Castor Marine has been awarded a multi-year contract with Wagenborg Shipping — the contract covers the delivery of 40+ new VSAT systems with satellite Internet based on Castor’s global VSAT network, Inmarsat Fleetbroadband as back-up for the VSAT service and IT support for the vessel LAN infrastructure — Castor Marine will provide an end-to-end solution including installation and onboard support worldwide.
This setup enables Wagenborg Shipping to enhance crew welfare and ship to shore connectivity using Castor’s global Ku-band footprint.
According to Theo Klimp, Fleet Director at Wagenborg Shipping, increasing business and crew demand for fast and reliable Internet requires an integrated IT and communication solution from a proven satellite service provider. Castor Marine is a satellite network operator with its own teleport facilities and understands and supports our IT infrastructure onboard. They are able to provide a full end-to-end solution including hardware lease, VSAT bandwidth, Inmarsat Fleetbroadband airtime and installation and support. We found in Castor Marine a partner that has, and can further develop, services to support our IT requirements over time. Castor Marine has installed VSAT systems on nine vessels already, and our crew members are very satisfied.
Ivo Veldkamp, CEO of Castor Marine, added that this deal underlines the company's unique selling points for the maritime market: Castor Marine offers highly reliable maritime Ku-band services as a network operator and also designs and supports the IT infrastructure to meet the needs of business and crew welfare applications of the most demanding customers, such as Wagenborg Shipping.