MCP Nets IMR Vessel Communications Contract
Maritime Communication Partner (MCP) has been contracted by DeepOcean to provide state-of-the-art online and mobile communications for a Kleven newbuild MT6022 offshore vessel which will provide Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) services for all Statoil operated fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
This five-year IMR agreement, say MCP, commencing in Q1 2014, is worth more than NOK 1.5billion (USD 253million). MCP’s role will be to keep DeepOcean and Statoil connected. The Telenor-owned business, an established leader in the mobile communications at sea market, will provide the new vessel with high bandwidth online services and mobile network coverage. This will facilitate the seamless transfer of large quantities of data between the vessel and DeepOcean and Statoil’s onshore operations, while providing excellent internet/Wi-Fi and mobile connections for crewmembers.
MCP’s solution features ‘multiple data link bundling’, which provides optimum bandwidth by combining multiple data links together with the VSAT. This means that when a ship is in position to connect with land- or oil rig-based mobile data networks (2G/3G/4G), or at harbour in the proximity of a WLAN access point, it does so, boosting the bandwidth available over the VSAT. The greater the bandwidth, the greater the quantity of data that can be handled by smartphones, internet enabled PCs or any other applicable device.
“The Statoil contract is DeepOcean’s largest ever client agreement, so it’s a real endorsement of our services that we’ve been picked to provide the communications solution for this landmark partnership,” comments MCP’s Senior Vice President Offshore Tom Løwehr. “Our solution, anchored by our market proven CellAtSea network, will allow those onboard the vessel to communicate with their devices as they would at home, while Statoil and DeepOcean will enjoy reliable, fast and secure communication channels. For such vital operations, over such a large area, this quality of service is absolutely crucial.”
About Maritime Communications Partner (MCP)
The company's offices are located centrally in Arendal, Norway and Miami, (FL) USA. MCP is fully owned by Telenor ASA, one of the world’s major mobile operators. Through Telenor, MCP has access to a wide range of competence and resources within market,