Global mobile connectivity and inertial navigation systems provider KVH Industries has secured a contract from Brazilian tanker operator serving the oil and gas industry Transpetro tankers to provide its VSAT connectivity solutions to 45 new and existing vessels.

The deal was awarded after a competitive process and covers KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS satellite communications antenna system with a five-year airtime contract.

Installations of the systems are scheduled to take place over the next 12 months in Brazil, where KVH’s subsidiary, KVH Brazil, has been operating since 2011.

Transpetro CIO Jose Ricardo Esses said: “We selected KVH for the global coverage and the data speed, which will enable us to improve operational efficiency and provide crew welfare.

“Another deciding factor in choosing KVH VSAT was the ease of use in having one provider for the complete connectivity solution.”

KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS system is a 60cm Ku-band satellite communications antenna developed for the company’s mini-VSAT Broadband network that uses high-throughput satellite (HTS) technology.

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“Another deciding factor in choosing KVH VSAT was the ease of use in having one provider for the complete connectivity solution.”

The mini-VSAT Broadband network is designed to offer global maritime coverage, while the TracPhone V7-HTS is capable of delivering data speeds up to 10mbps download and 3mbps upload.

Each of the TracPhone V7-HTS systems features a belowdecks Integrated CommBoxTM Modem (ICM), as well as built-in capability for on-board network management solutions.

KVH Industries global channel management director Ryan Smith said: “With its superior data speed and global Ku-band coverage, KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS is ideal for the tankers.”

Last month, Garmin International selected KVH Industries to supply two marine satellite TV antenna systems for a Garmin marine network package.

Garmin will provide the systems to select recreational boat builders and select high-end leisure marine electronics dealers.