Hapag-Lloyd has agreed to migrate its fleet of container ships to Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress satellite communications. This will involve upgrading communications on the ships it manages in-house from Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband L-band services to the Ka-band high throughput solution.
The agreement involves the installation of new communications systems on a fleet of container ships that has a total transport capacity of 953,000 teu over the next five years. It also covers five 10,500 teu container ships currently under construction. Ka-band antennas and below-deck equipment will be installed to link with existing FleetBroadband L-band terminals, which will back-up the Ka-band.
The new agreement reflects Hapag-Lloyd’s requirement for a fully managed migration to high-speed broadband with a redundant service that is scalable for future fleet growth. The deal includes terminals from both Inmarsat-approved manufacturers Intellian Technologies and Cobham Satcom. The transition commitment to Fleet Xpress coincides with the expiry of a service contract based on FleetBroadband with VSAT back-up via Ku-band.