Satcom Services by Telespazio, Grimaldi

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 7, 2019

Image: Telespazio a Leonardo/Thales Company

Image: Telespazio a Leonardo/Thales Company

European spaceflight services company Telespazio and the shipping company Grimaldi Group have recently signed two contracts to strengthen the satellite communications capabilities of the Neapolitan shipping group on its fleet of cargo and passenger ships.

Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo and Thales, said in a press release that the first agreement provides for managing on-board communications for RO/RO, RO/RO multi-purpose and PCTC (Pure Car & Truck Carrier) vessels in the Grimaldi Fleet that operate between Northern Europe, North and South America, West Africa, and the Mediterranean.

Specifically, Telespazio will take care of the design and supply of on-board systems for satellite communications and related broadband services, including backup, on a multi-regional scale.  These services will be provided via Telespazio’s global coverage platform operated by the Fucino Space Centre (L’Aquila).  

The second agreement covers renovating basic (voice and data) satellite telecommunication services for crew and passengers, on mixed cargo/passenger ships that the Neapolitan Group currently operates in the Mediterranean, between Italy (including Sardinia and Sicily), Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, and Malta.

The overall value of both agreements signed between Telespazio and the Grimaldi Group is about Euro 5 million.

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