MPC deploys FleetBroadband

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Stratos Global Corporation, the global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, has deployed the Inmarsat FleetBroadband mobile broadband satellite service for MPC Steamship, a fast-growing shipping company managing 17 container vessels and bulk carriers.

FleetBroadband was deployed onboard the Yangtze River bulk-carrier vessel, which operates worldwide. With plans to double its fleet by 2011, MPC is evaluating and deploying the industry’s latest communications solutions to ensure peak vessel performance and crew satisfaction. In the coming years, MPC expects to deploy FleetBroadband on the remainder of its existing fleet and the new service will be automatically installed on all new ships.

MPC successfully integrated FleetBroadband with AmosConnect to manage all email, fax, SMS and interoffice communications. The FleetBroadband service also powers numerous other applications onboard the Yangtze River, including remote management, which allows headquarters office personnel to help manage the ship’s computers. It also includes database synchronisation and access to the onboard voyage data recorder. In the future, MPC also has the option to use FleetBroadband for engine-performance analysis and emissions monitoring.

“Once deployment was completed, it became very clear that FleetBroadband is the future of maritime communications. It truly brings the vessel and the office closer together,” said MPC Ships IT Manager Thomas Höenig. “FleetBroadband also enables the vessel to establish one static IP address, meaning the vessel is reachable anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection.”

Stratos has activated more than 2,000 FleetBroadband systems across all major geographic regions and vessel types.

Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, “With FleetBroadband as the foundation, ship managers can get the most value from applications that help ensure crew satisfaction, business productivity and cost efficiency.”