Marlink, Sea Tel Donate Maritime Satellite Hardware to Project Kaisei
[Satellite TODAY 09-20-11] Maritime satellite communications provider Marlink has partnered with antenna manufacturer Sea Tel to provide satellite communications support to Project Kaisei for a third expedition, the companies announced Sept. 19.
Set-up by Ocean Voyages Institute of California in 2008, Project Kaisei involves the search for viable solutions to problems associated with marine debris in the North Pacific Gyre, which can then be developed for all oceans of the world, Marlink said.
The companies donated both VSAT antenna equipment and airtime to Project Kaisei to provide Ku-band coverage facilitating seamless voice and broadband Internet. The project will use the service to provide blog real-time weather updates and email breaking information.
“It is vital that we continue to support and encourage projects such as Kaisei in the important research needed to make the world’s shipping lanes safer and ecologically viable for shipping operators, their crews and passengers,” Marlink CEO Tore Morten Olsen said in a statement.