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Briese agrees newbuild VSAT roll-out deal

Porthos is one of the first four sister ships built for Briese at Zhejiang Zengshou Shipyard Porthos is one of the first four sister ships built for Briese at Zhejiang Zengshou Shipyard

Germany-based shipping company Briese Schiffahrts has agreed a deal with Globecomm for the provision of Ku-band VSAT connectivity and related services to a fleet of newbuild vessels expected to have completed delivery by the end of the year.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Briese, an existing Globecomm customer, is presently undertaking a fleet renewal programme comprising construction of a series of eight ‘Open Top Eco 5000’ multi-purpose vessels, designed to consume 30 per cent less fuel but with increased crane and cargo capacity.

The first of four Dutch-flagged, 90-metre ice-class 1A vessels was christened in mid-April 2018 at Zhejiang Zengzhou Shipbuilding Co, with three more of the 3,415 gt ships slated for delivery later in 2018.

Another newbuilding, the project cargo carrier BBC Russia — a sister ship to the 12,500 dwt Jan – was also delivered from Jiangsu Hongqiang Marine Heavy Industry in April.

All vessels will be outfitted with a combination of a Sailor 900 VSAT terminal, one or more Iridium OpenPort L-band units as a back-up, and the Globecomm Nimbus network management ‘smartbox’.

“Having Globecomm VSAT onboard makes managing demand for crew and business communications simpler and more cost efficient, and using Nimbus means we can pre-configure any new PC before it gets to the ship,” said Holger Börchers, IT manager at Briese Schiffahrts.

“Briese is a company with a large fleet and a small IT department so we can use the Cirrus portal to monitor ships as close to real time as possible and respond as soon as any issues arise.”

Briese is engaged in a global roll-out of the Globecomm VSAT system across its owned and managed fleet, upgrading L-band systems on a continuous basis to around 60 per cent of vessels to date.

The Leer-based owner assumed management of six craned project cargo vessels of 12,780 dwt in 2015 and 2016 and a further four vessels of this type were taken over in March and April 2018, which will also be equipped with VSAT systems.

The Nimbus smartbox, with its Cirrus shoreside portal, will be used to segregate network traffic and employ performance monitoring, while the Globecomm development team in Munich has also developed a system for automatic updating of ECDIS navigation chart data using the technology, with specially-defined firewall permissions.

“Globecomm and Briese have a relationship that goes back 16 years, and we are pleased to have been able to support them as their communications needs have grown and changed,” said Globecomm Maritime president Malcolm McMaster.

“As those requirements continue to evolve, Globecomm VSAT can flex to meet demand for increased bandwidth, more complex applications and HTS services as these begin to become available in maritime.”{/mprestriction}

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