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Videotel has launched a training course, “Noise and Vibration – The Forgotten Hazards”, to coincide with new SOLAS requirements coming into effect on July 1st.

KVH has acquired e-Learning provider Videotel, which services approximately 11,000 vessels with maritime training services, offering video, animation, computer-based training (CBT), and interactive distance learning courses, in a deal worth almost $50 million. “The acquisition of Videotel is an important addition to our portfolio of services targeting the needs of commercial seafarers and supports our strategic vision of extending our maritime broadband Service to include delivering premium content to vessels,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer. “We already offer maritime companies crew connectivity through our mini-VSAT

Broadband network, including internet café, Voice over IP phone calls, and crew entertainment services via our IPMobileCast service.”

“With this acquisition, we will now also offer an extensive library of seafarer training courses and related training services.” The IP-MobileCast service is the centrepiece of KVH’s move into content delivery

to ships at sea, marrying its VSAT communications system with packages for a variety of on board applications. It already offers entertainment, in the form of TV, movies and global news, as well as electronic chart services from Jeppesen and weather routing data from AWT. Computer based training and e-Learning services will be the latest addition to this list following the Videotel acquisition.

“Videotel operates in a growing sector of the e-Learning market where increasing levels of regulation and a shortage of trained and experienced seafarers drive the need for comprehensive training solutions,”

said Mr Kits van Heyningen. “We anticipate that Videotel’s training services and the ability to test and certify seafarer training will support the new employment services we’re rolling out on our Crewtoo social media site.”

Speaking of the acquisition, Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, said, “Advances in maritime broadband services are creating truly exciting opportunities to bring a whole new generation of computer-based

e-Learning and distance learning courses to seafarers, which will help our customers meet the large number of new regulations and associated challenges that will come into effect over the next few years.”

“In our discussions with KVH, we quickly saw how the innovative mini- VSAT Broadband network and especially the new KVH IP-MobileCast content delivery service could really be leveraged to

deliver our new training materials more efficiently and provide the affordable connectivity needed for our new distance learning services.”

“We’re excited to be part of the KVH family to propel the company forward on both the technological and delivery front, as well as to work with our new colleagues in developing the next generation of seafarer

training.”

KVH says that the £28.7 million (approximately US$48.9 million) transaction was financed from its cash on hand and proceeds from a new credit facility. The Videotel group companies showed

annual combined revenues in 2013 of £14 million, of which approximately 93 percent was derived from multi-year subscription- based services, with a gross profit margin of approximately 73 per cent.

“We recognised that our comercial maritime customers face significant challenges training and certifying the qualifications of their vessels’ crews and that advances in communications technology

will be a key enabler in the delivery of the e-Learning and distance learning services and cloud-based training management systems that Videotel offers,” said Mr Kits van Heyningen.

“In Videotel we found a team of smart, energetic people with a real passion for their products and services, and going forward I believe the combined efforts of our

new, larger team will make our joint vision of extensively improved seafarer training a reality.”

Social media training

Fittingly, at a time when it is joining forces with a crew communications provider, Videotel has recently added a new training course on the use of social media by seafarers serving on ships.

The ‘Social Media at Sea’ programme aims to address the dangers of inappropriate use of social media by shipboard personnel, and aimed at all seafarers who use social media sites on board.

“The objective is to make them aware of the pitfalls associated with the publishing of text, pictures and video clips and to provide the tools to ensure accurate, respectful and responsible posting, in line with any social

media policy in place,” said Mr Cleave. Produced in conjunction with MTI Network, a crisis communications network serving the shipping industry, the programme is available in Videotel On

Demand (VOD), VOD Online, DVD and eLearning CBT. Also recently added to the Videotel portfolio is a Noise and Vibration course. ‘Noise and Vibration – The Forgotten

Hazards’ has been released to coincide with new SOLAS requirements coming into effect on July 1st. The regulations set maximum noise limits for machinery spaces, control rooms, workshops, accommodation

and other spaces on board ships. The Videotel course uses documentary footage, graphics and reconstructions to encourage seafarers to take precautions against Noise Induced Hearing Loss

(NIHL) and vibration-related health risks. NIHL is permanent and cannot be cured. When the degree of hearing loss reaches the point where a hearing aid is required, the seafarer may no longer be able to work on board ship, except perhaps in the galley. Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome and Whole Body Vibration Syndrome can be extremely painful and cause long-lasting distress. Available as an interactive CD-ROM,

Videotel On Demand (VOD) and a DVD with supporting workbook, the course sets out the sound levels that seafarers can safely be exposed to and emphasises the importance of wearing ear protection and of following

company procedures for working safely with hand-held vibrating equipment. “Noise and vibration controls are an essential part of good practice in the onshore workplace,” said Mr Cleave. “Research shows that noise and vibration can affect human behaviour and well-being in different ways. Even moderate noise and vibration can not only effect comfort but with increasing exposure can lead to a severe

drop in performance in the workplace.” “Yet many seafarers are often unaware of the health implications following excessive experience of these hazards,” he adds. “Often the consequences are felt only

gradually, passing unnoticed until the individual realises they are having difficulty hearing, or are suffering impairment of fine motor skills.”

Crewtoo

In related news, KVH has also recently completed a redesign of Crewtoo, the social network dedicated to seafarers. Following up on the introduction of a jobs board in March, the new version of the

website provides three additional resources: a directory of charities and seafarer organisations; a list of training programmes; and a dedicated area for maritime events and conferences.

These additions aim to complete thenews and community sections, which have been at the core of Crewtoo since it was launched in August 2012 by Headland Media before it was bought by KVH in May 2013.

In less than two years, Crewtoo’s membership has grown to more than 105,000 people, including both seafarers and shore-based professionals. “We believe this is an exciting new phase in Crewtoo’s growth,” said Anneley

Pickles, head of business development for Crewtoo at KVH Media Group. “Crewtoo is all about giving seafarers their voice and providing them with enough information and choices so they can make informed decisions about the things that are important to them.” “Our goal with the enhanced website is to give crew access to more information, products, and services, and, in turn, to also enable shore-based professionals to interact

with seafarers.”

Noise and vibration course

Videotel has launched a training course, “Noise and Vibration – The Forgotten Hazards”, to coincide with new SOLAS requirements coming into effect on July 1st.

The regulations set maximum noise limits for machinery spaces, control rooms, workshops, accommodation and other spaces on board ships.

The Videotel course uses documentary footage, graphics and reconstructions to encourage seafarers to take precautions against Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and vibration-related health risks.

NIHL is permanent and cannot be cured. When the degree of hearing loss reaches the point where a hearing aid is required, the seafarer may no longer be able to work on board ship, except perhaps in the galley. Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome and Whole Body Vibration Syndrome can be extremely painful and cause long-lasting distress.

Available as an interactive CD-ROM, Videotel On Demand (VOD) and a DVD with supporting workbook, the course sets out the sound levels that seafarers can safely be exposed to and emphasises the importance of wearing ear protection and of following company procedures for working safely with hand-held vibrating equipment.

“Noise and vibration controls are an essential part of good practice in the onshore workplace,” said Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel.

“Research shows that noise and vibration can affect human behaviour and well-being in different ways. Even moderate noise and vibration can not only effect comfort but with increasing exposure can lead to a severe drop in performance in the workplace.”

“Yet many seafarers are often unaware of the health implications following excessive experience of these hazards,” he adds. “Often the consequences are felt only gradually, passing unnoticed until the individual realises they are having difficulty hearing, or are suffering impairment of fine motor skills.”

PressReader for Imtech users

Imtech Marine today announced that it will start offering a subscription-based service called PressReader next month, which allows ships to download selected newspapers and magazines daily via satellite and offers crew members a local Wi-Fi connection to read them on their personal devices.

PressReader will give access to the full content of more than 2,500 newspapers and magazines in 60 languages from more than 100 countries. Each ship can select the titles it wants to download, based for instance on its location or demographics. Once a title is downloaded it can be viewed on a crew member’s PC, laptop or mobile device at any time during the trip.

PressReader offers titles likes The Guardian, The Moscow Times, The Washington Post, China Daily and The Philippine Star.

“By adding PressReader to our connectivity portfolio we give a very useful tool for ship-owners to improve the crew morale,” said Rob Verkuil, business development manager of Imtech Marine.

“With this solution, crew members have access to news and events they’re most interested in, their favourite magazines or local news from their home country.”

“The wealth of titles makes it easy for ships to customise a library of publications that caters to the diversity of their crew,” added Igor Smirnoff, chief commercial officer at PressReader.

“Our PressReader Offline solution is a new industry standard and it has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the marine customers. We are proud to be able to bring them a little bit of home away from home.”

Imtech Marine says that it will demonstrate PressReader at its booth at SMM in Hamburg this September.

Maritime to dominate satellite market in next decade

· Monday, 28 July 2014 | Maritime Satellite Communications

Satellite market research company NSR has issued a report claiming that the maritime sector is set to dominate demand for FSS satellite capacity, requiring approximately 160 satellite transponders by 2023.

NSR’s ‘Commercial Mobility via Satellite, 10th Edition’ report says that this demand will in large part be due to cruise ships, offshore platforms and merchant maritime customers.

The predicted 160 transponders of FSS capacity required in maritime will service approximately 980,000 in-service units by 2023, the report says, generating more than $5.5 billion dollars in retail revenue.

The report also notes that, over the next ten years, a migration towards High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) offerings is quite likely across most maritime markets, except fishing that may see more hybrid systems such as MSS broadband or small VSAT services alongside narrowband offerings.

“With growth stabilising from economic recession in the maritime market, there is more focus on improving operational efficiencies, providing services to crew to retain them, and to ensure compliance with regulations,” said Brad Grady, NSR senior analyst and co-author of the report.

With newer, larger, more sophisticated maritime vessels under construction, NSR says that connectivity and communications will be a key enabler of cost and operational efficiencies – from fishing vessels to cruise ships.

The company believes that the ‘Fear of Missing Out’ for both work and pleasure will trigger a drive to more broadband connectivity, leading vendors to expand into what could be high-growth markets for new bandwidth.

“The passenger market is one visible segment that emulates this trend and as a result will show a doubling of the VSAT market penetration in the next decade,” said Mr Grady, “but at the same time, crew and operational needs in merchant maritime and offshore platforms and vessels will capture the largest slice of the 160 transponders of demand at the end of 2023.”

Read more: http://www.thedigitalship.com/news/maritime-satellite-communications/item/3348-maritime-to-dominate-satellite-market-in-next-decade#ixzz3BPWXnG4Z

Release of exactAIS Density Maps

exactEarth today announced the release of exactAIS Density Maps, enabling customers to view the density of ship AIS messages produced by its exactAIS service.

The mapping can be used to analyse shipping patterns and trends at differing scales, says the Canadian provider of Satellite AIS data.

According to exactEarth, data on shipping density can be useful in assessing ship strike risk, developing mitigation measures, analysing the efficiency of shipping routes and for investigation into shipping activity around sensitive areas such as the nearly 6,000 Marine Protected Areas across the world.

exactAIS Density Maps will be offered in both a pre-generated or customisable version to suit users’ needs and areas of interest.

“We have seen a steady increase in the amount of customers using our global data feed or archived data to create a series of density maps to be used to perform in-depth vessel pattern analysis,” said Bruce Winter, product manager of Data Services at exactEarth. “In an effort to provide the most complete shipping data solutions available on the market, exactEarth is excited to be rolling out this new Density Map product to aid in this critical process.”

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