Marlink today announced that it has signed a business agreement with Springfield
Shipping Company SA located in Athens, Greece, to provide maritime
satellite communications services for the company's 11 highly modern
Very Large Crude Carriers
(VLCC's) and 6 dry cargo vessels.
Under the terms of the open-ended agreement, which began in May of
this year, Marlink will now provide Mini-M satellite communications,
via the Inmarsat system, for both ship's business as well as for crew
calling for the company's entire fleet.
According to the Springfield Shipping Company management team, "The
communications solution we have selected is the one most suitable for
our company and our maritime communications requirements. We are
absolutely sure that Marlink will meet our high expectations and
"Springfield's decision to team with Marlink was based on a number of
business criteria where Marlink clearly offers them distinct
advantages," said John Serafim, director of Marlink's Athens regional
office. "We offered Springfield unmatched quality of service and
reliability, global coverage, and unparalleled customer support
available to address their communications requirements
around-the-clock and in all of the ocean regions of the world."
Springfield Shipping Company SA is a highly respected company in the
Greek Shipping Industry and was founded by Aristotle Onassis, one of
the most famous Greek shipping tycoons of the post-World War II era.
Springfield, along with Olympic Shipping and Management SA are owned
and managed by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
The foundation, established by Aristotle Onassis upon his death in
1975, is active in developing public benefit projects in Greece and
internationally. The foundation manages a vast number of companies
with a multitude of activities ranging from hospitals to university