Briese Schiffahrts is a company with a vision, expanding its management of specialist project cargo and heavylift ships in support of ambitious fleet growth plans. To support its smart shipping strategy and ensure its new and existing fleet are connected to shore 24/7, Briese selected the global Ku-band VSAT service from Globecomm Maritime.
The working relationship between Globecomm and Briese goes back 16 years to provision of the first narrowband satcom systems and has relied since then on consistent service provision, competitive pricing and strong after sales support. As technology has evolved, through higher speed L-Band systems to the supply agreement for the VSAT service, Globecomm has remained a trusted partner.
From the first installation, Briese crew saw the value in the technology, prompting successive upgrades to meet the growing demand for bandwidth. Crew internet access is included as a benefit in kind, with Briese paying the airtime bill and issuing vouchers for crew with unlimited data, subject to a fair use policy.
“My argument to management has always been this: don’t think of it just as a cost, think of it as being an additional seafarer onboard who takes care of the welfare of the other guys,” Börchers adds. “Having Globecomm VSAT onboard makes managing demand for crew and our business communications simpler and more efficient.”