Pacific Basin Equips 99 Ships with KVH Mini-VSAT

Photo: Pacific Basin

Posted by Eric Haun

Dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited has
deployed KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband solution on its entire fleet
of 99 owned ships as part of its effort to modernize ship-shore

"Satellite communications continue to become more cost-effective
over time as requirements rapidly grow for bandwidth and speed,"
said Capt. Uttam K. Jaiswal, general manager - marine at Pacific
Basin, a Hong Kong based owner and operator of Handysize and
Supramax dry bulk ships. "Aside from the obvious business
requirements, we at Pacific Basin see value in enabling our
seafarers to keep in contact with family and friends through the
Internet. The new equipment will also enhance shore-to-ship crew
training and support for safe ship operations."

According to KVH Industries, Inc., the solution - initially
chosen by Pacific Basin in the second quarter of 2016 - includes
KVH's mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service; TracPhone V7-IP Ku-band
antenna system designed and built by KVH, combined with an
Iridium OpenPort for backup; customized CommBox management
solution; and IP-MobileCast content delivery service. All
hardware is protected by the KVH OneCare extended warranty, and
the solution also comes with the myKVH portal, which provides
vessel location, connection details, management and control of
the data usage onboard.

Pacific Basin chose KVH's IP-MobileCast content delivery service
to provide crewmembers with NEWSlink TV content - international
news channels plus TV channels in crew members' native languages.
The package also includes daily NEWSlink newspapers with news and
sports from the crews' native countries, including the capability
to read the newspapers from their own mobile devices.

The fully integrated solution, including antenna hardware,
control units and all connecting cables, is shipped with a
compact footprint, which is important for a global fleet striving
for timely installations. "Our global service partners were able
to easily accommodate the Pacific Basin vessels' schedules and,
as a result, managed to deploy the solution on all the vessels in
a short period of time," said Tommy Fung, KVH's North East Asia
sales manager.

Mar 9, 2017

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