Maersk Inks Deal With Starlink for High-Speed Internet Connectivity
Elon Musk’s high-speed satellite internet provider Starlink has scored another client with Maersk signing a deal that will see the ‘internet constellation’ system deployed across its global fleet of 330+ container vessels.
Starlink - which is owned and operated by SpaceX - uses a global satellite network to deliver high-speed internet anywhere in the world.
The deployment of Starlink on Maersk’s vessels will allow crew members to access the internet at speeds of over 200 Mbps. As many a seafarer who has had to suffer with laggy, slow (or even zero) internet connectivity will tell you, this represents a significant leap forward for onboard connectivity.
The agreement follows an initial trial on more than 30 Maersk vessels - which resulted in very positive feedback from crews.
With Starlink onboard, crews will be able to use the internet for streaming, high-definition video calls and more. Maersk also anticipates that Starlink will allow them to move business critical computer applications into the cloud - strengthening remote support and inspection of vessels.
Commenting on the deal, Maersk’s Head of Fleet Management, Leonardo Sonzio, said:
“We are excited to announce our journey with Starlink to provide state-of-the-art connectivity to our sea-going colleagues. The high speed connectivity will enable our sea-going colleagues to stay connected with their loved ones while at sea. It will also propel the expansion of seamless cloud solutions, enabling our vision to digitalise our vessel operations”.
His comments were echoed by Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX’s Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales:
“A.P. Moller - Maersk’s vessels are key to global trade, and Starlink’s high-speed broadband through the world’s most advanced satellite internet constellation will help boost efficiency through seamless connectivity no matter where in the world they are”.
Rollout of Starlink on Maersk’s fleet is expected to be completed by Q1 2024.
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