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Chinese dredging vessels to roll out VSAT

A fleet of 16 dredging vessels owned and operated by CCCC Dredging Company (CDC), to be deployed in support of China’s port and infrastructure-building One Belt One Road Initiative, are to be fitted with Cobham SATCOM maritime antenna systems as part of a VSAT implementation project.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The 16 SAILOR 900 VSAT antenna systems, to be supplied via local partner Beijing Highlander Digital Technology, are due to be rolled out on the ships over a period of 24 months, with an additional option for a further six vessels included in the deal.

The new equipment will replace the vessels’ existing FleetBroadband hardware, and will be used to gather and remotely analyse data from vessel operational systems and drilling equipment that can be applied to improving predictive maintenance, decision-making and project execution.

“The dredging sector has been cautious in embracing digitalisation, but the enhanced onboard communications delivered to CCCC by the SAILOR 900 VSAT paves the way for real-time monitoring, higher precision modelling and potential for extended remote operations,” said Cobham SATCOM general manager China, Cheng-Yu Tang.

“Reliable connectivity is essential for these developments and for the sector to transition into the digital era in a manner that is environmentally friendly and operationally effective.”{/mprestriction}

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