FleetBroadband for Reederei Claus-Peter Offen 122-Vessel Fleet

Press Release
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Photo courtesy Stratos Global

Stratos Global, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, announced it has been selected by Reederei Claus-Peter Offen (CP Offen) to provide Inmarsat FleetBroadband airtime services for its entire fleet of 122 commercial vessels.

CP Offen, based in Hamburg, is one of the world’s largest suppliers of modern commercial ships, including 122 container vessels, tankers and bulkers. CP Offen vessels are chartered by all of the world’s largest operators.
By ensuring reliable broadband connectivity at sea, FleetBroadband from Stratos will help CP Offen vessels achieve optimal performance, improved business operations and increased crew productivity.
On the CP Offen fleet, Stratos is fully integrating FleetBroadband with AmosConnect – its sophisticated maritime communications application – to improve management of all interoffice communications. The integrated Stratos offering also improves crew welfare by deploying AmosConnect with Stratos ChatCards. The crew-communications solution enables personnel at sea to stay in contact with home via calling and private email at affordable, flat global rates. The solution’s high functionality helps retain qualified seafarers by providing an easily manageable, separate account for each crewmember.
“Moving to FleetBroadband from Stratos ensures our vessels can benefit from the most advanced business and crew applications, while meeting the growing demand for bandwidth, in a highly cost-effective manner,” said Ascan Roosen, Head of CP Offen’s IT Department. “Stratos is providing excellent service and is acting as a true partner in this important technology conversion.”
Stratos President and CEO Jim Parm said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to provide CP Offen with our reliable FleetBroadband airtime services and maritime applications expertise. Our proven solutions will help these vessels meet all of the communications requirements of today’s most demanding shipmanagers.”
Stratos’ more than 9,000 FleetBroadband activations encompasses all geographic regions and vessel types, from customers including Wallem Shipmanagement, Albacora Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Varun Shipping Co., MISC Berhad, MPC Steamship and the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Stratos deployments of FleetBroadband for many of the world’s largest shipping companies include The Stratos Advantage services to ensure the highest FleetBroadband performance, security and cost control. They are comprised of:
--The online Stratos Dashboard, for cost and traffic control, firewall management and many other benefits. 
  
--AmosConnect, Stratos’ sophisticated communications application, to manage all interoffice communications. 
  
--Stratos’ new AmosConnect Crew CommCenter that enables seafarers to stay in contact with home via calling, private email and SMS at affordable, flat global rates – while enjoying true onboard Internet café features, such as prepaid chatting, prepaid web browsing and access to global and local news services.
 
--Stratos ChatCards for crew calling, which contribute to crew satisfaction by providing easy billing and ordering.
FleetBroadband from Stratos also provides an optimal data connection for many other onboard applications, including planned maintenance systems, purchase systems and remote management – which allows headquarters personnel to manage the ship’s computers without visiting the vessel.
 
Stratos customers also use FleetBroadband for engine-performance analysis and emissions monitoring, to help reduce fuel costs and comply with emissions regulations.
 
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