The Iridium Pilot terminals will form part of an upgraded 'Telaurus se@COMM' communications package, the installation of which will be managed by Globecomm for the entire Reederei Werner Bockstiegel fleet of 65 ships.
The vessels will receive one dedicated voice line for the captain and two independent crew phone lines. Globecomm’s Telaurus se@COMM Wi-Fi service will also provide access points to enable crew to use their own laptops and smartphones to stay connected onboard.
“It was vital for us to combine affordable equipment with competitive airtime to give flexibility to our vessels,” said Albert Bokelmann, fleet manager at Reederei Werner Bockstiegel.
“The comprehensive voice and e-mail service enables us to significantly reduce our overall communications costs and provide crew calling services that positively impact welfare and morale while at sea.”
“BBC Chartering in Leer, our charterer company, has reported that having se@COMM installed will improve their daily operations significantly by enabling their e-mails to be delivered to the vessel in real time.”
Also part of the package will be the Se@COMM managed communication software application, which provides advance price notifications and push delivery of e-mail, as well as management of prepaid crew e-mail and SMS over the Wi-Fi access points via a crew member’s own notebook or PDA device.
Globecomm Maritime, through its local sales agent Nordic-IT Marine Communications, will provide the Iridium Pilot terminals and service plans for the Bockstiegel ships.