CapRock Communications has announced a three-year contract with Gulf Offshore, a wholly owned subsidiary of GulfMark Offshore, to deploy its broadband maritime service, SeaAccess Communications, onboard its fleet operating in the North Sea and along the coast of Africa.
SeaAccess’s VSAT (very small aperture terminal) services will enable GulfMark to extend its corporate IT network and applications to its vessels and provide onboard crew morale services, said CapRock.
Under terms of the agreement, CapRock will provide the platform supply vessels and general support vessels with a managed service enabling VoIP, internet access, e-mail service and corporate networking capabilities. These services will allow the real-time exchange of reports and monitoring of data.
A combination of Ku and C-band services will be deployed based on whether the vessel will be operating in the same region or traversing between different regions.
Jim Bradford, general manager at Gulf Offshore, said: “As we continue to grow our fleet and enter into new energy-producing regions, we need a communication service provider that can scale with our operations and provide support wherever we may go. CapRock’s SeaAccess service grows with our vessels’s increasing bandwidth demands and supports our expanding fleet. Regardless of where our vessels are located, CapRock can provide local installation, connectivity and support.”
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