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Thenamaris chooses Fleet Xpress

Greece-based Thenamaris Ship Management has begun a fleet-wide rollout of Inmarsat’s Ka-band Fleet Xpress (FX) service following the agreement of a contract with satellite communications provider Navarino.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“We currently have Fleet Broadband with Iridium backup on all our vessels. When we heard about the capabilities of Fleet Xpress and saw that it was commercially available we were immediately interested in what new capabilities it could bring to our managed vessels and in evaluating the service,” said George Tsivgoulis, electrical supervisor at Thenamaris.

“We considered both Ku- and Ka-bands so we carried out a pilot trial of each band on some of our vessels. The results of this trial showed that Ka-band outperformed Ku-band. The FX service is extremely robust and weather conditions were not really a factor, which is something that could have played a role due to the increased rain fade at higher frequencies such as those utilised by FX.”

“In addition, the other great advantage that Fleet Xpress Ka-band has is that the backup usage over the FleetBroadband is unlimited and it is included in the monthly fee. These factors, combined with the attractive commercial packages that Inmarsat introduced for Ka-band meant that, for us, the choice to go for Fleet Xpress was straightforward. Furthermore, we have a very solid relationship with Navarino and we know they are capable of undertaking large projects such as this.We look forward to rolling out the service with them across the entire managed fleet.”

Thenamaris has chosen two Fleet Xpress speed packages, the 1024/512 kbps maximum information rate (MIR)/committed information rate (CIR) plan for its managed bulkers and tankers, and the 2048/1024 kbps MIR/CIR plan for its LNG carriers. The most suitable plan for each vessel will then be chosen depending on the usage patterns seen on board.

“Thenamaris is one of the world’s leading ship management companies and we are very proud to have been chosen to help them bring Fleet Xpress to their managed fleet,” said Andreas Dimitriadis, Navarino’s director of strategic relations.

“Fleet Xpress is continuing to impress us all with its high speeds and the new capabilities that speed brings to modern shipping companies. We are excited to begin implementing this project in conjunction with them and look forward to building an even stronger relationship with Thenamaris.”{/mprestriction}

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