Cobham, the British-based parent company of Sea-Tel Marine Satellites, donated a VSAT satellite communications system for the disaster relief agency Friend Ships Unlimited.
The device will be used on the agency's vessel Integrity and will be powered by Cobham Satcom Sea Tel antenna and Mobil Sat's service. Integrity has previously completed two voyages to Haiti, carrying medical equipment, personnel, water, food, shelter equipment and power generators.
"Communication and obtaining current information are the key factors in being able to respond to a crisis in the most effective way," said Teri Shields of Friend Ships Unlimited. "The Cobham antenna system is a tremendous asset to our disaster-relief operations. With this new tool, we'll be able to receive critical updates from our home office and data on what the greatest needs are, what ports are in service, what potential obstacles loom and more."