Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (GEE) and Radiance Communications are deploying marine VSAT services for Nakilat’s fleet of LNG and LPG carriers.
GEE’s EMC service line and Radiance Communications, an EMC maritime service partner and reseller, are supplying global Ku-band VSAT connectivity and content to enable a full range of internet, data and voice services for the vessels and crew. It includes a high-quality voice-over-IP (VoIP) system for the corporate network to lower the costs of satellite voice calls, as well as VoIP crew calling and an internet café solution for crew with company access control.
To date, eight Nakilat ships have been equipped. Radiance Communications is responsible for installing and commissioning the systems, and is also providing shipboard service.
Nakilat Administration Director Rashid Hamad Al-Marri said: “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 utilizing 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, realize cost savings for the company.”
“We realize that Nakilat’s fleet of LNG and LPG carriers require the highest levels of reliability in satellite communications for safety, crew welfare and operational efficiency,” said Gilles Gillesen, EMC’s senior vice president for commercial shipping. “Our value proposition of seamless global coverage, network infrastructure and patented technologies will enable Nakilat to upgrade satellite communications across the fleet while achieving significant savings in operating costs,” he added.
Established in 2010, Radiance Communications is a supplier of communication solutions for land, marine, aeronautical and government customers in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries. Radiance has been a maritime service provider and reseller for EMC VSAT solutions since July 2015.
Nakilat is a Qatari LNG transport company providing an essential transportation link in the State of Qatar’s LNG supply chain. Its LNG shipping fleet is the largest in the world, comprising of 63 LNG vessels. Nakilat also manages and operates four large LPG carriers. Nakilat operates the ship repair and construction facilities at Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan Industrial City via two strategic joint ventures: N-KOM and NDSQ. Nakilat also offers a full range of marine support services to vessels operating in Qatari waters. For more information, visit www.nakilat.com.qa.
Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. is a leading provider of satellite-based connectivity and media to fast-growing, global mobility markets across air, land and sea. Supported by proprietary and best-in-class technologies, GEE offers a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions that cover the globe. With approximately 1,500 employees and 50 locations across six continents, GEE delivers exceptional service and rapid support to a diverse base of customers around the world.