Radio Holland Netherlands has been awarded a major contract to supply 72+ Spliethoff vessels with a.o. worldwide VSAT connections. In addition to the VSAT connections, Iridium OpenPort and FleetBroadBand, backup connections will be provided, as well as new Cobham SAILOR 900 VSAT systems. Spliethoff also recently signed a Service Agreement with Radio Holland to maintain the equipment on board 116 ships in the Spliethoff fleet.
Jan-Arie Sepers, General Manager Radio Holland Netherlands, says: “Radio Holland and Spliethoff have a long-standing relationship dating back several decades. We know the ships in the Spliethoff fleet very well, as well as their specific requirements. We have a worldwide network of 80 offices and therefore are represented along Spliethoff’s major trading routes. The service agreement gives Spliethoff the guarantee and the security of operational equipment at all times as well as special service rates worldwide. Spliethoff knows what to expect wherever the vessels are operating.”
Peter Van de Venne, Director IT Department Spliethoff, says: “This agreement ensures an internet connection on almost our entire fleet and increases the performance through higher bandwidth on the vessels that were already under contract. The increased bandwidth not only adds value for our crew but also enables us to speed up our processes through more frequent synchronization and updating of the available data on board. We are now also ready to send large flows of data from the ship through sensors on board to the shore and vice versa.”
Internet wherever, whenever
Spliethoff has upgraded its Satellite connections to include both global and regional VSAT with increased bandwidth capacity, recognizing the trend that the demand for an ‘Internet Connection wherever, whenever’ is increasing. Spliethoff also intends to explore the need to increase the bandwidth for future remote monitoring. To ensure smooth daily operations, Radio Holland provides 24/7 remote support services following the sun.
The Iridium OpenPort and FleetBroadBand systems ensure an all-time connection as a back-up system which is a necessary requirement for Spliethoff since Spliethoff operates in many remote, isolated areas around the world. “Radio Holland is one of few suppliers that can provide VSAT coverage in the Kara sea region,” says Jan-Arie Sepers.
Eighteen new VSAT systems will be placed on Spliethoff Group vessels, including those in the Bore Ltd and Conro fleet. The equipment on board of the vessels of Bore Ltd and Conro needed replacement to ensure a good quality of service. Work on installing the antennas has already started and is expected to be completed by the end of May.
About Spliethoff Group
The Amsterdam-based Spliethoff Group plays a leading role in the worldwide transportation of project cargo, heavy lifts, general and Ro-Ro cargoes and yachts. It manages a large and modern fleet of over 100 multi-purpose, heavy lift (lifting capacities of up to 1,800 mt), Ro-Ro and semi-submersible vessels ranging in size from 3,000 to 23,000 tons DWT. The vessels have Ice Class Swedish/Finnish 1A up to Super 1A and most of them sail under the Dutch flag.
Spliethoff Group consists of Spliethoff’s Bevrachtingskantoor (SpliethoffTM), BigLift ShippingTM, Sevenstar Yacht Transport®, Wijnne BarendsTM, TransfennicaTM and BoreTM.