Alongside its VSAT connectivity, NSSLGlobal is also providing tracking hardware, safety systems and training fundamental to the search and rescue (SAR) missions that the non-governmental organization (NGO) is conducting across the Mediterranean Sea.
Founded in 2015, the NGO, Sea-Eye e.V., operates vessels sailing from Spain to the Mediterranean to undertake search and rescue operations to save the lives of refugees in distress during their perilous journeys to Europe. NSSLGlobal has helped to equip Sea-Eye’s third vessel, the Alan Kurdi, – a 38.6 meter converted research vessel – into one of the best-connected SAR NGO vessels in-region.
The contract includes VSAT IP@EURO 20, Accounting Authority (AAIC) and Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) services, and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System(GMDSS) A3 upgrade, allowing the vessels to use NSSLGlobal’s end-to-end VSAT service communication systems.
In addition, it makes it possible for Sea-Eye e.V. to broadcast live video to illustrate the urgency of rescue missions at sea to the European public and the media. Media presence is essential for the work of NGOs, especially in scenarios where it is perceived that politicians are doing their best to prevent unfiltered information.
Gorden Isler, Vorsotzender, Sea-Eye e.V. commented that Sea-Eye e.V. has selected NSSLGlobal's VSAT service because of its high-speed connection, based on a strong recommendation. The NSSLGlobal team has always supported the company's mission and the company relies on the support and advice of NSSLGlobal, and they have gone beyond that to ensure that the firm's ships are seaworthy.
Henrik Christensen, CEO Continental Europe, NSSLGlobal, reported that it’s a huge motivator to see the company's technologies being used for such a worthy cause and making a difference at a humanitarian level. The team at Sea-Eye e.V. are doing an amazing job and have saved almost 15,000 people from drowning over the years. NSSLGlobal has been impressed by the heart and conviction shown by them the company is hoping the firm's expertise and support will continue to help the team make the difference to those who need it most.