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SpeedCast wins Gearbulk fleet

SpeedCast has announced that it has signed a ‘multi-year communications contract’ with Gearbulk, operator of the world's largest fleet of open-hatch gantry craned vessels and open-hatch jib craned vessels.

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SpeedCast says that its Ku-band satellite services will be used on board 50 cargo vessels, as well as “several tankers”.  The VSAT communications will be used for mission-critical operations as well as for crew welfare.

“We required a comprehensive communications solution on board our vessels to support our mission of delivering flawless, efficient and customer-focused operations,” said Dan Rooney, fleet support systems manager at Gearbulk. 

“SpeedCast has the demonstrated expertise, and the global infrastructure and support to deliver a solution that will meet our needs today, and for many years to come.” 

Gearbulk specialises in transporting cargo that requires special handling and stowage such as pulp, aluminium, orange juice or granite, operating across five continents.

“With thousands of port calls to over 70 countries, Gearbulk’s business is complex, so an effective and reliable communications system will strengthen the operational efficiency of its vessels,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast.

“Designing, installing, operating and maintaining a highly reliable and tailor-made communications solution is at the heart of our capabilities. Looking ahead, sustainability is a key priority for Gearbulk, and with our satellite communications we can help the company concentrate on shipping for the future.” 

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