NSSLGlobal’s VSAT supports life-saving search and rescue ops in Mediterranean


High-speed VSAT connectivity powers comms and safety systems aboard the vessels of German NGO Sea-Eye e.V

24 October 2019 — Award-winning global satcom and IT solutions provider NSSLGlobal has today announced the provision of its high-speed VSAT service to Sea-Eye e.V., a German registered, non-profit organisation working hard to rescue refugees from hazardous conditions at sea. Alongside its VSAT connectivity, NSSLGlobal is also providing tracking hardware, safety systems and training fundamental to the search and rescue (SAR) missions that the non-governmental organisation (NGO) is conducting across the Mediterranean Sea.

Founded in 2015, the NGO, Sea-Eye e.V., operates vessels sailing from Spain to the Mediterranean to undertake search and rescue operations to save the lives of refugees in distress during their perilous journeys to Europe. NSSLGlobal has helped to equip Sea-Eye’s third vessel, the Alan Kurdi, – a 38.6metre converted research vessel – into one of the best-connected SAR NGO vessels in-region.

The contract includes VSAT IP@EURO 20, Accounting Authority (AAIC) and Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) services, and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) A3 upgrade, allowing the vessels to use NSSLGlobal’s end-to-end VSAT service communication systems.


In addition, it makes it possible for Sea-Eye e.V. to broadcast live video to illustrate the urgency of rescue missions at sea to the European public and the media. Media presence is essential for the work of NGOs, especially in scenarios where it is perceived that politicians are doing their best to prevent unfiltered information.

Gorden Isler, Vorsitzender, Sea-Eye e.V. comments: “Sea-Eye e.V. has chosen NSSLGlobal’s VSAT service because of its high-speed connection, based on a strong recommendation. The NSSLGlobal team has always supported our mission. Everyone who works at Sea-Eye e.V. is volunteering. Our ship is staffed by professional seafarers. The management team also relies on real professionals ashore. Therefore, we have relied on the support and advice of NSSLGlobal, and they have gone beyond that to ensure that our ships are seaworthy.”


“It’s a huge motivator to see our technologies being used for such a worthy cause and making a difference at a humanitarian level,” commented Henrik Christensen, CEO Continental Europe, NSSLGlobal. “The team at Sea-Eye e.V. are doing an amazing job and have saved almost 15,000 people from drowning over the years. We’ve been incredibly impressed by the heart and conviction shown by them, and we’re hoping our expertise and support will continue to help the team make the difference to those who need it most. ”  


For more information please visit www.nsslglobal.com.

To donate to Sea-Eye e.V. visit www.sea-eye




NSSLGlobal is one the largest Maritime Account Authorities in the world and a leading provider of Inmarsat C and Inmarsat Fleet 77 services.  Most superyachts are required to have at least one active Inmarsat C to comply with GMDSS. It is therefore necessary to appoint an Inmarsat Accounting Authority (AA) to accept any bills arising from Inmarsat C or other Inmarsat terminals from various international coastal stations and Inmarsat Land Earth Stations (LES). The AA also acts as the billing entity for any MF or HF radio traffic passed to a shore side network. The group’s Accounting Authority codes are recognised by over 50 countries for their flagships which have confidence in NSSLGlobal’s ability to deliver a first class service to all their vessels.

NSSLGlobal, is partnering with Iridium in 2020 to deliver the new GDMSS service based on the Iridium NEXT constellation network.

About NSSLGlobal

NSSLGlobal is a leading independent provider of satellite communications and IT solutions with innovation and customer service at the core of its DNA. It has service and sales offices globally including UK, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Norway, Singapore, US and South Africa.

With 50 years of experience in the government and maritime mobility markets, NSSLGlobal provides best-in-class satellite solutions working in partnership with some of the largest MSS and VSAT satellite operators including Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya, Telesat, Eutelsat, Intelsat, SES and JCSAT.

NSSLGlobal is forging a reputation as an engineering powerhouse by expanding its R&D and global support capabilities through targeted acquisitions such as the “SatLink” Hub and Modem technology, which is at the core of NSSLGlobal’s world class VSAT network; and snap.tv which provides a range of crew entertainment services which is unique to the industry and ensures that NSSLGlobal can steer the development and support roadmap to suit its customer’s needs.

NSSLGlobal offers an expanding portfolio of leading-edge in-house solutions such as its next-generation Cruise Control+, a virtualised platform offering a complete end-to-end solution, from vessel communications management, vessel level security, a management control portal, value added services, hosting of customer applications and enables a managed IT service. Installed locally on board the vessel, the Cruise Control+ provides a convenient platform for maritime customers to manage their vessels’ networks, crew welfare and expenditure.

In early 2018, NSSLGlobal launched NSSLGlobal Technologies, its new R&D division where its two recent Norwegian acquisitions were combined. This includes Norwegian IPTV company snap.tv (acquired in December 2016), which focuses on multi-cast entertainment services over VSAT networks aimed at maritime and offshore companies as well as the acquisition of the SatLink communications technology; a premier maritime VSAT Hub and Modem technology (acquired at the end of 2017).

In June 2018, NSSLGlobal fully acquired UK Electronic Solutions Ltd, the creators of Oceanic Dynamics; an all-encompassing motion and impact monitoring system designed for the Offshore Wind Energy market. This is now the NSSLGlobal’s dedicated Wind Energy division based in Newcastle, UK which specialises in providing offshore communications and applications.

In December 2018, NSSLGlobal acquired the assets and activities of Station 711, a business unit within MX1 focussed on providing the maritime market with innovative communication solutions.

For more information please visit www.nsslglobal.com

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