Gearbulk to improve onboard communications

SpeedCast International Limited, a leading global telecommunications service provider, has been awarded a muti-year communications contract from Gearbulk. The new Ku-band satellite service will provide unrivaled, high-performance broadband connectivity for mission-critical and social communications, taking the fleet's communication capabilities into a new era of connectivity.

Following a detailed and thorough tender process, which included all of the key global maritime satellite service providers, SpeedCast was selected for its ability to deliver a cutting-edge, globally accessible communications solution with a proven reliability and operational deployment record.

The vessels will benefit from enhanced operational and crew welfare communications, all delivered in a financially controllable package from SpeedCast. With over 40 satellites within its network providing reliable and secure, Ku, C and Ka-band capacity, SpeedCast's network delivers unparalleled global connectivity options.

"We require a comprehensive communications solution onboard our vessels to support our mission of delivering flawless, efficient and customer-focused operations," said Dan Rooney, Fleet Support Systems manager at Gearbulk. "SpeedCast has demonstrated expertise, and the global infrastructure and support to deliver a solution that will meet our needs today, and for many years to come."

"With thousands of port calls to over 70 countries, Gearbulk's business is complex, so an effective and reliable communications system will strengthen the operational efficiency of its vessels. Designing, installing, operating and maintaining a highly reliable and tailor-made communications solution is at the heart of our capabilities," said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeeCast. "Looking ahead, sustainability is a key priority for Gearbulk and with our satellite communications we can help the company concentrate on shipping for the future."