Imtech Marine Canada has completed the replacement of Marine Atlantic’s ship-to-shore wireless communication system on Canadian ferries.
Deployed through its service and navigation / communication brand, Radio Holland, Imtech provided the ship owner with a completely integrated system that included hardware, VSAT and a back-up fleet broadband satellite airtime.
Marine Atlantic CIO Colin Tibbo said: "When we began the RFP process, one of our key objectives was to not only find a service provider but a business partner; a company we felt could support our existing vessel communication needs, also providing strategic advice and input as we continue to modernise many of our business processes across the fleet.
"Our service needs will continue to evolve as we work to strengthen onboard services to both customers and crew and we will continue to look to Imtech / Radio Holland for their expertise to ensure we have the systems in place to support our business."
Canada’s state-owned Marine Atlantic currently operates four of the largest ferries in North America that sail between the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia on a daily basis.
A completely adaptable private VSAT network will allow Marine Atlantic to supply more bandwidth to a particular vessel when it makes a longer trip.
In addition, the new system ensures that the point of sale terminals onboard debit / credit card machines are reliable and always available for customers.
Imtech Marine Canada area manager Henk VanHeuveln said: "The Imtech marine managed solution ensures that MAI has 100% coverage from dock to dock."
In December 2014, Imtech Marine’s Istanbul-based subsidiary Elkon received a contract from Sedef Shipyard to supply electrical equipment, propulsion system and services for two Canadian Seaspan hybrid ferries.
Image: Marine Atlantic has its own private broadband network. Photo: courtesy of Imtech.