The installation of an Iridium OpenPort® marine satellite terminal on aboard Euronav"s recently delivered Suezmax "Fraternity" was the 1,000th OpenPort® terminal delivered.
The installation of an Iridium OpenPort® marine satellite terminal on aboard Euronav"s recently delivered Suezmax "Fraternity" was the 1,000th OpenPort® terminal delivered, the company claimed. Iridium"s service provider AND Group installed and commissioned the unit, which utilises AND"s IPSignature communication management software for voice and data calls.
"Fraternity" is a new Belgium-flagged 159,000 dwt tanker recently delivered to Euronav from Samsung Heavy Industries.
It is the 13th Euronav vessel to be fitted with Iridium OpenPort, and the company is currently installing the Iridium satcom terminals on 20 more ships.
?We are outfitting our tanker fleet with Iridium OpenPort to provide a cost-effective higher-bandwidth solution for our ship-to-shore communications,? said Victor Kaidatzis, IT manager, Euronav.
?We chose Iridium OpenPort because of its flexible, multi-line capabilities for voice and data, and its low capital acquisition and monthly usage costs, when compared to other maritime satellite systems. We are also impressed with AND"s powerful IPSignature calling software, which helps us to manage our voice, e-mail and data traffic and communication costs more efficiently,? he added.
Euronav is dedicating two of the three voice channels for Iridium GoChat crew calling, with the third phone line on the bridge for ship"s business, according to Ian Robinson, CEO of AND Group.
The crew calling phones are located in telephone booths, permitting two off-duty crew members to talk privately with their families or friends at home simultaneously without queuing for a single public phone.