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World’s largest containership completes VSAT deployment

MSC Zoe MSC Zoe PHOTO HummelHummel CC3.0

Marlink reports that it has completed the deployment of VSAT services for Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) aboard the largest containership ever built, with MSC Zoe joining 130 other MSC vessels using Marlink VSAT services.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The communications system has been installed alongside a package of integrated IT solutions built around the XChange communications management platform, which includes a Universal Remote Access (URA) capability providing remote access to computers on board from the shore office.

As a universal access system, rather than being designed for particular terminals or protocols and requiring specific IP addresses, MSC can use the same tool to access IT systems on MSC Zoe as it would any other vessel.

A BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Wi-Fi solution, with accompanying apps, is also included with the XChange deployment on MSC Zoe to provide voice and data access for crew using their own smartphones, tablets or laptops.

“Remote access and administration is key to our delivery not only for MSC Zoe, but for the entire MSC fleet. The XChange system enables more efficient use of MSC’s VSAT services, as well as a reduction in operational cost because a vessel’s IT and admin is cost-effectively outsourced to shore,” said Tore Morten Olsen, CEO, Marlink.

“MSC’s fleet managers are using XChange’s remote admin capabilities and the BYOD solution to create and manage user groups, accounts and credits, making high quality crew communication much more efficient and cost effective.”

“Likewise, with full management of all IT configurations done remotely from shore using URA, MSC is experiencing significant cost and time reductions for network management across its fleet.”{/mprestriction}

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