Inmarsat say that MOL Ship Management has commenced migrating over 100 vessels to the FleetBroadband 6 gigabyte (GB) plan for the primary purpose of enhancing both crew welfare and business operations. The decision to upgrade was made following a trial period on several selected vessels.
“Any FleetBroadband user can quickly and easily upgrade their plans without additional capital investment and data usage can be shared across vessels,” said Frank Coles, President of Inmarsat Maritime. “MOL’s decision to upgrade its Inmarsat usage yet again is a great testament to the quality, capability and value of FleetBroadband and its ability to enhance both on-board quality of life and operations.”
Since rolling out FleetBroadband, MOL Ship Management Co. has progressively increased its usage from 30 MB initially to the 200 MB plan in 2011 before now moving to the 6 GB plan. The company intends to offer its crew free email, chatting and Internet browsing through AmosConnect Crew, an all-in-one communications solution for crewmembers at sea.
Inmarsat add that MOL has also expressed interest in becoming an early Global Xpress adopter once the Ka-band service comes online in 2015.