Houston, Texas – August 19, 2014 – 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 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."