Royal Wagenborg extends VSAT deal

Royal Wagenborg in the Netherlands has signed a new VSAT deal with Castor Marine, renewing and extending an existing agreement to add more ships.

The shipping company, which operates about 200 vessels, has extended its existing Ku-band satcom deal for 52 ships and increased its bandwidth allocation. Another 15 vessels, currently on 4G, will be added into the VSAT contract as part of the new agreement.

Castor Marine has provided VSAT, Iridium, Inmarsat FleetBroadband and IT services to the Wagenborg fleet for the last eight years.

“At Wagenborg we are investing in crew welfare and technology to make our vessels smart and environmentally friendly,” said Theo Klimp, Fleet Director at Wagenborg Shipping.

“It’s great that we can achieve our goals in collaboration with Castor Marine as our communication provider. We are looking forward to work with Castor and use new communication solutions in the upcoming years to support and enable our digital transformation.”

Wagenborg vessels trading in Europe will be equipped with a Ka-band system from Telenor, using Intellian v60 Ka VSAT hardware. These vessels currently use a 4G system and an L-band back-up system when sailing outside 4G coverage.

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