The installation marks the beginning of a 36-month contract for global C-band satellite services to be provided by Maritime Broadband to the ship.
The C-Bird was delivered as a kit to the vessel, without a shore crane being required. The antenna was then assembled and installed onboard while at anchorage in Fos Sur Mer, France.
Preparation and fabrication of the pedestal took 48 hours, while a further five hours of work was done by the crew of the Nordic Aurora and two Maritime Broadband technicians to assemble the C-Bird system.
“We were able to install this system ourselves without going to dry-dock or use of floating cranes, as the equipment is not heavy and it is modular,” noted Dalibor Jalsovec, electrical superintendent, Hellespont Ship Management.
“The economics and logistics of C-Bird just make sense doing the installation when the vessel is in service, for us as technical managers of a tanker fleet.”
Frithjof Bettum, senior vice president – operations, Nordic American Tankers, also commented: “The choice to deploy C-Bird was natural for us. We have always-on internet within our existing budget.”
“Coverage is global – which we expect will provide operating benefits, support the crew and eliminate some surprises in our communication bills. The ease and low cost of installation is a great feature.”