Marlink has completed the migration of Norway-based Aker BioMarine’s Antarctic krill harvester fleet support ship from the vessel’s existing connectivity solutions to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress service.

The migration is expected to improve the crew communication facilities on-board the La Manche vessel.

It will also provide improved business intelligence and remote access to the vessel’s IT network.

The service installed on La Mancheuses XChange Universal Remote Access (URA) solution, which is a part of Marlink’s Value Added Services available on Fleet Xpress.

The installation depends on a 1m Ka-band antenna with full integration to the XChange centralised IT and communications management system, which is designed to simplify crew internet and voice calling accounts.

“Reports from crew and captain are positive, with speed and availability highlighted as the biggest improvements.”

Aker BioMarine IT consultant David Cheyette said: “Fleet Xpress has transformed our communication capabilities aboard La Manche. Reports from crew and captain are positive, with speed and availability highlighted as the biggest improvements.

“Our experience with Sealink C-band VSAT on the Krill harvester fleet made Marlink the obvious partner for the La Manche upgrade and the Marlink team has once again provided a high quality of service from installation through to daily operations.”

Aker BioMarine’s La Manche vessel is a 172m reefer that can accommodate crews of up to 68 personnel.

The vessel is used to service Aker BioMarine’s two krill harvesting vessels, Saga Sea and Antarctic Sea, which performs year-long operations in the Antarctic.

Both the Saga Sea and Antarctic Sea vessels have already been using Marlink’s C-band VSAT connectivity services.