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Marlink VSAT for Paraguayan tugs

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Marlink reports that Paranave has chosen its WaveCall Ku-band solution for four pusher tug boats and a containership it operates on the Paraná river system in Paraguay.

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The subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space says that the regional cellular network offers insufficient coverage to support the system monitoring equipment of Paranave’s new pusher tug fleet.

Marlink says that WaveCall and its VSAT antennas have now been installed on all five vessels, providing broadband connectivity and voice services across Paranave’s area of operation. This coverage, it adds, gives remote access to various on board systems for Paranave’s shore-side management team as well as selected equipment manufacturers.

The WaveCall solution can also be upgraded to provide IP video for security monitoring, should the need arise, against piracy for instance.

“We have specific requirements for onboard communications that the cellular network could not meet. So choosing a VSAT solution was a natural step,” said Esteban dos Santos, operations manager, Paranave.

“With WaveCall and remote engine control and monitoring, we are able to achieve much higher vessel uptime, meaning lower maintenance costs and improved performance. This is a major contributor to our ability to have the best transit times for our customer’s import and export cargoes to and from Paraguay. The seamless connectivity also enhances safety for our people and vessels.”

“Unlike a large deep-sea tanker or boxship, space on a pusher tug’s pilot house is at a premium,” said Thomas Taricco, regional sales manager, Marlink. “We must ensure the same quality and reliability of service, but with a much smaller and lighter on board antenna system.”

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