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Jan De Nul Group selects SpeedCast

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SpeedCast Selected by Jan De Nul GROUP for Satellite Communications for Fleet of Offshore & dredging vessels

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, 9 September 2014 – SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast), a leading global satellite telecommunications service provider, today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract from Jan De Nul Group, a leading expert in dredging, marine construction, and specialized services for the offshore oil & gas, and renewable energy industries. The new satellite service provides high-performance broadband connectivity for mission critical data and voice applications on vessels operating throughout the world. 

With this latest contract, SpeedCast will increase the number of vessels served to a total of 44 of Jan De Nul Group’s vessels.  These vessels perform a wide variety of missions including international dredging and reclamation projects, capital dredging and maintenance works; as well as offshore services for oil & gas, and renewable energies, which include preparations of shore approaches, pre-trenching and profiling seabeds for pipeline installations, and preparations for wind farm installations.  SpeedCast designed the communications solution from the ground-up to meet the unique requirements of Jan De Nul Group, which include operational and ship management applications, as well as crew communications.

Jan De Nul Group is known for its expertise in complex seabed operations and using leading-class technology to deliver superior results.  The SpeedCast satellite communications services will be used aboard a multitude of different vessels, and will also extend to JDN’s most recently announced vessel, the JDN8628, a multi-purpose vessel.  This heavy-duty vessel is equipped with dual cable turntables with a total capacity of 10,000 tonnes of cable, as well as a workclass ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle).  This latest vessel will be launched by the end of this year, and be operational by mid 2015.

“Communications are critical to the operational efficiency of our vessels,” said Ruben De Lille, Manager Vessel Automation at Jan De Nul Group.  “SpeedCast was able to design and deliver a communications solution that met our high standards, in terms of quality and resiliency of the service.  We are pleased to expand our work with SpeedCast to cover even more vessels in our fleet.”

“We are excited to be working with an industry leader such as Jan De Nul Group,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast.  “The offshore oil & gas and dredging services that Jan De Nul Group provides are critical to many of the future mega-projects in the works today.  Jan De Nul Group has one of the world’s most modern dredging fleet at its disposal and an impressive engineering expertise.  We are proud to provide satellite communications to support their complex missions and we thank them for their continued trust.  Our growing relationship with Jan de Nul is a testament to SpeedCast’s ability to deliver highly reliable services and to adapt our services to multiple types of vessels and missions.”

About SpeedCast International Limited

SpeedCast is a leading global network and satellite communications service provider offering high-quality managed networks services in over 60 countries; and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with 14 international sales & support offices and 24 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 4,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization, which are the foundation of SpeedCast’s success. SpeedCast is publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange under the ticker SDA (ASX:SDA). For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

About Jan De Nul Group

Jan De Nul Group is a leading expert in dredging and marine construction activities, as well as in specialized services for the offshore industry of oil, gas and renewable energy. The combination with its civil engineering and environmental activities renders the Group complete. Our professional and innovative solutions are trusted across the industry. Whether it concerns the construction of the new locks in the Panama Canal or a new port complex in Western Australia, together with our customers, we build for further economic development. For more information, visit www.jandenul.com.

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