United Arab Shipping Company Selects Wavecall™ Plus VSAT for 17 Newbuild Container Ships

Advanced ship design and on board tech require the most reliable VSAT connectivity in the market

United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has selected WaveCall™ Plus VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) services from Marlink to provide reliable connectivity for its new build fleet of 17 advanced container ships, first vessel due for delivery by the end of 2014. All 17 new container ships – eleven 14,000 TEU (twenty feet equivalent units) and six 18,000 TEU – are designed to embrace 'smart shipping' in order to reduce fuel use and environmental impact. UASC is deploying various technology solutions to support this, including a web-based fleet management system and electronic document handling systems, in addition to enhancing its crew welfare offering.

Wavecall™ Plus, the global connectivity solution, seamlessly combining Ku-band VSAT with L-band, ensures that these systems can provide the data and decision support needed to maximise both vessel and fleet efficiency whilst improving crew services to stay in touch with family and friends on the phone, by email or other online applications. WaveCall™ Plus is one of the innovations that have come out of the AuroraGlobal multi-band satellite communications portfolio ensuring UASC with the most stable connectivity which is also future proof for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services when available. "Our new vessels will be the most environmental friendly ships in the industry," said Mr. Mohamed Zaitoun, Assistant Vice President New Building Techincal Projects, UASC.

"WaveCall™ Plus will provide the IP backbone for the technology and processes UASC is using to revolutionise the way it operates," said Oznur ECE, Account Manager, Marlink. "Optimal vessel can produce cost saving whilst the environmental benefits of consuming considerably for themselves. WaveCall™ Plus will also support the company's green credentials, positioning it as a quality service provider in the heavily regulated and highly competitive container ship market."

Marlink by Airbus DS is a world leading provider of satellite services. Providing access to the broadest range of product and service choices, Marlink can support virtually any requirement for maritime connectivity worldwide. The company's unrivalled portfolio includes on-demand services such as Inmarsat, Iridium and Thuraya, as well as its own range of C-band and Ku-band VSAT solutions. Marlink routes communication through its own teleports to ensure high quality, reliability and flexibility for its customers. With offices worldwide, including Athens, Brussels, Dubai, Hamburg, Houston, London, Mumbai, Oslo, Washington DC, Singapore, Stavanger and Tokyo, Marlink is able to support its wide-ranging portfolio with installation and customer support that is offered on a global basis. Marlink is a fully owned subsidiary and direct sales channel of Airbus Defence and Space for maritime satellite communications.