Pacific International Lines installs entire fleet with satellite communication

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Singapore shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL), is installing satellite communication, or VSAT, on its fleet of around 100 vessels. Singtel, Asia’s leading communications technology group, is one of the partners providing PIL with communications and cybersecurity solutions for 33 vessels in PIL’s fleet.

The enhancements are part of PIL’s digitalisation efforts to continually improve productivity on board its vessels and to enhance the well-being of its seafarers.

Mr Goh Chung Hun, General Manager of PIL’s Fleet Division said, “As a progressive company, PIL is constantly looking for ways to achieve business excellence and optimise operational efficiency. With a fleet of around 100 vessels and over 4,000 seafarers, we recognise the benefits which digitalisation brings.

“With the reliable VSAT service, we are able to further digitalise our ship management practices, such as implementing predictive maintenance of machineries on board our ships. This is done through transmission of data from ship to shore for real-time data analysis to monitor machinery performance, predict failures and recommend maintenance windows.”

Mr Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services, OTT and Satellites, Group Enterprise at Singtel said, “The maritime industry has been impacted by the pandemic and during this time, we have seen the demand for quality and consistent maritime communication skyrocket.”

Singtel’s VSAT bundled solution, comprising AgilePlans®* by KVH VSAT services and TracPhone™ V7-HTS, provides global coverage which would support PIL’s demanding trade routes by offering stable and secure connectivity throughout different voyages, allowing the ship Captain and crew members to focus on other high priority tasks.