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August 24, 2010

Hughes supplies Beemar PSV fleet with communications solution

Hughes Network Systems, LLC is supplying the Beemar LLC fleet of DP-2 platform supply vessels with global broadband maritime communications systems in partnership with ESSI Corporation, a systems integrator specializing in the maritime industries.

The Hughes solution includes high-speed Internet access, voice, email, video, and on-board Wi-Fi. In addition to supporting operational communications and data exchange, the solution is a crew amenity, providing a ship-to-shore link for workers who often spend weeks offshore.

"Our vessels support everything from deepwater oil production, deep shelf exploration, offshore and sub-sea construction, to seismic and special well service support. In all cases, fast Internet services are required to coordinate resources and personnel, and to enable workers to keep in touch with their families. Because Hughes manages it all for us, it's one less thing for us to worry about," said Darrel Plaisance, Beemar's vice president and Chief Operating Officer.

The Hughes solution extends satellite broadband services for Beemar's vessels to the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Caribbean, and off the coast of Mexico. For example, a Beemar DP-2 ship supporting an offshore surveying project in the Red Sea is able to transmit real-time data to the customer's Houston headquarters for analysis, greatly reducing remote staffing and travel costs. In addition, the company is able to perform remote diagnostics on critical system electronics that keep the vessels operational at sea.

ESSI has installed gyro-stabilized maritime satellite antennas on seven of the Beemar PSV fleet to date, with five more ships under construction.


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