Singapore-based ship owner and charterer, Eastaway Ship Management, a member of the X-Press Feeders Group, has signed an agreement to install Satcom Global’s AuraNow VSAT on its upcoming newbuild container vessels.
The X-Press Antares and X-Press Altair are due for completion later this year and will be fitted with the same AuraNow Ku-band VSAT systems already in place on a number of existing Eastaway vessels. The ships will be equipped with Intellian v100NX VSAT antennas, with Iridium Certus L-Band back-up through the Intellian C700.
“Eastaway Ship Management is delighted to work with Satcom Global and view the AuraNow platform as sophisticated, yet user friendly,” said Captain RS Minhas, Eastaway Ship Management.
“AuraNow VSAT has helped our business tremendously and also allows our crew onboard to remain well connected with their family members at home.”
Shore offices will be able to manage the connectivity system using the AuraNow customer portal, which allows users to change their VSAT bandwidth package based on evolving requirements. The portal also offers visibility of connectivity status and performance, as well as weather and sea conditions, satellite beam overlay and vessel tracking.
“We are proud to have Eastaway, an industry leading and forward-thinking ship management company, choose Satcom Global’s AuraNow VSAT service as they continue to meet the growing demands of the world’s global container fleet,” said Tom Phillips, VP of Sales, Asia at Satcom Global.
“It has been a pleasure working with Eastaway to identify and implement a VSAT solution truly capable of meeting their onboard operational communications needs whilst optimising their budget. By signing up with us, Eastaway are taking full advantage of AuraNow’s revolutionary contractual and bandwidth flexibility, designed for ocean going vessels with evolving demands.”