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“K” Line signs for Fleet Xpress in Singapore

Inmarsat partner Singtel has completed one of Asia’s first commercial installations of Fleet Xpress, with “K” Line Ship Management Singapore’s 9,600 TEU container ship Houston Bridge implementing the system.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“K” Line is using Fleet Xpress to apply Big Data analysis for operational efficiencies by monitoring engine performance and fleet management. It is also using the service to provide ship-to-shore internet connectivity to support crew welfare.

“To keep abreast with new technology and stay transformational as one of the largest transportation companies, “K” Line Ship Management Singapore undertakes the advantages of a high throughput service like Fleet Xpress to optimise business efficiency, achieve cost savings and provide stronger crew welfare,” said Capt. Shoji Fukuda, managing director, “K” Line Ship Management Singapore.

Singtel managed the installation with its own installation team, who migrated the vessel’s Ku-band satellite internet service to Fleet Xpress’s Ka- and L-band package. The migration involved changing the vessel’s antenna hardware and reconfiguring its on-board network.

“Being scheduled as an Asia-US East Coast service, Houston Bridge is physical proof that mainstream shipping has started the transition to high speed continuous connectivity. We have a long standing relationship with Singtel, who are one of our leading partners in Asia, and we look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come,” said Gerbrand Schalkwijk, chief sales officer, Inmarsat Maritime.{/mprestriction}

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