Stratos Successfully Deploys FleetBroadband for Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement

Stratos Global Corporation has successfully completed an Inmarsat FleetBroadband field trial with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. Bernhard Schulte Group owns 90 vessels and manages 650 vessels worldwide.

The three-month field trial was conducted onboard the Bernhard Schulte vessel Marianne Schulte in European waters and the Caribbean Sea. Telaccount Overseas managed the installation of a Thrane & Thrane SAILOR 500 FleetBroadband terminal onboard the vessel.

The successful trial led to Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement’s retaining the FleetBroadband from Stratos system, which it will use to manage the Marianne Schulte’s daily operations at sea.

FleetBroadband from Stratos also was successfully integrated with AmosConnect to manage all email traffic. Other applications successfully tested over FleetBroadband during the trial included the Bernhard Schulte office applications, remote support via Ultra VNC, MSN instant messaging, video chat, FTP via Cute FTP, and web browsing for access to maritime web sites and world news.

“We are a busy vessel that carries valuable cargo, so we need to stay in touch with our shore office in Shanghai every day,” said Marianne Schulte Captain Abrahim Mohan. “From the beginning we had no problem using FleetBroadband for key operational tasks, because the system is simple to use and reliable. The voice channel is very clear and data transfer is much faster than the system we had before.”

Mohan added: “I’m delighted that we are able to keep the FleetBroadband from Stratos system onboard permanently. Our positive experience has led to our recommending the system to 15 of our ship-owner customers.”

Adonis Violaris, group marketing and communications director for Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and director of Telaccount Overseas, said: “The trial gave us the opportunity to evaluate the pros and cons of a new technology and to see how we could make it work for our fleet and our crew. It also enabled Telaccount Overseas to focus completely on meeting customer requirements. We were very satisfied with the performance because we managed to run all our office applications from the vessel over FleetBroadband.”

The Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement field trial was one in an extensive global series of trials that Stratos is conducting to secure feedback from ship managers on FleetBroadband from Stratos and its wide range of value-added services. Stratos has activated several hundred FleetBroadband systems across all major geographic regions and vessel types.