Dutch dredging contractor Van Oord has signed a fixed term contract to use Marlink’s SeaLink VSAT service in Indian territorial waters after the successful conclusion of a trial in October last year onboard the trailing suction hopper dredger Volvox Asia.
The agreement ensures that Van Oord vessels can stay connected to high-speed broadband even in areas where previously regulations might prohibit or restrict their ability to use satellite communications. These are subject to license restrictions when operating in Indian waters, meaning that VSAT must be turned off, unless using a licensed service provider. The result is either increased complexity for customer ICT departments or loss of access to bandwidth used for operations, crew connectivity and regulatory compliance.
Working with local network operator, Nelco, Marlink says it can now address these challenges, ensuring that customers do not experience any service interruptions. Van Oord is the first Marlink customer to take advantage of seamless connectivity within Indian territorial waters.
Marlink president, Tore Morten Olsen, says, “We keep Van Oord vessels connected all over the world and we are delighted that through our association with Nelco we are able to do the same within Indian waters.”