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Global Ship Manager E.R. Schiffahrt Chooses KVH HTS Systems and AgilePlans for Vessel Connectivity

Feb. 08, 2018

KVH Industries, Inc.,  has chosen KVH’s new advanced TracPhone® V7-HTS antenna equipment and the AgilePlansTM subscription-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program to bring fast, global connectivity to its container and dry bulk vessels. Installations for the first 11 vessels have begun, with plans for a total of up to 60 vessels throughout 2018.

“We chose KVH for the fast data speed, the reliable data management, the global coverage, and our experience with KVH as a trusted and proven professional service provider,” says Christoph Werner, director of marine & quality for E.R. Schiffahrt, which is based in Hamburg, Germany. “We see the very nature and flexibility of KVH’s AgilePlans program as a great benefit to our business.”

The AgilePlans program provides equipment and airtime for one monthly airtime fee, with no commitment; installation at select ports and maintenance costs are included. KVH, a mobile tech innovator, designed the TracPhone V7-HTS for the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network, which recently added high throughout satellite (HTS) capacity. The 60-cm TracPhone V7-HTS provides download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps, enabling vessels to benefit from marine applications designed to improve operational efficiency.

“Our close and long-term relationship with E.R. Schiffahrt was the foundation for moving forward to work together on satcoms,” says Rob Parkin, maritime sales director for KVH. E.R. Schiffahrt has been a customer of KVH’s CommBox
TM network management service, as well as a subscriber to other KVH services, including NEWSlinkTM daily newspapers for seafarers and VideotelTM maritime training programs.

Thomas Plueschau, KVH’s sales manager for Germany, has played a key role in coordinating the initial AgilePlans order installed at the Port of Hamburg. AgilePlans includes free standard installations at select ports around the world, important for a global ship management company such as E.R. Schiffahrt. “We are thrilled that our AgilePlans program with extensive coverage, fast data speeds, and proven data management, combined with the new TracPhone V7-HTS system, were ideally suited to E.R. Schiffahrt’s fleet needs,” says Mr. Plueschau.