SpeedCast International has been awarded a multi-year contract from Jan De Nul Group, a leading expert in dredging, marine construction, and specialised services for the offshore oil and gas, and renewable energy industries. The new satellite service provides high-performance broadband connectivity for mission critical data and voice applications on vessels operating throughout the world.
With this latest contract, SpeedCast will increase the number of vessels served to a total of 44 of Jan De Nul Group's vessels. These vessels perform a wide variety of missions including international dredging and reclamation projects, capital dredging and maintenance works; as well as offshore services for oil & gas, and renewable energies, which include preparations of shore approaches, pre-trenching and profiling seabeds for pipeline installations, and preparations for wind farm installations.
SpeedCast designed the communications solution from the ground-up to meet the unique requirements of Jan De Nul Group, which include operational and ship management applications, as well as crew communications.
Jan De Nul Group is known for its expertise in complex seabed operations and using leading-class technology to deliver superior results. The SpeedCast satellite communications services will be used aboard a multitude of different vessels, and will also extend to JDN's most recently announced vessel, the JDN8628, a multi-purpose vessel.
This heavy-duty vessel is equipped with dual cable turntables with a total capacity of 10,000 tonnes of cable, as well as a remotely operated underwater vehicle. This latest vessel will be launched by the end of this year, and be operational by mid 2015.
'Communications are critical to the operational efficiency of our vessels,' said Ruben De Lille, manager for vessel automation at Jan De Nul Group. 'SpeedCast was able to design and deliver a communications solution that met our high standards, in terms of quality and resiliency of the service. We are pleased to expand our work with SpeedCast to cover even more vessels in our fleet.'