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Spliethoff agrees 72-vessel satcom deal

Radio Holland Netherlands has been awarded a contract to supply at least 72 Spliethoff vessels with improved VSAT connectivity, covering existing installations and new additions as well as Iridium OpenPort and FleetBroadband backup connections, while also signing a Service Agreement for the maintenance of equipment on board 116 ships in the Spliethoff fleet.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“This agreement ensures an internet connection on almost our entire fleet and increases the performance through higher bandwidth on the vessels that were already under contract,” said Peter Van de Venne, director IT department, Spliethoff.

“The increased bandwidth not only adds value for our crew but also enables us to speed up our processes through more frequent synchronisation and updating of the available data on board. We are now also ready to send large flows of data from the ship through sensors on board to the shore and vice versa.”

The package to be supplied by Radio Holland includes both global and regional VSAT to suit ship trading patterns.

Eighteen new VSAT systems will be placed on Spliethoff Group vessels, including those in the Bore Ltd and Conro fleet. Work on installing the antennas was completed at the end of May.

“Radio Holland and Spliethoff have a long-standing relationship dating back several decades. We know the ships in the Spliethoff fleet very well, as well as their specific requirements,” said Jan-Arie Sepers, general manager, Radio Holland Netherlands.

“We have a worldwide network of 80 offices and therefore are represented along Spliethoff’s major trading routes. The service agreement gives Spliethoff the guarantee and the security of operational equipment at all times as well as special service rates worldwide. Spliethoff knows what to expect wherever the vessels are operating.”{/mprestriction}

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