Harris CapRock to install VSAT units in five Siem Offshore vessels

25 January 2012 (Last Updated January 25th, 2012 18:30)

Harris CapRock Communications has signed a three-year contract with Norwegian support vessels owner and operator Siem Offshore to install a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) in five of its supply vessels in offshore Brazil.

Harris CapRock Communications has signed a three-year contract with Norwegian support vessels owner and operator Siem Offshore to install a very small aperture terminal (VSAT) in five of its supply vessels in offshore Brazil.

The company said that the SeaAccess solution will enable Siem to extend its corporate IT network and applications to its vessels.

Siem Offshore director of supply chain Cato Engebretsen said the company requires a robust communications solution onboard its vessels to support its crew and its day-to-day operations. "It’s important for our fleet to be fully connected to headquarters and our other offices at all times and, after assessing the capabilities of Harris CapRock and its ability to provide local service and support in Brazil, it was the clear choice for our team," Engebretsen said.

Under the deal, Harris CapRock will deploy VSAT communications to enable corporate networking, internet access, voiceover IP, real-time monitoring and reporting, as well as crew morale services. The company said that all the equipment will be tested in Aberdeen, UK, and then shipped and installed locally in Brazil.

The Norwegian support vessel owner will use SeaAccess Communications solution, designed for the commercial maritime market, which includes network design, equipment and installation. The financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but according to reports, the deal has the potential to be extended to four other vessels.

Harris CapRock president of SeaAccess Pal Jensen said the agreement with Siem Offshore’s Brazilian operations highlights the high quality of its communications technology and the fact that the company has built a solid reputation in the market. "Our presence in Brazil continues to grow as we broaden our systems integration services, project management capabilities, and in-region field service and support," Jensen said.