330 Maersk container ships to install Starlink

Maersk has agreed a deal with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to install the Starlink satellite communications system across more than 330 own operated container vessels in its fleet.

The agreement comes after a successful pilot project where crew members on more than 30 Maersk vessels tested the technology.

The company says that the new service will be applied to both crew welfare and operational use once installed, with the low latency of the LEO network supporting the transfer of business applications to the cloud and improving the company’s capabilities in performing remote support and inspections of vessels.

“We are excited to announce our journey with Starlink to provide state of the art connectivity to our sea going colleagues,” said Leonardo Sonzio, Head of Fleet Management and Technology at A.P. Moller – Maersk.

“The highspeed connectivity will enable our seagoing colleagues to stay connected with their loved ones while at sea. It will also propel the expansion of seamless cloud solutions, enabling our vision to digitalise our vessel operations.”

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