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RIX Shipmanagement selects KVH AgilePlans

Ship operator RIX Shipmanagement has chosen KVH’s AgilePlans subscription-based connectivity as a service (CaaS) program to supply its vessels with VSAT connectivity.

Installations for four vessels have been completed, with plans for an additional 25 through the second quarter of 2022. RIX plans to use a mix of KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS, TracPhone V3-HTS, and TracPhone V30 systems for its fleet of dry-cargo and multipurpose vessels trading worldwide.

AgilePlans includes a choice of KVH TracPhone hardware, unlimited email and texting, daily world and national news via NEWSlink TV and NEWSlink Print, installation in as many as 4,000 ports and locations, cybersecurity protection, KVH OneCare maintenance, no CAPEX, and no commitment, all for one monthly fee.

“Our company currently manages more than 30 vessels and we know the importance of reliable satellite communications to our operations and to our goals of optimising vessel performance, reducing CO2 emissions, and improving crew welfare,” said Aleksandr Lisitskiy, executive director of RIX Shipmanagement. “The all-inclusive AgilePlans service makes it easy for us to bring leading maritime VSAT connectivity from KVH to our fleet.”

Hansael SIA, in Latvia, provided technical and sales expertise to RIX, advising them of the benefits of KVH’s AgilePlans service.

Commercial maritime fleets worldwide are migrating from legacy L-band systems, where slower data speeds are measured in kilobits per second (Kbps) to VSAT services, such as KVH AgilePlans, where faster data speeds measured in megabits per second (Mbps) enable vessels to improve operational efficiency through digitalisation. Vessel operators also know that seafarers value fast, reliable connectivity and view it as an important part of crew welfare and life at sea.

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