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advantage of the limited summer thawwindow more than 12 months ago.In addition to consultations by Belugawith meteorologists, masters, charteringand operations departments, and safetyand security experts, the companyapproached its satcom providerH2OSatellite to advise on which equip-ment to carry to run its communicationsat Arctic latitudes. This led to the decisionto install the Iridium OpenPort.“We knew that Iridium OpenPort wasthe only choice for full coverage in thoseextreme regions where other systems arepatchy or non-existent,” said RobertKenworthy, managing director ofH2OSatellite.“The system allowed Beluga Shippingto stay in constant touch with its vessels,which is essential for safety and securityin an area with drifting ice fields, ridgesand freezing temperatures.”“Beluga also has a strong crew welfarefocus and the Mail4Crew service (provid-ed by H2O) means that during their muchneeded breaks, the crew were able to sendand receive e-mail, SMS and even postalmessages, to stay in touch with home.”The Beluga F-class vessels MV BelugaFraternity and MV Beluga Foresight,both 12,744 deadweight tons, carriedcrews of 15 or 16 men and transportedpower plant equipment destined for thecity of Surgut, Russia.The specialist ice class E3 heavy lift car-riers have up to 360 metric tons cranecapacity, and had generators and 44power plant modules weighing in excessof 200 tons each amongst the cargo.Having been the first company to suc-cessfully use the Northeast Passage as acommercial route, Beluga Shippingbelieves that the opportunity to cut greatdistances off the common route throughthe Suez Canal will mean that othersmight soon follow.“Travelling the Northeast Passage is anambitious and worthwhile project since itoffers great advantages for saving time,bunker and thereby money, but alsoreducing environmentally harmful emis-sions which have to be decreased in themaritime sector,” said Mr Stolberg.“The possibility of a direct seawayconnecting the prosperous European andAsian markets offers unmatched oppor-tunities for both strong cargo trade andefficient sea traffic, and Beluga Shippingwas determined to make the possibilitya reality.”Iridium's Greg Ewert, executive vicepresident, global distribution channels,expressed his satisfaction at the successfulcompletion of the project, which allowedIridium to demonstrate the capabilities ofthe OpenPort in some of the more remoteareas of the planet.“The Beluga ships provided an excel-lent testbed to demonstrate IridiumOpenPort’s advanced capabilities in theextreme northern latitudes where othersatellite systems cannot reach,” he said.“This is a pioneering product for themaritime industry, and it has been provento be a robust and reliable system for shipsanywhere on the high seas.”
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Orange Business Services is expandingitssatellite and support services in Asiathrough an extended partnership withSpeedCast, which will include access toSpeedCast's local testing facilities aswell as installation and engineering sup-port services.SpeedCast has been in partnershipwith Orange Business Services since thesecond half of 2007, helping the companyexpand its satellite and support servicesacross Asia.On the maritime side, this partnershiphas included the delivery of a maritimeVSAT network supporting the world’slargest offshore company, with a fleetof more than 200 existing offshore sup-ply vessels and an extensive newbuildprogramme.“We are very pleased to be able tobuild on the initial success of our partner-ship with SpeedCast by developing anincreasing number of value added servic-es that can be transmitted (over satellite),such as VoIP, ERP, e-mail and videoamong others,” said Eric Ng, vice presi-dent, global communications solutions,Asia Pacific, Orange Business Services.“This integration is a business-criticalbenefit to our customers, enabling seam-less and robust communications regard-less of geography.”Nick Dukakis, vice president maritimeof SpeedCast, added: "The synergiesbetween the two companies are very evi-dent and very complementary. It is a greatpleasure for SpeedCast to be working withsuch a leading international telecommuni-cations company as Orange BusinessServices, and to be able to provide themwith the satellite and support services theyneed for their expansion across Asia.”
Intelsat and CBM Communications (anaffiliate of Marine Technologies) haveannounced a multi-year agreementwhereby Intelsat will supply global Ku-and C-band transmission facilities forCBM as it launches its Global BroadbandIP platform, based on iDirect technology.This new service, launched at the
Singapore 2009 conference,will operate with capacity on eight satel-lites, as well as utilising Intelsat’sGlobalConnex Network Broadband man-aged service, which leverages the satelliteoperator’s global teleport, fibre and satel-lite network.The GlobalBroadband VSAT networkis built on the iDirect Intelligent Platform,with vessels to be equipped with iDirect'sEvolution X5 Satellite Router and a marinestabilised antenna designed by MarineTechnologies to operate in both Ku-bandand C-band.Designed specifically to run over thisnetwork, the CBM Communications appli-cations available with the service employ aproprietary data consolidation and com-pression technology, which CBM saysmakes them 10 to 100 times more band-width efficient than standard onboardapplications.Applications are bundled onto a net-work server installed onboard and can bemanaged remotely.“Seamless connectivity for remotelocations needing to communicate withheadquarters - or each other - is criticalwhen seeking to achieve operationalsuccess. Now (we are) able to offer anindustry-leading IP network that willmeet these requirements, all from a
SpeedCast partnership to aid Orange Asia expansionCBM, Intelsat and iDirect in maritime VSAT agreement
single provider,” said Bill McKinnell,vice president of CBM.“Intelsat’s robust infrastructure offeredus the cost-effective, scalable and resilienttransmission network we required as welooked to launch our Global Broadband IPplatform.”Frode Klepsvik, vice president, MarineTechnologies, added: "Our expandedservice is based on years of experienceserving the most demanding needs in themaritime industry and is designed totransform VSAT networking into an inte-gration and productivity tool to improvebusiness operations.”“iDirect is the only platform with theintelligence inside to make this newservice model work thanks to its TDMA-based shared network model, advancedGroup Quality of Service capabilities,mobility features and network manage-ment tools."
‘The crew were able to send and receivee-mail and SMS’ – Robert Kenworthy,H2OSatellite