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Polarcus newbuilds to implement VSAT

Polarcus is to implement Sealink VSAT services from Marlink aboard two new X-bow design seismic vessels, Amani and Adira, which are currently under construction at Ulstein Verft in Norway.

The Dubai-based marine geophysical company has also signed a deal to extend the use of Sealink VSAT already in use aboard five existing Polarcus X-bow design seismic vessels, for a further three years. The vessels focus on environmentally friendly operations in Polar regions.

The system includes dual C-band antennas with automatic switchover, dedicated full-duplex bandwidth through a Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC) satellite link, including several LAN networks on board, and eight simultaneous voice lines.

It also enables GSM services when in range and features Iridium Pilot as a back-up, to ensure continuous global connectivity.

“We have worked closely with Marlink and they have shown great flexibility and support to ensure that the connectivity meets our needs,” explains Magnus Oberg, vice president information technology at Polarcus.

“Although the primary use for our connectivity is operational, it’s also vital that we provide crew with a way to communicate with friends and family, and engineers on board to work remotely with experts on land.”

“The Sealink service allows us to manage exactly how the connectivity is used, which supports our seismic operations and IT organisation.”

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