17 Arklow Shipping newbuilds to have VSAT installed

Ireland headquartered ship owner and charterer Arklow Shipping has agreed a deal with Satcom Global in the UK to install Ku-band VSAT systems on seventeen newbuild vessels, which will begin delivery in 2021.

The new vessels will be activated on a range of Aura VSAT service packages, all with Committed Information Rate (CIR), and with back-up communications options selected to suit their different sailing patterns.

Ten new C-Class vessels will be installed with 4G connectivity alongside Aura to support their short sea shipping requirements and operations close to shore, while the additional seven 6,500-ton vessels will have Iridium Certus activated onboard as a back-up to the primary VSAT connection.

Arklow currently has 20 vessels already in service using the Aura VSAT service.

“We have first-hand experience of the excellent quality connectivity Aura VSAT delivers, so it was a natural decision to install the service across our growing fleet of vessels,” said Declan Lott, IT Manager at Arklow Shipping.

“As a ship owner and manager, it is imperative to keep operations running smoothly and the in-depth knowledge that Satcom Global has of our fleet and our needs enables them to deliver a first-class service and support.”

Intellian terminals will be used to provide the satcom connectivity on all of the newbuilds, with the 85 cm v85NX Ku-band antenna to deliver VSAT services and the Intellian C700 terminal to carry Iridium Certus traffic.

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