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Jackup barges provider Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has selected SpeedCast International to provide satellite communications services across the company’s nine offshore barges.

The new dual-beam Ku-band satellite service will provide broadband connectivity for client office applications and voice services.

As GMS’s jack-up barges work in adverse offshore oilfields, they require a reliable connection between the vessels and the land-based operations, SpeedCast said.

GMS COO Simon Cook said: "We have a modern fleet that enables us to serve our clients’ needs, which require sophisticated communications systems.

"Not only does SpeedCast achieve this, but they are also able to deliver an advanced, globally accessible communications solution that is reliable and has a proven operational deployment record."

"We have a modern fleet that enables us to serve our clients’ needs, which require sophisticated communications systems."

The solution offered by SpeedCast will initially deliver MBR 2048/512 CIR 512/256 links for each vessel, which would benefit from improved communications and VoIP services for operations and crew welfare.

GMS will receive the support from SpeedCast’s Dubai, UAE sales and support centre.

SpeedCast CEO Pierre-Jean Beylier said: "We are delighted that we can support the modern, innovative and sustainable solutions that GMS provides its partners in the offshore oil sector."

SpeedCast Maritime Services vice-president Piers Cunningham said: "The Middle East is a critically important market for the offshore oil sector.

"SpeedCast has continued to invest in its network and infrastructure to service the demanding requirements of its offshore customers."


Image: GMS jackup barge Kikuyu. Photo: courtesy of GMS.