KVH Industries, Inc., announced that global ship manager E.R.
Schiffahrt has chosen KVH's new advanced TracPhone V7-HTS antenna
equipment and the AgilePlans 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
"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," said Christoph
Werner, director of marine and 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
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,"
said Rob Parkin, maritime sales director for KVH. E.R. Schiffahrt
has been a customer of KVH's CommBox network management service,
as well as a subscriber to other KVH services, including NEWSlink
daily newspapers for seafarers and Videotel maritime training
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," Plueschau said.
KVH introduced the AgilePlans program for Connectivity as a
Service (CaaS) in 2017 as an innovative maritime mini-VSAT
solution for commercial fleets. This subscription-based business
model is designed to address challenges faced by the maritime
industry, such as the capital expense of new equipment and the
unpredictability of fleet size and business conditions.
In addition to including installation and technical support,
onboard hardware, and high-speed airtime, the AgilePlans monthly
fee also includes the IP-MobileCast content delivery service for
daily NEWSlink content for crew welfare; a package of 20 Videotel
maritime training videos; delivery of chart and weather updates
via CHARTlink and FORECASTlink; and real-time vessel tracking.