The W2W vessel Koenigsborg will be equipped with latest communication technology (Source: Castor Marine)

4G connectivity for multi-role W2W offshore vessel

Wagenborg Offshore’s fourth walk-to-walk (W2W) offshore vessel, Koenigsborg, has been equipped with a 4G communications system from Castor Marine. The VSAT internet and Tampnet 4G setup fulfils all of the requirements of crew members when working on a range of offshore projects and in their personal downtime. The Koenigsborg, originally a platform supply vessel built in 2015, was recently converted to a multi-role offshore vessel at Royal Niestern Sander Shipyard in the Netherlands. Accommodation for another 40 people was required to enable the vessel to undertake tasks including W2W accommodation, platform maintenance, standby and support, and emergency response and rescue. The converted vessel re-entered service for Wagenborg Offshore, a subsidiary of Royal Wagenborg, last month.

The communications system has been upgraded to match the demands of support vessels working in remote areas and extreme weather conditions, Castor Marine said. A dependable connectivity system that is always on is essential for offshore teams monitoring or servicing components and liaising with personnel ashore. The system has a VSAT internet setup and an Iridium Certus L-band back-up arrangement. It includes a dual Intellian v100NX system, an Intellian C700 Certus terminal, and an Intellian t100W satellite TV system. The v100NX antennas are equipped with a high-power 25W Ku-band block-up converter to achieve higher upload speeds.

Castor Marine is also engaged to service the system and manage the wi-fi network.

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