NSSLGlobal announced it has secured a deal with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) subsidiary MOL LNG Transport (Europe) Ltd. to replace the VSAT systems on board MOL LNG’s fleet of 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.
According to NSSLGlobal, its new system meets MOL LNG’s performance and support requirements to deliver faster, more robust operational connectivity and ship-to-shore remote access, alongside improved crew welfare and MLC-2006 compliance.
Pete Adsett, IT Supervisor for MOL LNG commented, “Our very thorough tender process concluded that NSSLGlobal has the best combination of network performance, flat-rate pricing and support in the industry. The fact that NSSLGlobal owns and controls its own global VSAT network gave me the confidence it could deliver against our performance requirements and SLAs.”
Eleven ships have been completed, and a further three are being worked on. Many installations have been conducted while the ships were in active service. NSSLGlobal engineers flew out to locations such as Spain, got on board and traveled with the ship, doing the install in-situ, before getting off at the next port. The install involved ripping out the old equipment, replacing with new racks and completing the difficult task of configuring the antennas when the ships were moving.
“Satellite communications is a key requirement onboard the MOL LNG fleet and is likely to continue as the industry moves into the era of the smart ship,” said Henrik Christensen at NSSLGlobal. “The new system we’ve put in place will give MOL LNG ships greater flexibility, stability and availability of communication services to operate more efficiently, keep the crew happy and help future proof against rising data volumes.”