KVH’s mobile content delivery service gains popularity

Nov 25 2016


KVH Industries claimed that several global fleets have subscribed to or expanded their deployments of its patented IP-MobileCast content delivery service in recent months.

Major fleets that have selected the IP-MobileCast content delivery services include:

·        Navigator Gas, operator of a fleet of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tankers with worldwide clients, selected IP-MobileCast for 28 vessels.

·        OSG Ship Management chose IP-MobileCast for more than 20 vessels.

·        Wisby Ship Management, operator of a global fleet of tankers, is providing 18 vessels with IP-MobileCast content delivery.

·        Klaveness Ship Management, an Oslo-based fleet operator has selected IP-MobileCast for more than 10 vessels in its container and drybulk fleet.

·        Valles Steamship (Canada), of Vancouver, a long-time customer of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband SATCOM services, recently added IP-MobileCast content delivery for six vessels.

In addition, both Vroon and Seaspan have continued to add the IP-MobileCast service to more vessels in their fleets, after being among the earliest adopters. More than 65 vessels between the two companies now subscribe to the IP-MobileCast service.

The ability to feel connected to home via news, sports, and entertainment content – staples of life on land – is undeniably powerful, as expressed recently by a training officer on board a Vroon vessel: “Now we can watch the latest news from the Philippines. We can feel connected to our loved ones, family, and friends. Everybody on board is very happy for the movies subscribed to by the company,” said Robert Calais, training chief officer on board a Vroon vessel.

“The adoption rate for IP-MobileCast has gained a tremendous amount of momentum in the last six to eight months, and we are seeing a number of major fleets adding and expanding the content delivery service,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s CEO. “There is simply no other comparable service available for keeping seafarers informed and entertained on transoceanic voyages. By providing content at sea, these fleets can become employers of choice in the competition for the most competent seafarers, particularly top-notch officers. That in turn can help reduce costs for recruiting, training, and retention efforts.”

 



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