British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat plc (Inmarsat) [LON:ISAT] today announced Malaysian international shipping line MISC Berhad (MISC) is to fit 46 of its chemical and LNG tankers with the firm's XpressLink service, a dual VSAT and FleetBroadband global satellite internet and telephony service.
According to the emailed press release, XpressLink is a fully integrated and managed combination of the two technologies which delivers unlimited data availability across the world's oceans.
"It is important for us to have ample bandwidth to manage our ship and shore operational systems and meet the communication needs of our seafarers at sea," commented Captain S Rajalingam, Vice President Fleet Management System at MISC Berhad.
Captain S Rajalingam, Vice President Fleet Management System, MISC Berhad
It is important for us to have ample bandwidth
Frank Coles, President of Inmarsat Maritime, said, "We launched Inmarsat XpressLink in response to the growing need for unlimited high speed communications in the worldwide shipping market. Crew welfare and the need for increased operational efficiency are key drivers in the market, and with XpressLink, we can provide a future-proof communications platform."
"Inmarsat already has a strong relationship with MISC Berhad, and this latest endorsement in the form of a new commitment for XpressLink is very gratifying," he concluded.