Zeaborn Group is deploying dual-ecdis and VSAT communications on a fleet of multipurpose heavy cargo vessels. It has contracted Germany-based Pronautas to deliver bridge systems and Sealink communications systems from Marlink across the fleet. Pronautas will also deploy Marlink’s XChange platform and its own onboard virtualised client servers on the cargo ships.
Part of the communications package includes seamless switching between VSAT and L-band services, modules for controlling communication usage and costs, wireless local area networks, voice over IP for business and crew calling and billing capabilities. Pronautas’ IT solution includes installation of ship IT infrastructure, remote access and full back-up availability. The dual-ecdis equipment can be combined with a firewall gateway to enable Zeaborn to use Pay-As-You-Sail chart services for paperless navigation.
The equipment installation, commissioning and software set-up will be conducted by Pronautas’ engineers. Bremen, Germany-based Zeaborn provides commercial and technical management of ships and has its own fleet of four ships with more on order. It operates four 8,600 dwt multipurpose cargo ships and has 10 ships, of 12,300 dwt each, due for delivery during the rest of this year and 2017. For these it is providing technical ship management and supervision during the shipbuilding process.