MOL extends use of Starlink satcom system with new deal

Japan-based shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is extending its use of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite communications service following a new agreement.

Operating approximately 800 ships of various types across the world, the company will work with Navarino as the authorised reseller of the service to trial the system on selected ships. Navarino will work with local partner JSAT MOBILE Communications to integrate the new equipment into MOL’s vessel networks.

“We are very proud to be working with MOL on this project, as they are one of the most respected names in global shipping,” said Spyros Georgiou, Navarino’s Managing Director for Asia-Pac.

“We look forward to bringing Starlink’s new, superfast, low-latency solution to their fleet and we are also delighted that JSAT MOBILE Communications Inc, an Infinity reseller with whom we have been working for many years, will be using their broad experience of maritime networks to ensure that the Starlink bandwidth is delivered in a controlled and efficient manner over Infinity.”

“Modern vessels need reliable, uninterrupted connectivity more than ever, and we are confident that adding the power of Starlink to MOL’s vessels will bring them an exceptional new layer of connectivity that will open up new possibilities for both business applications and crew welfare offerings.”

MOL already has experience with the Starlink system on other ships in its vast fleet, having introduced the service on selected vessels late last year through a deal with Marlink. Fellow Japanese shipping company NYK is similarly a Starlink triallist, having confirmed in January that it had implemented the connectivity package on a ship managed by its NYK Shipmanagement (Singapore) division.

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