Castor Marine will provide global connection to the entire Jan De Nul fleet


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Posted on Oct 5, 2021 6:06 PM by

The maritime executive

[By: Castor Marine]

Jan De Nul Group, a leading expert in marine construction, civil engineering and environmental projects, has moved its entire fleet of 82 vessels and jackup barges to Castor’s global VSAT and Iridium connectivity network Navy under a long-term contract to ensure a solid vessel connectivity.

Castor Marine has been selected by Jan De Nul Group to provide global VSAT Internet services and Iridium L-Band to the entire fleet of nearly 80 dredges, offshore construction vessels, crane vessels and (environmental) support vessels.

3 month global migration

Since all vessels are operational worldwide, Castor Marine was challenged to migrate the vessels remotely to its network using existing equipment on board within a tight timeframe. Castor Marine successfully migrated 98% of the fleet within 3 months of signing the contract, with up to 6 migrations per day. The project is a fine example of the company’s engineering capabilities to manage complex migrations.

Tailor-made solution

Castor Marine provides a tailor-made VSAT solution for Jan De Nul’s fleet, with a quality of service specified at the customer’s VLAN level. Jan De Nul’s fleet benefits from the flexibility that Castor Marine can offer in its global VSAT network, allowing Jan De Nul Group to grow easily, depending on ad hoc and dedicated high bandwidth demands per vessel.

Global phone calls, local rates

The Internet package includes high-quality on-board voice services based on local Belgian phone numbers for ships, allowing cost-effective phone calls at local rates.

In addition to VSAT, Iridium and VoIP services, Castor Marine delivered 15 new Sailor 900 VSAT and Sailor 4300 Iridium Certus antennas to replace the existing on-board equipment. For the new NextGen Voltaire offshore installation vessel and the Les Alizés offshore heavy lift vessel, Castor Marine has supplied a complete new set of antenna systems based on the recently launched Sailor 1000 XTR VSAT antennas, including equipment under the bridge.

“It’s nice to work with an agile and technically advanced partner. Flexibility is very important to Jan De Nul to respond to temporary upgrades and downgrades of projects. Castor Marine is monitoring these developments and the lines of communication are very short. We attach great importance to mutual trust. . So far everything is going as desired with our new supplier KU & L-Band. “- Nils Crabeel, Communication Manager at Jan De Nul Group.

“It is an honor to serve the Jan De Nul fleet with our services as a network operator. I am proud that we can provide our flexible airtime solutions with high bandwidth capabilities to Jan De Nul globally and that we can meet Jan De Nul’s expectations for quality, flexibility and service levels. “- Mark Olthuis, Director Maritime Offshore & Energy.

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