Maritime Satellite Communications

Following a successful initial trial project, NSSLGlobal reports that it has signed a new contract with Green Reefers which will see Ku-band VSAT systems installed on board more than 18 cargo vessels.
Hapag-Lloyd has agreed a five-year deal with Inmarsat to migrate approximately 80 owned ships to services enabled for Fleet Xpress.
Marlink reports that it has completed the acquisition of Palantir, a Norway-based company specialising in remote IT management systems for the maritime sector.
Fleet Management Limited (FML), which manages a fleet of over 400 vessels of various types with more than 14,000 crew, reports that it has upgraded all vessels previously equipped with Inmarsat’s XpressLink Ku-band service to the Ka-band Fleet Xpress service, and expects to roll out Fleet Xpress to the majority…
Global Eagle Entertainment has signed a multi-year strategic partnership agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) to provide internet and entertainment services across its Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) brand’s fleet of 14 ships.
Global Eagle Entertainment has launched a new Airtime Portal for cruise ships, a platform to enable cruise ship operators to deliver Wi-Fi, instant messaging, social media, live TV, movies, games and news directly to passengers’ mobile devices anywhere on the ship.
Lloyd’s Register has added a range of new services within its cyber security programme, in keeping with its ‘total-systems’ approach to digital asset protection.
Pacific Basin Shipping has completed the deployment of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband system across its entire owned fleet of Handysize and Supramax dry bulk ships, totaling 99 vessels.
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce says that he is aiming to introduce 10 Mbps services on FleetBroadband in the early part of the next decade, once the company has completed the launch of its Inmarsat-6 generation of satellites.
Satellite communications company Thales is taking its first steps into the commercial maritime satcom market with the launch of a new system called VesseLINK, aiming to provide commercial vessels with global broadband connectivity via the Iridium network.
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