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70 Oldendorff ships to add FX and Infinity Cube

Leading global dry bulk operator Oldendorff Carriers has agreed a deal to implement a new IT and communications package across 70 owned vessels in its fleet, incorporating Fleet Xpress and the Infinity Cube system developed by maritime technology services provider Navarino.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Navarino says that the planned roll-out schedule should see all of the shipping company’s owned vessels fitted with the system by the end of 2018.

The contract was agreed following the completion of a tender and proof of concept phase, and includes Fleet Xpress satcom services on a 4 Mbps Entry Plan, managed by a Fleet Xpress soft NSD (Network Service Device) hosted within the Infinity Cube, and connected using Cobham GX 100 antennas.

The Infinity Cube will also act as the central control point for the onboard vessel networks, providing an Active/Active server platform, a virtual disk and network management system, and a hub to control all of the Cubes across the fleet from a centralised web application.

In addition, the onboard Cube will be used to host a range of shipboard applications deployed on the various vessels, such as fleet management systems, weather routing, charts and nautical publications, and will offer functionality to collect and report user management data to allow Oldendorff to actively monitor all onboard IT equipment.

All crew communications for both internet access and telephony services will likewise be managed via the Cube.

Oldendorff has highlighted this hub and server infrastructure, with the improved level of availability and redundancy it is expected to deliver, as one of the deciding factors for the company in opting for the new IT package.

“We have chosen Navarino because we were looking for a fair and competent company to help us to roll-out a complex system, in a short timeframe, to our own fleet,” said Thomas Weber, managing director at Oldendorff Carriers.

“We are convinced we found in Navarino a partner who will help us to achieve this goal, and also for future challenges in the vessel communication sector.”{/mprestriction}

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