Zenitel ensures safety onboard Norway`s busiest ferries (norsk versjon vedlagt)

Press Release   •   Jan 24, 2017 13:08 CET

OSLO, NORWAY, January 24th 2017 – Zenitel, an international leader in critical communication solutions, have delivered safety communications and entertainment equipment as part of Norway`s largest ferry contract.

In 2014, Bastø Fosen won the contract to continue to operate Norway`s busiest inland ferry route, between Moss and Horten, until 2026. As part of the agreement, three new ferries were built to serve this vital transport route. Zenitel is proud to have delivered communication and entertainment systems to all of the new vessels.

The inland ferry link also forms part of the national road network, Riksvei 19, acting as a highway across the Oslo fjord. In 2013 over 1.3 million vehicles and 1.6 million foot passengers used the ferry service. Many of Zenitel`s own employees use the ferry as part of their daily commute to the company`s operational head office in Horten.

Zenitel CEO Kenneth Dåstøl commented,”Zenitel is a global company with a long, proud history in the maritime market. The new Bastø Fosen ferries are a great representation of how we like to work as a company. We were a part of the construction through our partners in Turkey, and we are located right next to where the ferries are operating. Working like this allows us to deliver the professional technical follow- up we are known for.” He went on to explain,”These new ferries represent innovation in the maritime market, something we can strongly relate to. The new design reduces the time it takes to load and unload vehicles and passengers. Modern engines and design have made the vessels more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. Thanks to over 70 years of innovation, we too are able to contribute by providing flexible, reliable and advanced Maritime communication systems”

Øyvind Lund, Administration Director at Bastø Fosen, recognized the importance of having trusted and reliable communication systems onboard, ”Passenger safety and the safety of our crew is of paramount importance. The communication systems from Zenitel ensures that safety instructions and other information can be heard clearly and understood by all onboard. In addition, the captain can communicate easily with the rest of the crew from the bridge. Thanks to technology such as active noise cancellation, even when he is communicating with his colleagues working in the noisy environment of the engine room, he can hear, be heard and be understood”

The three new ferries were built in Turkey and designed by Multi Maritime in Førde, Norway. Zenitel were represented in Turkey by their local partner, Elektro-Deniz. Part of the terms of the agreement between Bastø Fosen and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration stipulated that NOx emissions must be in-line with international regulations. Thanks to design innovations, Bastø Fosen have calculated that NOx emissions have been reduced by over 80% when compared to the previous ferry design. In addition, fuel usage has been reduced by 25-30% thanks to energy efficient diesel motors and a newly developed hull shape.

The following systems from Zenitel have been installed on the new ferries:

AlphaCom Maritime (ACM): The Vingor-Stentofon ACM system is reliable and robust and able to unite and enhance a vessel`s safety systems by providing outstanding internal and external communication onboard marine vessels.

SPA - PA/GA: The SPA system is an integrated type-approved PA and GA solution. It is extremely cost effective and covers the requirements for a marine Public Address and General Alarm system for all types of vessels.

IPTV:The Vingtor-Stentofon IPTV system is a complete integrated digital entertainment system for maritime use. The system provides a wide range of services aimed at improving crew welfare.

All Vingtor-Stentofon products that form a part of a critical communication system have been tested according to IEC 60945, IEC 60533 standards and comply with SOLAS regulations and codes relevant to onboard communication systems. Zenitel systems are delivered in accordance with the rules of major classification societies.

Zenitel is the world leading provider of critical communication solutions on the land and on the sea. Building on over 70 years of breakthrough innovations, today’s technology utilizes secure and exceptionally intelligible SIP end-devices to provide solutions in IP intercom, Video Intercom, Emergency Communications, and Public Address.

By providing a path to intelligibility: to hear, be heard, and be understood in every situation, Zenitel has exceeded the scorecard for critical communications. As well, Zenitel ensures its critical communication solutions can be integrated into the organization by providing seamless interoperability with access control, video surveillance management, and IPBX and VoIP systems around the world.

Finally, Zenitel’s core business practice of innovation and quality ensures its solutions meet the most stringent requirements of IT departments by delivering high availability, scalability, reliability and defensibility that are required for mission critical applications. Zenitel`s in-house developed products are sold under the Vingtor-Stentofon brand.

Zenitel (ZENT) is listed on the Euronext stock exchange in Brussels, with its statutory headquarter situated in Belgium. Zenitel’s operational headquarter is in Norway.

For more information: www.zenitel.com

About Bastø Fosen:
Bastø Fosen AS was founded on 12th October 1995, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torghatten ASA. The Company operates ferries between Moss and Horten. In 2012, 1.7 million vehicles and 3.4 million passengers travelled with Bastø Fosen, making the Moss - Horten connection Norway's largest inland ferry link. The company has 310 employees.

For more information: www.basto-fosen.no