each vessel to protect, monitor, and enhance the rapidly changing marine environment.”

    Jeff Douglas, Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Monitoring, commented: “The scope of this project will resonate wherever fisheries administrations seek progress on sustainability and crew welfare at scale and in an integrated way. Fleet One is over twenty times faster than traditional Vessel Monitoring Systems. For the first time, it will support crew chat, mobile banking and live video monitoring to the small and mid-sized fisheries segment.”

    Integrated Monitoring is also providing Monitor - a cloud hosted platform for GPS Tracking, Catch Reporting and Electronic Video Monitoring - to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for use within their Fisheries Monitoring Center in Malé.




2020 October 29

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18:09 Lloyd’s Register launches dedicated Maritime Decarbonisation Hub
17:56 Bill on corporatization of FSUE Rosmorport submitted to RF Government
17:56 Hapag-Lloyd announces winter surcharge to and from St. Petersburg and Ust-Luga
17:30 Rosmorport’s Azov-Black Sea Basin Branch purchased 5 tugboats
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16:59 Romania’s border authorities using EMSA RPAS for coast guard surveillance
16:35 Jon Fredrik Baksaas appointed DNV GL’s Chair of the Board
16:17 Nordion Energi moves closer to the aim of 100% green energy by joining the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
16:01 Port of Los Angeles streamlines online permit process
15:28 MABUX released Bunker Weekly Outlook
15:22 Bunker prices are slightly down in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
15:20 CMA CGM announces Peak Season Surcharge from China to Russia
15:01 Partnership agreement between leading Hamburg Port Authority and Tanger Med Port Authority
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14:11 MAN compressor technology for largest FPSO vessel offshore Brazil
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2020 October 28

18:15 Sri Lanka's East Container Terminal inaugurates for operations
17:51 Tallink Grupp makes temporary changes to Tallinn-Helsinki route schedule from 29 October 2020
17:30 Key element of Russia’s collider facility NICA transshipped in Bronka
17:06 GONDAN delivers new fishing stern trawler to Prestfjord AS
16:39 Rosmorrechflot resumes work on programme for encouraging LNG-powered shipping
16:13 Cavotec launches next generation MoorMaster
16:05 CNL awarded Transport Canada contract to research clean energy technologies to decarbonize marine sector
15:48 Profit attributable to NOVATEK shareholders amounted to RUB 24.1 billion in 9M’2020
15:25 Petersburg Oil Terminal increased shipments of oil products by 18% in 9M'2020
15:03 World’s first LPG-retrofit announced
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14:22 FSUE Rosmorport to adjust design documentation for dredging at LNG terminal in Bechevinskaya bay
14:03 LNG-fueled PCTC“SAKURA LEADER” accredited as the world's first digital smart ship
13:37 Blue Wave terminal in Azov port increased its throughput by 13% in 9M’2020
13:11 Cooperation agreement signed between Fincantieri and the Cochin Shipyard
12:35 LNG bunkering vessel Optimus built by Damen arrived in Shanghai for start-up procedures and sea trials
12:04 CMA CGM announces PSS for cargo from Pakistan to North Europe
11:42 Global Ports to launch tank container repairs service at Yanino
11:23 MPA launches RFP for new LNG bunker supplier licence
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10:50 CMIT receives largest container vessel in Vietnam’s history
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10:10 Total charters four new LNG-powered vessels
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09:28 Oil prices start decreasing