Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) is the latest vessel operator to confirm that it has begun of the Starlink satellite internet service from Elon Musk’s SpaceX on selected vessels within its fleet.
The communications system is being implemented in conjunction with an SD WAN (Software defined wide area network) infrastructure to combine satellite internet with cellular 5G near shore connectivity into a unified communication package.
The connectivity services will be used to support remote monitoring of vessel performance and maintenance needs, allowing for proactive maintenance scheduling.
“We are delighted to be trialling this technology to keep our ships better connected,” said Columbia Group CEO, Mark O’Neil.
“Starlink has the potential to revolutionise the maritime industry by providing reliable and affordable internet connectivity to ships, even in the most remote parts of the world. This can help improve crew welfare, reduce costs, and enhance safety and security, making it a game-changer for the industry.”
“Columbia is committed to our excellent crew and as part of our ICARE philosophy, we focus on different aspects of crew welfare, connectivity being one of them, so we are very pleased to be adopting this new technology among our fleet.”