Seaspan, a leading independent owner, operator, and manager of containerships is installing top-of-the-line KVH mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0 systems complete with network management and IP-MobileCast content delivery services
MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 6, 2015 – Seaspan, one of the world’s leading containership owners, operators, and ship managers, has selected for 18 of its newest vessels the complete mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0 maritime communications solution from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI). The solution includes KVH’s global TracPhone® V11-IP satellite communications system, mini-VSAT Broadbandsm connectivity, IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service, and CommBoxTM network management tools. More Seaspan vessels are expected to receive the mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0 solution in 2016. In addition,
other vessels in Seaspan’s fleet already utilize such KVH services as VideotelTM maritime training and KVH Media Group news and movie services.
“We chose KVH for our newest vessels because of their dynamic and flexible one-stop communications and media solutions, and because they can provide us with a level of quality that addresses all of the factors that are so critical to ship owning and ship
management today, ” says David Kramer, Director, Fleet Management, for Seaspan, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. “At Seaspan, we require high-quality, continuous global connectivity for optimizing operations, and cost-efficient content delivery services for attracting and maintaining the best crews possible.”
KVH’s TracPhone V11-IP is a powerful yet compact 1.1 meter antenna that seamlessly
accesses both the C- and Ku-band satellites of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network,
providing global coverage, with download speeds up to 4 Mbps. Fast, reliable connectivity
is important for the Seaspan containerships, which incorporate technological and
environmental advancements for fuel efficiency and travel the world’s shipping routes on
long-term charters. In addition, the Seaspan vessels are utilizing the network management
capabilities built into the TracPhone V11-IP’s Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), for
onboard IT functions to optimize and manage web and email traffic.
By choosing KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service, Seaspan has made it possible
for crew members onboard the subscribing vessels to enjoy national and international
newspaper editions updated several times daily; and new-release movies and popular TV
shows from a variety of countries – with new selections added regularly, even while the
vessel is at sea. The content is commercially licensed as required by copyright law, and
helps ship operators meet maritime guidelines for crew welfare.
“Seaspan is known throughout the world as a leader in ship management, with a reputation
for best-in-class operations, technologically advanced vessels, and experienced crew, ” says
Brent Bruun, executive vice president of mobile broadband for KVH. “We are thrilled that
they have chosen KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband 2.0 complete maritime communications
solution to help them meet the demands of modern shipping.”
Seaspan provides many of the world’s major shipping lines with creative outsourcing
alternatives to vessel ownership by offering long-term leases on large, modern
containerships combined with industry-leading ship management services. Seaspan’s
managed fleet consists of 118 containerships representing a total capacity of more than
935, 000 TEU, including 22 newbuilding containerships on order scheduled for delivery to
Seaspan and third parties by the end of 2017. Seaspan’s current operating fleet of 83
vessels has an average age of approximately seven years and an average remaining lease
period of approximately five years.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications
systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 175, 000 mobile satellite
antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is also a leading news,
music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail,
and leisure. Videotel, a KVH company, is a market-leading provider of training films,
computer-based training and e-Learning. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research,
development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The
company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong
Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.