KVH in partnership to spur digital
transformation in Asia Pacific
Singtel and KVH Industries, Inc. have partnered to provide shipping companies a seamless broadband satellite service with KVH’s mini-VSAT broadband satellite connectivity to help accelerate the digital transformation of the maritime industry
across the Asia Pacific region.
This satellite service is designed to facilitate the use of digital solutions in the maritime industry to significantly improve operational efficiency, crew welfare, and onboard
safety. Vessels can leverage this fast and reliable connectivity to harness real-time data
about engine performance gleaned from onboard sensors to facilitate preventive maintenance and reduce maintenance costs; obtain information on weather patterns and sea
currents to determine the ship’s most fuel-efficient route; and provide onshore operations staff regular updates about the status of cargo.
“With 90% of the world’s trade carried by seaborne vessels, it is imperative for the
Keets named Business Woman
shipping industry to adopt innovative technologies in order to operate more efficiently,”
said Ng Kheng Ghee, Head of Satellite at Singtel. “This service provides an accessible
high-speed broadband connectivity that enables digital technologies such as the Inter-
net of Things (Io T), cloud and data analytics to be deployed onboard ships. As the lead-
ing maritime communications service provider in the Asia Pacific region, we look for-
ward to this partnership with KVH to help shipping companies in the region deploy
digital technologies across their fleets, using advanced satellite communications prod-
ucts and services.”
“The Asia Pacific region boasts some of the busiest ports in the world, and we are
thrilled to be working with Singtel,” said Mark Guthrie, KVH’s Vice President for Asia
Pacific. “With KVH’s end-to-end connectivity solution, our leadership role in global
maritime VSAT, and our already strong base in this region, we look forward to combin-
ing forces with Singtel to help serve the many important fleets and ship managers oper-
of the Year
Actisense COO Lesley Keets has won the Business Woman of the Year Award, cel- ebrating the best businesses from across the south of the UK. She was presented with the accolade in recognition of her personal contribution to the success of the
multi-award-winning, specialist marine electronics company.
Joining Actisense 11 years ago, Keets worked her way up from Sales & Marketing
Manager to Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Actisense distributes to all major maritime
regions, including the US, Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, UAE,
India and Europe.
“It was a huge honor to receive the Blackmore Vale Business Woman of the Year
Gaynor to lead Siren
Award,” Keets said. “I hope that my success will inspire other women to show an inter-
est in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing careers, plus realize the many
opportunities available in the marine electronics sector.”
“Lesley has been a vital and passionate contributor to the success of Actisense for
over a decade now, helping us achieve ever-increasing sales and turnover targets,” said
Active Research Ltd. CEO Phil Whitehurst. “She’s also generated numerous new busi-
ness opportunities at home and overseas. In our opinion, there is no one more deserv-
ing of this award. We are immensely proud of our COO and this latest accolade.”
Siren Marine of New- port, RI, has hired marine industry veteran Phil Gaynor to serve
as the company’s Vice
President, Product Management.
Gaynor brings with
him a long history of
marine products and programs. Most recently,
Gaynor was with Navico,
“We are thrilled to have Phil’s passion and experience on
our team,” said Siren Marine Founder and CEO Daniel Harper.
“With his industry knowledge and understanding of what
tomorrow’s boaters will need, we will continue to lead the
‘Connected Boat’ revolution that we began back in 2011.
We’ve been doing this longer than anybody, and we were
recently granted a US trademark for the term Connected Boat.
We understand, however, that we can’t rest on our laurels. As
our Vice President, Product Management, Phil will play a key
role in keeping us ahead of the technology curve.”
Winegard taps Ocean
Accessories as its
Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company has announced a partnership with Ocean Accessories, LLC, the distribution arm of Ocean Marketing. Under this
arrangement, Guilford, CT-based Ocean Accessories will provide US East Coast distribution for Winegard’s full range of
marine connectivity products.
“Winegard is a welcome addition to our family of clients,”
said John Thommen, President of Ocean Accessories, LLC.
“We were impressed with the company’s innovative product
line and reputation, especially that everything is built here and
backed by US-based customer service. We see this as a growing
marine business segment with limitless potential. Demand for
reliable connectivity will continue to expand as boats and
boaters alike become more dependent on technology.”
“This partnership is an important milestone for our grow-
ing marine business,” said David Quarders, Marine Division
Director for Winegard. “We will benefit not only from Ocean
Accessories’ excellent network of marine dealer contacts, but
also from its sterling reputation for customer service. All in all,
it’s a great match.”
Siren Marine CEO Daniel
Harper (left) welcomes Phil
Gaynor aboard as the company’s
VP, Product Management.