“We are very happy to be working with such a prestigious member of the Norwegian shipping market,” said Marina Angler, responsible for the Navarino Norway office. She added that she looks forward to “working closely with the team at Höegh LNG on taking good care of the Inmarsat communications on these two vessels.”
Höegh LNG provides LNG transportation and regasification services under long-term contracts, operating a fleet of four LNG transportation vessels and two regasification vessels, which can both transport LNG and act as floating LNG import terminals. In addition to the existing fleet, it has four floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) on order, of which three are being delivered this year with the fourth to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015.
In other news, Navarino reports that its Infinity system has been installed on two ships operated by Gourdomichalis Maritime, with the rest of the fleet to follow soon (according to its website, Gourdomichalis has four ships and is expanding its fleet). The Greek ship-management company decided in December to upgrade its FleetBroadband packages from the 200 MB plan to the 6 GB plan, with a view to offering their crews internet access.
Crew members can get internet access by buying Infinity PINs of 50 MB each, and then logging in to the onboard Wi-Fi network using their own smartphones and tablets.
Tasos Makris, Information Systems director at Gourdomichalis Maritime, says that the success of the system is “proven by the fact that the crews are already exceeding 6 GB of use over a month and have started reaching 8 GB.”
Navarino says that, besides crew welfare, the 6 GB plan means that Gourdomichalis can also consider more options with regards to business applications. The shipping company envisages in the near future to start using the virtual machine feature of Infinity to create company business account backups and replication of its server.
“We are very pleased with the extremely strong take-up of crew internet on the Gourdomichalis vessels,” said Kiriakos Striboulis, the Navarino account manager for Gourdomichalis.
“I am pleased that we have been able to help this shipping company bring such a significant improvement to their welfare onboard, and look forward to deepening our cooperation through the planned Infinity business applications.”