Robust VSAT system and “above-and-beyond” service help MOL LNG modernise 15 liquefied natural gas carriers to achieve “always on” Internet access for ship operations and crew welfare
07 September 2016 – NSSLGlobal has today announced a deal with MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of international shipping company MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.) – the owners and operators of the world’s largest ocean shipping fleet. The deal sees NSSLGlobal replacing the underperforming and unstable legacy VSAT system on board MOL LNG’s fleet of 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.
The new NSSLGlobal system meets MOL LNG’s performance and support requirements to deliver faster, more robust operational connectivity and ship-to-shore remote access, alongside improved crew welfare and MLC-2006 compliance. It also adheres to the Vision, Mission and Principles of the shipping company.
Pete Adsett, IT Supervisor for MOL LNG commented: “Our very thorough tender process concluded that NSSLGlobal has the best combination of network performance, flat-rate pricing and support in the industry. The fact that NSSLGlobal owns and controls its own global VSAT network gave me the confidence it could deliver against our performance requirements and SLAs. Working with NSSLGlobal has been a very satisfying experience, both in terms of the level of service and support provided and the performance of the technology we now have in place. The engineers are working incredibly hard to get the job done in challenging circumstances, often going above and beyond the call of duty.”
Eleven ships have been completed and a further three are being worked on. Many installations have been conducted while the ships were in active service. NSSLGlobal engineers flew out to locations such as Spain, got on board and travelled with the ship, doing the install in-situ, before getting off at the next port. The install involved ripping out the old equipment, replacing with new racks and completing the difficult task of configuring the antennas when the ships were moving.
“Satellite communications is a key requirement onboard the MOL LNG fleet and is likely to continue as the industry moves into the era of the smart ship,” said Henrik Christensen at NSSLGlobal. “The new system we’ve put in place will give MOL LNG ships greater flexibility, stability and availability of communication services to operate more efficiently, keep the crew happy and help future proof against rising data volumes.”
NSSLGlobal are currently exhibiting at SMM 2016 on stand B6.514.
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