The XpressLink roll out will commence with 17 ships, with the remainder of the TORM owned fleet to be equipped 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 Rasmussen, vice president, fleet and newbuilding 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. We will be able to balance land-based and onboard resources through the high speed communication link as well as access technical and operational support resources.”
“Additionally we were looking to move from C-band based 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.”
The XpressLink system is a hybrid product including Ku-band VSAT and FleetBroadband as a back-up, with traffic on both systems provided for a fixed monthly fee.
It also includes the option of a free double bandwidth upgrade at the same fixed monthly rate when Inmarsat’s Global Xpress constellation becomes commercially available from 2014.
“We are very happy that TORM, a significant player in the bulk and tanker market, has chosen Inmarsat XpressLink in its efforts to streamline operations,” said Frank Coles, president, Inmarsat Maritime.
“What we are 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 that they have connectivity they can trust, and they can implement solutions that optimise operational efficiencies.”