Manta Shipping to implement Fleet Xpress on eight ships

Turkish shipping services provider Manta Denizcilik Nakliyat ve Ticaret (Manta Shipping) is to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress VSAT service on eight of its bulk carrier vessels, following the signing of a new agreement with Marlink’s local partner in the country Ozsay Satellite.

Marlink will provide the Ka-band service with bundled L-Band back-up to the ships, along with network management tools to provide users and shore staff with immediate information on which network is in use for specific tasks.

These software systems can be applied to analyse traffic patterns and prioritise data intensive downloads when in the areas of strongest VSAT coverage, or to schedule tasks such as remote diagnostics, security updates or software updates to be carried out when the appropriate carrier is connected.

Over time, users can monitor coverage in different regions, prioritising enterprise or crew usage based on the active carrier, Marlink says.

Voice services with local Turkish telephone numbers for the vessels, Virtual Private Networking via the Marlink XChange platform, and SkyFile email services will also be included in the connectivity package.

“Manta Shipping is a company with a long history that also has to change and adapt as the shipping industry moves into a phase of increased regulation, greater demand for fuel efficiency and higher environmental performance,” said Mecit Mert Çetinkaya, Director of Manta Shipping.

“Fleet Xpress from Marlink will enable us to optimise our communications, keeping our ships and crews connected, updated and compliant so we are able to best focus on the needs of our customers.”

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