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Sovcomflot chooses Orange Business Services VSAT for Arctic fleet

The Arctic shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov will be one of the first vessels to receive the maritime VSAT solution The Arctic shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov will be one of the first vessels to receive the maritime VSAT solution

Russian shipping company Sovcomflot has chosen Orange Business Services to deploy an advanced Maritime VSAT solution on eight vessels.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Orange solution automatically chooses the best quality satellite available to optimise the vessels’ connection to the corporate network. Sovcomflot will use the network to transmit the vessels’ telemetry data from onboard cameras and sensors to its Fleet Operations Centre in St Petersburg. This allows Sovcomflot to monitor the condition of its fleet in real time and optimise routing based on factors such as weather or sea ice movements.

The first ships to receive the solution during the initial rollout phase are the Arctic shuttle tankers Mikhail Ulyanov and Kirill Lavrov, which are the largest oil tankers built in Russia. Three other tankers operating in the Arctic will also be connected, along with three supply vessels, which ensure the safe operation of offshore platforms in the Russian Far East.

The initial rollout will keep the ships connected, even in remote locations, improving safety and optimising navigation in challenging conditions. In addition, the solution will make it easier for crews to stay in touch with friends and family, boosting onboard welfare and morale.

“With Sovcomflot, Orange Business Services once again demonstrates its expertise as a leader in Maritime Satellite solutions and reaffirms its ambition to connect people and companies wherever they are on the globe, including in the remote Arctic. Thanks to our intelligent satellite solution that automatically connects to the highest quality network, Sovcomflot can support crew welfare and safety while ensuring business continuity,” said Richard van Wageningen, senior vice president IMEAR, Orange Business Services.{/mprestriction}

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