IEC Telecom and GTMaritime partner for small vessel connectivity

IEC Telecom and GTMaritime have agreed a new partnership to deliver a voice and data connectivity package optimised for smaller vessels, integrating satellite services from Thuraya with IEC and GTMaritime’s communications management software systems.

The MarineStar E-Lite service uses Thuraya’s Marine Star terminal, with e-mail provided via IEC Telecom’s OneMailLite application, which is powered by GTMaritime. The app is designed to manage e-mail delivery during changes in satellite coverage by continuing to work offline and automatically resuming data transfers from the point of interruption.

Cyber security measures are also built into the software, with message delivery operating with end-to-end encryption.

“The app is equipped with multiple virus scanners and spam filters to ensure the mail received is safe and relevant. This approach boosts cyber security and helps vessel owners to comply with latest data protection legislation,” adds Kirstie Williams, Head of Sales at GTMaritime.

“We’ve been working with the IEC Telecom team over the past few months to incorporate our software into their product portfolio to ensure that all vessels, no matter the size, can have a cyber secure and stable maritime optimised solution. We are confident that this partnership will meet the demanding requirements for all IEC customers.”

A fleetwide shore-side dashboard is provided with the MarineStar E-Lite service to allow shore management to monitor performance, manage cyber threats and conduct remote changes to system configurations and consumption limits.

By default, MarineStar offers two lines to separate corporate communication and crew welfare, while all data files transferred over the connectivity system are compressed by the onboard software to reduce airtime costs as far as possible.

“Cargo vessels, tankers and bulk carriers are well prepared to support the rising demand for digital connectivity. With VSAT on board, crews have an almost GSM user experience. However, a lot of our customers, especially in Asia and MENA regions, own mid and small-sized vessels that have no room or budget for such a set up,” said Nabil Ben Soussia, CEO Asia, Middle East & CIS at IEC Telecom Group.

“During the pandemic the need for connectivity has become more apparent, particularly for the fishing industry and for offshore support vessels. The impact of travel restrictions, port closures and other Covid-19 operating requirements meant that the precise coordination of their work became more important than ever, particularly considering the need to decrease crew capacity to ensure social distancing. With reliable e-mail service on board, such precision became achievable.”

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