Hong Kong-based ship manager Anglo-Eastern says it has rolled out SpaceX’s Starlink broadband internet service on an initial dozen vessels with more than 200 planned installations within the year.
Anglo-Eastern Group is a leading ship management company with over 600 ships under management and a workforce of more than 27,000 seafarers worldwide.
“This week marks the first formal installation of #StarlinkMaritime within our fleet. It is part of an initial order covering a dozen vessels of various ship types and trading patterns, so that it can be trialled before roll-out. 200+ installations are expected by year-end alone,” the company said in a tweet.
The first Starlink installations come after a soft launch on ‘several vessels’ last year.
“We quietly started our journey a year ago, when Starlink first announced its [Recreational Vehicle] service. Once installed on several vessels, we knew immediately it was a game-changer,” said Anglo-Eastern CIO Torbjorn Dimblad. “Overnight, these ships became as connected as any office or home, affording the crew unprecedented access to friends and family while enabling an entirely new level of collaboration between ship and shore.”
Dimblad says that since 2020 the company has commissioned over 600 data centers and replaced 5,000 workstations across its fleet.
“The underlying infrastructure is now in place to leverage the accelerated connectivity,” Dimblad said.
Anglo-Eastern said the addition of Starlink will add “terabytes” of network capacity with low latency at a competitive price.
“Initially, all of that additional bandwidth will go to doing what we do today, only more of it and faster,” said CEO Bjorn Hojgaard.
With Starlink, seafarers on board vessels will have the same level of connectivity they have come to expect onshore, with access to movies, television and video calls not only with family and friends, but also shoreside vessel support teams.
“The possibilities are endless, and I believe this will help make our industry safer and more attractive for current and future generations,” said Hojgaard.
“There is a lot to learn as we scale up the deployment, not just in terms of the technology and service, but more importantly, what opportunities it will bring for the broader safe operation of our vessels,” Hojgaard added.
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