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August 13th, 2015

Barging Ahead — Gulf Marine Services To Gain SpeedCast International SATCOM Services

[SatNews] SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast) announces the company has been awarded a multi-year communications contract from Gulf Marine Services (GMS).

The new dual-beam Ku-band satellite service will provide high-performance broadband connectivity for client office applications and voice services across nine GMS barges. GMS is one of the largest providers of self-propelled, self-elevating accommodation jack-up barges in the world. The vessels work in offshore oilfields, often in harsh weather conditions, and therefore require a reliable and high-quality connection between the vessels and the land-based operations.

SpeedCast’s solution will initially deliver MBR 2048/512 CIR 512/256 links for each vessel, with scope to upgrade as necessary depending on client requirements. With SpeedCast’s strong global network and support capabilities the vessels will benefit from enhanced communications and VoIP services for operations and crew welfare.  SpeedCast will deliver principle support for GMS from its Dubai, U.A.E. sales and support center, backed by its global support network.

This announcement follows SpeedCast’s successful acquisitions of Hermes Datacomms, Geolink Satellite Services, and most recently, SAIT Communications, which have further enhanced SpeedCast’s products and services tailored for the energy and maritime sectors.

Executive Comments
“We have a modern fleet that enables us to serve our clients’ needs, which require sophisticated communications systems,” said Simon Cook, COO of Gulf Marine Services. “Not only does SpeedCast achieve this, but they are also able to deliver an advanced, globally accessible communications solution that is reliable and has a proven operational deployment record.”
Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast, said, “Our Ku-band service is unrivaled, providing seamless connectivity and a powerful business solution to enable GMS to maintain its focus on providing its clients with efficient and cost-effective solutions.”
“The Middle East is a critically important market for the offshore oil sector,” said Piers Cunningham, VP of Maritime Services, SpeedCast.  “SpeedCast has continued to invest in its network and infrastructure to service the demanding requirements of its offshore customers.  Likewise, SpeedCast has continued to invest in products and services, for both FSS and MSS, that allow us to serve as a one-stop-shop for our maritime and energy customers’ critical communications.”