The number of options available to maritime operators looking for partners to supply Starlink equipment and services continues to expand, with Navarino the latest satcom service provider to add Elon Musk’s LEO offering to its portfolio.
Navarino has signed a distributor agreement with SpaceX for the Starlink service, a deal that will see the firm act as a global ‘Authorised Starlink Integrator’ for the merchant marine sector.
Customers will be able to buy Starlink through Navarino alongside its existing satcom range, with the company also offering installation and ongoing support of the equipment as part of the package.
“In today’s business environment, constant evolution and the continuous adoption of innovative technologies is a necessity for the shipping industry. By introducing this new option from Starlink to the Navarino suite of services we are able to offer our customers’ vessels low latencies and high-speed layers of bandwidth that they have never seen before in the sector,” said Navarino CEO, Dimitris Tsikopoulos.
“We look forward to working closely with Starlink to leverage the power of the latest in cutting-edge satellite technology to provide a powerful new communications platform that is designed specifically for the unique needs of the maritime sector.”
“Combined with our broad experience of integrating, managing and maintaining complex vessel IT networks, Navarino is well positioned to undertake the full range of any fleets’ technology needs, all while offering a five-star customer experience.”
In addition to Navarino, the current list of service providers offering Starlink to the merchant maritime market since the system gained US FCC approval last summer includes companies like Marlink, Speedcast, Elcome International, IEC Telecom and Castor Marine.
A number of vessel operators in different segments have also announced that they have begun trials of the service over the last six months, such as MOL, NYK, Solstad Offshore, Hurtigruten, Acta Marine and Royal Caribbean Group.