BW operates a total of 55 LNG and LPG carriers within its 109 vessel fleet, which will use KVH's dual-mode TracPhoneV11-IP onboard satellite communications system to provide both Ku-band and back-up C-band services using a single antenna.
BW recently completed field trials of the system, and says that it expects to have 20 vessels equipped by the end of 2013, with rollout continuing through 2014.
“We chose KVH's dual-mode antenna and mini-VSAT Broadband service for their global coverage, ease of deployment, and reliability,” said Geraldine Pang, vice president, IT, BW Maritime.
“The system provides a reliable network and some hardware redundancy as both C- and Ku-band can operate independently. This is important for business continuity.”
“Beyond technological considerations, it is important to work with a company that designs, manufactures, and operates both the hardware and network as this reduces communications complexities. The simplicity of a single dome and an extremely compact below decks unit that includes everything makes the KVH VSAT system very simple and fast to deploy. We managed to deploy 15 vessels in just one quarter. This would be impossible with larger C-band-only domes.”
Vivian Quenet, KVH vice president of Sales, Asia Pacific, added: “The global coverage from our mini-VSAT Broadband service and improved broadband connectivity delivered by our unique, dual-mode, C-/Ku-band TracPhone V11-IP system will give BW's fleet the ability to optimise operations, collaborate with shore side offices, and offer their crews a reliable system for accessing the Internet and staying in touch with their families.”
The TracPhone V11-IP uses a single antenna to access both the C- and Ku-band satellites within KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network. The three-axis, gyro-stabilised antenna has a diameter of 1.1 metres.
TracPhone V11-IP features an Integrated CommBox Modem, a below decks unit that includes an IP-enabled antenna control unit, CommBox Network Manager, ArcLight spread spectrum modem, Voice over IP (VoIP), Ethernet switch, and Wi-Fi capabilities.