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APR 2018

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34 ST | April 2018 Retrofit Advances LNG Fleet Communications Elcome International has com- pleted a satellite communications retrofit program for a major fleet of LNG tankers providing broad- band data and voice services. The company decommissioned the ex- isting VSAT systems and installed new SAILOR 900 antennas and be- low-deck systems on 40 ships with- in four months, without disrupting the sailing schedules. The scope of work included sys- tem design, site survey, system inte- gration, hardware and software in- stallation, commissioning, training, project management and airtime for the ships' VSAT, Fleet Broadband and Inmarsat-C systems. In addi- tion, Elcome is managing world- wide shipboard service for the fleet. To that end, Elcome has established a network operations center at its Dubai headquarters for first-line customer support and will also pro- vide shore-based maintenance un- der a separate yearly contract. Elcome has created three inde- pendent networks on each ship for corporate traffic, crew welfare voice and Internet connections, and ma- chine-to-machine data transfer of performance data from shipboard sensors. The retrofit solution was devel- oped with satellite service provid- er Global Eagle and VSAT antenna manufacturer Cobham SATCOM. LiFT Battery Delivery for New Dry Combat Submersible General Atomics Electromagnet- ic Systems (GA-EMS) has delivered the first shipset of Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) batteries for the U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) new dry combat submersible (DCS), a long-endur- ance delivery vehicle capable of transporting personnel in a dry en- vironment. GA-EMS is under con- tract with Lockheed Martin Corp. to provide LiFT batteries to power the DCS propulsion and internal support systems. LiFT's modular de- sign and single-cell fault tolerance should prevent uncontrolled and catastrophic cascading lithium-ion cell failure, improving the safety of personnel and platforms while keeping power available for high mission assurance. The flexible ar- chitecture of the battery system can be configured to meet the most de- manding needs of manned and un- manned underwater vehicles. Comms Access Beyond Cell, Wi-Fi Range The popular mazu and mSeries system from SkyMate now works in conjunction with Raymarine, enabling boaters to pull up satellite data on their multifunction display (MFD). mazu features such as email and SMS texts, SOS transponding, weather forecasts and more can now be opened directly on a Ray- marine electronics A perfect tool to locate missing objects - Easy operation - Detects ALL metals - Interchangeable coils - Visual and audio readout - Commercial grade - Land & underwater detecting - In use by FBI, US Navy and law enforcement agencies worldwide JW Fishers Mfg., Inc. 1953 County Street East Taunton MA 02718 USA (800)822-4744 or (508)822-7330 Email: the Pulse 8X underwater metal detector.

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