Marine satellite VSAT internet on many ships is seen as essential. But, like any technology, it can occasionally let you down. I thought I would share the process of diagnosing and fixing a potentially show-stopping fault on one of our customer’s ships recently, and what can be done to make sure a $10 part doesn't ruin your day at sea.
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My Hamburger Takeaway - Sailor 600 VSAT
SMM in Hamburg is a massive trade show in a city with a fascinating nautical history. SMM is the meeting place for the world's maritime industry. So there are a lots of cool things for a ship enthusiast to see there. But one of my main takeaways this week was the super-lightweight Sailor 600 Ku-band VSAT antenna.
The 2x Global Express Solution is Here!
Fans of Inmarsat Global Express (GX) will welcome recent enhancements to the Sailor 100 GX antenna system from Cobham. Until now, GX ships that wanted to eliminate the effects of blockage from ship structure would need a huge amount of hardware and two full monthly airtime accounts in their attempt to address the problem of blockage from masts, cranes and other objects protruding from the deck.
Cute, Clever & Fast - How this seabird could slash your Fleet Broadband costs
A typical ship using Fleet Broadband or Iridium as its primary satcom system could save 10s of thousands of dollars per year. Despite the click-bait headline, it is actually true. A clever mobile browser called Puffin removes the stuff you don't need from every web page you visit. Images and videos are optimised and compressed. When we tested it we saved 90% on data usage.
Ever wondered what's in a satellite dome?
Now you can find out with Cobham Satcom's new 3D catalogue app. Being 3D, you can pinch, pan and rotate your way to maritime satcom heaven with all your favourite ship satellite and radio products.
New Strategic Partnership for Fremantle Shipbuilder
China Zhongwang Holding Limited has acquired a majority stake in Australian ship builder Silver Yachts of Henderson, Western Australia.
We Love Hearing About What Our Customers Do
One of the best things about working at Acutec Systems is our connection with the huge range of diverse and fascinating maritime projects our customers are involved with.
Maritime Mystery Solved - Investigator Locates & Films WWII Wreck
The wreck of a ship sunk by Japanese aircraft 74 years ago has finally been located, mapped and filmed by Australia's Marine National Facility ship RV Investigator operating in the Arafura Sea off the Northern Australian coast. The NT Government had requested the drive-by wreck search as the ship re-positioned between Australia's East and West coasts. According to CSIRO voyage ...
All Quiet in Rabaul
The last time I was here in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea commissioning a Sea Tel marine VSAT system, this beauty was erupting. It took us a bit longer than usual to figure out why we couldn't get the system on satellite.
See you in Monaco!
We are looking forward to catching up with customers, suppliers, partners and friends this week at the Monaco Yacht Show. And of course getting our hands and feet on some of the latest and greatest marine hardware on the planet. 125 super yachts will be on show with 580 exhibitors from every corner of the world. Including Australia of course! Highlights for us comms nerds in ...