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Tipco Maritime rolls-out new comms package

Thailand-based shipowner Tipco Maritime Company has installed a new hybrid satellite-GSM (LTE) communications package from Globecomm, connected and managed via Globecomm’s Nimbus network management system.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Tipco began an overhaul of its communications infrastructure after a review of its existing set-up identified the potential to make better use of its onboard equipment, improve visibility of operations and achieve closer integration with office-based systems.

The new infrastructure will now support remote management and virtualisation of onboard PCs, and connection to the CCTV systems that will be deployed on Tipco’s latest newbuilding.

Automatic switching will choose the most suitable connection from the 4G router and Inmarsat FleetBroadband systems installed on board, typically connecting to the satellite connection while at sea and switching over to the 4G connection when the vessels come within reach of shore.

“Tipco’s shipping activities are a key component of our supply chain across Asia-Pacific so it was important that our communications deliver enhanced operations onboard ship and visibility to the shore,” said Louis Frederic Sachs, director of marine group, Tipco Maritime.

“The Globecomm system allows us to manage our costs by enabling data communications over satellite but also allowing limited browsing and application updates for the vessel’s commercial use when connected to the 4G signal.”

Tipco will be able to manage all of its shipboard Nimbus installations using the Cloud-based Cirrus portal, which provides information on data consumption on different WANs and e-mail message logs, as well as allowing for user account management on the Crew LAN.

The onboard set-up also includes security features like two fully-managed and customisable firewalls, and an intrusion prevention system with deep packet inspection. Shore to ship connections are encrypted and end-to-end connectivity is via private IP with no exposure to the public internet.

Crew and business traffic are also carried across segregated networks to prevent any potential infections from spreading.{/mprestriction}

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