Acta Marine to add Starlink satcoms on workboats

Acta Marine has agreed a deal with Castor Marine to add Starlink connectivity for its Walk-to-Work vessels, including two Methanol MDO/HVO powered DP2 Construction Service Operating Vessels (CSOVs) ordered earlier this year.

Castor Marine already manages Acta Marine’s entire fleet connectivity, with Starlink set to be integrated with the existing onboard communications infrastructure. Castor Marine was recently announced as an Authorised Starlink Reseller.

Acta Marine’s fleet of offshore and DP2 workboats already use VSAT and Iridium Certus services and recently installed a new internet security infrastructure. The W2W vessels will each add four Starlink antennas and Fortinet software to manage SD-WAN and SD-LAN network connectivity.

“We have been working for and with Acta Marine for more than five years and this project is a confirmation of our continued partnership. That makes me grateful and happy, as that is what motivates us. Castor Marine aims to provide the best connectivity solution for Acta Marine and this is the right moment to implement Starlink as part of mix for the Acta fleet,” said Mark Olthuis, director at Castor Marine.

“One of the elements we very much appreciate in the relationship with Acta Marine, is that from our perspective, Acta is a very forward-looking company, commercially and technologically. As to their fleet connectivity, Acta management wants the crew to feel at home on board. The fact that they now have much faster Internet connection, allowing the crew to stream videos or facetime with their families and friends, was one of the considerations for installing Starlink.”

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