Castor Marine, the Netherlands based Maritime communications and IT services provider, announces today that it has been awarded a multi-year contract with Wagenborg Shipping. The contract covers the delivery of 40+ VSAT systems with global Ku-band VSAT connectivity and Fleetbroadband airtime, and is based on SAILOR 800 antennas. Castor Marine will install and commission the systems as well as provide service and support to the vessels and vessel IT infrastructure.
With this service setup, Wagenborg Shipping will be able to enhance crew welfare and ship to shore connectivity using Castor’s global ku-band footprint.
Theo Klimp, Fleet Director at Wagenborg Shipping, said: “Increasing crew demand for fast and reliable internet requires an integrated IT and communication solution. Castor Marine is not only a satellite network operator, but also understands and supports our IT infrastructure onboard. They are able to provide a full end-to-end solution including hardware lease, VSAT bandwidth, Fleetbroadband airtime and installation and support. We selected Castor Marine not only on price, we found in Castor Marine an innovative partner that can develop services to support our IT requirements over time. Castor Marine has installed VSAT systems on 9 vessels already, and our crew members are very satisfied.”
Ivo Veldkamp, CEO of Castor Marine, concluded: “We are honored that Wagenborg Shipping places their trust in us. This deal also underlines our unique selling points for the maritime market: Castor Marine not only offers highly reliable maritime Ku-band services as a network operator, but also designs and support the IT infrastructure to meet the needs of business and crew welfare applications of the most demanding customers, such as Wagenborg Shipping.”