Polar Crew & Environmental Welfare
A marine geophysical company with an environmental agenda, Polarcus specialises in high-end towed streamer data acquisition from Pole to Pole. The company selected Marlink’s Sealink customized VSAT services to provide connectivity aboard two new X-bow design seismic vessels: the Amani and the Adira, which are currently under construction at Ulstein Verft in Norway. The vessels will focus on environmentally friendly operations in Polar Regions. To meet the demanding data needs the two vessels will be furnished with the same customized Sealink system currently in use aboard five other Polarcus vessels. It is based on dual C- band antennas with automatic switchover, dedicated fullduplex bandwidth through a Single Channel Per Carrier (SCPC) satellite link, including several LAN networks on board, eight simultaneous voice lines and access to Marlink’s prepaid options. It also enables GSM services when in range and features Iridium Pilot as back-up, to ensure continuous, global connectivity ~ regardless of location. Jan Einar Bringedal, VP of sales at Marlink said: “In the case of Polarcus vessels, the connectivity has been customized to support the company’s specific operations and crew welfare, whilst strengthening Polarcus’ ability to pioneer seismic exploration with responsibility and without harm to the global environment.” Should any technical difficulties arise, for example with the vessel engines, remote diagnosis via IP applications on via Sealink connectivity helps to resolve any issues quickly, therefore avoiding impact on the environment. Magnus Oberg, vice president information technology at Polarcus said: “Although the primary use for our connectivity is operational, it’s also vital that we provide crew with a way to communicate with friends and family, and engineers on board to work remotely with experts on land. The Sealink service allows us to manage exactly how the connectivity is used, which supports our seismic operations and IT organisation.”
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