Jan De Nul Group has selected Castor Marine to provide global VSAT internet and Iridium L-Band services to its entire fleet of almost eighty dredgers, offshore construction vessels, crane vessels and (environmental) support vessels. Within three months of contract signing 98 per cent of the fleet was successfully migrated.

Since all vessels are operational around the globe, Castor Marine was challenged to migrate vessels remotely to its network using the existing equipment onboard within a tight deadline. After contract signing, up to six migrations a day took place.

Castor Marine delivers a tailored VSAT solution for Jan De Nul’s fleet, with quality of services specified on the customer’s VLAN level. The fleet benefits from the flexibility in Castor Marine’s global VSAT network allowing Jan De Nul Group to easily scale up, based on the ad hoc, dedicated high bandwidth demands per vessel.

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Included in the internet package are high-quality onboard voice services based on local Belgian telephone numbers for the vessels, which allows cost efficient phone calls at local rates.

Voltaire and Les Alizés

Along with the VSAT, Iridium and VoIP services, Castor Marine delivered fifteen new Sailor 900 VSAT antennas and Sailor 4300 Iridium Certus antennas replacing existing hardware onboard. For the newbuild offshore jack-up installation vessel Voltaire and the offshore heavy lift vessel Les Alizés (pictured), Castor Marine supplied a complete new set of antenna systems based on the recently launched Sailor 1000 XTR VSAT antennas, including below deck equipment.

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