Solstad Offshore is upgrading satellite communications on its fleet of offshore support vessels (OSVs) ahead of a major industry conference where connectivity and digitalisation will be key discussion matters
It has renewed its communications contract with Marlink for VSAT solutions and is considering more advanced services. It uses Marlink’s services for VSAT communications and information communications technology (ICT) to optimise operations across its fleet, for crew welfare and boosting energy companies’ business.
This contract renewal includes Ku-band Sealink VSAT and L-band backup for seamless global connectivity.
Solstad Offshore uses 4G connectivity when available near shore and offshore in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea, high throughput satellites and has dual-antenna VSAT systems on its vessels for improved connectivity redundancy.
Marlink provides VSAT on 65 offshore vessels and provides Solstad Offshore with a self-service portal for onboard and onshore access to connectivity information.
Users of this portal can upgrade or downgrade their bandwidth allocation, activate or deactivate services, such as content filters, and change their coverage area.
Solstad Offshore uses this to control bandwidth usage and can increase capacity during projects and reduce it between chartered jobs.
Solstad Offshore will be attending Riviera Maritime Media’s Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, Awards and Exhibition in London 5-6 February.
During Riviera’s Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, there will be sessions covering how vessel operators can use digitalisation to optimise their operations and reduce their costs. There will also be roundtable discussions covering OSV connectivity and use of internet of things technology to boost operational efficiencies.