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Minerva Marine upgrades connectivity with Fleet Xpress and Navarino

Greek ship operator Minerva Marine has installed Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress alongside Navarino technology onboard the majority of its managed vessels.

63 vessels have now adopted Fleet Xpress in conjunction with Navarino’s Infinity Cube to provide high bandwidth and advanced, fully redundant communications to their daily operations across the globe. Most vessels are equipped with Cobham antennas providing FX bandwidth packages of high or ultra-high speed.

Ms Eftihia Benaki, Minerva’s IT manager and CySO, said: “Fleet Xpress and Infinity Cube have really opened up the technological possibilities of our fleet, both for crew use and for our business use.

“The welfare of the crews of our managed vessels is one of our top priorities and thanks to the fixed fee and high-speed nature of Fleet Xpress we are able to offer them free internet. Thanks to the Infinity Cube we have onboard, we do not need to issue PINs, as crewmember’s data allowance is linked to their registered user account on the Infinity. The way we have set up the Infinity with our crewing system also means that when a seafarer joins or leaves a vessel, his account automatically follows them, which saves a lot of administration.”

With the high bandwidth available over Fleet Xpress and with Infinity acting as the ‘brain’ of the vessel, Minerva can now carry out hourly application data syncs between all vessels and its offices as well as shared folders syncs. The ship operator is also making use of video calling, sending and receiving videos from onboard when needed.

“Looking ahead, we want to continue to ensure that our managed vessels are  equipped with the most cutting edge, reliable technology and so we are currently in the process of beta testing Navarino’s Spectrum service, which we believe can help us with the remote IT services and we are also testing Angel, Navarino’s cybersecurity solution,” said Ms Eftihia Benaki.

Navarino’s director of Strategic Partnerships, Andreas Dimitriadis, said: “We are extremely proud to be working in partnership with Minerva to help them ensure their managed vessels remain constantly online and to equip them with the technology they need to satisfy all of their business and crew welfare requirements. It is a pleasure to work with a company like Minerva, which is very advanced in its thinking as this challenges us to find innovative solutions and services that can cater to their needs. This makes for a partnership with real synergy, as both Minerva and Navarino benefit from each other’s expertise and ideas. I look forward to continuing our excellent work together for many years to come and I would like to thank the Minerva team for putting their trust in Navarino.”

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