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Topaz to roll-out Maritime Connect service across its fleet

Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine has signed an agreement with Orange Business Services to implement its Maritime Connect system, a hybrid satcom and wireless communications package, to communicate with its fleet at sea and support its shore-based corporate network.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Under a three-year agreement, Orange will initially connect 39 Topaz offshore support vessels, with the ultimate goal of rolling out the system across the entire fleet of more than 110 ships by the end of 2018.

The Orange Maritime Connect platform incorporates multiple connectivity options, including VSAT, L-band terminals, 3G/4G and Wi-Fi. Traffic is routed depending on the availability of the link and the quality of service level available.

The system includes maritime bandwidth management and optimisation features, managing voice, video and data traffic, while also providing defences against cyber-attacks with an integrated range of security features.

“The maritime industry is undergoing its own digital transformation, from digital ports to vessel management,” said René Kofod-Olsen, chief executive officer, Topaz.

“We operate in a unique context spanning ship to shore operations, with the majority of our people based offshore. By enhancing the communications capabilities of our vessels, we are able to synchronise and manage our integrated business operations more effectively and ensure our crew can easily access the internet for all their business communication needs, as well as connecting them to family and friends and transforming the onboard experience.”{/mprestriction}

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