Greek shipping group AM Nomikos TWMA is investing in VSAT communications for its fleet of 59 managed vessels
AM Nomikos has contracted Navarino to provide its hybrid Prodigy service, incorporating Ku-band VSAT with L-band from Iridium’s low Earth orbit satellite constellation.
Prodigy is Navarino’s hybrid connectivity service, which combines Intelsat’s Flex Maritime Ku-band service with Iridium Certus.
Navarino said Prodigy was designed to offer straightforward packages that evolve together with the user’s application and connectivity needs.
AM Nomikos IT director Yiannis Sofianidis explained the rationale for implementing this communications package as an upgrade from its original FleetBroadband services.
“Our first thought went to the connectivity capabilities,” he said. “The 24/7 connection between the office and the vessel is especially important, since our vessels are using so many digital products and file transfers are very quick to upload.”
Prodigy enables AM Nomikos to provide better remote support to its fleet and transfer information and data.
“Prodigy allows for a wider use of business applications we were not able to previously execute,” Mr Sofianidis said.
“With the current global pandemic and the maritime sector’s increasing focus on cyber security, the conventional method of sending files by email is no longer feasible.”
VSAT communications were enabled by installing Intellian antennas and below-deck terminal equipment on these ships, which Mr Sofianidis described as a “smooth and uncomplicated process performed by crew without any difficulties”.
He highlighted the importance of ship-to-office connectivity for operations. “In the future, we will move towards syncing multiple files with our vessels,” he said. “The active connection between the office and the vessels, as well as some of our IP phones on the vessels, will create a direct line to the company, ensuring all our communications will be synced and easily accessible,” said Mr Sofianidis.
Crew welfare was also a factor in AM Nomikos’ decision to invest in VSAT across the fleet.
“With the opportunities Prodigy now gives us, we are considering upgrading our fleet to ensure every crew member can have their own account and top up their connectivity credit,” he said.
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