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Danaos to install broadband system on 63 vessels

Vizada and its partner SRH Marine Electronics report that they have signed a 24-month agreement with Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd to equip the company’s fleet of 63 vessels with a broadband communications system.

The agreement includes the provision of 1 GB of connectivity to the fleet over Inmarsat FleetBroadband terminals, to be managed via Vizada's XChange and Crew PC services.

Greece-based Danaos Shipping provides ship management services to one of the world’s largest fleets of containerships, with a number of additional diverse shipbuilding projects in the pipeline.

SRH will provide the Thrane & Thrane Sailor FleetBroadband terminals, while Vizada will provide its XChange platform, a piece of hardware installed onboard offering a user interface that will allow Danaos IT managers or captains to choose settings and configurations to make the best use of the FleetBroadband connectivity.

The XChange system also includes web compression and filtering capabilities, and optimised connectivity switching features.

The Crew PC system which will also be installed onboard the vessels is a computer that comes preconfigured to match the communication needs of the Danaos crew.

This will include elements such as web browsing and options for chatting with loved ones onshore during downtime aboard.

"In this difficult period, having a reliable cost effective solution onboard is vital for our business. As the IT manager of Danaos, I know that reliable ship-shore connectivity is key," said Vassilis Fotinias, IT manager, Danaos.

"Through Vizada XChange, I can control and monitor the on board IT infrastructure remotely. If this can be combined with crew welfare solutions, such as Crew PC, you can increase your business."

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