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    Best Cruise Ship Cabling Experts and Quality Service

    Cruise Ship Industry Service

    We specialize in providing solutions for data communications cabling to the cruise industry. We are dedicated to providing our customers with state-of-the-art communications solutions for any aspect of their network needs.

    In addition, we are pleased to announce that we have entered into an exclusive partnership with Cruise Industry Services, a Project Management Consulting firm in Canada. Cruise Industry Services provides onsite and remote project management services and solutions for future contracts. Cruise Industry Services is a project management firm specializing in the Cruise Industry.

    Project Management – New Construction and Dry Dock

    Dry Docks and new builds we have many years of hands-on experience at locations across the world and now with our great new technology, we can save hundreds of man-hours with our experts and online project management systems.

    One of the hardest things to do when cabling a Cruise ship is making sure the ship engineers understand that structured network cabling is a technology and not a service.

    Back in the day you could push and pull any old computer cable with no bad effects, well those days have gone and now we treat every Cat5/6/7 like a new baby or as good as a fiber optic cable.

    To name a few.

    • No more that 25 cables per bundle.
    • Loose laying of cables on cable try.
    • Velcro wraps.

    We understand about fire protection and all the data and fiber cables should be LS/ZH (more expensive).

    Cruise Ship Cable Installation Cost

    The network and cabling location will be determined by the installation technician while or during the site visit or on-site when the job is started.

    Materials cost does not include labor and is a guide to help the project cost and budget for standard cables and UTP.

    Cat5, $300 – $450 per 1000ft Materials only.

    Cat6, $300 – $550 per 1000ft Materials only.

    Cat7, $450 – $650 per 1000ft Materials only.

    Cat8, $550 – $1000 per 1000ft Materials only.

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    Cruise Ship Technology

    Cabling Infrastructure

    After many years of working in the cruise ship business, the problems still seem to be the same, not that the cruise ship has anything wrong. It's the Technical service area and the use of low-cost labor which is employed to carry out what should be a highly skilled and paying job.

    The ships today are a floating Datacenter with thousands of devices and office functions all having to work the same way week after week. The whole ship including the crew area has wireless access points, besides the old-style plugin PC's and POS systems all over the ship, cost millions, yet when it comes to installing the cabling technology the jobs is given to the ships engineers, who bless their cotton socks are somewhat out of date with what is needed.

    Cruise Ship Services
    https://cruiseindustryservices.com/

    For example we quotes for a ship many years ago to test and terminate hundreds of cat5e STP cables and a bunch of fibers around the ship, BIG job and we lost the bid "too expensive" the winning bid was 45K less than ours and we did not or was will to pull back that far.

    Some 18 months later in the next dry dock, we had seen what the problem was with the network, we found that the low-cost bid from 18 months ago was the problem, every STP cat5e was connected wrong.

    Cruise ship cabling
    Crap work to be fixed

    Cruise ship cabling
    Crap work

    We fixed hundreds of shorts and crossed connections over the two weeks, but unable to fix everything as not enough supplies and the customer would not pay to replace them, so we just fixed up the best we could.

    The guys who installed this mess although fronted by a USA company, which has now joined with a bigger marine contractor paid the Polish workers $9.00 / hr and although the ships engineers and "IT" staff should have kicked this installation back, it was put into service, although my company complained on there behalf, nothing did get done about it, they did send me a copy of the test results to the cruise line, which they sent to me to look into the results.

    Each page of results really interesting, the first 35 results all same lengths, the same cross-talk, same everything, just different jack number and sorry to say that was the way, all the results. We worked out that they had tested 36 good data jacks over and over again with page after page of test results for the same cable.

    Our project managers can check all the above for you from your design to installation and your cruise ship network cabling which will give you the best trouble-free network, we guarantee with our cruise ship network consulting and testing your network will be the best on the high sea’s.

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    LSL 77 Cable labels

    Cable Labels

    Cable Labels LSL-77 (49 Labels per Sheet)

    LSL 77 PACK

    Our Laser printable Cable Labels are Top of the range and ideal for multi-purpose labeling projects that can benefit from self-laminating labels. They are manufactured using a clear polyester film with an ink receptive print area. The film is coated with a permanent, UV-resistant, pressure-sensitive adhesive. Our labels are backed with a two-sided, poly coated, printable, lay flat release liner. The film is approved for indoor/outdoor use with occasional exposure to oil and water. Suitable for all standard office laser printers.

    Cat 5, Cat 6, USB, Thin VGA, CCTV Applications, RJ6, RJ11

    Ideal for Cat 5/6/7 and 10G - W 1.00 in x H 1.33 in x Print H 0.50 in x Wire Dia (low) 0.16 in x Wire Dia (High) 0.26 in x Wire Gauge 0.16 in. - 0.26 in.Can be printed using the Templates Page or with our FREE No Registration Web Printing Site www.printmycablelabels.com

    Please note:  Each LSL 77 sheet contains 49 Labels. 10 sheets you will net 490 labels, 20 sheets = 980, etc.

    2 - 3 DAY SHIPPING INCLUDED

    cable labels

    Everyone at the Network Connections Group USA is or has been a cabling technician on-site and we use these skills to put our company ahead of the rest. We are continuously developing our labeling solutions which comprise cable label sheets, patch panel labels, data jack labels, fiber labels along with our FREE web software and templates.

    Our label solutions and wrap-around cable labels are tested and used by our guys each week, the laser sheet labels are very cost-effective and provide the best solutions for wire labels and wrap-around labels for structured cabling projects.

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    Cruise Ship Cabling

    Cruise Ship Cabling

    Some time ago during a major Ethernet cabling job on one of the many cruise ships we work on, everything came to a big stop. The radio called me to see my location and request some help on one of the many cables we had set up the following night, "heading your way" which trust me takes some time when trying to get to the locations on any cruise ship.

    On location to find out the problem the team had come across in the area that should have moved faster, to find all the watertight fittings ready to be installed in a lower bulkhead, which is a very big and time-consuming job, lots of nuts and bolts and fireproof rubber-type bits all ready to be installed in the work area.

    The problem was that some cable or wire running person had made an attempt to go through the fire penetration with some cables before our own techs. The question always is why is it so expensive to run the cable on cruise ships, #1 you have to know what you are doing, in this case, another contracting company had employed this eastern European cable puller to install this cable.

    Cruise Ship Cabling

    The photo below shows just how low cost none qualified worker can cause hundreds of dollars of problems.

    Cruise Ship cabling
    Cruise Ship Cabling

    So now before we could correctly install our Cat5e cables through this fitting we had to get the ship engineer, Fire officer, "IT" officer all to come to have a look and work out a solution to fix and allow our own cables to pass through correctly.

    Not sure if the guy wanted his drill bit back, but afterward the whole event cost most of the afternoon and additional parts and two ships electrical guys to fix the cable we had to remove, the total cost in lost time and parts in the area of $750.00 bucks, not bad when the guy who did it was paid $12.00/hr and just moved to other parts of the project.

    This is why Network Connections Group USA and Cruise Ship Service work so well.

    We specialize in providing solutions for data communications cabling to the cruise industry. We are dedicated to providing our customers with state-of-the-art communications solutions for any aspect of their network needs.

    In addition, we are pleased to announce that we have entered into an exclusive partnership with Cruise Industry Services, a Project Management Consulting firm in Canada. Cruise Industry Services provides onsite and remote project management services and solutions for future contracts. Cruise Industry Services is a project management firm specializing in the Cruise Industry.

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    Cruise Ship Cabling

    Cruise Ship Cabling

    Cruise Ship cabling testing

    The biggest problem we always have to fix on Cruise Ships is from Low-Cost workers doing the cable pulling totally wrong. Budgets have to be met from the dry docks and the cruise lines, yet many of the installs that we have worked on are correcting low-cost unskilled workers trying to install network cabling.

    Just a few things we have found over the years:-

    Cat5/e cable run of 575ft (328 ft max)

    30% of cable installed to one cabinet all over the limit and failed all test.

    No sealing of fire penetrations.

    Connectors just not right

    STP cabling no screen attached

    For many years now lots of dry dock contractors use staff with little or no knowledge of working with the high-tech cabling methods that are needed these days. The one line we don’t like or use is “it will work” Low Voltage data communications now is a high tech job, with lots of training and understanding how to do it right, or you the customer will have errors and a slow network.

    We use real technicians, not any foreign low-cost worker who has no other skills besides turning up, many times we would catch them cheating, in fact, once we knew something was up in the ceiling, when we checked it out later that night, we found one Cat5/e cut and spliced into two runs in the bar area. The following day the staff captain was informed and dealt with the problem and of course, we fixed it.

    Structured Cabling is a Technology

    Even pulling the cable now is a complex job with things that the ship engineers would find hard to understand like no zip tie’s the cable, loose lay cabling, and bundle max limits.

    All this along with the cruise ship’s extra requirements makes our consulting service a natural requirement for the network and safety of the ship. The days of just letting guys pull cable are gone, modern Cat6/7+ cables have to be treated like fiber during installation.

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