Global satellite communications service provider NSSLGlobal has provided marine VSAT services to the fleet of MOL LNG Transport (Europe), a fully-owned subsidiary of international shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

As part of the deal, NSSLGlobal will replace the old VSAT system on-board MOL LNG’s fleet of 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

So far, eleven ships have been equipped with the NSSLGlobal VSAT system, while the installation on the rest of the three vessels is currently ongoing.  

"Satellite communications is a key requirement on-board the MOL LNG fleet."

MOL LNG Transport (Europe) IT supervisor Pete Adsett said: “Our very thorough tender process concluded that NSSLGlobal has the best combination of network performance, flat-rate pricing and support in the industry.

“The fact that NSSLGlobal owns and controls its own global VSAT network gave me the confidence it could deliver against our performance requirements and SLAs. Working with NSSLGlobal has been a very satisfying experience, both in terms of the level of service and support provided and the performance of the technology we now have in place.

“The engineers are working incredibly hard to get the job done in challenging circumstances, often going above and beyond the call of duty.”

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With the new NSSLGlobal system, MOL LNG intends to have access to faster operational connectivity and ship-to-shore remote access.

MOL LNG also aims to enhance crew welfare and meet MLC-2006 compliance with the new VSAT system.

NSSLGlobals group maritime sales director Henrik Christensen said: "Satellite communications is a key requirement on-board the MOL LNG fleet and is likely to continue as the industry moves into the era of the smart ship.

"The new system we’ve put in place will give MOL LNG ships greater flexibility, stability and availability of communication services to operate more efficiently, keep the crew happy and help future proof against rising data volumes.”

Last month, NSSLGlobal bagged a $4m deal to upgrade the VSAT network on marine energy transportation, storage and production company Teekay.