BP Shipping & CapRock Communications

Deal extends VSAT contract from Gulf of Mexico to global shipping operations.

BP Shipping has selected service provider Harris CapRock Communications to deploy its ‘SeaAccess’ very small aperture terminal (VSAT) solution on its global tanker fleet. The turnkey VSAT services will extend BP’s corporate IT network and applications to vessels and provide ‘attractive crew welfare solutions.’

BP’s Wasim Kayani said, ‘We are increasing the services we can provide to our vessels while lowering the total cost of ownership. SeaAccess provides the platform we need to get the most out of our communications.’

SeaAccess extends BP’s corporate office capabilities, enabling ship captains to send real-time reports on vessel operations, logistics and routes. The service will also support crews’ telephone traffic.

BP conducted extensive testing at CapRock’s facility in Aberdeen. The engineering team developed a time division multiple access (TDMA) demonstration with test circuits for BP’s experts to conduct real-time data transfers, make telephone calls and see CapRock’s wide area network optimization service in action.

CapRock president Peter Shaper added, ‘Currently we’re providing communication services to BP’s offshore assets in the Gulf of Mexico and in West Africa. BP continues to count on us for reliable communications with critical operations.’ Contract term is 39-months—more from www.caprock.com.

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