MOL to assess impact of Starlink on crewing strategy in new project

Japanese shipping Company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is continuing its expanded roll-out of the Starlink satcom service, working with Marlink on a project to assess how improved internet access can contribute to the company’s crew recruitment and retention strategy.

MOL is using Starlink onboard its fleet of car carriers to provide an additional layer of connectivity, combined with VSAT and L-band backup, controlled and monitored by Marlink’s XChange management platform.

MOL will study internet usage patterns at sea and identify future needs through surveys of crew members to assess the added value of its LEO Internet services. The Future Illustration Project will examine how improved connectivity can enhance operational safety and boost information availability for all crew members through better access to social networks, applications, chat tools and the MOL intranet.

“Despite the advances in ship technology and navigation, seafarers have faced persistent challenges in communication and connectivity at both their work and life.” said Ryusuke Kimura, Chief Digital Information Officer, MOL.

“MOL firmly believes that ensuring reliable and efficient communication infrastructure on ships not only enhances the recruitment and retention of proficient crew members but also paves the way for seamless digital transformations that revolutionise the industry.”

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