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Grieg Star ships to implement VSAT

Grieg Star, a shipping company headquartered in Bergen, Norway, is to roll-out a new VSAT system across its fleet of 33 General Cargo Open Hatch vessels, having agreed a deal with Marlink to implement its Sealink VSAT Premium service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The package includes global VSAT services with unlimited L-band back up for a fixed monthly fee, and was agreed following the completion of three months of sea trials involving multiple service providers.

All Grieg Star vessels will also be supplied with the XChange centralised IT and communications management system under the deal, managed by Marlink to reduce the technical and administrative work required for officers on board and IT staff ashore.

As part of this new managed service approach for XChange, Marlink says it will provide additional consulting services advising on the integration of its technology into Grieg Star’s shipping and logistics operations, to assist the shipping company in creating operational efficiencies through the use of digital applications, in areas such as condition based maintenance and monitoring.

XChange will also act as the focal point for crew welfare services on board, via its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) system which enables crew to access the internet and make calls via Wi-Fi from their own smartphones, tablets and laptops.

“We experience the ever growing need for connectivity on board both for crew initiatives and from an operational point of view, and now is the time to fully embrace digitalisation,” said Jan Øivind Svardal, COO, Grieg Star.

“Following extensive testing, we are confident that with Marlink as a partner, we can focus even more on digitalisation to ensure that our fleet operates as efficiently as possible.”{/mprestriction}

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