C-Bird Provides VSAT Communications at Sea

Posted by Eric Haun
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird, a VSAT communications solution available for continuous connectivity at sea, is gaining wide acceptance among major companies in the shipping industry, the manufacturer said. The company recently added Enterprises (Greece), Hellespont (Germany) and Sobelmar (Belgium) to their growing list of key clients. Drynet (Hamburg), Dutch Marine (Rotterdam), Elektro Deniz (Istanbul), Telopsys (Athens) and Zener OneNet (Dubai) have joined as key distribution partners.

Offering reliable service via the C-band satellite network available at affordable rates, Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird system enhances the operation and safety of ships, but also enables the ship’s personnel to stay connected to the world with Internet access to news from home, friends, Facebook, professional development sites and many other resources. This connection builds and maintains personnel morale - crucial in the procurement and retention of crew, which accounts for ten percent of all non-fuel-related costs for shipping companies.

According to Maritime Broadband , the proprietary C-Bird antenna can be assembled and commissioned in less than six hours by the onboard crew without the aid of cranes or the need to put the ship in dry dock, adding an entire fleet can be deployed in the time it takes to deliver the equipment to the vessels.

Alan Gottlieb, managing director of Gottlieb International Group, Inc., who has been advising the maritime industry on shipping communications for 22 years, has taken note of the recent interest in C-Bird: “C-Bird offers an innovative low-cost VSAT communications solution for the shipping industry that has had successful implementation and trials by some major players. For those in the market, it is certainly worth consideration.”

Further testament to the reliability, cost-effectiveness and easy installation of C-Bird is coming in from all levels of shipping executives and crews.

“We were able to install the C-Bird system ourselves without going to dry-dock or using floating cranes, as the equipment is modular and not heavy,” said Dalibor Jalsovec, electrical superintendent, Hellespont Ship Management. “The economics and logistics of C-Bird just make sense to technical managers of a tanker fleet.”

“The C-Bird installation was so simple - the crew was able to accomplish assembling the antenna themselves,” said Captain Ramirez of the Nordic Aurora. “Now, they enjoy getting in touch easily with their families. The quality of the phone calls is so clear, we forget we are out to sea!”

Captain Tony Amo of the Hellespont Progress said, “C-Bird is offered at a flat fee with unlimited data. Maritime Broadband has delivered fully on the promise of this VSAT communications solution. We are now part of the world.”

“With C-Bird we no longer have to be concerned about limiting our communications,” said Sergey Kozinets, Sobelmar’s technical manager. “The crew is happy because they can stay in touch with loved ones.”

Captain Artur Bugrimov, Brasschaat said simply, “If every vendor stood by their products and provided customer service like Maritime Broadband, we would be living in paradise.”

maritimebroadband.com
 

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Marine Equipment

MN 100: ContainerTug B.V.

The Company: ContainerTug B.V. is a specialized Dutch naval design engineering and construction company with a strong focus on developing workboats and the evaluation

Exhaust Gas Scrubber Guide Updated

An updated version of the “Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Selection Guide” is now available, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today.   Developed

NASSCO Invests in Facilities, Equipment and People

General Dynamics NASSCO has invested several hundred million in capital projects as part of its efforts to increase efficiencies via  modular shipbuilding, including:

Electronics

Powering the First Electric Commercial Fishing Boat

The world’s first electric commercial fishing vessel will be powered by a Corvus lithium polymer Energy Storage System (ESS) integrated with a Siemens propulsion

MN 100: Baker, Lyman & Co., Inc.

The Company: A wheelhouse favorite for generations, Baker, Lyman & Co. is the oldest NOAA & Admiralty Chart Agent in the United States. New Orleans-based Baker

SUNY Maritime to Host e-Navigation Conference

SUNY Maritime College will host the 2015 e-Navigation Underway North America Conference September 28-30 in New York   It is likely that regions like the Baltic,

Communication

TASI Acquires SignalFire Telemetry

TASI HOLDINGS INC. announced today it has completed the acquisition of all shares of SignalFire Telemetry, located in Hudson, Massachusetts.  This new acquisition

Western Cape Ports Now 'smartPORTS'

The Ports of Cape Town and Saldanha became the latest to go live with Transnet National Ports Authority’s new R79 million web-based Integrated Port Management System (IPMS),

Mariners Dread Port Calls

Seafarer social media site Crewtoo, part of KVH Industries, Inc., has published the results of its second Crewtoo Seafarers Happiness Index report detailing job satisfaction at sea.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2271 sec (4 req/sec)