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Nakilat upgrades LNG carrier satellite communications system

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Nakilat has announced that it has signed a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) service line to provide marine VSAT services for vessels in its fleet of LNG and LPG carriers.

Under the contract, Global Eagle Entertainment’s EMC will supply global Ku-band VSAT connectivity and content to enable a range of internet, data and voice services for the vessels and crew. The installations were completed recently on eight Nakilat vessels. The onboard satellite communication suite includes a high quality voice-over-IP system for the corporate network. The crew welfare system provides always-on internet connectivity to communicate with family and friends at home.

Nakilat Administration Director, Rashid Hamad Al-Marri, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with EMC which will significantly contribute to the development of the communication systems’ infrastructure and facilitate Nakilat’s maritime operations. As an owner of one of the largest LNG fleets in the world, staying connected while at sea is essential for Nakilat’s global operations. By utilising EMC’s VSAT technology, we are able to ensure real-time information is accessible and that our personnel can stay in touch with their families during the vessel’s voyage while at the same time, realise cost savings for the company.”

Gilles Gillesen, President of EMC’s commercial shipping business unit, added: “We are honoured that Nakilat has chosen EMC to perform this project. Nakilat’s modern LNG and LPG carriers are highly sophisticated specialised ships, requiring the highest levels of dependable connectivity for ships’ business and crew welfare.”

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