HOUSTON, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, announced today that it has been awarded a three year contract from Harkand, a global provider of offshore support vessels and subsea services to the oil & gas industry. The new satellite network provides high-performance broadband connectivity for mission critical voice, video and data applications on vessels operating in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, Africa and Asia Pacific. ITC Global built a private end-to-end satellite-based network, tailored to the unique applications of Harkand, which include real-time video support for undersea Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), as well as crew communications.
The satellite network provides connectivity to several Harkand vessels, including the Swordfish, Viking Poseidon, and Spearfish. These vessels perform a wide variety of missions including acting as bases for advanced ROVs, high specification surveys, providing manned saturation diving capabilities, and installation and repair of jumpers, umbilicals and other deep sea infrastructure.
Harkand is known for its expertise in complex subsea operations and using class-leading technology to deliver superior results. The Spearfish, for example, is part of a record-breaking project, setting the deepest riser-less well intervention system at a water depth of 2,058 meters. And the Viking Poseidon is currently working on the Hess Tubular Bells field performing an installation and field commissioning project in 1,300M+ water depth. Harkand is focused on setting new standards for operational efficiency with their multi-purpose support vessels, and the new satellite network provides enhanced communications capability that supports that objective.
"Communications are critical to providing streaming video for our ROVs," said Jim Parker, Vice President Group Marine Assets. "ITC Global takes a proactive approach to recommending innovative designs that improve the quality and cost effectiveness of our service. We have come to take for granted how well ITC Global's services work."
"We are excited to be expanding our long-standing relationship with Harkand," said Joe Spytek, CEO of ITC Global. "The undersea support services that Harkand provides are critical to the safe and efficient operations of many offshore energy projects. We are proud to provide a satellite communications solution that supports their mission."
Harkand provides offshore vessels, ROVs, diving, survey services, project management and engineering to the oil and gas and renewables industries. Employing close to 1,000 people at bases in Aberdeen, London, Houston, and Singapore; Harkand aims at being the leading subsea IRM and light construction contractor globally. For more information, please visit www.harkandgroup.com.
About ITC Global
ITC Global is the world's largest privately-owned satellite communications provider exclusively focused on mission critical operations in the energy, mining, and maritime markets. Companies in remote and harsh environments require communications with both global coverage and unwavering customer service. ITC Global enables improved real-time decision making and enhanced health, safety and environmental management through a unified communications solution, tailored to the requirements of each client. Solutions include custom network design, hardware implementation, field engineering, technical support and enterprise-grade satellite bandwidth. ITC Global operates 24 x 7 carrier-class networks across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. ITC Global is a portfolio company of Boston based private equity firm Riverside Partners. For more information, please visit www.itcglobal.com.
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Lori Hawk, Senior Marketing Manager, ITC Global
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