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B & J Martin agrees Boatracs KVH deal

Boatracs reports that it has agreed a contract to provide a KVH broadband communications solution to B & J Martin, an offshore service company providing supply, crew and site clearance vessels as well as offshore living quarters.

B & J Martin will be outfitting the site clearance trawling division of its fleet, consisting of six boats, with KVH TracPhone V7-IP VSAT terminals including a mini-VSAT Broadband airtime plan. The ships will continue using Boatracs BTConnect for vessel tracking to maintain two-way voice and data communications ship to shore.

“We have been a Boatracs customer for many years because of the reliable service and support,” said Jimmie Martin, vice president and owner of B & J Martin.

“Maintaining constant communications with our vessels is vital in our business and Boatracs has proven to be an excellent partner. We have seen the benefits of having broadband on our trawling vessels and, after working with other communications providers, we decided that Boatracs offered the level of dependable connectivity we require.”

“We are excited to move forward with the installation of the KVH systems on our vessels, integrated with Boatracs BTConnect on shore.”

B & J Martin first became a Boatracs customer in 2008 with the installation of narrowband satellite communications on its entire fleet, with Boatracs BTConnect on shore to monitor and message the boats.

“We are honoured to have an innovative offshore services leader like B & J Martin as a customer,” said Jonas Olsen, business unit manager of Boatracs.

“They are a forward thinking company who recognises the efficiencies and business improvements that come from reliable communications with their vessels.”

“The KVH TracPhone V7IP is a high performance maritime VSAT terminal that offers outstanding service and a simplified below decks unit. Boatracs is the only software provider that offers fully integrated vessel tracking and messaging software as a packaged solution with the V7IP, and we provide the 24-hour live support for the hardware, airtime and software that customers like B & J Martin rely on for on-going operations.”

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