Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA (KCC) has announced that it is considering the potential of enhanced vessel connectivity through a pilot program with Starlink, a satellite internet service provided by Marlink. The primary goal of this initiative is to improve digital collaboration and data exchange between shore and ship, which is essential for KCC to achieve its targets for crew safety/welfare and carbon emission reductions.
Starlink distinguishes itself from traditional VSAT connectivity by utilizing a vast constellation of LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellites. This approach ensures high-speed, low-latency, and high-capacity internet access, even in remote maritime locations. By leveraging the benefits of Starlink, KCC believes it can greatly enhance crew safety and welfare, improve operational efficiency, and reduce the carbon footprint of its business.
KCC has initially installed Starlink on its vessel Baru, belonging to the CLEANBU fleet, as of September 2023. The company is now in the process of outfitting the CABU vessel Ballard with the Starlink system.
Improved vessel connectivity holds significant potential for KCC to advance its operations and meet its sustainability objectives. By bringing the vessel closer to home in terms of digital connectivity, KCC can ensure better communication between crews and shore-based teams. This enhanced connectivity will contribute to crew safety and welfare efforts while simultaneously increasing the efficiency of operations.
Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA is committed to exploring innovative technologies and embracing digitalization to drive positive change within the shipping industry. The pilot program with Starlink represents a strategic step towards achieving KCC’s goals in crew safety, welfare, and environmental sustainability.