Elcome International has upgraded the satellite communications systems on a fleet of LNG carriers operating in the Middle East. It fitted Cobham Satcom antennas and other hardware for VSAT on 40 ships.
This was part of a retrofit programme on the fleet and included new hardware, software, airtime, forward maintenance and service support. Dubai-based Elcome fitted Sailor 900 VSAT for Ku-band services on the 40 ships in four months. It also installed new below-deck hardware and backup L-band satellite communications equipment for FleetBroadband and Inmarsat-C safety services.
Elcome executive director Jimmy Grewal explained that existing VSAT on these ships had to be decommissioned before new Sailor 900 units could be installed.
He added “Careful planning and prestaging equipment and manpower ahead of the ships’ port calls enabled us to meet the customer’s requirement for fast turnaround without disrupting the ships’ sailing schedules.”
The scope of work included system design, site survey, system integration, hardware and software installation, commissioning, training, project management and airtime for the ships’ VSAT, Fleet Broadband and systems.
VSAT Ku-band airtime is supplied by Global Eagle. Elcome has created three independent networks on each ship for corporate traffic, crew welfare voice and internet connections, and machine-to-machine data transfer of performance data from shipboard sensors. Elcome’s maritime internet solution provides dynamic allocation of specific data quotas to crew members for efficient control and management of airtime.