First Iridium Certus commercial installation

'Rembrandt Van Rijn' Iridium Certus has been installed on ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’. Credit: Oceanwide Expeditions

The AST Group (AST) has confirmed the first ever commercial installation of Iridium Certus carried out with its partner Alphatron Marine onboard Oceanwide Expeditions’ ‘Rembrandt Van Rijn’.

Iridium Certus offers faster speeds and reliable coverage for Rembrandt Van Rijn, originally built as a herring lugger in the last century, but now used for cruise expeditions in the polar regions. With up to 33 passengers onboard at one time, the vessel uses large amounts of data in the form of emails, photograph and social media usage.

Mark Sykes, AST director, said: “We see the great partnership between our team and our partners as a key component in the successful launch (and world’s first commercial connection) of Iridium Certus.

“Our partner Alphatron is a sophisticated maritime organisation who really understands the compelling value that AST adds to the Certus proposition – the resulting AST/Alphatron service is so much more than just airtime and a terminal, and that’s exactly what the market tells us is needed.”

24/7 support

AST’s proposition includes real-time application control (INTEGRA Control), tracking (IRIS) and access to its 24/7 manned customer support team.

Dennis Winterswijk, business unit manager ITAV & communication at Alphatron Marine, commented: “The service has been running smoothly since installation and has resulted in a full roll-out of Iridium Certus on all vessels in their fleet.”

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Latest Press Releases

Damen hosts keel-laying celebration for Hanson’s Marine Aggregate Dredger

On 3rd October, Damen Shipyards Galati hosted a celebration marking the keel-laying of a Damen Marin... Read more

Close Collaboration Between Strathclyde University and Datum Electronics To Propel New Condition Monitoring Technology

We are pleased to announce a new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Strathclyde University, a... Read more

Albwardy Damen wins Shipyard of the Year Award at the 16th Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East

Albwardy Damen has been presented with the Shipyard of the Year Award at a glittering ceremony that ... Read more

Damen signs with Port Authority of Jamaica for Utility Vessel 3911

On 21st August, Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJAM) f... Read more

Damen completes maintenance work on Innovation at Damen Verolme Rotterdam

Heavy-lift jack-up vessel Innovation, one of DEME’s DP2 installation vessels, left Damen Verolme Rot... Read more

SAAM Towage contracts Damen for delivery of tug vessel

In August 2019 Damen Shipyards Group signed a contract with SAAM Towage for the delivery of an ASD T... Read more

View all