Astrium Services, SES extend maritime VSAT coverage

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

Satellite operator SES and Astrium Services have signed a capacity renewal agreement to provide connectivity to vessels around Latin America, the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Satellite operator SES and Astrium Services have signed a capacity renewal agreement to provide connectivity to vessels around Latin America, the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

Under the deal, Astrium Services will renew capacity on the SES-4 satellite to offer managed services for maritime business communications, tracking equipment and engine performance, as well as allowing crews to stay connected at sea.

SES-4 is one of SES’s satellites offering capacity to Astrium Services, allowing the company to customise services to meet specific needs of the maritime industry.

Astrium Services’ business communications division head of maritime Tore Morten Olsen said that the new SES-4 satellite offers complete coverage extending from the Arabian Sea to the South Pacific Ocean.

"Combined with SES’ satellite expertise and our dedicated sales and service team, this coverage is key in developing reliable VSAT services for our global customers in these strategic maritime routes," Olsen said.

The new deal will also see Astrium Services meet several specific communication needs, which comprise reliable VSAT coverage for oil & gas activities offshore Brazil and East Africa.

SES-4 also extends coverage over the Gulf of Aden to support essential connectivity to customers in piracy risk zones, off the coast of Somalia for example.

Fisheries, transportation and recreational maritime customers in Europe are also supported by SES-4 coverage.

SES senior vice president of Europe, commercial Norbert Hölzle said: "On-the-move global communications needs of the maritime industry have to be met constantly even when vessels and crews are at [sic] remote regions of the world."