Iridium terminals and Wi-Fi hotspots installed for tall ship pair taking part in unique round the world voyage and Baltic summer racing.
Cedar Knolls, NJ. Globecomm Maritime is supporting British charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, keeping its two tall ships STS Lord Nelson and STS Tenacious connected to friends and family during their ground-breaking itineraries.
Lord Nelson and Tenacious are the only vessels in the world specially modified to be accessible for disabled and able bodied sailors alike. Lord Nelson is the first vessel of its type to sail around the world while Tenacious is heading for the UK and then the Baltic Sea to take part in the international Tall Ship Race series over the summer.
To keep the ships connected while they are at sea, Globecomm partnered with Iridium to install OpenPort terminals on both vessels and equip them for Wi-Fi connectivity below decks.
Knowing that Lord Nelson was due to undertake a round the world voyage which included Antarctica, Iridium was the only viable option since it is the only satellite provider to cover entire globe from pole to pole, explains Globecomm Maritime Vice-president of Sales, Asia Pacific Trevor Whitworth.
“The entire team at Globecomm were tremendously impressed by the work that the Jubilee Sailing Trust does with people of all ages in what can be very tough conditions at sea. Staying in touch is a vital part of living and working at sea and we wanted to assist in making sure the crew and volunteers could get online and update friends and family with the experience of life onboard.”
In addition to the Iridium Pilot antennas and below decks units, Globecomm Maritime has supplied two crew phones and a master’s phone along with a Wi-Fi access point.
Also installed onboard is the se@COMM communication suite, which can be used to configure and control access as needed and Globecomm’s Nimbus network security device. Engineering as well as guidance on installation, configuration, and 24×7 global support are included.
Lord Nelson’s Captain, Barbara Campbell, said: “As we sail around the world on the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, it is vital that we have reliable communications not only for safety and operational purposes, but also so that our voyage crew can share their life changing experiences with the outside world. Thanks to the Globecomm’s generous support of the Jubilee Sailing Trust, both Lord Nelson and Tenacious can maintain ship-to-shore voice and data communication even in the most remote oceans with the Iridium system’s pole to pole coverage.”
The 55-metre square rigger Lord Nelson is taking part in the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, a 50, 000-mile journey designed to promote equality and inclusion in every port of call.
The voyage offers a unique opportunity for would-be sailors aged 16 and over. No previous experience is necessary and a ‘buddy’ system onboard pairs able-bodied and disabled crew to offer mutual help and support during the passage.
Spaces are available to sail on Lord Nelson on her first ever voyages around Australia, New Zealand and beyond. For more information on all the opportunities to sail on board Lord Nelson, email: email@example.com, visitwww.jst.org.uk, or call +44 (0) 23 8042 6849 (UK) or +61 03 9981 3312(Australia).
About the Jubilee Sailing Trust
The Jubilee Sailing Trust is a registered charity whose mission is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities through the challenge and adventure of sailing tall ships on the open sea. JST offers both able bodied and disabled people subsidised holidays with the opportunity to work together in a unique environment. JST was founded in 1978, the brainchild of Christopher Rudd, a teacher and sailor who wanted to give his disabled pupils the same opportunities as able-bodied children.
About Globecomm Maritime
Globecomm Maritime has been created from the combination of Globecomm’s four well-known maritime brands – Telaurus, Evosat, C2C and Mach6 – with Globecomm’s global managed communications platform and engineering capabilities. Globecomm Maritime provides ships at sea and in port with a range of advanced, reliable and cost-effective maritime communications options ranging from voice and email connections up to full integration into broadband enterprise networks.
About Globecomm Systems
Globecomm Systems Inc., (“we”, “our”, “us” or “Globecomm”), is a leading global communications solutions provider. Employing our expertise in emerging communication technologies, including satellite and other transport mediums, we are able to offer a comprehensive suite of system integration, system products, and network services enabling a complete end-to-end solution for our customers. We believe our integrated approach of in-house design and engineering expertise combined with a world-class global network and our 24 by 7 network operating centers provides us a unique competitive advantage. We focus this value proposition to selective vertical markets, including government, wireless, media, enterprise, and maritime. As a communications solutions provider we leverage our global network to provide customers managed access services to the United States Internet backbone, video content, the public switched telephone network or their corporate headquarters, or government offices. We currently have customers for which we are providing such services in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Based in Hauppauge, New York, Globecomm Systems also maintains offices in Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.