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Transpetro agrees VSAT deal for tanker fleet

Transpetro will install TracPhone V7-HTS equipment as part of a five-year agreement Transpetro will install TracPhone V7-HTS equipment as part of a five-year agreement

Brazilian-based Transpetro, transport provider for the state-owned Petrobras oil and gas company, has selected KVH as its VSAT provider for the majority of its tankers after the completion of a satcom tender process.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The agreement will see KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS satellite communications antenna system supplied to a total of 45 newbuild and existing tankers alongside a five-year airtime contract.

The TracPhone V7-HTS is a 60 cm Ku-band unit, delivering data speeds up to 10 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Each installation includes a belowdecks Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), with built-in capabilities for onboard network management.

Installations will take place over the course of the next 12 months in Brazil managed by KVH’s local subsidiary, which has been in operation in the country since 2011.

“We selected KVH for the global coverage and the data speed, which will enable us to improve operational efficiency and provide crew welfare,” said Jose Ricardo Esses, CIO of Transpetro.

“Another deciding factor in choosing KVH VSAT was the ease of use in having one provider for the complete connectivity solution.”

The announcement with Transpetro comes as KVH recently confirmed that it has passed the milestone of shipping its 8,000th mini-VSAT Broadband system.

 “Our newest HTS systems are in high demand throughout the maritime industry, and build on the strength and reputation of our entire product line,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer.

“Our global coverage, rugged antenna systems, and innovative subscription-based business model are exactly what the maritime industry needs as it continues to move toward digitalisation.”

In related news, KVH’s Videotel subsidiary has launched a new feature for its Videotel Performance Manager service, offering the ability to structure task-based competency assessments for seafarers.

Based around the established maritime concept of taskbooks, the new feature allows seafarers to prepare for, and be evaluated against, any competency that should be demonstrated during their time on board ship. The results are made available to shore staff through interactive reports within Videotel Performance Manager.

Videotel provides its own core set of task-based competencies applicable to various vessel types, with each competency mapped to the existing training catalogue, though the company says it can develop content for specific topics where required.

Task-based Competency also allows users to add their own existing taskbooks to the platform or create new content directly within the application.{/mprestriction}

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