Nordic Tankers A/S, a leading owner and operator of chemical tankers, is set to migrate the first of its vessels to Inmarsat's (LSE: ISAT.L) XpressLink service, the world's leading fully-integrated Ku-band and L-band solution with VSAT and FleetBroadband terminals.
Nordic Tankers Marine's decision to migrate from its existing service to XpressLink was the result of a comprehensive evaluation of the available satcom solutions, which culminated in sea trials of the Inmarsat service on the 'Nordic Nelly', a 5,800dwt chemical tanker.
“Lack of reliability has a tangible impact on our business,” said Ms. Helle Bjerre, Vice President, Nordic Tankers A/S with responsibility for People, IT, CSR and Communication. “Voyage optimisation, for example, can only be achieved if the captain and officers have access to the right information, delivered in real-time. XpressLink contributes to making this possible.”
Jørgen Liberg, General Manager, IT, Nordic Tankers A/S adds, “The ability of XpressLink to deliver guaranteed connectivity, combined with having everything integrated into a single service at a fixed monthly cost, were fundamental drivers in our decision to migrate. As on-board technology advances, the demand for even greater bandwidth will increase due to the ever growing amount of communication between shore and ship, and with a free migration path to Global Xpress, when this becomes available in 2014, XpressLink also future-proofs our investment.”
Frank Coles, President, Inmarsat Maritime said: “The decision of Nordic Tankers to convert to XpressLink is a clear endorsement of the benefits of our unique, fully integrated solution. With the pressures on today's maritime business, fleet owners and operators should not have to pay twice to ensure reliability.”
The future proofing upgrade to Global Xpress for Nordic Tankers will deliver downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps and, up to 5Mbps uplinks.
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Nordic Tankers is a ship owning company operating close to 130 chemical tankers in the segment below 25,000 dwt.
The core competence of Nordic Tankers is to manage and operate – commercially and technically – highly sophisticated chemical tankers. Nordic Tankers balances its vessel portfolio by owning tankers, chartering in chemical tankers, and having chemical tankers on commercial management, as well as operating tankers in pools.
The strategy for Nordic Tankers is to be the ideal platform for consolidation of the tanker market in the chemical tanker segment below 25,000 dwt. Nordic Tankers' intention is to be among the most profitable in the industry.
Nordic Tankers is since 30 April 2012 owned by a company controlled by the investment fund Triton
The XpressLink solution from Inmarsat is a fully integrated and managed combination of VSAT and market-leading FleetBroadband™ delivering unlimited data availability across the world's oceans. It includes a free double bandwidth upgrade at the same fixed monthly rate when Inmarsat's Global Xpress constellation becomes commercially available from 2014. The integrated solution means that ship and shore communications can be seamlessly and professionally managed and supported end-to-end thanks to Inmarsat's state-of-the-art global infrastructure. The dual system design also results in unmatched redundancy delivering near 99.9% satellite availability.
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com/about.