Shelf rig fleet undergoes communications upgrade

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK – Satcomms specialist ITC Global has completed installation and commissioning of communications systems for 35 rigs for Dubai-based Shelf Drilling.

Shelf Drilling is said to be the world’s second largest contractor of independent-leg cantilever jackups, with operations in 12 countries in Southeast Asia, India, West Africa, and the Middle East, North Africa and Mediterranean region.

Following the award of the contract last August, ITC Global equipped the rigs with a system designed to support corporate and crew communications via a TDMA private network solution.

“Our goal was to provide maximum flexibility for Shelf Drilling before, during and after deployment - both in terms of capacity and geographic coverage,” said CEO Joe Spytek.

“Our deployment team was able to migrate services from the incumbent in a short timeframe, minimizing downtime, and now that we’ve successfully completed the fleet transition, we’re seeing a significantly enhanced end-user experience on the rigs.”


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