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Teekay inks $4m maritime broadband upgrade with NSSLGlobal

Teekay inks $4m maritime broadband upgrade with NSSLGlobal
Teekay has inked a $4m maritime broadband VSAT upgrade and contract extension with global satellite communications provider NSSLGlobal.

The upgrade, to be rolled out across a total of 125 conventional tankers and LNG carriers, will double bandwidth speeds for both Teekay’s on board crew and operational network. It will also enable Teekay, one of the world’s leading marine energy transportation, storage and production companies, to more “confidently” implement additional fleet-wide applications, NSSLGlobal says.

NSSLGlobal’s VSAT IP@SEA service is a maritime broadband Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT)  service for commercial vessels combining extensive Ku- and C-Band coverage boasting speeds among the best in the industry. For the tech savvy, the service comprises six global teleports supporting 24 satellite beams and two Network Operation Centres to achieve ‘always-on' connectivity.

Teekay Corporation provides a diverse range of marine services to the world’s leading oil and gas companies through Teekay LNG Partners and Teekay Offshore Partners. In addition, the group has a controlling ownership interest in Teekay Tankers Ltd and directly owns a fleet of vessels.

The combined Teekay entities manage and operate consolidated assets of approximately $13bn, comprised of approximately 210 liquefied gas, offshore, and conventional tanker assets from offices in 15 countries and with around 7,700 seagoing and shore-based employees.

The breadth of its global operations makes broadband services in the new smart ship era increasingly import, Teekay contracts specialist Deborah Sloan says.

“With our contract coming up for renewal, both NSSLGlobal and Teekay have worked hard to provide our vessels even greater flexibility, stability, and availability of communication services,” she said.

NSSLGlobal is an independent service provider of satellite communications and IT support, delivering high-quality voice and data services to global clients on land, in the air and at sea regardless of location or terrain.

In March 2016, NSSLGlobal acquired the majority shareholding in Marine Electronics Solutions Ltd (trading as UK Electronic Solutions Ltd), a installation, maintenance, supply and communications and navigation products development specialist serving the maritime, government, offshore renewables and oil & gas sectors.

Along with this wholly owned VSAT network, NSSLGlobal also brings together satellite solutions from key market providers such as Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium to offer options across C-, L-, Ka- and Ku-Band networks.

“This contract upgrade [with Teekay] is in keeping with NSSLGlobal’s broad policy of fostering long-term, partnering relationships with its customers through high quality service provision and joint developments,” said Priya Patel, NSSLGlobal’s APAC regional sales director.