Brazilian tanker group Transpetro is investing in satellite communications across its fleet to enhance operations and crew welfare. It has chosen KVH Industries’ VSAT systems and connectivity for a fleet of 45 tankers that operate for state energy group Petrobras.
KVH will provide Ku-band VSAT services and media content under a five-year agreement. This includes faster broadband for ship operations and crew requirements using an Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellite (HTS).
As part of this contract, KVH will install TracPhone V7-HTS antennas on 45 Transpetro-operated tankers, including a mixture of newbuilds and existing tankers, over the next 12 months in Brazil.
Transpetro chief information officer Jose Ricardo Esses said this connectivity “will enable us to improve operational efficiency and provide crew welfare” on these tankers.
TracPhone V7-HTS is a 60 cm Ku-band antenna designed for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network. It can deliver data speeds up to 10 Mbps download, and 3 Mbps upload over the HTS satellite.
When outside the HTS coverage, download and upload speeds will be below 3 Mbps. Each antenna is linked to an integrated CommBox modem that manages the onboard network, crew communications and hosts media content.
KVH provides content through its Videotel subsidiary for training films, computer-based training, and e-learning for the maritime industry, while KVH Media Group provides news, sports, and entertainment content with such brands as NEWSlink and SPORTSlink.
Earlier this week, KVH announced that it had installed more than 8,000 VSAT maritime terminals and taken a leading market share in the number of installed units, according to consultant Euroconsult.