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CASTOR MARINE EXPANDS NORTH SEA COMMS NETWORK WITH FULL 4G

CASTOR MARINE EXPANDS NORTH SEA COMMS NETWORK WITH FULL 4G

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 

Dutch coastal and offshore connectivity provider Castor Marine has signed a reseller agreement with Tampnet, the largest offshore 4G LTE network operator in the North Sea, to provide 4G coverage in the North Sea area.

Castor Marine is now an official Tampnet Activation Point. Previously, vessels supported by Castor Marine automatically switched to the VSAT connection of the company’s own network when moving outside of 4G coverage and vice versa. Now, full 4G coverage for ship and crew is guaranteed. The first Castor 4G Tampnet client is a Walk-to-Work vessel Keizersborg which now has seamless 4G LTE offshore connectivity.

Customers wanting Tampnet access have less administration in relation to managing connectivity, and benefit from higher bandwidth enabling dedicated 4G connections in the North-Sea or a high level of North Sea redundancy, ensuring more uptime.

Castor Marine already delivered fleetwide connectivity services for the Wagenborg fleet, where it remotely monitors and manages all onboard equipment 24/7, ensuring continuous operation of all vessels. As Wagenborg’s North Sea offshore wind operations depend on a continuous and correct flow of information – both between people and machines – the company decided to go live with the new low-latency connection for its Walk-to-Work vessel Keizersborg. Hence, as soon as Castor Marine and Tampnet signed the contract, Castor’s installation engineers set up, tested and started the fast, low-latency package on the Tampnet network for immediate operations.

Ivo Veldkamp, CEO Castor Marine, said: "The expansion of our services with Tampnet 4G is part of our growth strategy and our mission to ensure the best vessel connectivity anywhere in the world. The seamless integration of Voyager VSAT with 4G LTE services from Tampnet ensures high availability for business-critical operations, reducing downtime and associated costs for all our clients. I thank Tampnet for the good cooperation from the start and look forward to serving our clients with this connectivity upgrade.”

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