Global shipmanager E.R. Schiffahrt has signed a deal with manufacturer of mobile satellite communications KVH to implement KVH VSAT systems on its fleet of container and dry bulk vessels. Installations for the first 11 vessels have begun, with plans for a total of up to 60 vessels throughout 2018. “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,” says Christoph Werner, director of marine & 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 business.” KVH designed the TracPhone V7-HTS for the mini-VSAT Broadbands 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,” says Rob Parkin, maritime sales director for KVH. 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.