DANISH shipping company TORM has selected Inmarsat XpressLink to deliver next-generation high-speed broadband to its entire bulk carrier and tanker fleets.
TORM will initially equip 17 of its vessels with Inmarsat's fully integrated and managed VSAT and FleetBroadband solution.
The Copenhagen-based company, one of the world's leading carriers of refined oil products and dry bulk cargo, will deploy XpressLink across the rest of the fleet over the next three years.
“Reliable high-speed communication is essential to TORM's efforts to streamline our shipping operation and optimise resource utilisation while reducing costs,” said Allan H Rasmussen, Vice President, Fleet and New-building Support at TORM.
“The fully managed XpressLink solution from Inmarsat lets us focus on our core business, which is running our ships efficiently while providing superior customer value.”
He continued: “We will be able to balance land-based and on-board resources through the high-speed communication link, as well as access technical and operational support resourses.
“Additionally, we were looking to move from C-band satellite communication to Ku-band. In this respect XpressLink was a good fit.
“Furthermore, with its upgrade path to Global Xpress we get a future proof solution too.”
Frank Coles, President of Inmarsat Maritime said: “What we're seeing now is something we have believed would happen for a while – ship owners in general, and in this instance TORM, acknowledging communication as a value not a cost.
“Since XpressLink is a hybrid solution, providing VSAT integrated with FleetBroadband, our customers can safely rely on having high-speed communication all the time.
“Having reliable fast communications makes a big difference because crew can be confident they have connectivity they can trust, and they can implement solutions that optimise operational efficiencies.”