The AST Group (AST) has confirmed the first ever commercial installation of Iridium Certus carried out with its partner Alphatron Marine onboard Oceanwide Expeditions’ ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’.
Iridium Certus offers faster speeds and reliable coverage for Rembrandt Van Rijn, originally built as a herring lugger in the last century, but now used for cruise expeditions in the polar regions. With up to 33 passengers onboard at one time, the vessel uses large amounts of data in the form of emails, photograph and social media usage.
Mark Sykes, AST director, said: “We see the great partnership between our team and our partners as a key component in the successful launch (and world’s first commercial connection) of Iridium Certus.
“Our partner Alphatron is a sophisticated maritime organisation who really understands the compelling value that AST adds to the Certus proposition – the resulting AST/Alphatron service is so much more than just airtime and a terminal, and that’s exactly what the market tells us is needed.”
AST’s proposition includes real-time application control (INTEGRA Control), tracking (IRIS) and access to its 24/7 manned customer support team.
Dennis Winterswijk, business unit manager ITAV & communication at Alphatron Marine, commented: “The service has been running smoothly since installation and has resulted in a full roll-out of Iridium Certus on all vessels in their fleet.”
By Rebecca Jeffrey