Seaspan Rolls-out KVH VSAT Across Fleet


Manufacturer of mobile satellite communications KVH Industries informed that the container shipping giant Seaspan completed the implementation of KVH mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity for all 107 managed vessels in its global container ship fleet. 

Seaspan selected KVH’s TracPhone V7-HTS/AgilePlans and KVH’s TracPhone V11-IP for the vessels. 

“We chose KVH for the ability to have a superior end-to-end solution from one provider, which can be customized as per our business requirements” says Rajesh Gopinathan, manager of process improvement for Seaspan. 

Rajesh added: “KVH, working together with our IT department, were able to complete 60 installations in less than 12 months, which is an important factor for our global fleet.” 

The TracPhone V7-HTS/AgilePlans service that Seaspan chose for a majority of vessels is a leading choice for commercial maritime operators. 

The AgilePlans monthly subscription service includes antenna, airtime, content, and technical assistance-all for one fee, with free installation at select ports, and no contract term commitment or additional maintenance costs. A 60 cm Ku-band VSAT antenna, the TracPhone V7-HTS delivers data speeds up to 10 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. 

A unique feature of the TracPhone V7-HTS is its dual data configuration, providing both a high-speed data channel and an unlimited-use data channel, said the release. 

For Seaspan, the unlimited-use data channel was a contributing factor in their decision to choose the TracPhone V7-HTS, for it enables their vessels to support both operations and crew Internet from a single system. The Seaspan vessels that installed the TracPhone V11-IP benefit from a 1 meter C/Ku-band antenna that provides global broadband connectivity from KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network. 

To support business efficiency, the Seaspan vessels utilize KVH’s CommBox Network Manager, a suite of integrated tools including such features as unique networks for operations and crew; integrated email servers and firewalls; remote IT management; and least cost routing and bandwidth management. 

Additional KVH value-added services for which Seaspan has subscribed include IP-MobileCast, a content delivery service that multicasts news, sports, entertainment, and operations content to the vessels. 

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