Marlink VSATs Chosen for UASC Containerships
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has selected WaveCall Plus VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services from Marlink to provide reliable connectivity for its new build fleet of 17 containerships, first vessel due for delivery by the end of 2014.
All 17 new container ships – eleven 14,000 TEU and six 18,000 TEU – are designed to embrace “smart shipping” to reduce fuel use and environmental impact. UASC is deploying various technology solutions to support this, including a web-based fleet management system and electronic document handling systems, in addition to enhancing its crew welfare offering.
Wavecall Plus, the global connectivity solution, seamlessly combining Ku-band VSAT with L-band, ensures that these systems can provide the data and decision support needed to maximize both vessel and fleet efficiency whilst improving crew services to stay in touch with family and friends on the phone, by email or other online applications. WaveCall Plus is one of the innovations that have come out of the AuroraGlobal multi-band satellite communications portfolio ensuring UASC with the most stable connectivity which is also future proof for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services when available.
“Our new vessels will be the most environmental friendly ships in the industry,” said Mohamed Zaitoun, Assistant Vice President New Building Techincal Projects, UASC.
“WaveCall Plus will provide the IP backbone for the technology and processes UASC is using to revolutionise the way it operates,” said Oznur ECE, Account Manager, Marlink. “Optimal vessel can produce cost saving whilst the environmental benefits of consuming considerably for themselves. WaveCall Plus will also support the company’s green credentials, positioning it as a quality service provider in the heavily regulated and highly competitive container ship market.”