Nordic Tankers, owner and operator of chemical tankers, is set to migrate the first of its vessels to Inmarsat’s XpressLink service, a fully-integrated Ku-band and L-band solution with VSAT and FleetBroadband terminals.
The company’s decision to migrate from its existing service to XpressLink was the result of a comprehensive evaluation of available satcom solutions, which culminated in sea trials of the Inmarsat service on the Nordic Nelly, a 5,800dwt chemical tanker.
“Lack of reliability has a tangible impact on our business,” said Helle Bjerre, Vice President, Nordic Tankers with responsibility for People, IT, CSR and Communication. “Voyage optimisation, for example, can only be achieved if the captain and officers have access to the right information, delivered in real-time. XpressLink contributes to making this possible.”
Jørgen Liberg, General Manager, IT, Nordic Tankers added: “The ability of XpressLink to deliver guaranteed connectivity, combined with having everything integrated into a single service at a fixed monthly cost, were fundamental drivers in our decision to migrate. As onboard technology advances, the demand for even greater bandwidth will increase due to the ever growing amount of communication between shore and ship, and with a free migration path to Global Xpress, when this becomes available in 2014, XpressLink also future-proofs our investment.”
Frank Coles, President, Inmarsat Maritime, said: “The decision of Nordic Tankers to convert to XpressLink is a clear endorsement of the benefits of our unique, fully integrated solution. With the pressures on today’s maritime business, fleet owners and operators should not have to pay twice to ensure reliability.”
The future proofing upgrade to Global Xpress for Nordic Tankers will deliver downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps and, up to 5Mbps uplinks.”