Brazilian-based Transpetro, transport provider for the state-owned Petrobras oil and gas company, has selected KVH as its VSAT provider for the majority of its tankers after the completion of a satcom tender process.
KVH has introduced a new TracPhone LTE-1 marine communications antenna system and accompanying connectivity service designed to provide internet access via cellular networks in US waters out to a range of approximately 30km, with data download speeds up to 100 Mbps.
Ship manager Nordic Hamburg has begun the roll-out of Ku-band VSAT services from KVH on board its vessels, with installation already completed on 13 out of the 25 ships to be fitted with the systems over the course of this year.
BW Group has extended its contract with KVH to add its connectivity services to 45 additional vessels in the fleet, joining the company’s existing LPG and LNG vessels that have used KVH’s VSAT systems and services since 2013.
The 2018 Crew Connectivity survey of 6,000 serving crewmembers by Futurenautics, sponsored by KVH and Intelsat, has found that the application of technology in operations is growing in perceived importance, and that access to the internet at sea “strongly influences” the decisions of some 92 per cent of seafarers about where to work.
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) has agreed to invest $4.5 million in its maritime broadband partner KVH, as part of a broader commitment to collaborate on value-added services in the area of shipping digitalisation and improved internet access at sea.
Shipmanager E.R. Schiffahrt has agreed a deal to implement KVH VSAT systems on its fleet of container and dry bulk vessels, including TracPhone V7-HTS antenna equipment, under KVH’s AgilePlans subscription-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) programme.
KVH has agreed a deal with Pilipinas Global Network Limited (PGNL) to bring coverage of full games from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to merchant ships, via its mini-VSAT and IP-MobileCast service.
KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course to promote safe bunkering processes, based on guidelines from the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) and developed in response to growth in the use of LNG as a bunker fuel by operators looking to meet the low sulphur targets required by MARPOL Annex VI.
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