Wagenborg Offshore implements hybrid VSAT/4G comms system

Wagenborg Offshore has completed the installation of a hybrid VSAT and Tampnet 4G communications system on board the vessel ‘Koenigsborg’, following an agreement with Castor Marine.

The connectivity package will be used to provide the crew with continuous communications channels when working on offshore assets and will support real-time reporting to onshore teams.

Koenigsborg is the fourth Walk-to-Work vessel operated by Wagenborg Offshore, a subsidiary of Royal Wagenborg, following its conversion from a PSV at Royal Niestern Sander shipyard, the Netherlands. The vessel will be used to perform multiple offshore support roles and includes accommodation for 40 people.

The ship will also act as a Standby & Support Vessel (SSV) and is certified to serve as an Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV), expanding its operations with rescue work and emergency towing or patrol duties as required.

The communications system supplied includes a dual Intellian v100NX setup, accompanied with an Intellian C700 Iridium Certus terminal for L-band back-up, and an Intellian t100W satellite TV system. The dual-antenna configuration was chosen to overcome potential blockage issues.

The Tampet 4G service, available in the North Sea, will be used for low-latency applications when the Koenigsborg is within the coverage of the LTE network.

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