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MISC Berhad commits to XpressLink

Malaysian shipping conglomerate MISC Berhad (MISC) has signed up 46 of its vessels, comprised of chemical and LNG tankers, for Inmarsat’s XpressLink service, which includes a free upgrade to the Ka-band Global Xpress service after launch.

The XpressLink solution from Inmarsat is a combination of VSAT and FleetBroadband, both provided for a fixed monthly fee. It includes an option for MISC Berhad to double its available bandwidth at a pre-determined monthly rate when the Global Xpress constellation becomes commercially available from 2014.

“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,” said Captain S Rajalingam, vice president fleet management systems at MISC Berhad.

“During our sea trials, we compared XpressLink with a number of competitive offerings and XpressLink impressed us with its performance. Inmarsat XpressLink offered the best value proposition delivering reliable, unlimited data usage on both the VSAT and FleetBroadband services.”

The scope of the agreement between MISC and Inmarsat also includes the potential for further future deployments beyond the agreed 46 vessels. MISC Group currently operates a fleet of approximately 100 ships.

“We launched Inmarsat XpressLink in response to the growing need for unlimited high speed communications in the worldwide shipping market,” said Frank Coles, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

“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.”

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