Posted: 30th August 2019 | Written by: Roger Horner
With more than 6,000 superyachts predicted to be in operation by 2020, the ever-increasing thirst for connectivity is driving change across the sector. The reality of Low Earth Orbit satellites is inching ever closer, with new antenna technology delivering more choice from more powerful compact satellite dishes to flat panels. Meanwhile the cost of 4G data is tumbling globally and who knows what effect 5G will have on the industry, if any?
Posted: 14th May 2019 | Written by: Jodie Clarke
The topic of crew turnover is constantly in the media, with experts dissecting the causes and ways to reduce it, but a magic solution has yet to be found. It may never be resolved and the associated costs are high, so we’re approaching it from a different angle by creating bespoke systems that facilitate continuity when crew members change.
Posted: 7th May 2019 | Written by: Victoria Pearce
When I was invited to the London Headquarters of Inmarsat, I thought I knew a fair amount about their operations but what I knew was only scraping the surface. I left that day understanding the importance of satellite communications, not only for locating vessels day to day, but for keeping the world entertained during international offshore races and, most importantly, for keeping vessels safe.
Posted: 25th April 2019 | Written by: Dave Clarke - Superyacht Operating Systems
We’ve all heard, seen or worked for owners that don’t spend the necessary money to maintain and operate a superyacht to superyacht standards. The question is why? Having reflected on 20 years working in the yachting industry, and having put the question to colleagues and industry leaders, I believe it comes down to the following factors.
Posted: 25th April 2019 | Written by: OnboardOnline
The 65m motor yacht, White Rose of Drachs, was the first to complete the transition to flat panels by physically removing their old domes. Having successfully completed two seasons, we met with Captain Andrew Schofield and key personnel from Kymeta Corporation, e3 Systems and Media Broadcast Satellite to discuss their insight and vision for the wider yacht market.
Posted: 19th February 2019 | Written by: Gemma Fottles
Met with industry-wide acclaim over the past five years since its launch, VesselWatch is one of the most innovative pieces of kit on board superyachts today. The multi-functional safety and communications system from renowned software and development company, Net-Logic Marine, was nominated for a prestigious DAME Award when it entered the industry - and it’s not hard to see why.
Posted: 12th December 2018 | Written by: Excelerate Marine
Choosing the best 4G deal for your yacht is no easy task with the vast array of options on the market. As well as finding the best price, you need a fast and reliable service with support when you need it. Here are five reasons you might be better off with a business grade 4G service over a consumer plan.
Posted: 9th November 2018 | Written by: Don Hoyt Gorman
PRIVA, the superyacht connectivity and content supplier (previously MTN), has a new name and a new focus. “PRIVA stands for enriching our client’s most valuable asset: their time. It underpins everything we do. Growing our team and offering the best customer service possible is how we deliver on that promise,” says Ole Sivertsen, Senior Vice President of Maritime.
Posted: 25th September 2018 | Written by: Sam Watson
We caught up with Jodie Clarke and Captain Dave Clarke of Superyacht Operating Systems. With 40 years experience working onboard between them, the pair know a thing or two about the practicalities of a superyacht operation. After moving ashore they launched SOS which evolved from an immense document library into two game-changing applications, Total Superyacht and LUXE. They discuss how the apps can transform SOPs across all departments.
Posted: 16th August 2018 | Written by: Simon Saunders
For an ETO, one of the challenges is to ensure VSAT, TV, 4G and IT remain up and running throughout the yachting season. While every VSAT contract comes with access to a Network Operation Centre (NOC), many yachts opt for a superior level of support, but it's difficult to know exactly what you will need. Pablo Galarza, e3 Systems' senior satellite engineer, explains the options.