Russian shipping company Sovcomflot has chosen Orange Business Services
to deploy an advanced Maritime VSAT solution on eight vessels. This
initial rollout will keep the ships connected even when operating on the
high seas, improving safety and optimizing navigation in challenging
conditions. In addition, this solution will make it easier for crews to
stay in touch with friends and family, which is essential to keep staff
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Mikhail Ulyanov, one of the first ships to use the Maritime VSAT solution from Orange Business Services (Photo: Business Wire)
The first ships to receive the solution during this initial rollout
phase are the Arctic shuttle tankers Mikhail Ulyanov and Kirill
Lavrov, which are the largest oil tankers built in Russia. Three
other tankers operating in the Arctic will also be connected, along with
three supply vessels, which ensure the safe operation of offshore
platforms in the Russian Far East.
The Orange solution automatically chooses the best quality satellite
available to optimize the vessels’ connection to the corporate network.
Sovcomflot will use the network to transmit the vessels’ telemetry data
from onboard cameras and sensors to its Fleet Operations Center in St
Petersburg. This allows Sovcomflot to monitor the condition of its fleet
in real time and optimize routing based on factors such as weather or
sea ice movements.
Sovcomflot is the largest shipping company in Russia and one of the
world’s leaders in energy shipping. It transports oil and liquified gas,
and services offshore oil and gas exploration and production, with a
special focus on operating in harsh environments. Sovcomflot has a fleet
of 146 vessels, more than 80 of which have an ice class, enabling safe
operations in regions with challenging ice conditions.
“With Sovcomflot, Orange Business Services once again demonstrates its
expertise as a leader in Maritime Satellite solutions and reaffirms its
ambition to connect people and companies wherever they are on the globe,
including in the remote Arctic. Thanks to our intelligent satellite
solution that automatically connects to the highest quality network,
Sovcomflot can support crew welfare and safety while ensuring business
continuity,” said Richard van Wageningen, senior vice president IMEAR,
Orange Business Services.
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