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Cobham equips Maersk vessels and strikes deal with Furuno

The Cobham Satcom and Furuno teams at SMM in Hamburg The Cobham Satcom and Furuno teams at SMM in Hamburg

Cobham Satcom announced today that its SAILOR 900 VSAT antenna has been chosen to equip 45 Maersk Supply Service vessels. The manufacturer also signed today a strategic partnership agreement with Furuno that will see it provide this Ku-/Ka-band antenna and its forthcoming SAILOR Global Xpress antennas for integration in Furuno’s maritime VSAT portfolio.

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The Maersk deal is the result of an extended cooperation between Cobham and Danish service provider Seasat. Cobham’s SAILOR 900 VSAT was selected as the antenna for the Seasat designed satcom solution for 45 Maersk Supply Service ships, following the signing of a contract between Seasat and A.P. Moller Maersk.

The Seasat solution features Ku-band VSAT coverage with automatic handover between satellites, and Iridium Pilot as a backup.

Seasat owner and CEO Kim Martinsen says that the contract has an implementation time frame of 12 months and “incorporates full deliveries as well as moving ships already equipped with VSAT systems to our airtime supplier.”

“With high reliability SAILOR 900 VSAT ensures we can offer better service availability and reduce maintenance or service costs throughout the system’s lifecycle,” he said.

Also this Tuesday, Cobham Satcom and Furuno signed a strategic partnership agreement at the SMM 2014 exhibition in Hamburg.

Cobham will provide its SAILOR 900 VSAT system and forthcoming SAILOR Global Xpress antennas for integration in Furuno’s maritime VSAT portfolio.

“SAILOR 900 VSAT is a modern, field proven antenna system that will provide reliable service for our customers in addition to being a straightforward installation proposition, which is vital for both the newbuild and upgrade markets,” said Muneyuki Koike, managing director, Furuno Electric Company.

“Based on our experience of SAILOR 900 VSAT, we are confident that new SAILOR GX antennas will provide the same high reliability and easy installation.”

Casper Jensen, VP, Business Development, Cobham Satcom, noted: “The partnership will support our penetration in the commercial vessel newbuilding market, especially with Asian shipyards, where Furuno is a strong player.”

Besides signing the Furuno partnership, Cobham used SMM 2014 to launch its new range of five maritime Satellite TV antennas.

The Sea Tel 80 TV, Sea Tel 100 TV and Sea Tel 120 TV are 3-axis Ku-band antennas featuring a programmable worldwide LNB and multi polarisation.

The Sea Tel 100 TVHD and Sea Tel 120 TVHD were designed for vessels operating in US waters. These 3-axis dual band antennas are capable of receiving Ku- and Ka-band signals from three satellites simultaneously, giving access to DIRECTV HD programming.


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