Turkish shipowner Manta Shipping is upgrading satellite communications on its fleet of managed bulk carriers with Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress
This combines Ka-band VSAT with a bundled L-band back-up for data, voice and internet connectivity for higher throughput and global coverage.
Manta Shipping selected Marlink through its local partner Ozsay Satellite to provide Fleet Xpress services on eight of its vessels. This is part of the company’s drive towards digitalised shipping operations and increased connectivity for crew.
Manta Shipping director Mecit Mert Çetinkaya said this investment was required as the company needed to adapt to the latest trends and challenges. “The shipping industry has moved into a phase of increased regulation, greater demand for fuel efficiency and higher environmental performance,” he said.
“Fleet Xpress from Marlink will enable us to optimise our communications, keeping our ships and crews connected, updated and compliant, so we are able to focus on the needs of our customers,” said Mr Çetinkaya.
As another benefit, Manta Shipping will use Marlink’s enhanced network transparency to manage connectivity and understand which network is in use for specific tasks. This tool enables staff to analyse usage and prioritise data-intensive downloads when ships are in the strongest VSAT coverage area.
Marlink said applications such as remote diagnostics, security updates and software patching can be planned and scheduled according to which carrier is active.
Over time, users can monitor coverage in different regions, prioritising operational or crew usage based on the active carrier.
Marlink will also provide its own high-quality voice service, configured to provide local Turkish telephone numbers for the ships. This provides the flexibility of two voice communications options. Manta Shipping will benefit from a virtual private network connection via the XChange platform and Marlink’s SkyFile email service.
“Our tailored Fleet Xpress package delivers the kind of high bandwidth the shipping industry is embracing as the drive towards digitalisation speeds up, enabling faster and easier data transfer and access to new applications,” said Marlink president for maritime Tore Morten Olsen.
Turkish shipowner Manta Shipping (Manta Denizcilik Nakliyat ve Ticaret) operates a fleet of nine Handy/Supra and Kamsarmax bulk carriers.
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