MIRAMAR, Fla., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC has taken orders to supply VSAT equipment and services for seven platform supply vessels in the North Sea as part of a four-year fleet agreement with GulfMark (Norway).
The scope of supply for each vessel includes a 60-inch Ku-band stabilized antenna and below-deck terminal interfaced with the ship's network and third-party GSM voice system. EMC will also provide the satellite airtime for crew welfare and mission-critical voice and data communications. The installations will take place over the next 12 months as the vessels become available.
"GulfMark's vessels operate in an extremely demanding market segment with rigorous requirements for uptime, connectivity, bandwidth, data throughput and content," said Gilles Gillesen, president of EMC's commercial marine business unit. "Our global fully-meshed network of overlapping Ku-band satellite footprints with automatic beam switching ensures continuous uninterrupted connectivity. Our unique patented technologies provide mission-enhancing communications for the ships' business and an unparalleled Quality of Experience (QoE) for their crews. In addition, our global service organization provides rapid-response support 24/7 wherever the ships are operating."
"We have been providing VSAT for GulfMark Norway for a number of years on a ship-by-ship basis. This new fleet contract extends and expands that business relationship," Gillesen added. "This important win is a testimony to our uncompromising commitment to delivering value and providing unmatched customer support and service."
Headquartered in Houston, GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides marine transportation services to the energy industry through a fleet of 72 modern, technologically advanced offshore support vessels. GulfMark is the largest operator of platform supply vessels in the North Sea and also operates significant fleets in the high-growth markets of Southeast Asia and the Americas.
EMC specializes in mission-critical communications and content for organizations and people on the move in the most remote locations. At sea, on land and in the air, the company provides seamless, reliable connectivity and access. EMC leverages its wholly-owned and operated satellite-terrestrial-cellular broadband network with fully meshed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) interconnected teleports. The company delivers mission-critical communications, Internet, live TV, on-demand video, voice, cellular and 3G/LTE services worldwide. EMC operates in 140 countries and runs 52 global field support centers. The established EMC team, in business for 35 years, with unprecedented infrastructure and 20+ patented technologies, delivers industry firsts time and again. EMC hires and trains its own field engineers to flexibly deploy support quickly around the world. The company tailors its services for the most demanding users of mission-critical applications for the following sectors — energy; cruise and ferries; yachts; commercial shipping; mobile network operators; government; the United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and global enterprises. For more information, visit www.EMCConnected.com.
Gilles Gillesen, President, Commercial Shipping, EMC
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