An expanding provider of offshore windfarm construction and maintenance services is investing in faster broadband communications for its fleet of jack-up vessels.
Fred Olsen Windcarrier has contracted Speedcast International to deliver a fully-managed communications service for offshore construction vessels. These services will be a combination of 4G network communications for fast connectivity close to shore and VSAT for the times when these jack-up vessels – Brave Tern and Bold Tern – are operating outside coastal mobile phone networks.
Speedcast will deploy secure software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solutions that integrate multiple carriers to deliver the best available connectivity and maximum network efficiency. Integrated communications will deliver data and voice services for corporate, operator and crew welfare requirements.
Fred Olsen Windcarrier is a whole-owned subsidiary of Fred Olsen Ocean, owned by the Norwegian stock listed company Bonheur. It also operates jack-up construction vessel Blue Tern and a fleet of seven service vessels for transporting crew and equipment to and from offshore windfarms, which are operated by Northern Offshore Services.
This contract with Speedcast is part of a wider relationship in the energy and cruise ship sectors that Fred Olsen has with the communications provider. “We have worked together on IT solutions and fully-managed communications on board our drilling vessels and cruise ships for a number of years,” said Fred Olsen chief information officer Svein Bjørnstad. “Speedcast’s network will now give us the multi-carrier solution we need in the dynamic and growing market where Fred Olsen Windcarrier operates.”
Communications and IT solutions for offshore service vessels will be discussed at Riviera Maritime Media's Offshore Wind Journal Conference, which will be held in London on 5 February.