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KVH reports expanding use of IP-MobileCast service

KVH reports that it has expanded its customer base on the IP-MobileCast content delivery service with a number of new shipping companies signing up in recent months.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}This includes Navigator Gas, operator of a fleet of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers, which has selected IP-MobileCast for 28 vessels, and OSG Ship Management, which will use the system on 20 ships.

Tanker company Wisby Ship Management will also add the service on 18 vessels, while Oslo-based Klaveness Ship Management will adopt the system on 10 container and bulk ships.

In North America, Valles Steamship (Canada) and United States Seafoods will subscribe to IP-MobileCast for six ships and three ships respectively.

These new deals are in addition to early adopters like Vroon and Seaspan, who between them have more than 65 vessels subscribed to the service.

“The IP-MobileCast service is well-liked and used extensively by our crewmembers at sea, who tell me they particularly appreciate the ease of use and the availability of the news, sports, and entertainment content on smartphones, tablets, and ships’ TVs,” said David Kramer, director at Seaspan Ship Management, which is based in Vancouver.

“From our point of view, we see IP-MobileCast as certainly a value-add for the crew, and a draw card in employment.”

IP-MobileCast was launched by KVH in 2014, multicasting daily news and sports, movies, and TV shows, as well as operational data via satellite to vessels at sea, outside of the ships’ communications traffic data allocation.

“The adoption rate for IP-MobileCast has gained a tremendous amount of momentum in the last six to eight months, and we are seeing a number of major fleets adding and expanding the content delivery service,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer.

“There is simply no other comparable service available for keeping seafarers informed and entertained on transoceanic voyages. By providing content at sea, these fleets can become employers of choice in the competition for the most competent seafarers, particularly top-notch officers. That in turn can help reduce costs for recruiting, training, and retention efforts.”{/mprestriction}

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