Mobile satellite service firm iRidium Communications has activated a marine satellite terminal aboard the Euronav tanker M/V Fraternity.

The OpenPort terminal offers three independent phone lines and a separate data port of 128 kbps, with an omni-directional antenna unit, the company said.

The Fraternity, a 159,000 dwt tanker, has been delivered to Euronav, which is dedicating two of the three voice channels for Iridium GoChat crew calling and one to ship business.

Iridium service provider AND Group installed and commissioned the Iridium OpenPort unit, which utilises And’s IPSignature communication management software for voice and data calls.

The Fraternity is the 13th Euronav vessel to be fitted with Iridium OpenPort, and the company is currently installing the Iridium satcom terminals on 20 more ships.