STS Lord Nelson and STS Tenacious have both been designed to allow disabled and able-bodied people to sail side by side. The former is sailing around the world while the latter is heading to the Baltic Sea to run in the international Tall Ship Race series this summer.
Since Lord Nelson’s voyage includes Antarctica, Iridium was chosen as it is the only satellite constellation that covers the poles.
Trevor Whitworth, Globecomm Maritime vice-president of sales, Asia Pacific, said: “Staying in touch is a vital part of living and working at sea and we wanted to assist in making sure the crew and volunteers could get online and update friends and family with the experience of life on board.”
In addition to the Iridium Pilot antennas and below decks units, Globecomm Maritime says that it has supplied two crew phones and a master’s phone along with a Wi-Fi access point.
The 55-metre square rigger Lord Nelson is taking part in the Sail the World Challenge, a 50,000-mile journey designed to promote equality and inclusion in every port of call. Would-be sailors aged 16 and over can take part with no previous experience required.
A ‘buddy’ system on board pairs able-bodied and disabled crew to offer mutual help and support during the passage.
Lord Nelson’s Captain, Barbara Campbell, said: “It is vital that we have reliable communications, not only for safety and operational purposes but also so that our voyage crew can share their life-changing experiences with the outside world.”
“Both Lord Nelson and Tenacious can maintain ship-to-shore voice and data communication even in the most remote oceans with the Iridium system’s pole to pole coverage.”
Also installed on board is the se@COMM communication suite, which can be used to configure and control access to the communications system, and Globecomm’s Nimbus network security device.