Greek ship operator Costamare has partnered with technology integrator Navarino to trial SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service on four of its vessels.
Costamare manages a fleet of 70 container ships and 45 dry bulk carriers, and the trial aims to determine the potential benefits of Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency connectivity for the company’s business operations, seafarer welfare, and compliance needs.
Themis Sardis, Head of IT for Costamare, said the company was excited to explore the potential of Starlink, which could “enable completely new ways of working in terms of the technological tools we can implement across our fleet”.
Sardis added that the company routinely tests new tools and advanced solutions that may give it an edge and contribute positively to the safety and well-being of its seafarers.
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Starlink is one of several satellite internet providers seeking to provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity to remote areas, including the maritime industry.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX company started rolling out its Starlink satellite connectivity service to the maritime sector in July 2022, after receiving authorisation from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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