Major shipping firms use Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird for VSAT communications

20 March 2014 (Last Updated March 20th, 2014 18:30)

The majority of large shipping companies rely on Maritime Broadband-developed C-Bird for very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications at sea.

The majority of large shipping companies rely on Maritime Broadband-developed C-Bird for very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications at sea.

The C-Bird system not only enhances the operation and safety of ships, but also provides internet access to ship passengers, allowing them to keep in contact with their families and use other resources considered crucial to the procurement and retention of crew.

The C-Bird antenna can be assembled and commissioned in less than six hours by the onboard crew, without the help of cranes.

Gottlieb International Group managing director Alan Gottlieb has been advising the maritime industry on shipping communications for 22 years and said that the C-Bird offers an innovative low-cost VSAT communications solution for the shipping industry that has had successful implementation and trials by some major players.

"The C-Bird antenna can be assembled and commissioned in less than six hours by the onboard crew, without the help of cranes."

The company recently added Enterprises from Greece, Hellespont from Germany and Sobelmar from Belgium to its client list, while Drynet from Hamburg, Dutch Marine from Rotterdam, Elektro Deniz from Istanbul, Telopsys from Athens and Zener OneNet from Dubai were added as distribution partners.

Hellespont Ship Management electrical superintendent Dailbor Jalsovec said that companies can install the C-Bird system themselves without going to dry-dock or using floating cranes, as the equipment is modular and not heavy.

"The economics and logistics of C-Bird just make sense to technical managers of a tanker fleet," Jalsovec said.

Hellespont progress captain Tony Amo said that C-Bird is offered at a flat fee with unlimited data use.

"Maritime Broadband has delivered fully on the promise of this VSAT communications solution. We are now part of the world," Amo said.