by david.nunes

MIRAMAR, Fla. –Aug. 23, 2010 – (MarineNewsWire) – MTN Satellite Communications (MTN), the global provider of communications, connectivity, and content services to remote locations around the world, and Maritime Broadband LLC, makers of the C-Bird™ VSAT system, announced that they have been selected to provide communication services to the MT Hellespont Progress product tanker under a 36-month agreement with German-based ship owner Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG.

“On the MT Hellespont Progress, we have chosen to proceed with a 3-year contract for MTN global C-Band services utilizing Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird™. We have found MTN’s worldwide coverage to be consistent and C-Bird™ to be economical and reliable,” said Matthias Edler, IT manager, Hellespont Ship Management “In addition, we are providing Internet and telephone services to our crew on a regular and affordable basis.”

The Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG MT Hellespont Progress vessel was outfitted with Maritime Broadband’s C-Bird™ antenna system in December 2009 with service delivered via MTN’s global, private satellite communications network. MT Hellespont Progress is a 228.6-meter product vessel built in 2006 and trades worldwide.

“My crew are really enjoying the C-Bird™ and MTN’s VSAT services. After a hard day’s work, family and friends are just a snap of the finger away,” reported Captain Amo of the MT Hellespont Progress.

The vessel was fitted with four phone lines for crew calling as well as email and Internet access. In addition, MTN’s global VSAT satellite network will be used for all ship operations including remote management communications. The 36-month contract calls for a guaranteed committed information rate (CIR) of 64 kbps with maximum bandwidth of 128 kbps.

“More and more commercial shipping vessels are realizing the value proposition that MTN VSAT offers,” said Bradford C. Briggs, senior vice president and general manager, MTN commercial shipping and energy services. “Our competitive, committed information rate (CIR) service plans, guaranteed bandwidths, and superior service backed by a reliable, private, global satellite communications network ensure that commercial vessels will always have the connectivity they need to be fully operational.”

“We are proud to offer Hellespont Ship Management and all our customers the highest quality global maritime service available through our partnership with MTN. The MTN network is carefully managed to consistently exceed the customer’s expectations for full global coverage and data throughput. We depend on MTN’s team and network to support the growth of C-Bird™ as the standard for global communication in commercial maritime,” said Mary Ellen Kramer, president, Maritime Broadband LLC.

About MTN Satellite Communications
MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) is the global service provider of communications, connectivity, and content services to remote locations around the world. MTN’s maritime VSAT solutions and global satellite communications network offer the reliability that only “Always On – Always Available” systems can provide. More than 600 vessels and land-based terminals worldwide, including commercial ships, offshore drilling and production sites, cruise ships, government and military vessels, private yachts, and ferries depend on MTN’s voice and data networks to allow them to “be in the middle of nowhere and at the center of everything.” Premium services include remote access for Internet, fixed and mobile phones, fax, television, onboard newspapers, banking services, direct payroll deposit for crew, and other enterprise solutions. MTN is based in Miramar, Fla. and has offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.mtnsat.com.

About Maritime Broadband LLC
Maritime Broadband LLCis an engineering company providing innovative VSAT communication systems for maritime use. The Company’s flagship product, the C-Bird™ antenna, represents years of research and development in partnership with leading ship owners. The Company is headquartered in New York. For more information, visit www.maritimebroadband.com.

About Hellespont Ship Management
Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG is a member of a shipping and maritime services group providing transportation solutions and equipment to shipping and industrial companies since 1946. Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG operates a fleet of 25 ships, with three additional vessels on order.  The Company is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany.  For more information, visit www.hellespont.com.



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