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Algoma renews Imtech contract

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Imtech Marine reports that Canadian shipping company Algoma Central Corporation has renewed and upgraded its VSAT Connectivity contract, allowing it to deploy crew Internet on board its 34 vessels operating on the Great Lakes.

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For the past six years Algoma had a VSAT Connectivity package together with two other Great Lakes operators, American Steamship Company and CSL, but it decided that it would like an independent VSAT Connectivity package for its Canadian fleet of dry-bulk carriers and product tankers.

“Algoma Central Corporation is pleased to partner with Imtech Marine to provide VSAT services to our Canadian fleet of vessels,” said Peter Winkley, Algoma Central Corporation vice president, Finance and CFO. “The contract renewal created a private network with increased bandwidth for the Algoma fleet, allowing Algoma to deploy wireless Internet connectivity to our crew members on board all vessels.”

Kara Babb, Imtech Marine QHSE manager, noted: “The vital thing is the vessels maintain their business functionality, while at the same time, the crew can keep in touch with family and friends via the Internet.”

“The airtime bandwidths are separated so the crew has full access to the Internet without them delaying any business operations.”

The three-year renewal includes the iDirect Ku-band Global VSAT Service (6 megabytes) and two Voice over IP (VoIP) lines.

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