B&J Martin chooses Boatracs for mini-VSAT broadband solution

Trawler Site Clearance Fleet to be Outfitted with KVH TracPhone V7-IP VSAT Hardware and Monitored On-Shore by Boatracs BTConnect® for Reliable Two-Way Communications and Vessel Tracking

(SAN DIEGO) (June 13, 2013) – Boatracs Inc., a leader in providing integrated satellite communications and software solutions to the maritime industry, announced today that it has received a contract to provide a broadband communications solution to B & J Martin, Inc., an offshore service company providing supply, crew and site clearance vessels as well as offshore living quarters. B & J Martin will be outfitting the site clearance trawling division of their fleet, consisting of 6 boats, with KVH TracPhone V7-IP VSAT terminals including a mini-VSAT Broadband service unrestricted airtime plan and continue using Boatracs BTConnect® for vessel tracking to maintain two-way voice and data communications ship to shore.
“We have been a Boatracs customer for many years because of the reliable service and support,” said Jimmie Martin, Vice President and Owner of B & J Martin. “Maintaining constant communications with our vessels is vital in our business and Boatracs has proven to be an excellent partner. We have seen the benefits of having broadband on our trawling vessels and, after working with other communications providers, we decided that Boatracs offered the level of dependable connectivity we require. We are excited to move forward with the installation of the KVH systems on our vessels, integrated with Boatracs BTConnect® on shore.”
B & J Martin is an innovative company that has extensive experience serving the oil and gas industry. They are a leader in site clearance with U.S. Department of Interior BSSE site clearance NTL, a leader in ABS classed crew quarters and the owner, Jimmy Martin, developed the patented Gorilla Net®, an apparatus to aid in the removal of the debris from the ocean floor. B & J Martin became a Boatracs customer in 2008 with the installation of narrowband satellite communications on their entire fleet and Boatracs BTConnect® on shore to monitor and message the boats. Boatracs is one of the few maritime software providers that also sells satellite communications hardware resulting in a seamless experience for customers.
“We are honored to have an innovative offshore services leader like B & J Martin as a customer,” stated Jonas N. Olsen, Business Unit Manager of Boatracs. “They are a forward thinking company who recognizes the efficiencies and business improvements that come from reliable communications with their vessels. The KVH TracPhone V7IP is a high performance maritime VSAT terminal that offers outstanding service and a simplified below decks unit. Boatracs is the only software provider that offers fully integrated vessel tracking and messaging software as a packaged solution with the V7IP, and we provide the 24 hour live support for the hardware, airtime and software that customers like B & J Martin rely on for ongoing operations.”
About B & J Martin, Inc.
B & J Martin, Inc. has owned and operated supply, utility and trawling vessels in the Gulf of Mexico for over 30 years. In 1990, the company’s experience in the trawling industry was an essential part in United States Department of the Interior MMS site clearance NTL. In 1996, the company ventured into a different sector of the industry and began leasing United States Coast Guard approved A-60 rated portable living quarters. In 2008, Martin Quarters added Blast Rated ABS classed quarters to its group. Due to an unparalleled commitment to their clients, B & J Martin, Inc. continues to surpass its competitors in all of their endeavors. For more information about Fleet Operators, visit http://www.bjmartininc.com.
About Boatracs

Boatracs is the leading provider of integrated satellite communications and software solutions for the commercial maritime industry. Since 1990 Boatracs has been providing customers the industry’s most proven, reliable, and simple solutions on the market. Boatracs now offers multiple communications solutions ranging from its core Qualcomm OmniTRACS product line to newer multi-mode broadband and voice capabilities, all powered by Boatracs’ web-based messaging and mapping software to provide access to fleet-wide data from anywhere on any device. Boatracs delivers products, services and 24/7/365 live support to offshore, inland, commercial fishing and government markets – increasing operating efficiencies for thousands of vessels across North America. The company became part of Orolia (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO), a group specialized in positioning, navigation and GPS timing equipment and systems for critical operations, in 2012 and has offices in California and Louisiana. For more information, please visit http://www.boatracs.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff