The UK’s Northern Lighthouse Board and Trinity House has contracted Imtech Marine to provide very small aperture terminal (VSAT) systems with connectivity for its five ships.
Under the three-year contract, Imtech Marine will also provide remote VSAT monitoring support with value added services, including maintenance services for the vessels.
The Trinity House vessel, Patricia, was the first of five ships in the port of Southampton to have the Imtech Marine connectivity solution installed.
The remote monitoring capability on the ships will enable the customer’s IT department to detect problems in system faults earlier, which can be reported and corrected through the Imtech Marine Global Technical Assistance Centers (GTAC).
The value added services delivered by Imtech will also include a solution that helps to separate business and crew usage efficiently.
Northern Lighthouse Board and Trinity House operates the five vessels to maintain safe shipping lanes around the Scottish and English sectors of the British Isles coastline.
The reliable internet connection and communication services are aimed at enhancing the overall vessel operations and improving crew welfare.
The on-board networks on the vessels will be monitored and supported by Imtech through GTAC.
Presently, Imtech Marine supports VSAT communication systems on more than 300 operating ships and over 100 service locations worldwide.
Image: The Polar Star vessel of the Northern Lighthouse Board. Photo: courtesy of Imtech.