[SatNews] SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast) announced it has been awarded a multi-year communications contract from Gearbulk, a specialist in high quality shipping services. The new Ku-band satellite service will provide unrivaled, high-performance broadband connectivity for mission-critical and social communications on 50 cargo vessels across the world, taking the fleet’s communication capabilities into a new era of connectivity.
Gearbulk operates one of the world’s largest fleets of open-hatch gantry craned vessels and open-hatch jib craned vessels, transporting unitized cargoes such as forest products, non-ferrous metals and steel. Following a detailed and thorough tender process, which included all of the key global maritime satellite service providers, SpeedCast was selected by Gearbulk for its ability to deliver a cutting-edge, globally accessible communications solution with a proven reliability and operational deployment record.
The SpeedCast satellite services will be used aboard 50 cargo vessels and several tankers to support Gearbulk’s transition into the global broadband VSAT communications era. The vessels will benefit from enhanced operational and crew welfare communications, all delivered in a financially controllable package by SpeedCast. With over 40 satellites within its network providing reliable and secure Ku-, C- and Ka-band capacity, SpeedCast’s network delivers unparalleled global connectivity options.
“We required a comprehensive communications solution on board our vessels to support our mission of delivering flawless, efficient and customer-focused operations,” said Dan Rooney, Fleet Support Systems Manager at Gearbulk. “SpeedCast has the demonstrated expertise, and the global infrastructure and support to deliver a solution that will meet our needs today, and for many years to come.”
“With thousands of port calls to over 70 countries, Gearbulk’s business is complex, so an effective and reliable communications system will strengthen the operational efficiency of its vessels. Designing, installing, operating and maintaining a highly reliable and tailor-made communications solution is at the heart of our capabilities,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. “Looking ahead, sustainability is a key priority for Gearbulk and with our satellite communications we can help the company concentrate on shipping for the future.”