Satellite communications enable an Arctic cargo transportation company to convert its vessels into offices at sea and download ice information.
Arctic Shipping Co has installed Maritime Connect from Orange Business Services on six of its ships to ensure crew can communicate with shore managers and family throughout voyages along northern Siberia.
These ships are considered as fully fledged offices-at-sea during voyages along the Northern Sea Route between the Barents Sea and the Bering Strait. Arctic Shipping’s decision to install Maritime Connect across this fleet followed a successful pilot project with a ship deployment.
Maritime Connect combines multiple networks, including satellites and mobile phone 3G networks, to ensure cargo ships are connected.
Crews can work in a single virtual corporate network, with connectivity especially important for safety during voyages through the Northern Sea Route.
Arctic Shipping chief executive Mikhail Artyukhov explained that connectivity was important for reliable services. He was also pleased with the speedy installation of Maritime Connect equipment.
“The seasonal window where we are able to use the Northern Sea Route is very limited, so the installation should be carried out quickly and without hitches,” he said. “With installation completed in just two days, our partners were able to carry out the work during a short stay in port.”
Arctic Shipping’s crews use Maritime Connect to view navigation information, access updated ice condition information and update electronic mapping systems while sailing through harsh environmental conditions.
Orange’s network simplifies communications with contractors and port authorities. A local phone number is allocated to each ship, and crew are able to use unlimited internet and make home video calls from personal smartphones via the deployed wifi network.
Topaz Energy and Marine uses Orange's Maritime Connect on its fleet of offshore support vessels that operate mainly in the Middle East, Caspian Sea and Africa. Topaz Energy and Marine chief information officer Kris Vedat explained why it uses Orange's connectivity for its own digitalisation requirements to enhance operations onshore and on board.