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Statu Shipping agrees fleet VSAT deal

Turkey-headquartered Statu Shipping is to migrate its 11-vessel bulk container fleet to VSAT, using Marlink’s Sealink system and new 1GB allowance plans following a deal between Statu and local Marlink partner Ozsay Satellite Communications.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Statu Shipping’s primary driver for migrating to the new communications setup was to improve bandwidth and uptime for its Navatom fleet management system, developed by its subsidiary software company Hive Inc. Navatom is a Cloud-based web application that displays vessel and company data in real time.

The contract was agreed after completion of a three-month trial of the 1GB package, with speeds of 3096/512 kbps on an 83cm antenna. Marlink and Ozsay have already moved six Statu vessels to the service, with the remaining five expected to be completed by June 2017.

The deal also features Marlink’s XChange communications management system, a Local Numbers service to provide calls at domestic local rates, as well as Marlink’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology, which supports operational control via remote access to the vessel.

“We have already seen significant performance improvements with Sealink VSAT on board six vessels,” said Capt Yener Dandin, superintendent and DPA, Statu Shipping.

“Our real-time monitoring and maintenance systems are now running optimally, improving our ability to manage the fleet efficiently. Sealink also allows us to offer a much-improved communication service for keeping in touch with friends and family ashore, which has been very well received by our crews.”{/mprestriction}

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