Thrane & Thrane has partnered with Pro Nautas and Vizada to supply its SAILOR 900 VSAT and SAILOR 500 FleetBroadband systems to Hansa Heavy Lift's entire fleet of 21 vessels.
The company and its partners will install and commission the systems on the multipurpose heavy-lift vessels, a process which is expected to be completed in July 2012.
Both systems are based on the Vizada XChange platform and implemented by Pro Nautas to ensure fully redundant global broadband connectivity and voice services.
According to the company, the solution platform offers automatic selection of the connectivity technology Ku-band or L-band, based on the current coverage, system performance and available airtime rates.
Casper Jensen, Thrane & Thrane VP of maritime business unit, said that in addition to crew and operational communications, the new communication system aboard the vessels was chosen for its capability of enabling remote diagnostics and maintenance of the onboard IT networks.
"Continuous remote monitoring for increasing fleet fuel efficiency and reducing emissions in addition to possibilities for reducing maintenance and service costs are driving the uptake of total solutions that feature both VSAT and MSS to ensure global coverage with least cost routing," Jensen said.
Designed to streamline the whole area of VSAT procurement, the SAILOR 900 VSAT makes it easy for service providers to deploy Ku-band VSAT across a wider range of vessels.
The system also deals with troublesome and time-consuming testing, balancing and configuration of satellite antennas on board vessels, as the company performs necessary processes before delivery, to ensure quick, easy and enhanced operational reliability.
Additionally, the antenna is compatible with all Ku-band satellite systems worldwide.
In January 2012, Thrane & Thrane had won a contract to supply 290 SAILOR VSAT systems for a communication solution being developed by Ericsson for a major global shipping firm.