Teekay group has updated satellite communications across its fleet of ships to enhance cyber security and add remote IT supervision and crew entertainment services.
The tanker-operating group has signed a new four-year maritime satellite communications contract with NSSLGlobal covering VSAT, cyber security applications, connectivity, IT management and improved crew welfare services.
Teekay strategic development contract and category specialist Deborah Sloan said this upgrade enhances operations and communications across the fleet. “This upgrade will help us to eliminate some of the challenges created by digitalisation and give us more freedom to focus on each vessel’s operational and crew welfare priorities,” she said.
NSSLGlobal will continue to provide Ku-band and C-band VSAT with L-band as a back-up through its VSAT IP@Sea service. On top of this it is adding Cruise Control+, CrewVision and Insight value-added services across a fleet of more than 100 ships.
NSSLGlobal’s new virtualised Cruise Control+ provides Teekay with seamless integration of communications, entertainment and IT services on board its vessels. It includes embedded virtual private networks and integrated unified threat management (UTM). This incorporates:
The UTM ensures network security logs are centrally notified, monitored and reported.
Cruise Control+ also comes with CrewVision, a crew entertainment service that provides live news, television programmes, films and sports on board ships. This is all optimised to work efficiently over a satellite connection without affecting the vessel’s bandwidth.
NSSLGlobal also provides Insight, which gives Teekay with a holistic view of its core operational and performance data. This includes a management overview portal and a filter for business-critical data. NSSLGlobal designed dashboards that provide Teekay with graphical real-time visibility of each vessel, including VSAT status, UTM layer 7 traffic, data usage and billing.
NSSLGlobal chief executive Sally-Anne Ray said Teekay can manage all vessel communications, safety, security and crew welfare benefits. “Digitalisation and cyber security is now an everyday reality for Teekay,” she said.
For VSAT IP@Sea, each ship has a Satlink modem, Cruise Control+ module and relevant antennas for Ku-band and C-band and for the L-band back-up.
Remote fleet management, connectivity and cyber security issues are set to be discussed by the tanker industry at Riviera Maritime Media's Asian Tanker Conference, to be held in Singapore on 26-27 February 2019, for more details click here.