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Sovcomflot gains Arctic connectivity with VSAT upgrade

Wed 12 Jun 2019 by Martyn Wingrove

Sovcomflot gains Arctic connectivity with VSAT upgrade
Orange will install VSAT on SCF shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov then roll it out on four other shuttle tankers

Sovcomflot has selected a VSAT service for five tankers and three offshore supply vessels operating in the Arctic.

Orange Business Services will install its maritime VSAT solution on crude oil shuttle tankers Mikhail Ulyanov and Kirill Lavrov. Three more Arctic tankers and three vessels that supply offshore platforms in the Russian Far East will also be connected.

The owner selected this VSAT service for high-speed connectivity in Arctic seas to improve safety and optimise navigation, to transfer more data between its ships and its shore-based fleet managers and to enhance crew connectivity to keep staff morale high.

Sovcomflot will use the network to transmit telemetry data from onboard cameras and sensors to its fleet operations centre in St Petersburg, Russia.

This will enable the owner to monitor the condition of its fleet in real-time and optimise routeing based on factors such as weather or sea ice movements. It is also extending its corporate network to these vessels to increase communications between managers and crew.

Orange Business Services senior vice president Richard van Wageningen said intelligent satellite selection will automatically connect Sovcomflot ships to the highest quality network. This will enable “Sovcomflot to support crew welfare and safety while ensuring business continuity,” he said.

Sovcomflot has a fleet of 146 vessels, more than 80 of which have an ice class, enabling safe operations in regions with challenging ice conditions. This fleet transports oil and liquified gas, and services offshore oil and gas exploration and production facilities with a special focus on operating in harsh environments.

Sovcomflot VSAT applications

  • High-speed connectivity in Arctic seas
  • Enhanced ship routeing
  • Data telemetry from ships to fleet operations centre
  • Improved crew welfare
  • Video-based security
  • Real-time vessel monitoring
  • Ice avoidance
  • Extended corporate network
  • Communications between vessels and terminals/production platforms
  • Business continuity

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